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Author Randy Jones By Randy Jones

11/26/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

The Salmon River in Pulaski NY has steelhead top to bottom. The higher water (750 cfs plus run-off) has brought in some fresh Steelhead into the Salmon River. They are running the river and spreading out as I type this. So your Transitional Holding spot's will be producing.
The Winter lyes are all with fish and would be my top choice. I noticed that some of the MANY Steelhead that had been holding in there Winter lyes @ 350 cfs have moved back to a lil slower water with this exciting new water level!
Spreading out. Preparing for the long Winter, wanting to conserve energy.
Where they hold at is normally determined by the relationship between the water levels and current breaks. Sometimes its as simple as where the water moves fast to slow, which is a current break in itself. Add in some deep water and Bingo!
Local streams and creeks are running high and off color due to run-off. You know what that means! Tons of optional area's to fish for Steelhead and Brown Trout. These local creeks and streams are with fresh fish. Fish ON!
The BONUS presently, is you dont have to trudge thru 5 feet of snow to fish them. You also dont have to break off large junks of sheet ice covering the holes, so you can fish them. Or, worry about falling thru any shelf ice you might be standing on while fishing :)
Anglers are finding the steelhead fishing presently either challenging, tuff, ok, not bad, pretty good to AMAZING! (Do you like how I covered all my bases with that one? - yukyuk)
Water is forecast @ 750 cfs. I'm extremely happy with this higher level. Hope it stays for awhile! It's perfect if your com'n up!
For the next 7 days, we are forecast to get either a lil snow or rain. Nothing major.... yet! Air temp's look reeeel nice, if your com'n up!
These steelhead are patiently waiting for you and your perfectly cast (aheeeeem ;) fly, bead or bait. There really is no bad place to fish, providing you have the correct habitat. There is a lot of empty water out there.
Please be careful as the river is not crossable in many area's with this new flow, plus run-off. Also, taking a chance in crossing and risk going for a swim is not recommended in these water temp's.
Friends recent wade-drift boat and fly fishing report:
Hey Randy, We had a pretty good fishing trip over the weekend.  It wasn't epic, but we hooked a bunch of steelhead each day. We worked hard for each one. Did see many struggling fish floating down stream. Tried to revive a few of them. Hope you have a good rest of the season, Dave

Steelhead Fishing you all the Best, 
Randy
One of Brads many rewarding steelhead caught on the Salmon River. Congrats!
If you see Brad fishing, for your own safety, make sure you give him plenty of room, I've seen how heeeeeeeeeeeee cast's!
yukyuk

Hey, check me out on Yelp @ http://www.yelp.com/biz/fishing-guide-salmon-river-pulaski-ny-drift-boat-fishing-report-mexico
It has 71 photo's of all the trophy fish to can catch up here over our 8 month BIG fish river season.

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
Dr. John - I'm gonna go fishin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWTAekIQecg
It's always a lovely day, when your a fish'n! - Bill Withers - Lovely Day - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYi7uEvEEmk
Rolling Stones - It's all over now - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1xR8PYDqMg

Why are anglers seeing more dead and 1/2 dead steelhead floating down the river, then ever before?
A few factor's:
1. Low water
2. Heavy pressure
3. Poor handling by well meaning C and R anglers
4. Stress from fight and low water
5. Parasite in gills
6. These fish are like you and I. Sometimes they get sick, aren't strong enouph or have deficiencies (genetics?) and dont recover, but not in these numbers.
7. ???????? - If any of you have any information from scientific studies or reports from fish biologist's on this subject. I'd appreciate a copy or link to source. Thanks!

You May Be Killing Steelhead And Not Even Know It
I hope you find my detailed and comprehensive article "Proper Catch and Release Method's" entertainingly informative or mildly educational.

First Off - I applaud you for C and R your steelhead. BUT..... have you done every "simple" thing within your powers to increase the likelihood of it's survival by following these Proper C and R Methods?
Many well meaning angler's have never heard these before. Or, dont realize that a steelhead is at it's most vulnerable stage in it's life after being landed, are fragile and should be treated with the utmost care and respect when releasing.
But Randy, my fish always swim off strong! Just because a fish swims away strongly, doesn't mean that it lives to be caught another day. I was new once too, and didn't realize the importance of all of the below.
By leaving any of the below out, the likely hood of your fish's survival decreases. You wont see it dead, floating down stream later, due to your improper handling.

The very best way to C and R is to not touch the fish at all. Bring it into approx. 2 feet of water, pull out your pliers and pop the hook. Or grab the tail with a fish handling glove, put your rod under your arm and pop the hook with the fish in 2 feet of water. Or, if you want a picture, do what you just read and have your fishing buddy with his camera on and in position ready, before lifting it out of the water, quick pic. - revive - release.

1. Always remove your gloves and wet your hands before touching the fish. This will increase the odds of survival of your Trophy Steelhead, that just gave you the fight of your life.
If you dont remove your gloves and wet your hands before handling your steelhead. Your dry hands and or gloves will remove its coating of protective slime that it needs to survive, thereby greatly increasing the risks of infection and probable death. 
This would be like you walking out into a snow storm in only your underwear for an extended period of time. How longer would you last? Need I say more?

2. Use a net and a fish handling glove. (Please buy a net and glove, if your "reeeeelly sincere" about increasing the odds of your steelhead's survival upon release.)
Always keep the fish's head TOTALLY submerged in the net until your buddy has his camera on and is ready to take your picture. Always use a fish handling glove when handling your fish. It helps to keep the protective coating of slime on the fish and it is less likely to fall out of your hands by giving you a more secure grip. Always kneel over the water when holding your fish up for a photo, jus in case it falls out of your hands. What I do is hold the net under the fish that is being held up for a quick photo. If it does slip, its still in the net.
With the holidays just around the corner, how about planting the seed and asking someone in your family to buy you a net and fish handling mit? Since you normally fish up here with friends, how about if you all pitch in and buy a net and glove together, save a coupl'a buck's?
I like Cumming Nets -They have a wide variety of choices for all species of fish and fishing styles. Call (810) 736-0130. http://www.cumingsnets.com
Most of the local shops up here sell the fish handling gloves - mitts for around $20.

3. Keep the head of the fish completely submerged until your are completely ready for that photo. Did you know that with every second the fish is held out of the water, its chance for survival is diminished? Well Daaaa, do ya think? - yukyuk

4. Never hold the fish's head out of the water longer than you can hold your breath.
Simple example
- I want you to run up a ten story building fast useing the stair's and then once at the top, place a piece of duck tape over your mouth for longer than you can hold yer breath. Nuff said?
Upon landing that Trophy Steelhead, it's at it's most  vulnerable stage in its life. We all should be helping, not hurting.
Research has shown that handling time is a big factor influencing the survival of steelhead after release – less handling time = higher survival.
It's not ok to hold or beach the fish out of the water while your buddy has to set his rod down, slowly walk over to his back back on the bank 100 feet away. Then slowly return and slowly wait for the camera to come on.
It's not ok to hold the fish out of the water for at least 3 minutes while your buddy films you with the video camera and you narrate.
It's not ok to beach the fish on the rocks, then go get your camera. Then ask an angler to take a few pictures, etc.. and 3 minutes later you'll have a pic. to remember that incredible steelhead for the rest of your life, before..... it has a chance to go belly up down river due to your improper handling.

5. Never beach a steelhead on the rocks. (Please buy a net and glove, if your "reeeeelly sincere" about increasing the odds of your steelhead's survival upon release.)
The fish will always flop all around, all over the banks rocky and snowy shoreline, smashing, bruising and damaging its brain and losing its protective coating of slim. This one is a no brain'r - yukyuk
But Randy, they always swim off strong - But..... you wont see it dead, floating down stream later, due to your improper landing and handling.
These steelhead are too valuable a resource to only be caught once. (If your used to beaching your fish on the bank, please "simply" buy and use a net combined with a fish handling glove. Or, if you forgot your net or havent gotten around to buying one yet, just ask one of your fellow anglers or guides if you can borrow there's. There is usually one around. Ill always happily let you borrow mine and in many cases, I'll get out of my boat and help net it for you. It's good for the fish!)

6. Never put your hands or fingers anywhere near their gill's. Why risk it? Your support hand should only be used to cradle its body below and behind its gills. Grab on tightly to its tail, but not it's body.
Touching the gills is extremely dangerous for the fish and can cause damage and impair the ability of a steelhead to breathe. Please keep your fingers out of the gills.

7. When the air temp's are around 20 degrees or below. There gills will freeze, there by killing your Trophy fish when holding it out of the water for a picture OR for any length of time.
Many times Ill take a picture with the fish in the net, submerged, never exposing it to the freezing air temp's. I've even politely asked my clients to not get a fish photo, unless they plan to keep it, as it will only die otherwise. They have ALWAYS been very appreciative!
I've found most anglers dont know this one..... and rightly so.

8. Always hold the fish in the water until it kick's or makes a big effort to escape your grip. Take your time with it and dont release it prematurely.
Many times a well meaning angler will just throw it in the water and wave bye bye to it, as it goes belly up down river, ending its life prematurely.
Always land a steelhead before it is exhausted and loses equilibrium when released (cannot swim, nose dives, or rolls over). If a steelhead loses equilibrium after you land it, revive it until it can swim upright, then shorten the fight time on future fish. 

9. Shorter fight times increase survival because a fish fought to exhaustion is more vulnerable. Conversely, a steelhead reeled in too quickly may thrash about, increasing its chances of injury.

Bright fresh steelhead landed and released on the Salmon River Pulaski NY Nice example of proper C and R - My client is over the water in case it falls, the fish was held in the net with its head totally submerged until the camera was on and I was ready and in position, only held the fish out of the water for 10 seconds for a quick pic., is useing a fish handling mit for a more secure grip, took off his gloves and wetted his hands before picking it up so he didn't remove any fish slime it needs for protection, is gripping the tail securely and is lightly supporting its body, is keeping his hands and fingers away from the gills, didn't over fight it, spent time to properly revive it while holding the tail securely with its head totally submerged in the water before it gave a strong kick and swam off, I always keep an eye on them after they swim off on the off chance it goes belly up and we didn't beach it on the rocks or grass which would have removed its protective slime and could have easily caused it to hurt itself and die later.
Congrats! Fish released, its nice to share, high five's all around! Ye-Haa!

In closing:
Obviously, know one is perfect, including myself. Im sure I might have accidentally killed a few fish when releasing them. I was new once too and didn't know the importance of all of the above.
Please do every "simple" thing within your powers to increase the likely hood of your Trophy Steelheads survival when practicing C and R.
How about you? -
You May Be Killing Steelhead And Not Even Know It - Why are anglers seeing more dead and 1/2 dead steelhead floating down the river, then ever before?
I'd like to Sincerely THANK and APPLAUD all of you who treat our resources wisely, with care and are properly releasing your Magnificent Steelhead, On the River where Memories are Made.


Today's Guide Tip:
Want to easily find some new and exciting productive steelhead fishing spots in the Winter time with out putting in your T.O.W? (Time on the water)
After it snows is one of the best times to explore and try new and exciting water. Just follow the compressed snow trails to the waters edge.
These trails are not made by new angler’s. They are made by anglers who know the spots. Who is going to walk in a foot of fresh snow for any distance unless there is a solid shot of a pot of Silver waiting at the end of the trail?
One time I wanted to scout out a new location. I waited a couple of days after a good snow fall. All I had to do was follow the compressed snow on the trails and it led me to exactly the correct spots to fish. Sa-Zaam, Fish ON!

Prime Time for Steelhead?

Most anglers would say Nov. Yes, it’s a nice time. The fish fight the hardest, etc... but, its also when we have the most anglers present.
I personally prefer to target Dec., Jan. and Feb. The reason why is greater opportunity. More places to fish, less fishing pressure from guides and shore anglers.
Presently and Normally, what we are seeing:
1. Less angler fishing pressure due to the colder temp’s. You normally only find the serious Steelheader out in these temp’s. Opening up a lot of prime Steelhead real-estate for you to enjoy. Sometimes all by yourself.
2. With Brown Tout fishing being productive out West around the Rochester area, this takes some of the guides and anglers from around here out of the picture.
3. Hunting season is upon us. This also takes anglers out and off the river. Opening it up to others.
4. Some retired – elderly and fair weather anglers dont like the cold and snow, so some of us “Old Fart’s” will be hibernating this Winter.
5. Last but not least. With the holidays just around the corner, many people are doing the family, work related holiday stuff.
All in all, less fishing pressure for the above reasons means more fishing opportunity for you. Can you say, Fish ON!! Ye-Haa!
 
Todays Guide Humor:

I hear smoking pot causes short term memory loss. It also causes short term memory loss.
I was going to quit all my bad habit's today. But then it occurred to me that no one likes a quitter!
My cat Ace set its “Life Goals” to stuff it's already done, so literally every day it's overachieving!!
Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for 10 minutes and come out wrinkle free and 2 sizes smaller.
Humorous  (editted for content ;) guest fishing report and guided fishing trip testimonial:
Randy, I enjoyed and learned a lot as always. I went 1 for 3 on steelhead @ (edited for content ;) in the afternoon after I left you using (edited for content ;). This morning I fished the (edited for content ;) 1 for 2 on steelhead.  Nothing on the (edited for content ;), both on (edited for content ;).
Saw one mature and one immature eagle again this AM and then saw 2 circling over the Mohawk River on the way home. I'll be in touch this fall about another winter trip for next year. Thanks, Eric

Hey, check me out on Yelp @ http://www.yelp.com/biz/fishing-guide-salmon-river-pulaski-ny-drift-boat-fishing-report-mexico
It has 71 photo's of all the trophy fish to can catch up here over our 8 month BIG fish river season.

Water is forecast @ 750 cfs.
Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast: We will continue to see MANY more Steelhead and Brown Trout enter, run and spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY from the Top to the Bottom of the River. Guaranteed!! - Concentrated in "only" approx. 13 miles of river!
The Steelhead fishing will remain strong all Winter into May! I'd recommend coming over to fish.

Today's Fishing Tip: Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :) (Such a nice guy - guide - yukyuk)
Or, for more fun fishing stuff, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
More Testimonial's with pictures @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html
For a great Fly, that works on all species over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season, please see http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html (Simply adjust the size of your hook and materials used, depending on the species your are targeting)
For more helpful Tips and any Questions, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

There is a drift boat seat reserved and waiting....... This fish catching machine awaits you. (John Halnon Pro. Photo Credit's)
The Drift Boat allows you to Spin or Fly Fish a great deal of water for Salmon or Steelhead on the Salmon River NY. Often when the Steelhead or Salmon are scattered, this is a fabulous water chariot.
At 16 feet, this 285 pound guided drift boat is comfortable and a very stable platform . It is outfitted with a propane heater to keep you nice and toasty on even the coldest days. While you can Spin or Fly fish from the drift boat, I will often stop to let clients wade and fish a particularly productive run on the Salmon River.
Nice Freshie! Congrats!!
The Local Economy and myself, Thanks You for your Patronage!
Randy

I'm taking reservations for this Winter and Spring Steelhead. Also next Fall Salmon and Steelhead. Get'm while they last, so you can get your preferred guide date. Email Best or call 315 963 2065 or for more info. please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

11/19/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

The Salmon River NY has steelhead top to bottom with more entering daily, running it and spreading out. Recommend targeting there Prime Transitional Holding Habitat's as well as there Prime Winter Holding Habitat.
Water temp. is approx. 40 degrees, so you know what that means ;) Look for Steelhead to be transitioning from there Prime Fall Holding Habitat into there Prime Winter Holding Habitat.
Lately, some days have been better than others. Barometric pressure has been the culprit on some of the sloooower days. (Ya, thats it, I'm blaming the weather! - yukyuk)
Anglers are finding the steelhead fishing presently either challenging, tuff, ok, not bad, pretty good to AMAZING! (Do you like how I covered my butt with that one? - yukyuk)

A guide friend w/ 1 client hit approx. 8 Steelhead useing Eggs. My other guide friends 2 clients played w/ approx. 10 Steelhead useing fly rods. On another day, this same guides clients played with 3 steelhead, storm front moving thru. I also noticed Steelhead being played with above and below where we were. I'd guess approx. 50 or more Steelhead in our general area. Also saw numerous Steelhead in certain high viz. transitional resting area's mid-afternoon as we slowly drifted by them in the drift boat.

There really is no bad place to fish, providing you have the correct habitat. There is a lot of empty water out there. Being rigged correctly for the education level of the fish and most importantly, presentation, will find you on your way to FISH ON!!
Lots of folks out and about enjoying this great steelhead and brown trout fishing. Shore anglers having success, which is always nice to see. Smiles abound!

Perfect Water Temperature time to re-use this golden oldy Guide TIP from the Archives.
This is a great example of what happened to me one Nov. when the water temp's were dropping and the Steelhead were moving from there Prime Fall Holding Habitat into there Prime Winter Holding Habitat's. Hope it helps!
For the first 2 hour's skunk, nothing, nada, not even a sucker in a spot where the steelhead had been loaded the day before.
I started to chain smoke, chew tobacco and put on a nicotine patch. (kidding ;)
I was getting nervous and started to doubt my credentials as a fishing guide ;)

I knew that most of these Steelhead were residents who had set up shop in this prime lye. But, where were they? I pulled the anchor on the drift boat and slide down approx. 50 feet.
I guessed with the water temperature dropping they were all just a lil lower in the deeper, less current - Prime Winter Holding Habitat. Was I right?
We HAMMERED over 20 Steelhead! One after the other! Dam, I love this job!
I was happy it only took me 2 hours of sweat'n bullet's to figure this one out. I also found it interesting that with just a couple of degrees drop in the water temp. from the previous day, it had caused all of them to start to move. This is happening now on the river.

After 30+ years of guiding, nothing reeeeeeelly ever changes that much, 
Randy
Brad's recent Steelhead success on the Salmon River NY. Congrats!

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
James COTTON - Dealing With The Devil - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCwtdvwVzho
Traveling Mood - Dr. John - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YWZzkx1TPE
Greg Allman - Midnight Rider - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yojZ-Ksr8A

Some more Incredible Steelhead and Brown Trout Photo's of some recent success on the Slam'n Salmon River NY. Congrats!
http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/147031-salmon-river-new-york-steelhead-trip-october-27-31-2014

Want to increase the odds of your, mine and everyone's steelhead survival when practicing C and R? Check out this educational video of proper fish handling techniques. This video applies to all fish. Enjoy!
http://video-fishing.com/how-to-release-a-fish
(P.S. Always remove your gloves and wet your hands before touching the fish. Use a net and a fish handling glove. Keep the head of the fish submerged until your are completely ready for that photo. Never hold the fish's head out of the water longer than you can hold your breath. Never beach them on the rocks. Crouch over them, over the water in case they slip out of yer hands. If useing a boga grip, never hang them and always support there body with your other hand.)
I'll probably write a more detailed and comprehensive "Proper C and R method's" article for next week's report. So, please stop back.

(Archives)
Steelhead - Hero or a Zero?  Reading water 101:
This spot had changed since the last time I had fished it. Would it be for better or for worse?
Listen in.... while I discuss what had changed and how we were able to determine (before we fished it) whether this spot would hold good numbers of fish and what were the distinguishing features that told us so.
1. The small pool or large pocket was approx. only 40 feet long by about 20 feet wide. I love and specifically look for these tight holding spots. Not much guess work. They are either there or they are not.
2. This location also had deepened by a substantial amount. Approx. 9 feet deep! Depth of water can play a very important role in any type of fishing. The depth of water makes the fish feel safer from predators.
3. Many times when the water comes up, if the fish are not in a very good current break for that flow. They will slowly slide down the river looking for a more suitable, comfortable current break to help them to conserve energy, feel safe and hopefully have a constant flow of food.
   This is a life saving move. This particular spot is known to hold fish that have slide down from up river when the water level rises. Since the level of water had just jumped, I knew (hoped) this spot would be hot as it had been before, under the same scenario.
4. This spot also had a seam running right over the top of the hole. (A seam is where the fast water meets the slow water.) It allows the fish to conserve its energy in the slower water while never being far from the source of food, faster water.
5. This location had 5 current breaks working for it.
   1. The head of the hole where it was shallower, breaking the current.
   2. The actual hole.
   3. The seam running over the hole.
   4. The tail of the hole, where the water moves slower.
   5. And the "hole within the hole". This is like a magnet for the fish and can be exact as fitting a key into a lock. The more current breaks the better, in most cases.
6. This area (current break) was exactly on the fish's transitional, migration route that they take year after year. The Rt. that they normally take is the deepest part of the river and where there is the most current. This is what they use to navigate their way up the river. A holding or transitional holding area (current break) for the fish will normally always be in this Rt.
7. Finally, this spot was one of those triple your pleasure, triple your fun places.
   1. It was a prime lye holding area.
   2. A transitional holding area
   3. And a place for those steelhead that didn't have a qaulity current break above this spot, in this increased water flow. To slide down river into it.

This spot had all the marking's of a good magnet to hold a lil or a lot of Silver Metal Chrome. We call them a prime lye. Safety, no strong currents and food.
So, was I to be a Hero or a Zero......?
(yukyuk)
Sure enough, it was not long before we had our answer. "Fish ON!" This continued on for the remainder of our stay.

Eric's one goal was to land a steelhead, we accomplished that easily. Guess we didn't need the extra 7. (yukyuk) Yesterday Eric used a fly rod, set-up for high sticking and hit 8 total steelhead when the water was at a high 1,800cfs. Congrats Dr. Eric! (All fish released for your future fishing pleasure)

More current breaks:
A big rock or boulder combined with current flowing around it in their travel lanes. (This is also called a pocket) A big tree or tree stump that has fallen into the river, combined with current, that is in their travel (migration) lane. It can and is something as simple as a 4-12 inch drop in the river bottom.
Some seams are visible while others are sub-surface and not visible to the naked eye.

When I go fishing, I take all this and more into consideration. In my opinion, steelhead fishing is one of the most challenging and rewarding types of fly/spin fishing you will ever experience.
Hope this helps in your search for the Silver Bullet! Fish On!! Randy

Congrats on your recent Salmon River Steelhead Success's Andy and Kris! 

Where should I fish?
When folks ask me where they should fish. I always suggest to fish where you know the water the best. The entire river is hold'n, so all correct habitat's are producing. Other ways to help you decide might be to do a search on the net for some of the many discussion, bulletin board, fishing report sites dealing with this area. Just type in "Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Reports" You can always ask them. Also, the many tackle- fly shop's up here are always happy to suggest area's. Especially if you are spending some $ there. That's how I always do it when fishing new water's.

Guide Fly Reel Trick for Steelhead:
A trick I use is I put my 9/10 reels on my 5 and 7 wgt 10-ft. steelhead fly rods. Whenever you are fishing for fish that tend to run at you very fast, and retrieving line quickly is the game then the larger diameter reels will recover line faster. A 5 or 7 reel (unless a large arbor) will not work as good. It also saves me considerable $$$. Obviously the rod and reel will not be perfectly balanced but if your only coming up a couple of times a season----well........
A multiplier will also do the trick but as my equipment is in use almost everyday of the season for salt and fresh. I like to keep them as simple as possible. I feel a direct drive large arbor reel is the ticket. Its more of a 1 on 1 fight, less bolts- springs- screws-washers, less that can go wrong with it. Less parts to clean and when in Belize the lodge is surly not going to have spare parts.

Today's Guide Humor:
Sometimes finding a pod of fish is only a foot step down river or the next hole around the bend.
Well,  today we took that one step, we fished that next hole around the bend.
"Fish ON" were the first words Al shouted after his first cast of the morning. Then another and another. Long story short, Al by himself played with 14 Steelhead today and one small brown. We got lucky and found a pod of mostly dime bright Steelhead. Whewww!
I kept complaining that I could not get any rest today. That every time I'd just get comfortable in the drift boat, I'd have to get up to try to net his next fish. Darn, I hate when those fish are stacked up like that. Can't a guide get any rest around here?
I'm going where there are not so many fish next time. That annoying sound of the drag screaming all day long really started to bother me after awhile.

Al told me he had been fishing the river since 78 and that he had never - ever played with so many Steelhead in one day!
I explained to Al that Steelhead fishing was not supposed to be this easy and for that reason I thought that there were just too many fish here and we should go someplace else. Someplace where there may or may not be any fish and if so, maybe just 1 or 2.
Someplace where we would really have to work hard for them.

He agreed that "I should go" and he would stay there and fish. :)
Last time Al fished with me he brought a note pad and pen. With the average being that most folks (including myself :) only retain 20-30% of what they hear or read.
He wanted to make sure he did not forget a single chrome hold'n spot (approx. 30) over the entire 3 miles of river I stopped at and explained in great detail. All was written down with a exciting, feverish, exactness.
One of the highest compliment's was paid to me by AL when he stated, Randy, you know that spot you showed  me by such a such a tree. You said stand here, cast there, the fish sit there and you can expect one to bite anywhere from 10 to 25 feet off the bank in a 30 foot length?
I went back to both of those spots and every time I go there I get into some fish. One day alone I hit six fish in that one spot using spin rod, floats and egg sacks. And I was the only one there. I've never seen a single drift boat or person stop and fish it.
(Al didn't know it, but that one lil (no name) spot my guest's went 21 days in a row hitting 1 to 5 steelhead in it each day and the same for the hole directly below it, several years back one Nov.)
Jokes for the Day:
A couple of rednecks from Vermont are out in the woods hunting when one of them suddenly grabs his chest and falls to the ground.
He doesn't seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head.
The other Vermont redneck whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He gasps to the operator, "I think Bubba is dead! What should I do?"
The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, "Just take it easy and follow my instructions. First, let's make sure he's "dead."
There is a silence..........then a shot is heard. The redneck's voice comes back on the line, "Okay, now what.

2nd Joke of the Day:

Husband and wife are having a big nasty argument. Husband decides to leave the house. As he is walking out the front door his wife yells! I hope you rot in HELL!!!
The husband turns around and replies, does that mean I'm staying?

Since Im on a roll - 3rd joke for today:
A man walk's into the library and asks the librarian if he could check out a book on suicide. The librarian says, hell no! You wont return it!

Water is forecast @ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know.
Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast: We will continue to see MANY more Steelhead and Brown Trout enter, run and spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY from the Top to the Bottom of the River. Guaranteed!! - Concentrated in "only" approx. 13 miles of river!
The Steelhead fishing will remain strong all Winter into May! I'd recommend coming over to fish.

Today's Fishing Tip: Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :) (Such a nice guy - guide - yukyuk)
Or, for more fun fishing stuff, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
More Testimonial's with pictures @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html
For a great Fly, that works on all species over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season, please see http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html (Simply adjust the size of your hook and materials used, depending on the species your are targeting)
For more helpful Tips and any Questions, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

There is a drift boat seat reserved and waiting....... This fish catching machine awaits you. (John Halnon Pro. Photo Credit's)
The Drift Boat allows you to Spin or Fly Fish a great deal of water for Salmon or Steelhead on the Salmon River NY. Often when the Steelhead or Salmon are scattered, this is a fabulous water chariot.
At 16 feet, this 285 pound guided drift boat is comfortable and a very stable platform . It is outfitted with a propane heater to keep you nice and toasty on even the coldest days. While you can Spin or Fly fish from the drift boat, I will often stop to let clients wade and fish a particularly productive run on the Salmon River.
Bright Fresh Steelhead. Congrats! (Released for your future fishing pleasure. It's nice to share :)
The Local Economy and myself, Thanks You for your Patronage!
Randy

I'm taking reservations for this Winter and Spring Steelhead. Get'm while they last, so you can get your preferred guide date. Email Best or call 315 963 2065 or for more info. please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

11/11/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

We have Steelhead top to bottom of the Salmon River NY in ALL Prime Fall Holding and many of there Transitional Holding Habitat's. We will continue to see MANY more fresh Steelhead enter, run and spread out on the Salmon River everyday.
Every normal type of habitat for this time of year, fish's life cycle, water flow, current breaks, food sources, water temperature is with Steelhead and some Brown Trout from the top of the Salmon River to the bottom. There literally is no bad place to fish presently, providing you are in the correct Habitat.
Having the correct Habitat, Rigging and most importantly Presentation. Will help in your Steelhead quest. Providing you with many fine fishing opportunities presently and ALL Winter into the Spring! Interested?

A guide friend hit 8 or 9 steelhead in about an hour's fishing time, useing egg sack's on the bottom. Another guide friend did well with glow bug's (egg imitation) off the fly rod. The same can be said for running floats with bead's (egg imitation) or egg sack's suspended.
All presentational tec. are working, some better than other's, care to learn?
Some spots they are packed in like sardines, while other spots they are spread out a lil.
I'm seeing about 75% bright silver steelhead and approx. 25% darker steelhead. They darken a tad once they have been in the river 3-4 weeks. Thats how you can tell how fresh or old they are.
Anglers are finding the steelhead fishing presently either challenging, tuff, ok, not bad, pretty good to AMAZING! (Do you like how I covered my butt with that one? - yukyuk)

Noticed MOST of the bank anglers having success in ALL the normal spots. Bent rods, scream'n reels, smiles and laughter abound! It's always nice to share the fish, water and see other's out enjoying this incredible fishery w/ success! I'd recommend coming over, up or down to fish.

Lil Guide Tip:
I've been predominately fishing Habitat that is a "Combination" of Prime Transitional Holding and Prime Non-Transitional Fall Holding, with great result's!
After 30+ years of guiding, nothing reeeeeeelly ever changes that much,  Randy

Ol' man Winter is knock'n on our Steelhead door's

Some of my favorite Lake Effect and Winter Steelhead photograph's. Bout that time of the year, care to join me? Didn't think so.........yukyuk

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
James Cotton - Fever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_BPqRHgHR4
Dr John - In The Right Place - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNgc2KjI0zI

Want to catch more Steelhead? Take the water temp.
There are 2 types of Prime Holding Steelhead Habitat. Fall and Winter, each is unique and fished depending on the water temp.
Water temp. is presently, approx. 46-48 degrees - This put's them in there Prime Fall Holding Habitat.
45 degrees you will start to notice a transition from Prime Fall Holding into Prime Winter Holding.
40 degrees and most will be in there Prime Winter Holding Habitat.
Any Temp's below this will put all of them in there Prime Winter Holding Habitat's.
Want to catch more Steelhead? Take the water temp.

A few tip's and common mistakes:
Some anglers Ive noticed recently are fishing the Winter lyes, with poor results. There Prime Fall-Early Winter Holding water and Transitional Holding water is like a magnet for these Metal Head's. (Especially in these Water Temp's.)
Set your drags light and dont rush the landing. Most fish are lost in the first 5-10 seconds or at the net.
I always tell my guest's that its a lil nicer to still have the fish on after the initial hook-up, speeding bullet run's and jumps. You can always  tighten your drag after this ball of wrecking energy subsides a lil. Always expect a few more bullet run's as you get ready to land it. Dont force the fish when landing it. Another very normal mistake. Adrenaline and excitement causes many fish to be lost, understandably so.  :)
Bill lands one of many bright Steelhead. Congrats! (Released)

Mail Bag:
Hey Randy, what's your favorite month or time of year for Steelhead? Ben

Hi Ben. most anglers like Nov. the most for steelhead. Thats when they are the most visually stimulating, etc.... But its also when the river is the most crowded w/anglers, which offers you less fishing opportunity. I like Dec., Jan., Feb and March for your greatest steelhead fishing opportunities.
WHY?
We lose some of the fishing pressure with some anglers that are hunting, fair weather anglers are wearing their skirts-yukyuk, December holiday family obligations, Dec. business holiday obligations and only a few of us "Full - Time" guides will be working.
All of above affords you greater opportunity as a steelhead angler. And thats why I like the middle of the Winter the most for steelhead. The next period I like is April. Lil warmer and sight fishing is an optional treat.

Just want to say Randy, I like your posts. They do become very helpful. Keep them coming. I live in NJ and come up one time a yr. I like Nov best. But I do have trouble catching fish when the water goes up. I guess like you said. TOW. LOL!!! But its kind of hard when you live 5 hrs away. When the water goes up can you give me an Idea where these fish will set up on the holes. Like Nov and Dec time. Cause I noticed I have been up there when the river is at 335 and did ok fishing holes. But also went up when the river was 750. And did not catch any steel at all with 750. But I was fishing the holes like I did when it was 335. I know the fish are there but just don't know how they stage when the water goes up. Can you give me some points on how to adapt when this happens. Thanks. Rich W

HI Rich, I'm happy you enjoy the reports! Great Q!!

Since your Q was on holes when the water goes up. Everything is current break related.
Prime non-transitional holding - Where they will sit for an extended period of time (days and sometimes an entire month or Winter for Steelhead) before there biological clock tells them to find a mate and special rock.
One of the main things I see when the steelhead are holding in the faster water, like now. Anglers do poorly fishing in the deep slow water pools. (Winter lyes) They don't move into that water until the water gets colder. They do this to conserve energy.
If its the Winter time and they are in the deep sloooow water, then anytime their is a higher flow of water they normally will move deeper into the hole. This could be the tail of the hole, the hole within the hole or just far enouph back to where they feel comfortable without having to exert to much energy.

An example of this would be a big hole that in 335 cfs, they sit more from the middle to the head. In 750 cfs, they sit more in the middle, the deepest part of the tail or the hole within the hole. In a much higher flow, they will sit in the tail, seams, hole within the hole and sometimes along the bank where there is lil to no current. Sooooo, depending on the water flow (cfs) during the Winter time determines where most of them will be and where I will target. Much of this comes with studying the fish and T.O.W. As we all know, there is a lot of empty water out there ;)

A hole is comprised of numerous current breaks:
1. The head of the hole at the drop.
2. The hole within the hole (this is like a magnet and also where many fish will hold thru out the Winter, hint-hint :)
3. The tail of the hole where the water moves slower.
4. Any boulder's in the hole that break the current flow.
5. The seam's of the hole. (Where the fast water meets the slow water)
6. Sometimes a current break is in the flow - speed of the water. From fast to slow.

Sooooo, in closing Rich. Everything is current break related. Depending on the water levels determines how each individual current break will effect where the fish will hold. By this determination tells me where I will have the best chance for my clients to get into the most steelhead.
I hope this helps in your steelhead quest's! Best Fish's, Randy
  (Credit https://www.facebook.com/SteelheadManifesto)

Todays Humor:
I got a good chuckle the other day while fishing. An angler fishing beside us had a couple of fishing friends across the river on the other side. The only problem was his 2 friends had the cooler with all the beer. So the angler throws his line to the other side of the river and has one of his buddies tie a couple of cold beers to his line. He reeled them both in from across the river and enjoyed a lil thirst quenching beverage. I've never seen that trick before, so it gave us all a chuckle :)

Randy, Did you fish behind the ol'Ames today? Tight lines!!!  Dave

Hi Dave,  Yes, we did fish behind the ol'Ames today, loaded!!. Randy

Randy, I'm just curious about what you posted a couple days ago. You mentioned the location of one of your secret creeks.  Is there truly a creek behind ames or are you just screwing with your fans??  Please keep up the the good job you do with your web site, it truly keeps the salmon river close at hand when I read your reports even when i'm 300 miles away. Thanks for the reports! Eric

Hi Eric, Yes, just having fun. (no creek behind Ames). Was that you I saw walking around aimlessly behind Ames the other day with a fish'n pole in one hand and a typo map in the other? ;) Did I hear you yelling something about that DAM Jones guy!  Best,  Randy

Fish Tails:
Both of my guest's were some what new to the river. Carl explained to me that after hooking up several fish in several different locations today that he now had the "Confidence" to fish the river on his own. I agreed and said that "Knowledge" is truly the only thing a Professional "full-time" guide can really ever guarantee. And with this knowledge of habitat, rigging, flies, bait, presentation comes confidence. With out saying it, Carl had just paid me one of the highest compliments a guide could ever ask for.

Paul on the other hand was an entirely different story. (Ahemmmm) After spending the morning talking and talking and then talking some more about "How To Run A Proper 100% Drift". We moved to another location. I watched Paul cast and hold his rod tip a few inch's above the water's surface on his drift.
I asked Paul (politely) if he had been listening to me at all during the morning or had he forgotten the hours of conversations we had had on drift fishing. His explanation was pretty weak and he mentioned something about "Old Dogs".

The first thing I "politely" mentioned was that in a 8 hour day of fishing. If you only are fishing 50% of your drift. That equates into only 4 hours of fishing. But, I would still be charging him for a full day. (yukyyuk)

Anyway, after that I "politely" asked him to try running a drift with his rod tip high. This would give him more of a drag free drift, get his fly or bait to the bottom sooner, cut down on drag, give him a better feel for the bottom and also he would be able to detect the subtle biters. (Pauses and hesitations)  Most folks that fish the river are all waiting for the BIG BANG, YA WHO. I explained that 10% of the anglers that catch 90% of the fish are always trying to detect the pauses and hesitations on the drift. And by holding you tip high on the drift it would enable you to feel those.

His response was "Tip Who??????"

I took a deep breath, lit up a smoke, took a deeeeeeeeeep drag and pulled out a ball of cotton. I stuffed one piece into his left ear. Then ( politely ;)  repeated everything I had gone over in the morning, again. As soon as I stopped speaking, I stuffed another piece of cotton in his right ear.
I figured this way it would all stay in his head and not spill out the other ear. It worked like a charm and soon after, a bright fresh Steelhead came to hand.

I just looked in the mirror tonight and noticed a few more gray hairs. ;)

Important things to remember when fishing the Salmon River NY:
1. Its better to reel IN a fish than reel OUT a fish.
2. Treat every rock like a fish. When trying to unsnag yourself off a rock and your rock starts to swim upstream its probably not a ROCK! :)
3. Expensive fly rods are like fine china. When handled correctly they work fine. When you put your hand above the cork on the graphite for extra leverage on a BIG Steelhead, King or Coho it explodes like a gun going off in your face! This is very similar to dropping your mother's finest china on a hard floor.
4. Bring a spare rod in case you do number 3.
5. If you do number 3 and its your guides rod, tip them a little extra for the overnight shipping charges they will incur.
6. If your guide asks you to drop your rod tip to make it easier for him to net your fish. Please do not drop the entire rod in the water!
7. Never try to reel a big fish in. Instead, pull it in and use that big powerful flexible lever for what is was intended for. A reel is ONLY used to retrieve slack line.
8. Never tickle fish with your hook. They don't like that. When your line stops, SET THE HOOK!
9. Its harder to catch fish when you are not using a hook. Remember to check occasionally that you still have one on.
10. "The fish you release may be a gift to another fisherman as it may have been a gift to you." Lee Wulff
Stay tuned for more important (yukyuk) lessons learned on this never-ending virtual drift boat fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.

Water is forecast @ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know.
Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast: We will continue to see MANY more Steelhead and Brown Trout enter, run and spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY from the Top to the Bottom of the River. Guaranteed!! - Concentrated in "only" approx. 13 miles of river!
The Steelhead fishing will remain strong all Winter into May! I'd recommend coming over to fish.

Today's Fishing Tip: Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :) (Such a nice guy - guide - yukyuk)
Or, for more fun fishing stuff, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
More Testimonial's with pictures @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html
For a great Fly, that works on all species over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season, please see http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html (Simply adjust the size of your hook and materials used, depending on the species your are targeting)
For more helpful Tips and any Questions, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html


The Local Economy and myself, Thanks You for your Patronage!
Randy

Bonus Updated Archived Fishing Reports w/Photo's, Articles, Humor, Tips and Mail Bag Q and A's can be found here. Enjoy!
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html

http://www.yankeeangler.com/TrophyCase.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjDriftBoat.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjVeryBest.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjsalm.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjTopRod.html
http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html

I'm taking reservations for this Nov. Winter and Spring Steelhead. Get'm while they last, so you can get your preferred guide date. Email or call 315 963 2065 or for more info. please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

11/4/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

Presently, these Metal heads are on FIRE!
Torpedo - Bullet run's, water spraying off there backs, changing direction in a blink of an eye, keeping you on your toes and hopefully not on your back!
Running up and down the river to keep up w/ them is the norm.
Tarpon jump's, 3-4 feet in the air. Sometimes somersaulting like a jugglers baton before splash down, sounding like a cinder block w/ water splashing 20 feet in all directions.
Tails walk's for 20-40 feet will last in your memory for a lifetime. Dam, I love this job!

All of the Steelhead that have been entering the Salmon River over the last month and 1/2 are spread out over its entire length, top to bottom.
That "Big Slug" of Steelhead that I reported last week have spread out over the entire length of the Salmon River NY, top to bottom.
Prime Transitional Holding and Prime Fall Holding Habitat's all producing nicely!
We have and well continue to have fresh Steelhead entering the Salmon River NY everyday, as I type this. Running it and spreading out over its entire length. Providing you with many fine fishing opportunities! Interested?
If anything major happens on the river, I'll post it immediately. Sooooo, stop back once in awhile :)
Randy
Nice big bright fresh Fall Steelhead. Congrats!

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - I got a woman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1inZ_-dynw
Wang Dang Doodle-Koko Taylor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w6IY0v-0pA

(From the Archives)
One memorable day
was shared with Derick and Sally from Aspen Colorado. Derick’s passion is fly fishing the incredible waters that the West has to offer. Mostly trout measured in inch’s. Sally has wet a line on several occasions, but never for Salmon or steelhead.  Derick had one of the best acrobatic Steelhead on in a while. It was 200 feet into that orange stringy stuff (backing), before it decided to do a little dance for us all. Jumps, somersaults, 15-ft. tail walks, topped the show before giving us an encore performance with some torpedo runs before breaking off.
I
don’t think I have ever seen a smile that big!
Sally was the only woman in the pool. Sally yelled, “ I think I’ve got one?” All the men in the pool politely reeled up and watched as I think they all knew this could be one of the better shows of the day. Several of the men in the pool gave out a cheer of encouragement.
Sally had an original way of reeling------ out the fish. I guess she wanted to give it a chance? Shortly afterward every guy in the pool was cheering her on and explaining she should reel the other way. Finally at her feet laid a handsome 15 lb. Coho, bright with spawning colors.

Looking for a Line Class World Record? It's easier than you would think, on the Slam'n Salmon River NY!
Randy, I just wanted to take the time to say THANK YOU for a most excellent trip yesterday.  Having fished the Lake Ontario tributaries for nearly 20 years and guiding for 10 of those, yesterday was by far the best fishing I have ever experienced.  You really put us on the fish, IT WAS AMAZING. 
In two decades of fishing my biggest coho was 18 pounds.  I caught FOUR coho yesterday that beat it (18.5lb, 19lb, 20lb, 22lb).  Our Norwegian guest Geir Sivertzen, had the time of his life and will remember this day forever with a big smile on his face. 
I caught and released more coho yesterday than I have in the last 4 years combined! What else can I say . . . a Grand Slam!! (35lb king, 17lb steelie, 7lb brown, 22lb coho), all three of us hooked up simultaneously at least 4 times, with you trying to net 2 fish at a time.
Bob, Geir and myself landing 50 out of 85 fish AND all on fly rods!!!  Yes, our arms are SORE!!  We simply cannot thank you enough for sharing your expertise and helping us to have a most memorable day. 
You are truly one of the standouts on our Mustad Prostaff. Sincerely, Jeff Pierce Sales Coordinator - O. Mustad & Son (USA) Inc.
The following may interest you if your interested in a IGFA world record Coho.
I was looking over the freshwater line class records and the freshwater fly rod tippet class records this morning. Here's what I found:
Freshwater Line Class Records - COHO
8lb line - 19lb. 8oz.
12b line - 22lb 0oz.
Freshwater Fly Rod Tippet Class Records - COHO
8lb. tippet - 19lb. 9oz.
12lb tippet - 21lb. 0oz.
I caught  18.5lb - 19lb - 21lb - 22lb coho's and my scale is dead on. Oh man am I bummed out.  I was using both 8lb and 10lb tippet.  I could very well have caught a new IGFA World Record Coho!  If only I had known. Please keep this in mind as you fish with your clients. There're certainly more big coho's to come so you may want to brush up on the procedures for submitting for a record.  Oh well . . . it was still one hell of a day. THANKS AGAIN Jeff

Randy, Just a note to say thanks for a great day of fishing. When I got home I did a bit of research. That 35lb king I caught would have been a US record on 8lb test on a fly rod. The record is 31lb. Think about it: half of the fish your clients are hauling in could go in the record books.
US fly rod records for Chinookie (non-sea run) from the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame: 8-lb test is 31 lb. 4oz; 10-lb test is 33 lb.2 oz; and 12-lb test is 29 lb. 4 oz. Man, you could beat any of those on a decent day on the Salmon River.

Interesting Complementary Entomology Tip:
Saw a couple of big stones approx. size 10! Lil early for that size to be showing, at least in any sizable numbers. Most are smaller. At one point on Monday I pulled a big branch out of the water. So what, you might say?
With my past background in Vt. Trout and entomology, this stick was like a magic window into a Steelhead's world of survival. 100's of a particular type of larva, pupa, in a certain color were heavily attached to the entire stick. Hmmm, I said. I showed my clients who were amazed.
We switched flies immediately and you can guess the rest of the story, Fish ON! By paying close attention to mother natures signature clues that are everywhere,  can give you an added bonus of having an edge up on your Steelhead and many times out smarting them.

Presently, there is an egg hatch happening, in case you didn't notice ;)

Leaf, Salt and Barometric Pressure Hatch:
Jim Rusher once told me http://www.jimrusher.com that you should stay away from those colors in your flies and egg sacks that resemble leaves. The fish can at times get bombarded with so many leaves that it act's like trash being thrown in there face and anything resembling their colors is not always met positively. Also, they say sometimes the bite can turn off with all the acidity coming off the leaves. I do know that many times, many of us have seen a sluggish bite when we have been targeting Steelhead and their were a lot of leaves in the water. This could also simply be caused by the fact that with all the leaf Debris, that it makes it extremely hard to get a good drift without having leaves foul up your drift.
Another cause for a slooow bite with Steelhead is during the Winter time when we have a LOT of  run-off. With all the salt they put on our roads, it run's off easily into the river. I know myself and other's have experienced a sloooow steelhead bite when this happens.
Any real truth to this? I duno for sure, guess you'd have to ask the fish.:)
The #1 reason most of us can attest too for a slow steelhead bite is the barometric pressure. Big swing's, storm front's.

Water is forecast @ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know.
Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast: We will continue to see MANY more Steelhead and Brown Trout enter, run and spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY from the Top to the Bottom of the River. Guaranteed!! - Concentrated in "only" approx. 12 miles of river!
Today's Fishing Tip: Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Steelhead. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :) (Such a nice guy - guide - yukyuk)
Or, for more fun fishing stuff, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
More Testimonial's with pictures @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html
For a great Fly, that works on all species over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season, please see http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html (Simply adjust the size of your hook and materials used, depending on the species your are )
For more helpful Tips and any Questions, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

Salmon cannon generates interest all around the globe - http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/oct/27/salmon-cannon-generates-interest-all-around-the-gl/
You May Be Killing Steelhead And Not Even Know It - http://www.ginkandgasoline.com/steelhead/you-may-be-killing-steelhead-and-not-even-know-it/ - The article comments take you on an interesting spin.

Mail Bag: (From the Archives)
Guide get's a Humorous Ribbing ;)
Randy, No hard feelings, but where does one stand to count (with +/-5 accuracy) the number of salmons that swim into the river? Is there a specific time where they all enter at once and swim past the person counting them? How many were males? females? Jacks? I'm truly intrigued by this!  Vince

Vince, ( If that IS your real name? :)
I'm not sure where I claimed to be +/-5 accuracy, if I was THAT good, I wouldn't be sitting here typing all day loooong, for you! ;) I'd be playing the lottery! Ha!
Are you ribbing me? :) I think so, but in any case I get this question every year and am more than happy to answer it again for you and others who are curious.

The King Salmon tend to run the main channels and depressions that make up their road map in the river. When running the shallow ledge or rapids they are easy to see and count. I normally count the King Salmon by the # of rooster tails (splashes) I see coming up the shallow rapids below me.
Because the Coho Salmon tend to run at the same time as the kings they sometimes get pushed out of these same channels and pockets and run shallower. They also are not as big so they need less water to navigate. This basically puts them at your feet and you can see them shooting up all around you. These Coho Salmon are a little harder to count as sometimes they sneak up with out rooster tailing like the King Salmon.
Another simple way to determine approx. numbers of fish are by when the run end's. If it ends early then it's fewer fish that ran than if the run lasts all day. Simple. Species is also determined by what I see most other anglers catching.

Sample:

Mid-Sept. 2 years ago
From the minute their lines touched the water this early AM. until late morning, we were into Coho heaven.
Very good # of Cohos moving today. 80 % were Cohos with the balance mostly Kings. I would guess 500 or more Cohos with 100 or so Kings were running up the lower end today. Action was almost non-stop. I looked in the rapids below the hole at 9:30 and saw a line of fish working their way up.
This report comes from me personally studying fish movement and species while guiding my guests. Anglers and guides who fish below and above me from sun -up until sun- down. Past years observations and a host of other factors. 
Please keep in mind that some do come in during the evening and at night, so my estimates are only what I see during the days run.
How many came in at night? ----- I guess you'd have to ask the night watchman, that's not my shift.

Several people thought they had hooked Steelhead but as it turned out they were Coho. It’s very common at this time of the year for anglers who normally do not see such fresh Cohos to think they have a Steelhead. They are dime bright and fight just like a Steelhead. The easiest way I know of how to tell a Salmon from a Steelhead is to look at the color of the inside of the mouth. Cohos (all salmon) will have a grayish, blackness on the gums or inside of mouth. Steelies will not, it is white, just like any trout's mouth would be.
 
Please wear your corkers. Watched the same person fall in 3 times up to his chin! Its understandable as my friend had put him in a real good spot and he was hooking up almost every cast. He was excited to say the least. Each time he fell he had a fish on. He was only wearing felts.
It truly is a battle to fight these fish. Not only do you have a 10-40 lb. fish on screaming in every other direction in a blink of an eye, but you also have to fight the river and its many slippery rocks. If anybody can find me just 1 flat rock in this river Id like to know.
Best Fish's, Randy

Today's Guide Humor:
Randy, I think the salmon might rather have lived out its life-cycle naturally. It looks like it was surviving until it got tricked into biting down on a hook. They are going through enough without people catching and eating them too. Liz
HI Liz, Shut up and go have a salad. Randy

I have witnessed  1- 40lb.+ King Salmon weighed, 1-21lb.Coho, 4 broken rods, 3 lost fly lines and 1 person floating happily down stream with a fish on :)

Randy, Nice web pages. What is an Oregon Cheese Egg Fly?
You roll a piece of oregon cheese into a ball and place it on a hook and wing it out there. If you don't catch anything on it, then you can always eat the cheese!
Just kidding. It’s a color that a manufacture of glow bug yarn has used to imitate the natural color of Salmon, steelhead etc.. eggs. We tie small egg flies to imitate the naturals. Its like matching the hatch???
When the salmon start laying eggs the steelhead come into the river to specifically eat them, so its one of the best flies in the fall. Another trick I sometimes use when my client isn’t looking (ha) is to dip the egg fly into some crushed up Salmon eggs. This covers my scent and also milks as it floats down stream. That’s what you call REALLY matching the hatch! Go get'm! Randy

I didn’t see or catch a single fish all day! I guess the reason why was..... You can only turn your underwear inside out so many times before you have to do your laundry! ;)

The Local Economy and myself, Thanks You for your Patronage!
Randy

A Superb edited sampling of some of my past weekly Spin or Fly - Steelhead, Salmon and Brown Trout - Drift Boat or Wade Guide Fishing Reports from the Salmon River in Pulaski NY:
Mon. - 2 new anglers, averaged a doz. Steelhead off the guide drift boat.
Tues.
- 2 very experienced expert S.R. anglers, hit 21, yes, that was 21 Steelhead off the drift boat!
Wed.
- Over a dozen Steelhead played with off the drift boat.
Thurs.
- Over 17 Steelhead hooked up off the guide drift boat!
Another week - I had 2 clients who fished two days in a row off the drift boat. Tues. they played with 18 Steelhead and Wed. they tangled with 15 Steelhead.
My guest's have continued to find around a dozen Steelhead each day to play with, almost every trip. Sometimes, even a few more! Same as last year. These are VERY strong averages and not the norm if you look at the last 10-15 years :)

Drift Boat Guide Steelhead Fishing Report

We continue to see reeeeel good Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River, NY. This past week we averaged between 12 and 16 Steelhead per day. Ye-haa! I'd obviously recommend coming up! Besides anglers with drift boat guides, Im also seeing plenty of shore angler's finding a good number of fish also. That's always nice to see! Every spot that myself and other's are fishing, are with Steelhead. We still have Steelhead in transition, so those spots are still producing nicely.

Brown Trout Guided Fishing Report

Wed. - My guest's from Tues. joined me again today for another incredible guided fishing experience. At times we had a dozen 2-4  lb. Browns within a 10 by 10 foot area of the water. Sighted over 75 - 85 Browns over the course of the day with not another sole around. LOADED!! :) Incredible opportunity ALL day. I hope you all have the chance to some day experience this truly magnificent fishery! Today we felt as though we were in Alaska, and NOT around one of the most popular fishing area's in the country! The fish we played with and landed were WAY to many to try to keep track off. Don't ya just hate when THAT happens? :)ALL of these fish are just waiting here for YOUR, perfectly cast bait or fly. :)

Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report:

Wed. Dozen Steelhead played with off the guided drift boat!
Thurs.
Another approx. Dozen Steelies played with off the drift boat!
Friday
16 Steelhead off the drift boat!

Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report:

Monday - Played with about 12-13 steelhead off the guided drift boat. Good numbers all over the place. East to West, North to South. :)
Tuesday
- Played with 7 or 8 Steelhead off the drift boat! Hit them in 2 out of 3 spots. Learned over 3 miles of some of the best chrome hold'n territory on the river.
Wednesday - 5 Steelies with one guest off the drift boat. Ye-haa! It's hammer time.
Thursday - 6 Steelies with my one guest off the guided drift boat. Same as yesterday. Did one more fish today and cemented in presentation, presentation, presentation! :)

Feel free to contact my references regarding my presentations and experience:
Trout Unlimited Chapters: (P.S. I don't discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! - yukyuk)
       Finger Lakes TU, NY
       Iroquois TU, NY
       Chenango Valley TU, NY
       Scranton TU, PA
       Catskill Mt. TU, NY
       Tug Hill TU, NY
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       Iron Furnace TU, PA
       Stan Cooper TU, PA
       Thames Valley TU, CT
       Hammonasset TU, CT
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Also:
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       Orvis-Boston, MA
       Green Mt. Fly Tiers Assoc. VT
       Rivers Edge Trading Co.(Orvis)
       Central NY Fly Fishers, NY
       Oysterville Yacht Club, MA
       Rochester Sportsman Show, NY  (2 ½ day show, paid featured guest speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
       Albany Outdoors Show, NY  (2 ½ day show, paid featured guest speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
       Wilmington Sportsman Show MA.  (2 ½ day show, paid featured guest speaker and fly casting demo’s.)

Bragging Rights: Professional Affiliations:
 Distributed World Wide Books: Simon Gawesworth, Spey Casting, First and also Second Editions. Rich Murphy, Fly Fishing for Striped Bass. (More not listed here)
 Covers, feature articles and guide profiles in: Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine, Fly Fishing in Saltwater Magazine, Albany, Syracuse, Utica and N.Y. Times Newspapers, N.Y. Sportsmen, N.Y. Fishing and Hunting and Salmon River Success Magazines.
 (Many more not listed here, some World Wide Distribution in different languages)
 Many World Wide Internet Fishing Sites and News Feed's.
 Paid featured guest speaker at Sports Shows, Fresh and Saltwater fishing.
 Guest speaker at most Trout Unlimited Chapters, fly tying, tackle and Orvis shops around New England and beyond.
 I have had the pleasure of being interviewed with some of the top fly fisherman, fly fishing Author's of the World. (Lefty Kreh, more not listed here)
 Represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Cape Cod Saltwater Fly fishing Schools.
(P.S. I don't discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! - yukyuk)

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide offers drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 30 yr's full time professional guide experince.
Phone #315 963 2065  E-mail: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing,  Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything but the chest waders.

10/30/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

BIG SLUG of BIG Steelhead are entering the Estuary from the Lake, as I type this.
BIG SLUG of BIG Steelhead are entering the Salmon River Pulaski NY, as I type this. Running it and spreading out.
Some old'r and some fresher Coho and King Salmon are around. Brown Trout around. Not a lot of Atlantic Salmon, but Im seeing more around then ever before! Water came up a lil from run-off.
This all spell's F. I. S. H. O. N. for you!
How many of you are calling in sick to work tomorrow?
All species are being caught in all the normal Prime Transitional Holding and Prime Fall Holding Habitat's. LOT's in a Transitional Stage moving up the river, as I type this. Ye-Haa!
One of the reason's our Steelhead are so BIG (presently, they are running bigger than normal - average size 8-12 lb.)  is ALL the food they have to eat in the Lake. It's reeeel nice to see we have a healthy Lake.
I'll tip my hat to the D.E.C.!!
One of the reason's of late that has caused the steelhead bite to be off - at times, is many anglers are seeing them throw up Alewives in the lower river. Why would they eat your fly, egg sack or bead, when there stomach's are sooooo full of these bait fish.
You heard it here first!
Ya - thats it, BLAME the Alewives - yukyuk

The above BIG Steelhead was released by this young man. Congrats!
What I found disturbing was some of the other angler's couldn't believe he was releasing it. I'd like to Thank his father for instilling something other than, kill everything. His fish is now a gift to you! (It's nice to share)
Steelhead fishing you ALL the best of Luck!
Randy

10/25/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Report Update:

Very Very nice #'s of Steelhead have entered the Salmon River, NY in the last coupl'a week's!
Some places the Steelhead are in abundance, while other's not. Just need to keep on the move. Work their Prime Fall Lyes, Transitional Holding and then move to the next. That's been our only strategy (besides proper presentation and rigging) that has worked with success, now its yours. :)

Last reeeel good run of Salmon was Oct. 16. Those fish have spread out.
We continue to see some fresh King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout and Steelhead enter the lower River daily. Running it, holding, etc... Somedays we have to wait for them to run to us, while other days we have a lot of them holding with us for the entire day.
Somedays we have to work for them and others are magical with outstandingly good number's.

These Steelhead and Brown Trout will run the river just like the Salmon did. So Transitional Holding water will produce, plus there normal and predictable Prime Fall Holding Habitat's.

Lot's Cold Wet Rain! What does this spell? Steelhead and Brown Trout!!!!! Ye-Haa!!!!!
With this weather pattern, time of year, fish's biological clock, etc... you will see some (fresh Salmon) Steelhead and Browns in some of our other, local streams and creeks that feed into Lake Ontario. Let's just call them Pucker Brush Creek's ;)

Some anglers are finding the fishing slow, ok, pretty good. While other anglers are finding the fishing OUTSTANDING! (All very normal)

Watched an excited youngster lose his fish on the bank and then dive into the shallow water. Wrapping his arms and legs around the fish as he rolled around in the water and happily giving it a bear hug :)

Steelhead Fishing Forecast:

We will continue to see many more Steelhead enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY. These #'s well increase during Nov. and after. Supplying us ALL with many great fishing opportunities all Dec. Jan. Feb. March and April! (Interested?)

I've already booked a lot of trips for next Fall for Salmon and Steelhead and am already scheduling my days off. Get your  preferred date for 2015. (It sucks to be so popular - yukyuk) Email or call 315 963 2065 or for more info. please visit http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html
If anything major happens on the river, I'll post it immediately. Sooooo, stop back once in awhile :)
Steelhead fishing you ALL the best of Luck, Randy
Fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski NY for steelhead and Brown Trout Wow, so silver. Now you know why we call them the silver bullet or dime bright. This fresh run chromer is almost translucent and you can't buy a fresher looking Steelhead on this river. Congrats!

Today's Tunes: Enjoy, while you do your virtual fishing on here
Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Znh0OM9jiA
Jimmy Cliff - I can see clearly now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzGV9Bl6CGg

**Stolen fishing equipment from the Salmon River NY Upper Fly Zone**
Ton's of fishing gear was stolen out of a seasoned Salmon River angler's car in the U.F.Z. on approx. 10/20. (Approx. 3 - $4,000 worth of stuff) If anyone heres anything, or anyone approach's you to sell you some fishing gear, (try to take down there license plate and description of them and vehicle) please contact the Pulaski State Police Dept. Please share - post this on any other web-sites (maybe yours?) that deal with this area or let any of the local business's (Oswego also) know.
My guess is they wont try to sell it locally, probably Oswego, Water Town or Syracuse - Pawn Shops or on-line? Thanks, Randy

Replies to above post:
Don't forget to watch E-Bay; even check for local selling boards. Every local town seems to have their own version of swap/sale boards. Nobody steals that much equipment for their own use.

After being a cop for over 28 years have found there is no end to what they will steal for a $20 return. There is also no end to pawn shops willing to fork over $20 for stuff worth far more. They can run in from Watertown or Syracuse in a half hour and get enough for a night or two of their needs.
When my house got broke into right after retirement I found some of my stuff many miles from home in such places- the thief's arrested were also from miles away. If I lived up there and it happened to me -would be in the City looking in pawn shops real quick.

Randy, That suck's hopefully it wasn't your gear?? Mike

Thankfully no. These guys had to be either reeeelly dumb or Pro's with all the car and angler traffic we have all over the river presently. Usually this stuff happens (rarely) in the dead of Winter. When very few anglers are around and anglers park in the woods away from any of the main roads. I usually always park myself and my clients next to any main roads in the Winter time and walk the extra 100-300 yards to the river when Im not useing the drift boat.

The Life and Colors of the Magical Silver Bullet:
This one species of fish gives us all the largest over abundance of adrenaline racing up our spines than most others. If you have a bad heart I would not recommend fishing for them. (Kidding, one time someone thought I was serious ;) They are addicting and have caused many an angler to stand out in sub freezing temperatures, blizzards, pouring rain, day in and day out. I know I do. They are smart and challenging to catch, but also very predictable in their ways.
Due to this challenge the rewards are substantial upon landing one. Within seconds of hooking one up, your odds of landing it have already begun to decrease :)

From the Archives - Last Years Oct. 26 Fishing Report:
While in the drift boat I checked out one of many area's where the fish hold during the middle of the day. (Transitional holding) It's length is approx. 1/8 mile long. From the head of the hole - run, it was LOADED! All I could see were SOLID Steelhead packed tightly together. As I drifted this section, it was 1 here, then 3, then 6, then 2 then 8 then more and more and more for an approx. 1/8 mile stretch. This particular area is what I use to gauge the pulse and or barometer of #'s of what's moving in the river,  etc.. The very next day off the boat I noticed all new Steelhead w/ the same numbers. At least 100 Chromer's each day (in this one area) filtering up the river, spreading out. PLUS, all the rest of them in all the normal spots for this time of year, water level, life cycle, etc.... Steelhead average 8-12 lb's. Some honka's I saw were those 16, 18, 20lb'rs! Yesterday,  every single chrome hold'n spot I could see, had a few to many! Ye-Haa!

Outdoors: Salmon River Hatchery continues to thrive - http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/sports/recreational/2014/10/20/outdoors-salmon-river-hatchery-continues-thrive/17634033/

Newbies try fly-fishing - and are hooked, too - http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20141023_Newbies_try_fly-fishing_-_and_are_hooked__too.html

Steve's Testimonial:
Randy: Just wanted to let you know that we all had a good time Fishing and being Guided by you off the drift boat. We learned alot too. I re-rigged my reel that night with a Cortland shooting line and hooked a lot of fish . On Thursday I hooked a bunch of kings (over 10) and I landed two steelhead, one of which was 30 inches and perfectly silver!  Thanks for all your help! Steve Saliga
Steve say's, it doesn't get much better! Congrats on that beauty of a Silver Bullet! (Released for your future fishing pleasure, it's nice to share:)

More Testimonial's
with pictures @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/testimonials.html
Water is forecast @ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know.
Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast: We will continue to see MANY more Steelhead and Brown Trout enter, run and spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY from the Top to the Bottom.
With MANY MORE Steelhead to COME! - Guaranteed!! - Concentrated in "only" approx. 12 miles of river!
Today's Fishing Tip: Please re-read all of the below complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Steelhead and Salmon. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :) (Such a nice guy - guide - yukyuk)
Or, for more fun fishing stuff, please see: http://www.yankeeangler.com/rsjHome.html
For a great Fly, that works on all species over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season, please see http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html (Simply adjust the size of your hook, depending on the species your are )

Did you know?
If you look at all the license plates in all the angler parking lot's along the Salmon River NY. You will, on any given day see more out of State plates then NY plates. Also, you will see more NY plates around all of the other local Steelhead and Salmon streams and creeks that are not publicized that much.

Did you know?
Approx. 12 years ago when the DEC did a creel survey, 80% of anglers were keeping these steelhead and not practicing C and R. 20% of our Steelhead anglers were.
Approx. 5 years ago when the DEC did a creel survey the above percentages were reversed. Only 20% of anglers were keeping these Steelhead while 80% were putting them all back and practicing C and R. Hmmm!

Ever Wonder why we have sooo mannnny morrrre Steelhead around now, compared to 15 - 20 years ago?
I'm no fish biologist. But, I'd guess its for numerous reason's.
1. Genetically stronger Strains?
2. Creel limit of 1 Steelhead per day per angler.
3. Size restriction to keep.
4. Pen rearing project's. Letting the fish get larger before being released. Less predation?
5. More anglers practicing C and R. Nobody likes Shrinkage! :)
6. More bait in the lake?
7. The hatchery folks are putting steroids in the water? ;)
I'd have to guess that its a lil of all of the above, plus some I missed

Mail Bag: (Fish Imprinting, Best Day's, Month's for Steelhead and River Access)
I watched Coho and Kings leave the main river to traverse a trickle of a Pucker Brush creek for days on end.Why they leave the main river to swim in a trickle is the question.Could it be that the theory is that they return to within 15 ft of where they were spawned? If so, nature never ceases to amaze me.

I'm guessing the males may have sensed a female, ready and waiting. I'd traverse a trickle myself for good women!
These P.B. Creeks are loaded with that special rock. Instinct, biological clock, what is naturally ingrained from the strain (where they came from)
Ive never heard of the 15 ft., but never know.
When the fish go thru smoltification (lose par marks and turn silver at approx. 6 inch's) they imprint on the scent of that water. Each individual piece of water has its own unique flavor to which most fish will sense and return too. Just like a snow flake, unique, is how it was explained to me.
Molecular structure of H20? Migration Route pre-installed say's scientist.
So yes, they do return to where they went thru smoltification and is why they will traverse a trickle to follow that scent.


Hey Randy, what's your favorite month or time of year for Steelhead? Ben

Hi Ben, most anglers like Nov. the most for steelhead. Thats when they are the most acrobatic and visually stimulating (jump's, somersault's, tail walks, bullet runs, etc....) But its also when the river is the most crowded w/anglers, which offers you less fishing opportunity. I like Dec., Jan., Feb and March for your greatest steelhead fishing opportunities.
WHY?
We lose some of the fishing pressure with some anglers that are hunting, fair weather anglers are wearing their skirts-yukyuk, December holiday family obligations, Dec. business holiday obligations and only a few of us "Full - Time" guides will be working.
All of above affords you greater opportunity as a steelhead angler. And thats why I like the middle of the Winter the most for steelhead. The next period I like is April. Lil warmer and sight fishing is an optional treat. Randy

Hi Randy, I have been planning to make trips up to the salmon R for probably 8 to 10 yrs and havent made it yet. I hit 18 mile creek a couple of times right around this time of yr...but am interested in getting knowledgeable enough to make annual trips up to the Salmon R (about half the drive). I have all the gear.
I am interested in getting a handle on where, how to fish the Salmon from shore in areas where I can wade fish without killing myself (58 yrs old, in pretty good shape but my knee joints have some wear and tear)
Any suggestions on areas I could target? If you have some good ideas on locations to point me at and think I would benefit from scheduling in some time with you, please advise. Are weekdays much better (crowdwise) than weekends?
Any insight/recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Thanks - Joe

Hi Joe, Mid-week always best, less angler pressure so more fishing opportunity for you. If flexible, try not to fish on a Holiday or around it.
Any place where there is a bridge crossing the river. Any place where there is a road that runs along the river. They also have a number of public parking area's adjacent to some of the holes. A map would show you these area's nicely or do a search on google. I'd start there.
Happy Hook'n, Randy

Fish Fighting Tip's from the Mail Bag:
Hey Randy, I was fishing a popular spot. A lady with some guy friends started to fish above me. She hooks a Steelhead and just stands there. The fish moves down the hole and she just lets it sit there. Tying up the hole and know one could fish as her line was covering the entire pool. This lasted about 15 minutes. No one suggested anything to her. No one could fish with her line in front of everyone. Shouldn't she have "put the wood" to it? Tried to stay even with it? Unhappily, Fred

Well Fred, Lot's of new fair weather anglers out on Sat. (Good for the local economy!) We were all new once :) Thats how I usually look at it. After 30 some years of guiding, it keeps me from getting irritated. :)
On a funny note:
Some of us have a term of endearment for anglers who just stand there with a fish on below them for a long time, in a good spot with other anglers being polite and giving that angler room, unable to fish as there line is in front of them.
We jokingly call them "a poser". Like they are posing for a picture, instead of following there fish and trying to stay even with it. Or, like you said, put the wood to it.

Getting it in fast'r and not tying up the fishing for everyone else.
I always suggest to my guest's to stay even or below there fish. (Tires fast'r) Listen to the fish and it will tell you what to do.
If all the anglers in a specific spot can not follow there fish due to deep water, then we all simply take a lil break. Everyone works together.
Once in a blue moon Ill suggest "politely" getting even with it. Better for the fish, better for the angler, for many reasons. Plus, everyone can fish. I always get a thank you in return.
Realistically, I find that if you dont know this and have never had it explained to you, then you simply dont know.
Sounds like the guy's could - should have given her the above tips, then everyone would have been happier, especially the fish.
We were all new once. :) and I probably was a poser then too. Didn't know any better, until it was explained to me. :)

On a reeeel funny note:
Years ago during the height of Salmon season in a very crowded spot, I've heard tails of an angler that would simply walk out into the river and cut there line. :)
On a positive note, maybe our insight will help educate others who are new to this amazing fishery!
Please try to stay even or below your fish. It's better for you, most importantly, because it tires the fish out soon'r. Helping you to land it. Or, put the wood to it! It also helps other's around you who would like to continue in there enjoyment of fishing. Randy

Seaguar Fluorocarbon  Like nothing you'll ever see.
Sea. gets its strength and flexibility from two exclusive unique floro. resin's in patented double structure technology. Enouph of that tecno stuff
If you want to use the exact same leader - tippet material that I do for steelhead, then this is the exclusive floro. I use in the Winter time. I think it is also the most expensive. I get paid to guide anglers like yourself and feel its my responsibility to offer you the best shot at catching fish. Thats why I only use the best materials, etc.. made, simple. It is not brittle in the Winter time like some other really good floro.'s are. The diameter for lb. test beat's ALL other's (except for Orvis Mirage @  http://www.ORVIS.com) for its strength and non brittle Winter qualities. (Scientifically confirmed, non bias) If you want to use the same floro. as most of the world's TOP guides, then Seaguar is the ticket. I could type all day long on the advantages you'll have, type all day long about all of the experiment's Ive run. All day long about, well, you get my drift. I only use the best materials, etc.. in my guide business. In many many cases, this one product can make the difference.
http://seaguar.com/

Today's Guide Humor:

The funny part about my client today was as we were waiting for first light so we could legally fish, my guest pull's out his cell phone and makes a call in the dark. Hmmm, I wonder who he could be calling at this hour? Turns out he was calling in "sick" to work?
I hope his boss doesn't follow my websites "Fishing Reports" page @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html ;) Got'a love it! Fish on! :)

I like my %!
90% of our Salmon are dead and stinking up the river for your enjoyment!.
(Credit Joel DeJong Art Studio - http://artbyjoel.wix.com/watercolorart)
5% are dead, but jus dont know it yet.
4% are still fresh enouph to give you a good tug.
.05% are in a transitional stage
.05% are still to come
(Jus my humorous %, and yours may differ - yukyuk)
Ever see an angler accidentally hook a very dead and moldy Salmon as it is happily floating down the river in the current? Most of us all yell, fight it, fight it! The angler is soooo excited that they play it until everyone around start's to laugh and they realize what has happened.
The angler smiles, all in good fun!
Its funny how a very dead, big Salmon moves in the current to make you think its alive when its on the end of your rod.
As a guide, I hate the part where I have to remove the hook! P-YU!!

Leaves:
If you land 4 different colored leaves, by yourself, in a single day, then you got a Leaf Grand Slam  - Tuff to do, but fun to try - Sorry, those Trophy Chub's dont count ;)

Lesson for the day:
Its harder to catch fish when you are not using a hook. Please remember to check occasionally that you still have one on :O

Drift Fishing w/ Fly or Spin Rods Part 2:   
Author Randy Jones

There are numerous ways to present a fly/bait/bead with a fly/spin/center pin rod for steelies. This is one of the more popular methods used in the Great Lakes region. Some well known fishing authors have written about it. My friend Tom Rosenbauer mentions it in his Orvis fly fishing technique book.
Deep nymphing, dead drifting, drift fishing, high sticking, chuck and duck. These are all terms I've heard, used to describe the same method. Anytime you can make it easier for any species of fish to feed anywhere in the world you will increase the odds of hooking up.
That's why this presentation technique is so popular, especially during the winter months. It gets your fly/bait/etc.. into the strike zone faster and keep's it there longer than almost any other presentational technique - tool.
It works in every condition you will ever find on a river.

Correct speed of drift:
Imitating an egg-nymph dead drifting along the bottom at the same rate of speed as the bottom water column is imperative to successfully hooking up. This is achieved by looking where you're mono butt section enters the water. (Your fly line (running line) should NOT be in the water for many reason's) It should be moving slightly slower than the surface current. This matches the bottom current speed close enough. Making your offering look real enough to even the Smartest fish.
Jim Rusher once told me that in the wintertime it is sometimes advantageous to slow your drift down even further. This allows the lethargic fish time to move slightly for what it thinks is an easy meal.

Correct depth of drift:
When I first cast into a new piece of water my first question is how deep. This determination is achieved by raising or lowering rod tip until light ticking of weight on bottom rocks is felt. The next step for me is to look at the distance between the surface of the water and end of fly line.
(I prefer to run a 10 ft. butt section of 10-12lb. test straight mono for steelhead, so fly line never touches the water on the drift. Fly lines float and are larger in diameter than mono, causing it to have many negative effect's when fishing in this manner if its in the water.)
By this distance, between fly line and water I know exactly where it should be on each successive cast. Allowing me to set up immediately for each additional cast to achieve the perfect drift. The end of the fly line act's like an indicator. Most angler's do not prepare their drift in advance,  before they reach the 12 O'clock position. (This is where I start every drift and where I can control it) By using the end of the fly line as an indicator it is easy to prep your drift in advance of the 12 O'clock position. Allowing you to run the most productive drift possible. The next question I ask myself is am I weighted correctly?  

Weight:
Your goal is to match the bottom current flow. Most anglers use to much weight and slogggg along the bottom, which has many negative effects. You simply want to lightly tick occasionally.

Visual and non-visual characteristics of line:
In my opinion, when drift fishing correctly the line between tip of rod and weight should be a straight line. If you try to dead drift with a bow in your line, you not only create additional drag which speeds up your drift making your fly look unnatural but also makes for a lot of unnecessary snags on bottom. (Your rod tip should be as high as you can get it (for many reasons) and the fly line should be totally out of the water) With out a straight line (slack) your weight is simply slogging along the bottom looking for the quickest and easiest rock to call home for good. A lot of the time if you have slack in your line you will not feel the ticking sensation due to the vibrations not being transferred up through the line. There are about 20 other negative things that happen when you have a bow or slack in your line. Remember; with line straight from tip of rod to weight you will be lightly tapping the tops of the rocks. Cutting down on drag, giving it a more natural drift by imitating the correct bottom speed, feeling those pauses and hesitations better, detecting the take better and getting hung-up on bottom less.

Angle of rod tip to line:
To achieve a maximum dead drift and cut down on snags the rod tip should be directly over the line. If rod tip is in front of line then you will be prematurely initializing the swing and probably ending your drift prematurely. Also, if weight runs into structure, you will be pulling it into it and creating a worse snag than if rod tip was over line and twitched directly up and over obstruction on pauses and hesitations.      

The lesson for today was to hold the rod tip as high as possible to cut down on the amount of line entering into the water. (High sticking) Every time the rod tip was held low several negative things happened.
1. First and most importantly no fish were caught.
2. The fly would swing through the hole, instead of dead drifting through it. There by making our tasty morsel look more like a speeding bullet than something that was naturally moving along the bottom at the correct speed that was edible.
3. The weight would not bring our fly into the strike zone, due to the current bowing the line and keeping it all off bottom.
4. A low rod tip puts more line into the water creating a sub-surface bow which has many negative effect's. Basically, not allowing you to achieve your desired and most productive dead drift.

The above article has some exceptions to it. There are even more advanced techniques to add to the above article that will further your success rate. I guess I'll save those for my guest's ;)
Happy Hook'n:
Randy Jones

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If you like fishing for steelhead during the Winter, please stop back.

• Winter Steelhead On The Salmon River
 By Randy Jones - The Salmon River is located in Pulaski, New York on Lake Ontario's Eastern Shore. Its reputation for large runs of fish of incredible average size is unsurpassed by any other fishery in New England.

• Gearing Up For Winter Steelhead
 By Randy Jones - The Fall Steelhead comes into the river for one reason.

• Angling Tactics For Winter Steelhead
 By Randy Jones - Besides all the other pieces of the puzzle we have covered and will cover, hopefully these tips will help you to be more in tune with your fishing. Putting all of this together consistently will put you into the 10% of anglers that catch 90% of the fish!

• Factors To Consider When Fishing For Salmon River Steelhead during the Fall, Winter and Spring.
 By Randy Jones

More Steelhead Rambling's for your complimentary viewing pleasure coming this season:

Fly Presentation Technique, Detecting the Take and Proper Weighting
The Perfect Drift -  Drift Fishing Correctly with Fly Rod:
Visual and non-visual characteristics of line:
Common causes to common concerns:
My 3 main suggestions:
Fishing in Jan. and Feb.? Are you nuts? -Yup: 
Slush - Planning your fishing day around it:
Equipment:
Pressured Fish:
F.A.Q.S
Creeks, Streams, Rivers, Diversions and Brooks: Winter into Spring
Fish Fighting Techniques: I guarantee you'll learn some new stuff, and may not want to try. If you're afraid to experiment and try something new, then  please, do not read on.
If I only had 1 fly to use all season that works for all species of fish that run the Salmon River, this would be it
Winter tying tips:

The above and a hole lot more coming to your virtual fishing computer screen this season, complements of Salmon River NY Guide Randy Jones with over 30 years professional guiding experince.

Stay tuned for more entertainingly informative and mildly educational reports and articles on this never-ending virtual fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.
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Exciting action shot of a dime bright Oct. steelhead taken on the Salmon River NY using a fly rod with my guest. The thrill of the fight and the rewards of landing an Incredible Trophy Steelhead. Congrats! (Released)
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Clint's Testimonial with Pic's:
Randy, Thanks for the great photo of the HOG you and I landed. This year was particularly enjoyable for me. Even though there were relatively few fish caught up and down the river by others, due to low water and fish volumes, it was amazing how effective our group was.
I did not see anyone even come close to the amount of fish we handled and, in many cases, landed. As a bonus, I certainly learned a lot about handling a fly rod in just a couple of days, something relatively new for me. Thanks for your patience and consistent sharing of techniques.
Bottom line; best guide, best location, best dates, best gear,---big fish! I am thinking we need to rebook out at least until I will be too old to move--the only excuse not to be out on the river with "The Man". See you next year if not before on the Salmon River. Thanks! Clint Woods
Clint with a Trophy King Salmon of approx. 30 lb's. caught on the Salmon River Pulaski NY while wade fishing with a fly rod that's headed for the smoker. Congrats!!
Clint with a Bright fresh Chromer landed with a fly rod while wading the Slam'n Salmon River. C and R into cooler ;)  Congrats!
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Besides the below.... Enjoy an assortment of the BEST professionally edited Fishing Music Video's from around the World from 100's of social media sites I've cherry picked for all of you. PLUS much more!
Index:
Entertaining Salmon River Pulaski NY fish story's.
1. Salmon River NY Count Down
2. Salmon River NY - Day One Coho
3. Salmon River NY - Day Two Kings
4. Salmon River NY - Day Three Steelhead
Filmed here -
Major Coho Run!! (Theirs no HO like a Co-Ho! Did I jus say that? ;) (A must see)
Filmed here - Crank it up, while you crank down your drag.... while enjoying this inspirational Salmon Fishing music video. (A must see)
Filmed here - Nice Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing music video of some Salmon Success and Some Not. ;) (A must see)
Neat video of Salmon up at the Salmon River NY Hatchery in Beaver Dam Brook. (A must see)
Another Altmar Fish Hatchery Video
7 easy and productive egg patterns that catch steelhead and salmon, that you can tie in 60 seconds video. Plus BONUS flies and tying video's!
Spey anglers will like this fishing music video - It's a wade thru life.
"Money may not buy happiness..... ....but it'll buy fishing gear, and that's sorta the same thing" music fishing video.
Salmon cannon launches fish over waterway obstructions. Flexible pneumatic hose helps flummoxed fish return to spawning ground at 22 mph. (A must see)
My personal favorite - WARNING, Not for the faint of heart ;) - NEW Fish hook removal - Guide sticks 5 BIG hooks in himself, all over his body to demonstrate! (A must see)
Big King Salmon - Fishing Fail
Reeelly Cool! Condit Dam Removal Time Lapse Video. Making room for runs of fish to there spawning habitat's up river from dam.
Off Topic, but a funny dog video. Lets pray before you have your food.
Definition of "Fish" joke.
Video of Gloucester, MA and Cape Cod (Harwich, Chatham area) Published on Mar 21, 2012. This documentary follows the plight of 2 commercial fishing families as they cope with falling fish stocks and increasing government regulation.
Fishing & Hunting in Oswego County, NY: Dipping for Smelt
I promise you'll learn some'tin new, I did. A History of Ontario Steelhead  Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine.
#1 most popular,  Damsels in Distress, Very cool and unique fish feeding music video! I crawled on my stomach with my camera to the waters edge, hit record, and watched what was one of the coolest moments I have ever witnessed.
#2 most popular,  Reintroducing Atlantic Salmon to the Salmon River NY article.
Spey anglers will like this steelhead fishing music video. From the moment we're born, to that moment we leave this life. It's a wade through life. It's all about that journey, from moment to moment.
"Money may not buy happiness.....  ....but it'll buy fishing gear, and that's sorta the same thing". Spring Fly Fishing on the Eagle River in the Vail valley. Colorado's premier guide staff spends the day fishing. Filmed by Mike Tatro of Tatrofishfilms.
Funny humorous "Kids" (educational) video on a life of a fish. (I must be a kid, cuz I liked it. yukyuk) A parody of "I will Survive". This educational video takes an inside look into the lives of salmon, their dangerous journeys, emotional struggles and ironically, their eventual deaths.
Photo's taken by Oswego County NY Tourism from the Grand Opening of Tailwaters Lodge ( Rest, Bar, Tackle Shop and Convention Center) On the Salmon River Altmar N.Y. It's a nice look inside! 5 star!
Salmon are born with a migration route pre installed, say scientists. Nice article on the subject.
Nice fishing video, The Shenandoah Valley lies just two hours outside of our nation's capital and offers some incredibly diverse freshwater fishing.
Atlantic Salmon holding on a current break, seam. Nice visual video of this from Iceland. Neat stuff!
Fishing is an Adventure,  Haven’t had your morn'ns cup of Joe yet? This fishing adventure video will wake you up! Turn up your volume!!
Prey fish added to Lake Ontario restoration effort article.
Funny cartoon's, some old and some new.
The Next Evolution in Winter Steelhead Fishing Comfort???? (got an extra $3,000? ;)
To read this amazing fish story that I was apart of:
To read the rest of the fish story and simple tying instructions for a Glow Bug.
For a great Coho Fly please see Jeff's streamer and tying instructions.
Alternative definition of fly fishing
"Kids" what is lake effect snow video.
Arctic Extreme Performance Undersuit. (I bought one and it work's great! Lil pricey @ $300) I have recieved no compensation for endorsing there product, jus felt like sharing some warm stuff!
You C and R guy's will enjoy this humorous article.  As I was admiring the iridescent green dorsal, contrasting rosy cheeks and with silver mercury lateral lines, the Captain of the boat smacked the creature in between the eyes with a bloodied  and crude ax handle. THUD!! again. “There, I got ‘em. Now he won’t slip outta yer hands.” HOLY SH T!! REALLY?!!??
BIG King Salmon Fishing Fail Video,  Wait for it ;)
Funny Doritos Video Ad,  Three Guys Go Fishing
Off topic, but a fun talking dog video who wants, gets a kitty. Starring Clyde.


Out on my 16 foot heated drift boat enjoying a Steelhead filled day during the Winter on the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY. 35 minutes drive North of Syracuse off the Interstate. Approx. 5-1/2 hour drive from the Boston area, approx. 4-1/2 hour's from N.Y. City. Steelhead average 8 to 12 lb's. We fish for them from Nov. all Winter into the first week of May approx. My personal favorite time to fish for Steelhead in order of preference, April, Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. and Nov. I have a BIG propane heater on the drift boat that I use during the Winter to help take the chill off. :) Works great! We also fish for (15-20 lb. average) King Salmon (8-12lb.average) Coho Salmon that run from Sept. until the end of Oct. Then we have Brown trout that average 3-5 lb's. with some reaching into the teens during Nov

Guest Testimonial:
Randy, Thanks for yet another great day on the river with my brother. There's a reason I've been fishing with you for the last 8 years and keep on coming back. You are simply the best guide on the river bar none. You should have heard my brother on the drive home telling me how much he learned from you yesterday. He really appreciated your time and patience and how you carefully explained the ins 'n outs of how to consistently catch salmon. He had not fished the river in over 10 years and, after setting up in the dark and receiving the Randy Jones crash course on salmon fishing, he proceeded to hook up on the SECOND CAST!! Then another 2 in the first 30 minutes of fishin'!! Yeehaa!! After years of fishing with you, my answer to how many hookups I had that day is always "I have no idea" or "I can't remember". Usually give up after reaching double digits...
Nice King Salmon caught on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.

My niece Kate say's, The fish's are thiiiiiiiiis..... BIG!

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The fishing of your dreams..............
...........we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeel
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Come wade or drift boat the world-renowned Salmon River, NY, for hard fighting salmon and steelhead during the splendor of the Fall, Winter and Spring  seasons. Whether it's steelhead or salmon that you're after, I am dedicated to introducing both new anglers and experienced anglers to the exciting world of freshwater fly/spin fishing. For novices, I place emphasis on fly-spin fishing skills and supplement the day with knots, fly-bait selection, fish habitats and prey species. For the more experienced sportsman, I'll work with you to hone your skills. I guarantee a rewarding experience.

The below fish calendar was put together by a good friend, mentor, 15 year local guide Jeff Pierce.

Coho Salmon landed on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with a fishing report drift boat guide
Jeff P. with a bright fresh (unofficial record for pound test of leader used) Coho, caught and released while wading the Salmon River NY with a fly rod. - (There's no Hoe, like a Coho! Did I jus say that?)
To read this amazing story that I (guided them) was apart of: http://www.mustad.no/action/field_reports/nyfishst.htm For a great Coho Fly, please see Jeff's streamer and tying instructions. This is what he caught the above Coho on. http://www.mustad.no/action/flyofthemonth/archive/jeffscohocandy.htm

The following are general and depend on temps and water levels:
June - August
Skamania (a summer run strain of Steelhead)
Atlantic Salmon in small numbers
Chinook also start to show as early as July on high water but number's grow with good water conditions in late August.

September
Chinook and Coho start coming in in good numbers
Steelhead start coming in in decent numbers
A few Browns start showing

October
This is the prime month for Chinook. They come in in large numbers now.
Coho are also coming in in good numbers.
Steelhead really begin showing in good numbers now
Browns also start coming in in decent numbers but Nov. is peak for them.

November
Most of the Chinook are dead or near dead but a few fresh stragglers do come in. While the Coho run is over for the most part, they remain in decent shape and hold up longer than the Chinook. This is a great time for Steelheaders as the Salmon crowds are gone and the numbers of Steelhead are normally good.
The Brown fishing is also pretty good, although not as good as tribs more to the west.

Dec - Feb.
This is obviously the coldest period. The fishing can be great for Steelhead depending on water temps and levels. You are best off fishing from late morning through the afternoon at this time of year as the suns rays help to warm the water slightly, making the fish a bit more active. Browns are often caught this time of year as well.

March - April
The water starts warming and the Steelhead start coming in in greater numbers. The spawn begins as the temps rise and often a small run of Browns come in to feed on bait fish and Steelhead & Sucker eggs. Don't be surprised if you hook a Chrome freight train that takes you for a ride. There are SPRING run Chinook in small numbers that show up at this time. If only the State would process some of these fish to build the spring numbers.

May
This is a GREAT time to target drop-back Steelhead. These are spawned out Steelhead who are now eating everything in sight as they work their way back to the lake. The numbers of fish caught in a day at this time of year can be amazing. The first Skamania and Atlantic's can be caught at this time      as well.
Hope this helps a bit . . .Jeff

Salmon River Pulaski New York

Credit http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html
The Salmon River, located in Oswego County, stretches 17 miles from the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir in Altmar to where it empties into Lake Ontario at Port Ontario. There are 12 miles of Public Fishing Rights along the river. The Salmon River offers some of the finest sportfishing in the country. Two  major fish records have been set in the Salmon River: the Great Lakes record Chinook salmon (47 lbs. 13 oz.) and the world record Coho salmon (333 lbs 4 oz.).

General Fishing Information
Chinook and Coho Salmon
Maturing Chinook and Coho salmon returning to the Salmon River usually begin to stage off the Salmon River mouth in late August. Chinook (or King) salmon are the main attraction this time of year. The fish range in size from 15-30 lbs., averaging around 18 lbs. The Great Lakes record Chinook salmon, caught in the Salmon River, weighed 47 lbs. 13 oz. Coho salmon are generally smaller and range in size from 3 to 10 lbs., averaging around 8 lbs. The world record Coho salmon, caught in the Salmon River, weighed 33 lbs. 4 oz. Trolling in the estuary with spoons, dodgers/flies, cut-bait and plugs works well for these staging fish. Salmon usually begin entering the Salmon River around Labor Day.

Once salmon enter the river they are no longer actively feeding. Despite this, they do exhibit behaviors that make them vulnerable to traditional sportfishing techniques. One of these behaviors is aggression, or territoriality, and the other is their attraction to fish eggs or egg shaped lures. The peak of the spawning run usually doesn't occur until the latter half of September and the first half of October. Fish are generally spread throughout the river depending on the spawning stage they are in. Some fish will be making their way upriver (often referred to as running), holding in deeper pools and actively spawning. Fish engaged in the first two activities can be caught on egg sacs, egg imitating flies or plastics and streamers. Fish that are spawning, especially the males, can become very aggressive and will strike gaudy streamers swung past their spawning redds.

Steelhead
The Salmon River offers the opportunity to fish for two strains of steelhead, the Washington strain and the Skamania strain. The Washington, or winter run,  begin entering the Salmon River in late October and continue through Spring. They feed aggressively on the abundant salmon eggs in the Fall, thus making it a very good time to go steelhead fishing. Using egg sacs or egg imitating flies and plastics are your best options. Fish that entered the river in the fall will hold over in the deeper pools of the river throughout the winter. Fishing the deeper pools with egg sacs, egg imitating flies or nymphs works well this time of year. Warming periods during the winter may bring new fish into the river. Spawning usually takes place during mid-March and through early April. After spawning the fish begin to drop back to Lake Ontario. These fish can be very aggressive. These fish feed heavily because they are hungry and finished spawning. They can be caught on plugs, spinners, flies, egg sacs and night  crawlers. Summer run skamania steelhead begin entering the river around June. They tend to run during periods of increased flow. Your best chance to encounter fish is after a heavy rain or planned water release from the hydro plant. The fish remain in the river until they spawn the following spring.

Atlantic Salmon
Atlantic salmon were native to Lake Ontario. They are fall spawners and start their spawning run as early as July. Atlantic salmon can range from 5 to 20 lbs. Fishing techniques are similar to steelhead fishing methods.

Brown Trout
Brown trout enter the river from mid-September to mid-November. Brown trout are also on a spawning run, but will feed heavily on salmon eggs. It can be difficult to target brown trout, but one option is fishing down stream from actively spawning salmon with egg sacs and egg imitating flies and plastics. Brown trout range from 2 to 20 lbs.

Fisheries Management
The five major game fish are Chinook and Coho salmon, Atlantic salmon (or landlocked salmon), brown trout, and steelhead. Smallmouth bass are also found in the river. The Salmon River is stocked yearly with around 300,000 Chinook salmon, 80,000 Coho salmon, 120,000 Washington strain steelhead, 40,000 skamania strain steelhead and 30,000 Atlantic salmon. Natural reproduction does take place in the Salmon River but to what extent this adds to the fishery is not known. The Salmon River is an important part of the Lake Ontario salmon and trout fishery. Some of the returning salmon and steelhead to the Salmon River make their way to the Salmon River Fish Hatchery. These fish are then used for egg collection and the resulting fish are stocked into many Lake Ontario tributaries, along with the Salmon River. A total of 1.76 million Chinook salmon are stocked annually by NYSDEC into Lake Ontario.

This could be you! Ye-Haaaa!
Pulaski NY This is one of my all time favorite Spring steelhead photo's. Anton with a Trophy 16 lb. approx. Spring Steelhead Big'ol Buck. Congrats!! (Released)

A Superb sampling of some of my past edited Spin or Fly - Steelhead, Salmon and Brown Trout - Drift Boat Guide Fishing Reports from the Salmon River in Pulaski NY:
Mon. - 2 new anglers, averaged a doz. Steelhead off the guided drift boat.
Tues. - 2 very experienced expert S.R. anglers, hit 21, yes, that was 21 Steelhead off the drift boat!
Wed. - Over a dozen Steelhead played with off the guided drift boat.
Thurs. - Over 17 Steelhead hooked up off the drift boat!
Another week - I had 2 clients who fished two days in a row off the guided drift boat. Tues. they played with 18 Steelhead and Wed. they tangled with 15 Steelhead. My guest's have continued to find around a dozen Steelhead each day to play with, almost every trip. Sometimes, even a few more! Same as last year. These are VERY strong averages and not the norm if you look at the last 10-15 years :)

Drift Boat Guide Steelhead Fishing Report

We continue to see reeeeel good Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River, NY. This past week we averaged between 12 and 16 Steelhead per day off the guided drift boat. Ye-haa! I'd obviously recommend coming up! Besides anglers with drift boat guides, Im also seeing plenty of shore angler's finding a good number of fish also. That's always nice to see! Every spot that myself and other's are fishing, are with Steelhead. We still have Steelhead in transition, so those spots are still producing nicely.

Brown Trout Fly Fishing Report

Wed. - My guest's from Tues. joined me again today for another incredible fishing experience. At times we had a dozen 2-4  lb. Browns within a 10 by 10 foot area of the water. Sighted over 75 - 85 Browns over the course of the day with not another sole around. LOADED!! :) Incredible opportunity ALL day. I hope you all have the chance to some day experience this truly magnificent fishery! Today we felt as though we were in Alaska, and NOT around one of the most popular fishing area's in the country! The fish we played with and landed were WAY to many to try to keep track off. Don't ya just hate when THAT happens? :) ALL of these fish are just waiting here for YOUR, perfectly cast (aheeeem ;) bait or fly.

Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report

Wed. Dozen Steelhead played with off the guide drift boat! Thurs. Another approx. Dozen Steelies played with off the guide drift boat! Friday 16 Steelhead off the guide drift boat!

Fishing Report Drift Boat Guide Steelhead

Monday - Played with about 12-13 steelhead off the guide drift boat. Good numbers all over the place. East to West, North to South. :) Tuesday - Played with 7 or 8 Steelhead off the guide drift boat! Hit them in 2 out of 3 spots. Learned over 3 miles of some of the best chrome hold'n territory on the river. Wednesday - 5 Steelies with one guest off the drift boat. Ye-haa! It's hammer time. Thursday - 6 Steelies with my one guest off the drift boat. Same as yesterday. Did one more fish today and cemented in presentation, presentation, presentation! :)

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel

Enjoy Incredible Fishing for Trophy Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout with Salmon River NY Drift Boat Guide useing Spin or Fly Rods
Enjoy wade or drift boat fishing on the world renowned Salmon River in Pulaski NY for hard fighting salmon or steelhead during the splendor of the fall, winter and spring seasons.
Whether it's trophy sized steelhead or salmon that you're after, I am dedicated to introducing both new and experienced anglers to the exciting world of freshwater fishing. For novices, I place emphasis on Fly/Spin fishing skill and supplement the day with knots, fly/bait selection, fish habitats, and prey species. For the more experienced sportsman, I'll work with you to hone your fishing skills. I guarantee a rewarding experience.
I have a firm belief 100 % of my energy and time should be focused on you and helping you attain your goals, during our time together and not fishing along side you.
I am a thoroughly proficient and professional year-round fly/spin fishing guide with 30 + years of fresh and salt water experience.

Outstanding Guided Drift Boat Fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY for Steelhead, Brown Trout or Salmon
September through April
The Salmon River is located in Pulaski NY on Lake Ontario's eastern shore, 30 miles north of Syracuse. Its reputation for large runs of Salmon - Steelhead and incredible average size of all species is unsurpassed by any other fishery in New England.
Fishing report Guide enjoys useing the drift boat for Steelhead and Salmon

September 1 - October 31 -
Tackle busting King Salmon averaging 10-20 lbs. will amaze you with their freight train runs. Trying to harness the raw power of a 12 lb Coho Salmon running in 20 different directions in a blink of an eye will keep you on your toes (and hopefully not on your back!)


October 15 - November
- Brown Trout. Like Salmon and Steelhead you measure these Fish by the pound and not by the inch.Drift Boat fishing report Guide offers NY Steelhead They have entered the river to spawn and will weight from 3-10 pounds. While they are not as numerous as the Salmon or the Steelhead, these are an optional trophy of a Fishing life time.


October 20 - May 1 - Steelhead 8-15 lbs.
The Fall Steelhead is without a doubt, one of the hardest fighting Fish that swims in the Salmon River NY. They'll take you into your backing in seconds, then jump start your heart with tail walking antics that will live in your memory forever.

Winter - This is one of my favorite Drift Boat Guide Fishing times of the year. With colder temperatures the crowds disappear. Steelhead continue to come into the river from the lake. A winter Drift Boat trip aboard our heated Drift Boat is a great way to learn the river and experience it's beauty. The end of February, March and April are great Steelhead Fishing days as new Fish move into and out of the river on a daily basis. As the Salmon River temperatures rise, so does the aggressiveness of the Steelhead. Often, sight fishing is possible as they move into the shallows.
We can Spin or Fly Fish for Salmon or Steelhead either by wading or using the Drift Boat.


I invite you to join me and enjoy what is an unquestionably one of the finest fresh water fisheries in the eastern United States.


Quality Fishing Testimonial for the Salmon River NY catching Steelhead or Salmon with Drift Boat Guide
It may be difficult to understand the term World Class Fishing until you have been there. But perhaps this will help!
Superb Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River NY Randy, Thank you for several memorable trips this year on the Salmon River NY. The highlight of the year was definitely the outing on the Salmon River during September with my son for salmon. Never have I experienced such numbers of large and aggressive Salmon in all my 45 years of fishing. I estimate we had over 60 hook-ups on King Salmon and caught and released 12, two of which were between 30 and 35 pounds. Close behind was the spring drift boat trip for Steelhead on the remote stretch of Pucker-brush Creek. Seeing over 2 dozen Steelhead off the drift boat in a one mile stretch, with no one else around, reminded me of Alaska. After those experiences, I decided traveling to the Northwest Territories for lake trout and grayling or to Labrador for brook trout are a thing of the past and I will concentrate on the quality of fishing available in New York State. If you ever need a recommendation, I would be pleased to provide one. Dick Koelling
Note: If you don't recognize "Pucker-Brush Creek", it's one of many of my secret creeks where Steelhead abound in a beautiful , pristine environment without many or even any other anglers.


Enjoy Superb Trophy Steelhead Trout Fishing off the Drift Boat with Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Fishing Guide
The Guide Drift Boat allows you to Spin or Fly Fish a great deal of water for Salmon or Steelhead on the Salmon River NY. Often when the Steelhead or Salmon are scattered this is a fabulous water chariot.

Amazing Fishing Reports for Salmon and Steelhead from this Drift Boat guide working the Salmon River in Pulaski NY

Pulaski NY Salmon River

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At 16 feet, this 285 pound guide drift boat is comfortable and a very stable platform . It is outfitted with a propane heater to keep you nice and toasty on even the coldest days. While you can Spin or Fly fish from the drift boat, I will often stop to let clients wade and fish a particularly productive run on the Salmon River NY. When the Steelhead or Salmon are concentrated in particular locations wading is the preferred option. At
other times a drift boat is the only way to get to the fish. While I will give booking anglers a recommendation, you may want to experience one method over another.

A past trip:
My 2 guest's experienced their first time Steelhead fishing. They came back amazed at the numbers of fish we played with but most importantly, the knowledge they gained.
For them, the fish were second to achieving a rock solid Steelhead fishing foundation on which to build. That was their main goal, to which we succeeded! I think we played with about 10-11 Steelies for the day. Just icing on the cake. :)

My slowest past trip:
My 2 guest's were very experienced. We had three or four on and off reeeel quick. One that pulled hard and fast before breaking off. And landed One. Ouch! Never know :)

Another past trip:
Hit Steelhead in 3 out of 5 spots today. Played with about 8 total for the day. The 2 spots we didn't hit any fish in were only fished for about 5-10 minutes.
Im sure there were fish there, and we would have found some if we had stayed longer, but we were only looking for some McDonald's fish. (Fast and easy:)

And yet another past trip:
My guest's decided to fish a 1/2 day instead of our full day because of the impending weather forecast. They got out of town before it really hit, which made me feel better. In our 1/2 days fishing we tangled with 5 Steelhead. Not bad!
We went on a Nantucket sleigh ride. We gave chase in the boat and were surrounded with a very narrow river, fast water, log jam's, fish running under the boat in about every direction, boulders, fish moving from one side of the boat to the other, my oar blades, rapids, tree's, you name it.
We had to zig and zag our way through this obstacle course with a mad and dashing Steelhead on. Pheeew! Finally that steelhead had had enough and gave up. It was netted nicely off the side of the drift boat as we slowly drifted down the river in its currents.
Talk about a Chinese fire drill!
It would have been a hilarious show to watch as I tried to run the oar's, anchor, missing all the obstacles, reminding my guest about the over hanging tree branches and net while keeping everyone safe and upright in the boat all at once. :)
What a fight, what an adrenaline rush, DAM, I love this job!

Guest testimonial:
Randy, We would like to thank you for the two outstanding days of guiding. We hooked and landed more fish in the first day with you than in our 5 years of fishing the Salmon river combined. Many guides are eager to display their knowledge but few are as willing to share their knowledge as you were. The things you taught us about the Salmon river were invaluable. Upon returning home, fellow fishing friends asked us about our guided days with you. Our opinion was that we probably learned in 2 days what it would have taken us 10 years to learn on our own. We feel that if you enjoy salmon or steelhead fishing then you owe it to yourself to at least spend a day guided by Randy Jones. We will never forget those two days and look forward to joining you again. Thank you and tight lines, Michelle, Joe and Jerry

Steelhead Salmon guide fishing reports on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead Bright fresh Spring Steelhead (Client - Dick Koelling photo credit)

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Web Site Testimonial: Randy, Your knowledge and willingness to share it without condition is simply marvelous for everyone, but mostly for the fish. You should be commended for helping make this magnificent fishery what it is.

THANKS! I'm simply sharing my true fishing passion's with other's, with similar interest's.
Thanking you all.... for making my fishing report pages the TOP guide site to visit for this area over these past 20 some years and over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season.
It has been my sincere pleasure sharing my 30 plus years of full-time, proffessional guiding insight, experience, experimentation, borrowed ideas and taught techniques with you all. Thank you all for your words of encouragement, kind words and continued support!

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Distributed World Wide Books: Simon Gawesworth, Spey Casting, First and also Second Editions. Rich Murphy, Fly Fishing for Striped Bass. (More not listed here)
Covers, feature articles and guide profiles in: Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine, Fly Fishing in Saltwater Magazine, Albany, Syracuse, Utica and N.Y. Times Newspapers, N.Y. Sportsmen, N.Y. Fishing and Hunting and Salmon River Success Magazines.
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Paid featured guest speaker at Sports Shows, Fresh and Saltwater fishing.
Guest speaker at most Trout Unlimited Chapters, fly tying, tackle and Orvis shops around New England and beyond.
I have had the pleasure of being interviewed with some of the top fly fisherman, fly fishing Author's of the World. (Lefty Kreh, more not listed here)
Represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Cape Cod Saltwater Fly fishing Schools.
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Outstanding Steelhead Salmon guide offers fishing reports on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead Author Randy Jones (Photo courtesy of  http://www.ORVIS.com  fishing catalogue)
Funny Steelhead Salmon guide offers great fishing reports on the Salmon River NY from the drift boat
Randy Jones is a full-time professional fly/spin fishing guide with over 30 years of experience. He has represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Saltwater Fly fishing schools.
During the summer, Randy can be found wade guiding the S.E. (and beyond) Cape Cod area's, where sight casting on the flats to trophy Striped Bass is his specialty.
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring Randy runs drift boat and wade trips on the world class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. for Steelhead, Coho, Browns, Atlantic's and Kings.
There's no Nookie like Chinookie

Fishing reports for the Salmon River "The Salmon River, where Memories are Made"

RATES: SALMON RIVER Sept. to May - Wade or Drift Boat
One Angler:.....$225
Two Anglers:...$300
Orvis Fly Equipment - Spin rods provided (Flies included)
Pulaski Hm: 315-963-2065

Fly Fishing reports for Salmon
RATES: CAPE COD May - August  - Wade flats, beaches, bays and ocean islands.
One angler -  $275
Two anglers -$350
Orvis equipment -Spin rods and flies, bait, lures provided

Cape Cod Hm: (508)  Pulaski Hm: 315-963-2065

Salmon or Steelhead Fishing Reports
Hamming it up while "sightfishing" to Stripers on the Monomoy flats while tight to a keep'a!
                                                 See ya ladder,
                                                            Randy

E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com

Phone #315-963-2065


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