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Todays Guide Fishing Report Salmon River Pulaski NY. Drift boat fishing guide has steelhead salmon spin fly fishing reports on Salmon River Pulaski Altmar NY

Author Randy Jones By Randy Jones

Nov. 22, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

Steelhead Fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY has been slow to ok with a few reeeel good days. Some fish in all the spots, some being very fussy.
Most anglers having a slow go of it, but not all.
Seeing numerous jumps, tail walks and speeding bullet runs from our Steelhead of late!
Perfect Presentation, Rigging and Habitat for this water flow and temperature of water, crucial for success.

Latest Movement of Steelhead:
Recently, the lower river recieved better #'s of fresh Steelhead over an approx. 4 day period.
After that, the middle of the river was fishing better. With better #'s, as these Dime Bright Chromers transitioned (ran) up the river.
Now, upper river has seen some of those freshies.
Besides the ones that came in during the 1,800 cfs and the others that have been trickling in daily. These are adding to our #'s, top to bottom of the river, with more to come - Ye-Haa!

We have an additional 75cfs of run off, added to our flow of 335cfs presently. Sometimes, that's all it takes to induce a nice push of fresh steelhead. We might even see more run - off, once this snow starts to melt.
With these past strong and gusty West winds and low light. Browns and some Salmon dropping eggs. We will see a continuation of fresh Silver Bullets entering the river - Ye-Haa!

Gift certificates are available for Trips
Gift Certificate good for 1-2 people,  complimentary day of fishing, Spin or Fly.
Pick up a great fishing gift cert. for your fishing friend or fishing loved one (s).
You work hard so you deserve it right? Maybe a nice subtle hint to your loved one will plant the seed. That's how I do it. :)
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 and fish habitats. For the more experienced sportsman, I'll work with you to hone your skills. I guarantee a rewarding experience.

Todays Steelhead Fishing Tips:
Look for more fish to transition from Fall to Winter habitats as the water temp's drop. Spreading them out, putting 1/2 the fish in Fall Habitats and the other 1/2 in Winter habitats. Jus like last year when the water temp. hovered around 43 degrees for an aprox. 1 month period.
We continue to have a number of fish in a Transitional stage (running the river), so their middle of the day resting spots will continue to produce.

Nice bright fresh steelhead landed on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Congrats!

Last Weeks Guided Fishing:
Monday - My 1 guest was brand NEW to the SR, NEW to Steelhead fishing and NEW to using my fly rod. He went 2 for 7. Biggest landed was 10lbs. We got lucky and had a pod of dime bright steelhead move into our spot. My guest didnt move more than 6 feet all day while he expertly worked 3 specific and unique current break features of this one hot spot, in this productive Fall Lye - Ye-Haa! (1 expert angler stood 30 feet above us and his buddy stood 30 feet below us and they both hit 4 fish each, in a 2 hour period, while never moving an inch from their spot)

Tues. - All the fresh steelhead that had been in Mondays spot had moved, leaving a few around. My guest Dr. Ron who is a 20 year repeat client of mine is an expert at fishing the SR with a fly rod. Hit 3 steelhead in 2 out of 4 spots.

Wed.  - Dr. Ron joined me for a second day and hit 2 steelhead in a 1/2 day fishing in 1 spot.

Thurs. - I fought and landed 20 steelhead in 1 hour fishing time, all world record sized 30 lb'rs, then I woke up from my dream. Late to bed, early to rise; fish all day, make up lies........... :)

Fri. - Took a rare SKUNK! If you've been fishing up here lately, does that make you feel better? Hope so ;) (My guest's were kind enouph to allow me to $ discount their day. I'm more about the qaulity of the fishing, then the $)


Snow Totals - North Redfield NY did it!
Weather watcher Carolyn Yerdon says they broke the 50 inch mark in Redfield.
See the snow in Altmar NY - For more COOL videos and OUTSTANDING pic's from the storm, check out Shane Muckeys Face Book page @ https://www.facebook.com/shane.muckey?pnref=story (Credit Shane Muckey)



Advanced Steelhead and Brown Trout Locations - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2TUdtz730&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8

3 Prime and Basic Steelhead Current Breaks in every pool you should know about - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3rXmooawm0&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3

Some Steelhead are in Transition - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4

Some Steelhead holding in the mid. day resting spots - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuxHmiZcmg&index=5&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o

Some Steelhead in the pools - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6

Steelhead season is here! Give me a ring! 315 963 2065. Emails are best - randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.

Local Weather - http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Pulaski&state=NY&site=BUF&textField1=43.5653&textField2=-76.1282&e=0#.WDQQnOkzWUl

Forecasted Water Flow levels for the Salmon River NY - http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=365123 (95% accurate)

Actual Salmon River water flow level @ Pineville NY - http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/uv/?site_no=04250200 - (With slightly higher flows below) - (99% accurate)

Check out my #1 fun place to view or chat about the Salmon River fishing. Ask some Q's, , maybe learn something and post your fishing reports @ http://www.salmontime.com/index.php (If you join, tell'm Randy sent ya :)

One of my favorite fishing sites
I look at daily for up here - https://www.facebook.com/SteelHead101?ref=profile



Father and son sharing some qaulity steelhead fishing time on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Congrats!

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:


National Grid giving 2,800 acres of prime fishing land to NY on Salmon River
By  David Figura | dfigura@newyorkupstate.com on November 14, 2016

Following 11 years of negotiations and various delays, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to take ownership soon of 2,800 acres of National Grid land along the lower Salmon River and the Salmon River Reservoir.

The development is a big deal because the land the DEC is getting along the river, which makes up the majority of the transaction, will ensure continued public access for fishing. No other plans have been released at this point by the DEC.

The annual salmon and steelhead fishing scene – particularly in the fall -- is a huge and crucial part of the economic scene in the greater Pulaski area, drawing tens of thousands of anglers from throughout the state and beyond.

The 2,800 acres is being turned over to the state by the utility company as part of a 2005 consent decree reached with Niagara Mohawk. The agreement followed serious health and environmental violations by two of Niagara Mohawk's coal-fired power plants in the western part of the state – the Huntley Station near Tonawanda, and the Dunkirk Station in Dunkirk. Both released harmful emissions of nitrous oxides and sulfur dioxide into the air in violation of air emission standards.

The consent decree noted its terms would be binding upon Niagara Mohawk and its successors. National Grid, which acquired Niagara Mohawk in 2002, assumed responsibility for the actions and the terms of the agreement.

The land that the state will acquire "is in the vicinity of the Salmon River and Salmon River Reservoir in the towns of Albion, Orwell, Redfield and Richland, and the villages of Altmar and Pulaski, in Oswego County." In late 2004, the land was appraised and said to have a market value of $2.56 million.

The 2005 agreement included terms that Niagara Mohawk pay a $3 million civil penalty, in addition to putting $3 million in a "Niagara Mohawk Environmental Mitigation Project Account." The latter was to be used for projects approved by the DEC involving "energy efficiency and/or pollution reduction in Western New York, including but not limited to the weatherization of low income housing and the retrofitting of pollution controls on school buses."

Both the payment of the civil penalty and the setting up of the mitigation project account have been taken care of already, according to Virginia Limmiatis, a National Grid spokeswoman.

The last piece of the deal, "the gift agreement," has been delayed for various reasons. When the ownership of the land is finally transferred, National Grid's responsibility in regard to satisfying the terms of the consent decree is finished, Limmiatis said.

Fishing is a multi-million dollar business in Oswego County, said David Turner, the county's director of community development, tourism and planning. He cited a 2015 stuydy of state fishing license purchases in the county – specifically, the annual "river fishing period," beginning in mid-September and continuing through to March.

He said license sales to out-of-staters alone amounted to more than 22,000 licenses. Also, that the anglers came from every single state in the country and "33 provinces and countries from around the world."

"These anglers aren't up here ice fishing. They're fishing on the river," he said.
http://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/2016/11/national_grid_giving_2800_acres_of_land_to_ny_state_along_salmon_river.html#incart_river_home

Lot's of lil Steelhead around presently. Our Steelhead average 8 to 12 pounds on the Salmon River NY.

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ENJOY a fast and fun drift boat trip down the Salmon River in Pulaski NY covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Winter and Fall fishing seasons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmTTVnAzVEw&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o

Magical Spring Steelhead Day!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc (Video Credit "Repeat Client" Allen K.)

BIG STEELHEAD RUN!
Here is a Video I made for you that helps explain what helps and encourages the Steelhead to make a BIG RUN! - (Might help you plan your trip?) -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=7&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS

Where to fish for Steelhead in the Water Column 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koVVmqS0gjM&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8

Humor:

I'm the first person to EVER Bungee Jump NAKED off the Long Bridge over the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Police were called and I was arrested ;)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddOp8QPNEyc  FISH ON!

My Video Jokes
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If your looking to book a fishing trip for Steelhead, Ive still got a FEW prime dates open.
I'm very lucky, to do what I enjoy and share it with all of you.
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll mak'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
Randy Jones


My sites Draw Thousands of visitors a day. They are worth a visit!
My SR Fishing Report Web site - http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html
U-Tube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClgsjJbH_nloBgp7eIWrwyg)
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guide-Salmon-River-Pulaski-NY-Drift-Boat-Steelhead-Fishing-Report/479488402134210
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These site's offer informative articles, based on my years of almost daily experience on the river. About flies, fly fishing, spin fishing, rigging, float fishing, techniques and finding fish.
Q's? - http://www.yankeeangler.com/questions.html

I offer drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 35 yr's full time professional guide experience.
Phone #315 963 2065  Email: randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.
Orvis fly - Spin fishing equipment, tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.
Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end. (May run over)

Gift certificates are available for Trips

Enjoy 262 Trophy Fish Photos from Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide Randy Jones w/35 yrs. Pro. Guide Exp.
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Bonus Updated Archived Fishing Reports w/Photo's, Articles, Humor, Tips and Mail Bag Q and A's can be found here. Enjoy!
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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
Southeast TU, MA
Greater Boston TU, MA
Northeast TU, MA
Croton Watershed TU, NY
Clearwater TU, NY
Mid-Hudson TU, NY
Iron Furnace TU, PA
Stan Cooper TU, PA
Thames Valley TU, CT
Hammonasset TU, CT
Chittenango TU, NY
Also:
Orvis-Manhattan, NY
Orvis-Boston, MA
Green Mt. Fly Tiers Assoc. VT
Rivers Edge Trading Co.(Orvis)
Central NY Fly Fishers, NY
Oysterville Yacht Club, MA
Also:
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.)
(More not listed here)

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 25 years and over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season.
It has been my sincere pleasure sharing my 35 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!

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)

Nov. 12, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

Experienced Steelhead anglers who are working hard and covering water on the Salmon River NY  have been the most successful.
As usual, presentation, fishing the right spot's effectively with fish that want to cooperate and are not too fussy, rigging for education level of fish, experiment with what your throwing and move around.

This last week I was noticing Steelhead in every single Prime (exact as fitting a key into a lock) Fall Habitat for this water temp., water flow and stage of their life.
Offering Opportunity with a presence of Chrome. Ye-Haa!

Most steelhead anglers are presently, having a slow go of it. But not all.
As everyday pass's, we are seeing more steelhead enter and run the river.
We will have more around when you get up here.

Most of the Steelhead I'm finding are Transitioning up the river and then holding in their Prime Fall Lyes - hint ;) Few in their middle of the day resting spots, while transitioning up the river - hint ;)

Advanced Steelhead and Brown Trout Locations - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2TUdtz730&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8

3 Prime and Basic Steelhead Current Breaks in every pool you should know about - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3rXmooawm0&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3

Some Steelhead are in Transition - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4

Some Steelhead holding in the mid. day resting spots - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuxHmiZcmg&index=5&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o

Some Steelhead in the pools - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6

Steelhead season is here! Give me a ring! 315 963 2065. Emails are best - randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.


Guide's job is his life
by Morgan Lyle For The Daily Gazette
Tight to a Steelhead! Im hamming it up, ready with the net and my goofy hat. Fish ON, Baby!

Want an idea of the demand for a good "Full-Time" steelhead and salmon fishing guide on the Salmon River?

"I have already had to start scheduling my days off, a year in advance, believe it or not," said Randy Jones, aka, "the Yankee Angler," one of only a handful of "Full-Time" guides who take people fishing on the Lake Ontario tributary from the start of salmon season in September right through to the end of steelhead season in the spring.

There are good reasons to envy the lives of fishing guides. They make a living doing what the rest of us do for fun. Their workplace is a drift boat on a river, and their only boss is Mother Nature.

But most fishers also realize it can be a tough life, one that could burn a person out on fishing altogether. Jones used to work every weekend and holiday. Now, because his guide business is so successful and popular he takes those days off and only works mid-week. He's in bed every night at 8 and up every morning at 3.

All through the winter, long before most people have clicked their remote car starters and sat down to a cup of coffee, he's backing his boat-trailer into the inky river in the frigid dawn, with an anxious, bundled-up client dreaming of leaping silver.

Even at the slowest times of the year, Jones is competing with dozens or hundreds of anglers for fish. The Steelheads are tricky to find, difficult to fool and very challenging to land.

When he's not out with clients (some of whom have precious little fishing experience), he's working on his web site or lining up the speaking engagements at Trout Unlimited functions and other gatherings that help promote his business and keep his schedule full.

So it was nice to learn that the daily grind hasn't blunted Jones' passion for the sport. When I asked him when would be a good time to get some pictures of him on the river, he said,"I've got a day off scheduled Wednesday. Let's go out in the boat."
Winter Solitude - Nice Steelhead. Congrats Mark!! https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarkTarnawczyk/posts?cfem=1

"It takes an enormous amount of time and energy," he said. "But what originally got me into the sport as an angler is still there, the  love of being outdoors, the excitement of the fight, the challenge of it all. Basically just having a love of the sport that I haven't lost after 30 years and sharing that passion with others who have the same interest's as I do.

Least we feel to sorry for the man, let's remember that during the four months of the year he's not guiding on the Salmon River, Jones takes people sight-fishing for striped bass on the sunny, sandy flats of Monomoy Island on Cape Cod.

"From a marketing and sales point of view, it's been an invaluable geographical placement. I market and promote myself all over New England and beyond, and a lot of my clients who fish here on the Salmon River go down to the cape with me," he said. "Both fisheries are at their prime at opposite ends of the year, so it allows me to run my profitable business on a year-round, full-time basis."

Jones, 55, an Iowa native who lived and guided in Vermont for 12 years before moving to Pulaski, may be one of the best-known of the hardy Salmon River guide corps. Randy has 35 plus years of experience as a fishing guide, which has helped him to acquire a vast and diverse knowledge base. While he's relaxed and good-natured with clients, as a good guide should be, he is also very much a hard-nosed businessman, always on the lookout for an advantage or a new way to promote his name.

His Web sites:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClgsjJbH_nloBgp7eIWrwyg
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guide-Salmon-River-Pulaski-NY-Drift-Boat-Steelhead-Fishing-Report/479488402134210
https://plus.google.com/+SalmonRiverNYGuideRandyJonesMexico
https://www.flickr.com/photos/salmonriverpulaskinyguide
http://www.yankeeangler.com/FishingReport.html
Draws thousands of visitors a day. It's worth a visit: The site offers informative articles, based on Jones' years of daily experience on the river, about flies, spin fishing, rigging, techniques and finding fish.

As free as he is with general advice, Jones keeps things like honey-holes and productive fly-patterns secret, to be shared only with his clients. He doesn't waste a client's time on a hole that was pounded the day before, and he watches each cast carefully, to make sure the sport has covered a good lie thoroughly before moving on.

Most of Jones' clients seem to land fish. But of course, there is more value to fishing with a guide than simply being chauffeured to a good spot in a heated boat. You learn things it would have taken you years to learn by yourself, and you can come back confident and informed on your own.

What's it like to be a guide? "It can be a variety of different things, from total satisfaction that you've taken someone with lots of experience to no experience and brought their fishing ability level up to meet their expectations or above, the same way a teacher would feel when their students get an A on a test, to the thrill and the excitement of the fight, to the rewards of running a profitable business, to sometimes the feeling of inadequacy when you have a slow day on the river," he said.

Jones can be reached at (315) 963 - 2065. Along with his own business, he offers a referral service to 6 other local top guides that he keeps busy while taking his client over flow.

Fishing Salmon River Pulaski NY
Tight to a Steelhead!                                       (John Halnon - Professional photographer credit)
The Schenectady Gazette.,Schenectady, NY. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.


In Pulaski, a river runs through it, as village, surrounding area find new ways to cater to anglers.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/in-pulaski-a-river-runs-through-it-as-village-surrounding-area-find-new-ways-to-cater-to-anglers-20161030


New York State and Canadian officials announced this week that beginning next spring they'll be reducing the numbers of Chinook salmon stocked into Lake Ontario by 20 percent – and lake trout numbers by an even greater percentage.

 The announcement was prompted by evidence of two successive years of poor alewive reproduction in the lake. Alewives are a baitfish and the primary food of Chinook salmon, and lake trout to a lesser degree. Chinook are the most sought-after game fish in the lake because of their size and fighting ability.

 "The stocking reductions, which are moderate in size, will help reduce predatory demand on alewive, with the objective of fostering a robust forage base for the future," according to a press release from the Lake Ontario Committee, which is composed of representatives from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

 DEC officials discussed the then-proposed cuts at public meetings in Lockport and Sandy Creek last month and emphasized they would have a "negligible" impact on the Lake Ontario sports fishing industry, which generates millions of dollars each year for New York's economy.

 In addition, they said stocking cuts would only last a couple of years and the decision would be re-evaluated.

 DEC officials emphasized Lake Ontario's salmon fishery is the best and boasts the biggest fish of all the Great Lakes, with many years of record catches. They said the stocking cuts were being implemented to keep things that way by keeping a good predator/prey balance in the lake.

 Lake trout do dine on alewives, but to a lesser degree than the Chinooks. The reason they're being included in the stocking cuts is that they live a lot longer than Chinooks, which normally spawn and die within 2 to 4 years in the lake's tributaries. The stocking of brown trout, rainbow trout (steelhead) and Atlantic salmon will remain the same in the lake.

 The DEC and Canadian officials currently stock a combined total of 2.36 million Chinooks and more than 1 million lake trout (fingerlings and one-year-old fish) in the lake each year.

 Under the decision announced this week, they will stock 1.88 million Chinooks and a little more than 750,000 one-year-old lake trout, with no fingerlings. In addition, more than 2.45 million other trout and salmon will be stocked in Lake Ontario in 2017.

 To clarify the statement that the stocking amounts will be "moderate in size" and that the sports fishery will continue to be strong, the press release pointed out that 50 percent of the Lake Ontario's Chinook salmon are naturally reproduced or "wild" fish. As a result, the planned cuts will only effectively reduce the Chinook salmon numbers added to the lake by 10 percent.

 As for the lake trout numbers, "lake trout abundance is currently above restoration targets, and a reduction in stocking should not compromise restoration efforts," the press release said.

 The planned reductions will help ensure that trout and salmon numbers in the lake are sustained for generations to come," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.


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ENJOY a fast and fun drift boat trip down the Salmon River in Pulaski NY covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Winter and Fall fishing seasons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmTTVnAzVEw&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o

Magical Spring Steelhead Day!
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  Complementary Top Secret (Ssssh!) Guide Tips on ADVANCED Fish Locations to help YOU catch more fish on the Salmon River Pulaski NY.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2TUdtz730&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS&index=4

BIG STEELHEAD RUN!
Here is a Video I made for you that helps explain what helps and encourages the Steelhead to make a BIG RUN!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=7&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS

Temporary Transitional Resting
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4

Prime Transitional Holding
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuxHmiZcmg&index=5&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o

Prime Fall, Winter and Spring Holding
Pools  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6

3 Prime and Basic Current Breaks in every pool you should know about
to help YOU catch more fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3rXmooawm0&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3

Where to fish for Steelhead in the Water Column 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koVVmqS0gjM&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8

Humor:

I'm the first person to EVER Bungee Jump NAKED off the Long Bridge over the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Police were called and I was arrested ;)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddOp8QPNEyc  FISH ON!

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If your looking to book a fishing trip for Steelhead, Ive still got a FEW prime dates open.
I'm very lucky, to do what I enjoy and share it with all of you.
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll mak'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
Randy Jones
(Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives ;)

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I offer drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 35 yr's full time professional guide experience.
Phone #315 963 2065  Email: randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.
Orvis fly - Spin fishing equipment, tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.
Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end. (May run over)

Nov. 5, 2016

You Never Know
(From the basement Archives)

Sometimes finding a pod of steelhead is only a foot step down river or the next hole around the bend in the river.

Well,  today we took that one step, we fished that next hole around the bend in "The river where memories are made."

"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 that fought as hard as any Nov. Fish.
I kept complaining that I could not get any rest today. That every time I'd just get comfortable in my drift boat chair, 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 for them hard like we have been doing all week. 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 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 over the entire 3 miles of river I stopped at, explained in great detail, showed him. All was written down with a exciting, feverish, exactness.

One of the highest compliment's was paid to me by AL as 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 didnt know this....... but that one lil (no name) spot my guest's went 21 days in a row hitting 1 to 5 fish in each day and the same for the hole directly below it, several years back, one Nov.)

Our Salmon River Steelhead get this Big. My guest's played with 7 or 8 steelhead in this one lil spot useing a fly rod, in approx. 1 hour fishing time. Talk about EXCITING!!!!! (All released)
Catching some "Lake Effect" Chrome on the Salmon River NY.


Monster Salmon pulls angler into Salmon River NY!!
Reprinted with permission - Syracuse Gazette, 10/23/16 Pucker Brush Creek, N.Y. - Mike Silly- Outdoors Writer (AP)

Guide Randy Jones risks his own safety by attempting to lasso a client with net to keep him from being dragged into river by monster fish.

In the above photo Wayland is tied into a monster Salmon that by size more resembled the Loch Ness monster than the usual autumn King. Wayland yelled, "Help Randy, I've got a monster on here and its pulling me into the river." (best to imagine this panicked cry done in a Scottish brogue) "I canna' hold 'er much longer Cap'n. HELP!"

In my attempt to keep Wayland from being pulled into the river by this world record Salmon, with no thoughts for my own safety and well-being, I threw the net over his head. Unfortunately the fish was too strong and my guest too weak from the battle. Despite my best efforts to save him, all was lost when suddenly my net handle broke! In went Wayland into the deep, angry white water rapids. He did a perfect belly flop but still managed to hang onto the rod.

As one eyewitness reported later, "Between the strong deep currents and this beast of a fish, all we could see was his rod tip sticking out of the water by a foot as it started downstream." Witnesses fishing further down reported that Wayland was able to briefly gain his feet for a short time and ski behind the demonic salmon. However, it appeared that after skiing over several large boulders he lost his footing on an old roe sack discarded by a bait fisherman and resumed his submerged journey.

Last sightings reported seeing his baseball cap surrounded by little tiny bubbles headed at a high-rate of speed towards the open water of Lake Ontario.

As a professional guide of the highest moral and ethical standards, I am extremely worried about this situation involving my former client.

Therefore, if anyone finds a old gaffer in a water-logged ball cap zipping around the river or the Lake tight to a monster Salmon but still with his tip up, please email.....  I would like to get my net back!

Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives.


For the rest..... of this AMAZING Fish Tale....... ;)

Angler Survives Amazing Journey!
Reprinted with permission from the Toronto Sun Times
Toronto, Canada (AP) 10/24/16


Michigan angler Wayland Swain described the perils of a horrific journey he recently made quite by accident. According to Swain, the journey began on the banks of the Salmon River in upstate New York.

“My son and I went fishing with this lunatic, Randy “The Yankee Bungler” Jones, who claimed to be a fish guide for the Salmon River. We thought he was harmless. In fact, he has his picture plastered all over the Orvis catalog. It’s enough to make you ill.

“I hooked into a leviathan of a fish, and was doing quite well until that fool of a guide snuck up behind me and put a net over my head. I admit Jones surprised me.  It was the first time I think he’d moved all morning. Most of the time he just sat there surrounded by a growing pile of beer cans, saying, ‘Try casting over there’, as he’d pitch an empty into some spot in the river. Anyhow, I still held onto that fish, though, and was playing him quite well. I nearly had him ashore and was just preparing to haul him in. When that fool of a guide saw that, he broke the handle of the net off and used it to push me into the river.”

At that point, Swain began the epic journey that will land him in the Guinness Book of Records, both for the longest distance traveled landing a fish, and for the largest fish taken on light tackle in freshwater.

“I landed a smaller fish earlier, some twenty to thirty pounds, and Dim-wit the Wonder Guide took my picture holding it. It was so heavy, I couldn’t stand up straight for the photo, but held onto the creature anyway,”

Swain reported. “This smaller fish was apparently the progeny of the bigger fish that I later tied into. Apparently, it so angered the monster that she decided to take out her wrath on me.”

Thus began Swains journey into history. After being pushed into the river by what Swain describes as a con artist of the lowest moral and ethical standards, the monster fish began a desperate flight for freedom. Heading down the treacherous rapids and rills of the rushing Salmon River, Swain was dragged along for a period. With heroic effort, he got to his feet and water-skied behind the monster fish for some considerable distance. He managed to jump several large boulders, only to lose his footing on an old roe sack discarded by a bait fisherman. Even then, he managed to keep the end of his rod elevated. As a result, the monster fish was unable to free herself from the line.

A matter of an hour later, fish and man, now tied together by a thin line of 8X tippet, entered Lake Ontario. In an epic journey, they negotiated the length of the lake some nearly 300 kilometers (approximately 175 miles) in total distance. Nearly twenty-four hours later, they arrived at Mississauga, south of Toronto, worn out and exhausted. The incredible journey averaged nearly 10 kilometers per hour (7 miles per hour) if the shortest distance is taken. Swain’s hands were locked to the fishing pole and had to be pried off by Canadian rescue workers using the “Jaws of Life”. The condition is described in the scientific literature as “Angler’s Claw”.

“The biggest problem was getting the net off and still keeping the tip of the rod elevated”, Swain noted. “I managed to cut away the netting from around my head with my belt knife” he reported. “The fish zigged just as a monster wave hit me and I lost the knife. I’m going to get that charlatan of a guide to replace it for me. It was an heirloom from the Case Factory, and is no longer made. Replacement is going to cost that fool of a guide nearly $2,000.00 (U.S.)”, Swain stated.

Local Police Lieutenant Ed Quick commented, “After that heroic crossing of the lake tied to that monster fish, it was a wonder that he had the strength to land the beast. Twenty-four hours is a pretty long time to battle a fish.”

The fish, all 307 centimeters (121 inches) or in excess of 3 meters (10 feet) of it was caught and released on the Canadian side of the Lake. The fish was reported to be tired, but apparently happy. Only estimates are available for the fish’s weight, as there was a concern about damage to the fish if she was removed from the water for the extended period required for an official weigh-in. These estimates, however, place the fish in the 180 to 200 pound class, clearly the largest of the salmon species ever taken.

Said Swain from the car provided to drive back to Michigan, “It was an interesting experience, but not one that I’d want to repeat. If I ever see that Jones character again, I’m gonna get him. He’s gonna pay for that knife and for the time I lost out of my life in the company of that fish.

Swain’s son declined to comment when contacted about the story, saying only, “It’s a shame that the fine sport of fly fishing has been reduced to the level of shady guides and blood-feuds. Sparse Grey Hackle and his peers surely would weep to see such a legacy these days.”

Photo's - Nice Salmon and Steelhead for my "repeat client" Mr. Swain. Congrats!

(FYI - The above story was jokingly written by Wayland Swain and his son in response to my jokingly original story, Monster Salmon Pull's angler into Salmon River NY)
R.I.P. Wayland, your story brings a smile to all Salmon River anglers face's :)

If your looking to book a fishing trip for Steelhead, Ive still got a FEW prime dates open.
I'm very lucky, to do what I enjoy and share it with all of you.
The Steelhead fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll mak'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
Randy Jones

I offer drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 35 yr's full time professional guide experience.
Phone #315 963 2065  Email: randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.
Orvis fly - Spin fishing equipment, tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.
Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end. (May run over)

Oct. 22, 2016 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide Steelhead Drift Boat Report Update:

Still some fresh Salmon moving into the river with a reeeeel nice increase of Steelhead and Brown trout.

Finally!
We are getting a ton of much needed rain! The water levels on the river are on the rise from run-off and also an increase in water being released from the dam. Looks like we are finally out of our sever drought and will have plenty of good water flows for your upcoming Steelhead and Brown Trout fishing adventures on the Salmon River NY.

With most of the Salmon spawning and dropping eggs in the Salmon River.
This increase of water, combined with low light, cold rain and strong Westerly winds.
Local creeks running high and off color with Steelhead, Brown Trout and some left over Salmon moving into them.
With Brown Trout making a charge into the Salmon River for their Nov. spawn.

We are presently receiving a nice run of Steelhead and Brown Trout into the Salmon River as well as all of your optional local fishing Creeks, Rivers and Streams. Ye-Haa! Fish-ON!

Steelhead average 8 to 12 lbs. Some smaller but many larger.
The Fall Steelhead is without a doubt, one of the hardest fighting Fish that swims in the Salmon River NY.
They'll take your line 100 to 200 feet out in seconds. This well surely jump start your heart!
These Steelhead are on Fire! in Nov. Dec. and is also when they are the most visually stimulating and fight the hardest.
Torpedo - Bullet runs, water spraying off there backs and changing direction in a blink of an eye.
Running up and down the river to keep up with them is the norm.
Tarpon jumps, like a rocket ship 3-4 feet in the air.
Somersaulting like a jugglers baton before splash down, sounding like a cinder block with water spraying 20 feet in all directions.
Tail walks for 30-40 feet across the pool, will live in your memory forever!

Some Trophy Steelhead awaiting your arrival this Nov. all Winter into Late April
Nice colored up Male Steelhead. What a beauty! (Released)
All Smiles with these 2 Steelhead! (All Released)
I think it was a toasty -2 degrees outside when this picture was taken. Approx. 16 lb's. Fish kept for the dinner table.

Advanced Steelhead and Brown Trout Locations on the Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide Tip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2TUdtz730&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8

3 Prime and Basic Steelhead Current Breaks in every pool you should know about to help YOU catch more fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3rXmooawm0&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3

Steelhead season is here! Give me a ring! 315 963 2065. Emails are best - randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.


WATER UPDATE:
Until 11:59 PM Sun OCT 23, 1,800 CFS
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/uv/?site_no=04250200
Actual - True water level @ Pineville is 2,470cfs, with higher water levels further down river as of 8am. Sat.
Approx. Run-Off from Orwell Creek is 670cfs.

WARNING!
You will not be able to cross the river in these present flows. NO fish is Worth it!
I hope everyone has fun and above all stays safe!

Did you know?
There is only 1 BAD side effect from eating Salmon, Genital Shrinkage!


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.
Steelhead and Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead Drift Boat on the amazing Salmon River Pulaski NY while fishing for steelhead 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.


The Salmon River is located in Pulaski NY on Lake Ontario's eastern shore, 30 miles north of Syracuse.
The Salmon River offers some of the finest sportfishing in the country.
Its reputation for large runs of Steelhead and incredible average size of all species is unsurpassed by any other fishery in New England. We have Trophy fish (measured by the Pound ;) in the Salmon River NY from early September all Winter into early May

End of October
Steelhead really begin showing in good numbers now
Brown Trout also start coming in in decent numbers but Nov. is peak for them.
Brown Trout - Like Salmon and Steelhead you measure these Fish by the pound and not by the inch. They have entered the river to spawn and will weight from 3 10 pounds on average for this river, but some will be larger!. While they are not as numerous as the Salmon or the Steelhead, these are an optional trophy of a Fishing life time.

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.
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.

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.

Dec - Feb.
Brown Trout are often caught at this time of year.
This is obviously the coldest period. The fishing can be great for Steelhead depending on water temps and levels. Steelhead 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.
This is one of my favorite 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, catch some fish 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 river temperatures rise, so does the aggressiveness of the Steelhead. Often, sight fishing is possible as they move into the shallows.

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.

April and 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.
Spawning usually takes place during mid-March and through 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.

We can Spin or Fly Fish for Steelhead and Brown Trout 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.


Salmon River NY: The Steelhead
A friend of mine, Ed, who had spent the weekend grouse and woodcock hunting nearby joined me for a day of fishing Monday. Pictured is the beautiful spot we chose, and again we're on the river at dawn. The nice thing about this spot is that it is almost exclusively accessible from one side of the river. You can cross the river and there's a path on the other side, but it's hard to fish this spot from there. So it's scenic, you're just watching the river and the woods on the far side.

And on this day, the river in front of us looked like a salmon parade route. Fish after fish after fish, leaping and splashing their way up stream. Huge, grey, heavy Kings. Dark red, acrobatic Cohos. Some jumping along the far bank, some so close you get wet from the splash. Even a few in the shallow water behind us. A truly memorable spectacle. As I'm watching the salmonid fireworks, I look over and notice Ed's still tying a fly on, messing with weights, etc., and I've already been fishing for ten minutes. Just as I'm about to give him grief about that, he drops his line in the water to strip out some fly line, and sure enough he gets a fish. One cast. Truthfully, I don't think this fish knew he was hooked, he just muscled his way upstream, slow and steady. Fly line. Backing. The fish eventually broke off, but I was psyched Ed got to feel the strength of a big fish so early.

But the fishing slowed down and people started to clear out, leaving a really nice stretch of river to just a handful of anglers. I moved downstream to the end of the big, quiet pool we spent the morning, and started fishing some riffles. Standard stuff, a pair of salmon visible in the current. Smaller, lighter female, larger, darker male. Throw the fly upstream and drift it to them. No takers? let it drift out, you never know when a brown or steelhead might be hanging behind the salmon, waiting for a meal of eggs.

Sometimes when a salmon takes your fly, you think it's a snag. They're so heavy and can be quite still, you just tug until you feel it move, then the game is on. But when I drifted this fly past those salmon and hooked something behind them, it was instantly, most certainly, NOT a salmon. This was a steelhead, and a beauty. Ed and I both got several good looks at her as she, lightning fast, shot towards me into shallow water, then back across the river, always in different angles but always at the same velocity: Full. Every glimpse I got filled me with the feeling that I was truly privileged to be connected to such a cool and beautiful fish. I really, REALLY, wanted this one, and said so.

But it was not to be. I was ill equipped to land it. I didn't have the skill, and we didn't have a net. My heart was still racing as I reeled in the empty line, and when I pulled some fly line back out to re-rig it, I realized I had made a critical mistake that I will never make again. The drag was still set very high from a previous salmon fight. Slow and steady, you can use a good amount of drag in that situation. But the steelhead was super fast and athletic, and I needed to give her more line faster. Too much pressure, and the tippet broke. All of the sudden, those seminars at the fly fishing shows with names like "Playing and Landing Big Fish" are sounding pretty good to me. This was not a trophy fish, maybe 24", maybe a bit more. Maybe eight pounds, maybe ten. But it would have been my favorite by far, and I vow to be better prepared next time I encounter a fish that special.

Next time, I'll have better skills. And a net.
Credit - http://flyfishin.blogspot.com/2006/10/salmon-river-day-three-steelhead.html

If your looking to book a fishing trip for Steelhead, Ive still got a FEW prime dates open.
I'm very lucky, to do what I enjoy and share it with all of you.
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ............ we'll mak'm reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
Randy Jones
(Countless people have been guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives ;)

I offer drift boat, wade, spin or fly fishing trips for salmon or steelhead w/over 35 yr's full time professional guide experience.
Phone #315 963 2065  Email: randysjones@earthlink.net
$275 for 1 angler  Full Day Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers.
Orvis fly - Spin fishing equipment, tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.
Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end. (May run over)

Photo Collage of - One day in the Fall:

Jeff Pierce hit a "Rare" Grand Slam on the day this Steelhead photo was taken by me years ago. (Grand Slam = All by yourself in a single day you land a Brown Trout, Steelhead, Coho and King Salmon.) - Sorry, your Trophy Chubs dont count - yukyuk)
He also would have had a new line class record for this 22 pd. Coho he landed, but didnt have his I.G.F.A. hand book with him to know it qualified. (There is no HO like a Coho, did I jus say that? ;)
Another small (yukyuk) 21 lb. Coho landed by Jeff on this day. I think I need a bigger net!!
Nice Brownie for Geir Sivertzen - Mustad Scandinavian - Sales Manager
Group photo of Gier, Bob and Jeff with a Big Coho. Congrats!

Guest Testimonial's:
Randy, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge to make our trip an unbelievable experience for us. With me having 8 to 9 hookups, and my friend Tim with somewhere between 5 to 6 that is more fish on in a single day than some people have for an entire season. I'm a true believer in that hot spot on "Pucker Brush Creek :)
 As a matter of fact Tim and I went back on our own the next day and the fish were there waiting for us just like you said they would be. Again we had a combined count of over 10 hookups and Tim had the hot hand that day with his 6 weight fly rod. Our only regret was that we did not have enough days left to explore some of the other high percentage areas you showed us as we had to go back to work sometime.
 Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks?:) Tim and I have been coming up there for over 15 years, and yet we still learned a few valuable lessons from you, thanks again. I'm just sorry that the season is almost winding down, definitely want to get back up there for another trip.
 I would highly recommend you to anyone, beginner or experienced steelheader, it's the combination of little things and techniques that make all the difference in the world. Feel free to pass on my contact information if you need any references for anglers, I would be more than happy to vouch for your professionalism, knowledge, and stream courtesy to fellow anglers anytime.
Thank You, Ted

Thanks for your many kind and generous words Ted! My head almost didn't fit thru the front door after that one :) Randy

Randy,
Every time I go fishing, the optimist in me says "This might be the day." Athletes pray for days like this, hoping they play in "the zone." I think fishermen do too. Surely, this is what keeps many of us thrashing the water with a piece of string. I can count on one hand the number of days when this has happened. Two of them have been with you. The first was two years ago today, Oct. 8, when I hooked 40 or 50 fish, including a 35 lb male king that now sits above my fireplace as an reminder of that one remarkable day of fishing. The other was last Friday. Not only did I land a pair of nice Kings, I also caught my first Cohos, a beautiful male brown and three fall run steelhead, my first grand slam on the Salmon River. All told, I had maybe 20 hookups, while my buddy Myles had almost as many and landed cohos, a brown and several steelhead. It wasn't as if this was a great day on the river. I saw many long faces and shaking heads as other anglers came up empty, lost lead and flies to the river bottom and called it quits by midday. The credit for my experience is all yours. I know there are many fishermen who can work the Salmon River and catch plenty of fish, especially when a run is on. I can do it on my own sometimes. But putting it all together when the fishing is slow as you did is a testimony to your skill, knowledge and hard work. Looking forward to my next trip with you and the chance to yell "Fish On"!
Regards, Jim

May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Best Steelhead and Salmon Fish's,
Randy Jones
 
I'm a full-time professional fly/spin fishing guide with over 35 years of experience. I've represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Saltwater Fly fishing schools. (I don't discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! - yukyuk)
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring I run drift boat trips on the World Class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. using fly/spin and floats for Steelhead, Brown Trout, Coho, Atlantic's and King Salmon.
There's no Nookie like Chinookie ;)

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

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Ron's Steelhead Fishing Report and Testimonial:
Amazing Steelhead and Salmon fishing reports from the drift boat with Salmon River NY Steelhead fly fishing guide Ron with a Trophy Steelhead Wall Mount'r. (Weighed 17.5 lb's) Congrats!
I will remember this day for the rest of my life!
It started out crisp and clear in the morning as we started our Drift Boat Trip down the river. My companions were Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones of Yankee Angler, and my best friend Jim Ciantar .
We stopped at a couple of holes to fish but with little success, and I mean little. The second place we stopped Jim and I teamed up to take six fish ranging from 3-6 inches long. We all got a pretty good chuckle out of that. However it gave Randy an opportunity to work on our techniques. The proper cast and drift is crucial when fishing the Salmon River. Randy is one of the finest teachers I have come across. He has an uncommon blend of humor, patience, and knowledge which is rare. He explained his tactics and why he uses them. Steelhead location and why they are there. Also seasonal changes regarding Steelhead location, all invaluable fishing information.
The third spot we hit was awesome. Which by the way, Randy was rushing to because he knew some Steelhead were there. Within a couple of minutes after dropping the Drift Boat anchor I hooked up with a real burner Steelhead, but lost him. The Fishing had been slow up to that point but Jim and I managed to hook up five more Steelhead in the next couple of hours. We worked the hole from both sides in and out of the Drift Boat. All the while Randy was coaching us on how to properly fish the hole and where the Steelhead lay up. Before we left that hole I managed to hook and land this 17.5 pound beautiful male steelie. (Who will spend the rest of his days on my wall) It has taken me nine years and a lot of time and money to get that fish. My first good steelhead. Truly a fish of a lifetime. Jim also hooked a nice silver bullet Steelhead about 12 pounds, but lost him at the net .
I have been fishing for a long time, and for many different species, from marlin to pan fish. In those years I have had some really great days. This certainly was one of the best. The combination of beautiful weather, great people, cooperative fish on a scenic river, well that is pretty hard to beat .
For those of you just getting started in salmon and steelhead fishing, do yourself a favor. Hire a Guide. It does not have to take nine years like it took me. I highly recommend Randy, he is a true professional and a real good guy.
Ron Scheer, Vernon C.T.
Drift boat steelhead and salmon fishing report guide on the Salmon River, NY
My guest Ron w/a Reeeel Burning Trophy 17.5 lb.Steelhead Hum Dinger Honk'a. Congrats Ron! Ron, Thanks for your report, kind and generous words! Boy, I'll have a hard time fitting my head thru the front door after that one ;) 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! :)

Gift certificates are available for Trips
Gift Certificate good for 1-2 people,  complimentary day of fishing, Spin or Fly.
Pick up a great fishing gift cert. for your fishing friend or fishing loved one (s).
You work hard so you deserve it right? Maybe a nice subtle hint to your loved one will plant the seed. That's how I do it. :)
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.
Having some guide fun with John who is an ol' client and buddy of mine on the Salmon River NY with a lil steelhead.
Hi Randy; Well you did it again, only this time a little better. The day was a good one, the knowledge you taught us allowed us to catch and land many Steelhead. We went 2 for 6 on Steelhead fishing on our own..Skip was the first to hook up and he landed a nice female Steelie.It gave him quite the fight, and if I must say I did a great job of netting it .We left the first spot you showed us and went to another one and it was my turn. I hookedup three times with one nice female coming to the net. She was almost as big as the male I caught the day before with you.
Once again you came through  for us. We now have the confidence to find the fish and catch them on our own, Skip and John
 
HI Skip and John, Ive seen how you fish. I'd recommend going to McDonalds and ordering a fish sandwich :) Or, take up golf, you might catch more :)
Lot's of room at those round circular cement pools at the Hatchery :) Randy

 
Fishing Salmon River Pulaski NY. Fish guide has Pulaski NY fish report for steelhead or salmon fishing off drift boat Jen decided to spend some "quality time" with her boyfriend while he fished here for steelhead during the Winter.  (yukyuk)

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:

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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
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.

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

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)

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

Drift Boat fishing reports Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Drift Boat Salmon River NY fishing reports (Congrats on that Nice URL, errr, I mean Steelhead! ;)
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

By Randy Jones

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
Southeast TU, MA
Greater Boston TU, MA
Northeast TU, MA
Croton Watershed TU, NY
Clearwater TU, NY
Mid-Hudson TU, NY
Iron Furnace TU, PA
Stan Cooper TU, PA
Thames Valley TU, CT
Hammonasset TU, CT
Chittenango TU, NY
Also:
Orvis-Manhattan, NY
Orvis-Boston, MA
Green Mt. Fly Tiers Assoc. VT
Rivers Edge Trading Co.(Orvis)
Central NY Fly Fishers, NY
Oysterville Yacht Club, MA
Also:
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.)
(More not listed here)

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 25 years and over our entire 8 month BIG fish river season.
It has been my sincere pleasure sharing my 35 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!

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)
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)

VIDEO PREMIERE!
ENJOY a fast and fun drift boat trip down the Salmon River in Pulaski NY covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Winter and Fall fishing seasons.
CHECK OUT the World Record Steelhead we caught that day @ end of drift boat video!
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I made these for you.
Magical Spring Steelhead Day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc (Video Credit "Repeat Client" Allen K.)
Money Back Guarantee!  Complementary Top Secret (Ssssh!) Guide Tips on ADVANCED Fish Locations to help YOU catch more fish on the Salmon River Pulaski NY.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2TUdtz730&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS&index=4
What helps to induce a BIG RUN of Steelhead or Salmon?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=6&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS
Temporary Transitional Resting  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4
Prime Transitional Holding  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZuxHmiZcmg&index=5&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o
Prime Fall, Winter and Spring Holding Pools  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6                          
3 Prime and Basic Current Breaks in every pool you should know about to help YOU catch more fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3rXmooawm0&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3
Where to fish for Steelhead in the Water Column  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koVVmqS0gjM&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8
Humor:
I'm the first person to EVER Bungee Jump NAKED off the Long Bridge over the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Police were called and I was arrested ;)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddOp8QPNEyc  FISH ON!
My Video Jokes for Today  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n12YczdG2a8
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ENJOY some of my Best Fish Photo's over some 25 years of guiding "Full-Time" here on the SLAM'N Salmon River NY :)
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A Multitude of Photo's (w/comments) of all the Trophy Fish you can catch up here over our 8 month BIG fish river season! (A must see)
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Funny Steelhead Salmon guide offers great fishing reports on the Salmon River NY from the drift boat
I'm a full-time professional fly/spin fishing guide with over 35 years of experience. I've represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Saltwater Fly fishing schools. (I don't discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! - yukyuk)
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring I run drift boat trips on the World Class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. using fly/spin and floats for Steelhead, Brown Trout, Coho, Atlantic's and King Salmon.
There's no Nookie like Chinookie ;)

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

Phone #315 963 2065  Email: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$275 for 1 angler Fly or Spin Fishing.
$350 for 2 anglers Fly or Spin Fishing.
Orvis Fly - Spin fishing equipment, tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.
Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end. (May run over)

Gift certificates are available for Trip

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Superb Salmon River NY Fishing U-Tube Vids. - https://www.youtube.com/c/YankeeanglerFishingGuideSalmonRiverPulaskiNYReport
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E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com

Phone #315-963-2065

Enjoy Fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/ Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones
for Steelhead or Salmon Spin or Fly on the Salmon River NY
Hope you enjoy'd the Fishing Reports

Copyright 2016  Randy S. Jones