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Fishing Questions for Steelhead and Salmon fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY

Salmon River Pulaski NY: Reservations, Deposits, & Rates
Salmon River: Questions & What to Bring
Q & A:  Salmon: September through October
Q & A:  Steelhead: October through November
Q & A:  Steelhead: December through February
Q & A:  Steelhead: March through April

Salmon River- Pulaski, N.Y.
If you have any special needs, please ask. Your enjoyment and comfort are important to me!

Where can I pick-up tackle, purchase waders with corkers, polarized glasses and get a N.Y.S. steelhead fishing license?
I’d recommend Whitakers Sports Shop  Located on Rt. 13, 1/8 mile East of Int. 81 on the right in Pulaski NY. 
What if I don’t have the right equipment? I’ll supply all your equipment. From Orvis fly rods and reels, to noodle spin rods.
Steelhead Fishing Licenses: Just about all of the local fly/tackle shops in the Salmon River Pulaski NY area sell license.
The DEC now allows you to order your fishing license over the phone. These take at least 10 days to receive. If you won't be able to pick up a fishing license before our meeting time, then I would recommend going this route.
• By phone* at 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257) or (518) 402-8843 http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/license/decalsproc.html

What to bring along:
N.Y.S. fishing license
Rain gear,clothing suitable for conditions
Chest waders with cleats
Polarized sunglasses and hat w/ visor
Lunch / beverages
Camera
Cooler or plastic bags for your catch
Wading staff optional
Small Flash Light
Small back Pack (for your personal clothing, food, etc.. or in case we do a hike in.)
Extra flies: You can use your own or you may want to use mine to help increase your catch rate :) Many times my flies will change size, etc… by the day, hole or hour, depending on a number of variables. We will discuss these during the day to simplify and understand easily. These variables are one of the most important keys to unlocking the Salmon River Steelhead and Salmon's weaknesses. I have 100% confidence in my flies. If tying yourself, please make sure you have the correct hook. Also the correct shape, size, silhouette, coloration, action, density or just use mine. Sometimes it is best to see mine first before you tie to guarantee yourself that your time spent on the vise is not wasted. My flies are of my own unique guide design that took me many years to perfect and are not available commercially.  I do have my top 3 flies tied in a specific manner (correct hook) that you would want to duplicate if your a fly tier

How important is color, shape, size, silhouette, action, density of your fly? Sometimes its the most important!
FYI - My girlfriend gave me 2 days fishing in late Dec for my Christmas present. You weren't avail so I fished with another guide for two days and floated the river both days. The first morning was VERY slow, one hit on a chartreuse egg pattern, that’s it. After exhausting his choices of flies, and having no hits in the last two hours, I pulled out a nymph patterned after one you had used on a previous trip together. FIRST CAST – bam!!!! And using this fly the rest of the day – BAM 7 times!!!!!!!!!!!!!   A day when it appeared that the 10% pattern variable was 100% necessary for success using the dead drift nymphing technique you taught me 2 years ago. Cheers Don P.S. Found a photo I took in November when fishing with my brother Dave. We fished with your fly patterns shown here in sizes 8 and 10. Simple and DEADLY effective on a dead drift. This is what I used with the “other guide” 2 weeks ago with much success.
You might call my flies a "special guide design" as I have yet to be able to find them commercially tied in any shop around the country.
When no others are working, mine do. (Providing your presentation is correct) I use several different flies almost exclusively, tied in different sizes. Tried and true. I'll always go over with you exactly what to use and when. How to tie them if thats your cup of tea. No longer will you have 100 different flies in your box to choose from. No longer will you have to guess if this or that fly might work. I have a very simple formula I'll share with you that works 100% of your valuable steelhead fishing time. :) You'll find that if the fish are there, we normal can find a few players. (Providing your presentation is correct)
Why do my flies work so well? I use the knowledge gained from over 12 years of fishing - guiding for trout in Vt. and apply the same principles here. Simple, yet normally misunderstood by the average angler which is totally understandable. Care to learn and increase your personal steelhead catch rate? :)

Enjoy Amazing Fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/ Steelhead Drift Boat Fishing Guide Randy Jones for Steelhead or Salmon Spin or Fly Fishing on the Salmon River NY
Updated Steelhead Fishing Reports for the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Salmon Steelhead Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Guide @ "Fishing Reports"


 

SALMON RIVER PULASKI NY





Sept. to April - Wade or Drift Boat






One Angler: $275








Two Anglers: $350








Orvis equipment provided


Spin rods provided and all Tackle



Trips are 8-9 hours


 






Ph 315 963 2065





Since some of you've asked - "Tipping your guide is not mandatory, but greatly appreciated"
Gratuities for your guide are ---This is just like going out to dinner and works just like a gratuity you would leave your waitress-waiter, 10, 15, 20% gratuity on total bill graciously accepted
 
Reservations and Deposits:

Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $100 deposit (per day) within 7 days of booking.
Mailed to:
    Randy Jones
     87 Clark Rd.
                  Mexico, NY.  13114
                    Hm: Ph 315 963 2065
                E-mail: randysjones@earthlink.net 

If a cancellation is necessary, please notify me as soon as possible. If I am able to re-book your date, you will receive a refund on your deposit. **Deposit is to be received with-in 7 days of booking or reservation will not be held.**Weather or water cancellations are at guide's discretion. Final payment preferred in cash. No personal checks, please.
Please include a contact home or work phone #, motel-room # where you will be staying. # of people in your party. Date-dates desired. Prefer fly or spin. Drift boat or wade. (Or leave at guides discretion) Any health concerns.
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Salmon:Sept.-Oct.
If you have any special needs, please ask. Your enjoyment and comfort are important to me!
Meet:
To be determined 5-7 days before our trip. Normally at Whitakers Sports Shop and Motel in Pulaski NY.
Departure Time:
Promptly at (To be determined 5-7 days before our trip) with waders on and ready to go. License, breakfast, coffee, additional tackle should be concluded so that we may depart on time. Trips are 7-8 hours from the time we meet.
Equipment: ( I supply all Orvis rods, reels and spin outfits ) Fly rods for Salmon should be 9-10 wt. Reels should have 200 yds of 30 lb. test backing. Disk or cork drags are preferred. ( No plastic parts) Spin rods should be able to handle 15-18 lb. main line with strong drag system on reel.
Spinning Mainline for Salmon I exclusively use Ande Mono clear 15lb. test.
Rigging for Fly Rods: By far, the most productive way, allowing you the best odds to consistently hook-up and to be able to fish any and all waters is to use a floating running line for dead-drifting your egg and nymph patterns. Sometimes we will use a sinking line or a weight forward floating fly line with a strike indicator when fly fishing. But, this will only work in some of the water.
Line: Cortland Running line 30 lb. test.
Butt: 8-10 feet of  Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon straight 15 lb. test.
Swivels: Size 12 or larger.
Weight: Variety of Water Gremlin split shot in #2-#7
Tippets - Leaders: Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon 8-12 lb. test
Flies:
You can use your own or you may want to use mine to help increase your catch rate :)
Should you decide to tie some up yourself I would recommend the following. Mustad hook #37132 or Mustad Signature series CO68 Wet/nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy / 2x Short - size 8. Due to the non-eating nature of king, coho salmon, it is not necessary to duplicate aquatic insects or bait fish. Instead I prefer to use big, obtrusive, bright, flashy colors. Working off their instinctive aggressive, territorial behavior. Simply rap 4-5 times estaz grande around the hook and tie off. Preferred colors are Estaz grande in red, chartreuse, fluorescent hot pink ( A must for coho!), opalescent black.
Mustad Hooks
- Whether its fresh or saltwater, their hooks have superior strength, quality machined and razor sharp. I've tried them all. Their quality is unsurpassable! http://www.mustad.no
Mustad Signature Series Hooks - CO68 Wet/Nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy / 2x Short
Many of my friends who are guides use this exact same hook when tying up a variety of different patterns for all species of fish that call the Salmon river home. I wont use anything else when fishing for Salmon or Steelhead. A great thing about the Signature series hooks is that Mustad did something no other hook manufacturer has ever done.  Every hook within the series is proportionally correct.  This means that as you go up or down in size the wire diameter, tying length and hook gap increase or decrease proportionally.  This gives you the exact same shape in all sizes of a hook style.  So if you like the CO68 in a size 8 for Salmon, you'll love it just as much in a size 12 for winter Steelhead.  Can't say enough about them and highly endorse their use with my guest's and you.
Waders w/ cleats: Wet wading is an option. I prefer Orvis lightweight breathable stocking foots with Henry Fork wading shoes with studs.
For your personal safety
, please make sure you have some type of cleats, corkers or spikes on your wading boots (shoes)
Polarized Sunglasses:
Amber or yellow are the preferred color lenses. Side shields are a necessity when sight fishing. They can be picked up at Whitakers. I like the Orvis Nylon, Yellowish - Amber. These are not only needed to sight fish, but more importantly for your safety.
Fishing License:
Just about all of the local fly/tackle shops in the Salmon River Pulaski NY area sell license.

*** Sometimes walking 1-2 miles is possible. Should you have any health concerns, please explain this to me before the trip, so that I may fine tune our day.***

Enjoy Incredible Fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY w/Steelhead Drift Boat Fishing Report Guide Randy Jones for Steelhead Salmon, Spin - Fly Fishing on the Salmon River NY.
Current Steelhead Fishing Reports for the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Salmon Steelhead Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Guide @" Fishing Reports"

Steelhead Fishing: Oct.-Nov.
If you have any special needs, please ask. Your enjoyment and comfort are important to me!
 
Meet: To be determined 5-7 days before our trip. Normally at Whitakers Sports Shop and Motel in Pulaski NY.
Departure Time: Promptly at ( 1 ½ hrs before sunrise ) with waders on and ready to go. License, breakfast, coffee, additional tackle should be concluded so that we may depart on time. Trips are 7-8 hours from the time we meet.
Equipment: ( I supply all Orvis rods,  reels and spin outfits )  Fly rods in  5-7 weight, 10 feet, medium flex. Noodle spin rods rated for 2-8 lb. test with smooth drag.
Spinning Mainline for Steelhead: I exclusively use Ande Mono Envoy.
Rigging for Fly Rods: By far, the most productive way, allowing you the best odds to consistently hook-up and to be able to fish any and all waters is to use a floating running line for dead-drifting your egg and nymph patterns. Sometimes we will use a sinking line or a weight forward floating fly line with a strike indicator when fly fishing. But, this will only work in some of the water.
Line: Cortland Floating Running line 20 lb. test.
Butt: 8-10 feet of  Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon straight 15 lb. test.
Swivels: Size 12.
Weight: Variety of Water Gremlin split shot in #2-#7
Tippets - Leaders: Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon 8 lb. test
Steelhead Flies: You can use your own or you may want to use mine to help increase your steelhead catch rate :) Additional steelhead flies can be tied by yourself. Should you decide to tie some up yourself I would recommend the following.
Mustad Signature Series Hook - CO68 Wet/Nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy / 2x Short
,  size-8, 10, 12. Patterns should be a combination of eggs-single or multiple. In cream, red, orange, blue, oregon cheese, pink. Tied with either Estaz or glow bug yarn. Also tie some Caddis, Stones, Mayfly and Scuds.
Mustad Hooks
- Whether its fresh or saltwater, their hooks have superior strength, quality machined and razor sharp. I've tried them all. Their quality is unsurpassable! http://www.mustad.no
Mustad Signature Series Hooks - CO68 Wet/Nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy / 2x Short

Many of my friends who are guides use this exact same hook when tying up a variety of different patterns for all species of fish that call the Salmon river home. I wont use anything else when fishing for Salmon or Steelhead. A great thing about the Signature series hooks is that Mustad did something no other hook manufacturer has ever done.  Every hook within the series is proportionally correct.  This means that as you go up or down in size the wire diameter, tying length and hook gap increase or decrease proportionally.  This gives you the exact same shape in all sizes of a hook style.  So if you like the CO68 in a size 8 for Salmon, you'll love it just as much in a size 12 for winter Steelhead.  Can't say enough about them and highly endorse their use with my guest's and you.
Waders w/ cleats:
. I prefer Orvis lightweight breathable stocking foots with Henry Fork wading shoes with studs.
For your personal safety
, please make sure you have some type of cleats, corkers or spikes on your wading boots (shoes). 
Polarized Sunglasses: Amber or yellow are the preferred color lenses. Side shields are a necessity when sight fishing. They can be picked up at Whitakers. I like the Orvis Nylon, Yellowish -Amber. These are not only needed to sight fish, but more importantly for your safety.
Fishing Licenses: Just about all of the local fly/tackle shops in the Salmon River Pulaski NY area sell license..
The DEC now allows you to order your fishing license over the phone. These take at least 10 days to receive. If you won't be able to pick a fishing license before our 4:15 am meeting time, then I would recommend going this route.
• By phone* at 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257) or (518) 402-8843 • by mail to: WorldCom, P.O. Box 36985, Phoenix AZ 85067-6985  http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/license/decalsproc.html

*** Sometimes walking 1-2 miles is possible. Should you have any health concerns, please explain this to me before trip, so that I may fine tune our day.***

Enjoy Exciting Fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/Steelhead Drift Boat Fishing Guide Randy Jones for Steelhead or Salmon, Spin or Fly Fishing on the Salmon River NY.
Updated Steelhead Fishing Reports for the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/Salmon Steelhead Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Guide @" Fishing Reports"

Steelhead Fishing: Dec.-Feb.
If you have any special needs, please ask. Your enjoyment and comfort are important to me!
 
Meet: To be determined 5-7 days before our trip. Normally at Whitakers Sports Shop and Motel in Pulaski NY.
Departure Time: Promptly at ( to be determined 1 week before trip) with waders on and ready to go. License, breakfast, coffee, additional tackle should be concluded so that we may depart on time. Trips are 7-8 hours from the time we meet.
Equipment: ( I supply all Orvis rods, reels and spin outfits) Fly rods in  5-7 weight, 10 feet, medium flex. Noodle spin rods rated for 2-8 lb. test with smooth drag.
Spinning Mainline for Steelhead: I exclusively use Ande Mono Envoy.
Rigging for Fly Rods: By far, the most productive way, allowing you the best odds to consistently hook-up and to be able to fish any and all waters is to use a floating running line for dead-drifting your egg and nymph patterns. Sometimes we will use a sinking line or a weight forward floating fly line with a strike indicator when fly fishing. But, this will only work in some of the water.
Line: Cortland Floating Running line 20 lb. test.
Butt: 8-10 feet of  Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon straight 15 lb. test.
Swivels: Size 12.
Weight: Variety of Water Gremlin split shot in #2-#7
Tippets - Leaders: Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon 6 lb. test
Steelhead Flies:
You can use your own or you may want to use mine to help increase your catch rate :) Additional steelhead flies can be tied by yourself. Should you decide to tie some up yourself I would recommend the following.
Mustad Signature Series Hook - CO68 Wet/Nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy /2x Short,  size-8, 10, 12. Patterns should be a combination of eggs-single or multiple. In cream, red, orange, blue, oregon cheese, pink. Tied with either Estaz or glow bug yarn. Caddis, Stones, Mayfly, Scuds.
Mustad Hooks
- Whether its fresh or saltwater, their hooks have superior strength, quality machined and razor sharp. I've tried them all. Their quality is unsurpassable! http://www.mustad.no
Mustad Signature Series Hooks - CO68 Wet/Nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy / 2x Short
Many of my friends who are guides use this exact same hook when tying up a variety of different patterns for all species of fish that call the Salmon river home. I wont use anything else when fishing for Salmon or Steelhead. A great thing about the Signature series hooks is that Mustad did something no other hook manufacturer has ever done.  Every hook within the series is proportionally correct.  This means that as you go up or down in size the wire diameter, tying length and hook gap increase or decrease proportionally.  This gives you the exact same shape in all sizes of a hook style.  So if you like the CO68 in a size 8 for Salmon, you'll love it just as much in a size 12 for winter Steelhead.  Can't say enough about them and highly endorse their use with my guest's and you.
Waders w/ cleats: I prefer Orvis Battenkill Guide weight Boot foot 4mm. With corkers (cleats)
For your personal safety, please make sure you have some type of cleats, corkers or spikes on your wading boots. 
Polarized Sunglasses: Amber or yellow are the preferred color lenses. Side shields are a necessity when sight fishing. They can be picked up at Whitakers. I like the Orvis Nylon,  Yellowish - Amber. These are not only needed to sight fish, but more importantly for your safety.
Fishing Licenses: Just about all of the local fly/tackle shops in the Salmon River Pulaski NY area sell license..
The DEC now allows you to order your fishing license over the phone. These take at least 10 days to receive. If you won't be able to pick a fishing license before our meeting time, then I would recommend going this route.
• By phone* at 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257) or (518) 402-8843 • by mail to: WorldCom, P.O. Box 36985, Phoenix AZ 85067-6985   http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/license/decalsproc.html

*** Sometimes walking 1-2 miles is possible. Should you have any health concerns, please explain this to me before trip, so that I may fine tune our day.***
 
Enjoy Fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/Steelhead Drift Boat Fish Guide Randy Jones for Steelhead or Salmon, Spin or Fly Fishing on the Salmon River NY.
Steelhead Fishing Reports for the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Salmon Steelhead Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Guide @" Fishing Reports"

Steelhead Fishing: Mar.-April
If you have any special needs, please ask. Your enjoyment and comfort are important to me!
 
Meet: To be determined 5-7 days before our trip. Normally at Whitakers Sports Shop and Motel in Pulaski NY.
Departure Time:: Promptly at ( to be determined 1 week before trip) with waders on and ready to go. License, breakfast, coffee, additional tackle should be concluded so that we may depart on time. Trips are 7-8 hours from the time we meet.
Equipment: ( I supply all Orvis rods,  reels and spin outfits )Fly rods in  5-7 weight, 10 feet, medium flex. Noodle spin rods rated for 2-8 lb. test with smooth drag.
Spinning Mainline for Steelhead I exclusively use Ande Mono Envoy.
Rigging for Fly Rods: By far, the most productive way, allowing you the best odds to consistently hook-up and to be able to fish any and all waters is to use a floating running line for dead-drifting your egg and nymph patterns. Sometimes we will use a sinking line or a weight forward floating fly line with a strike indicator when fly fishing. But, this will only work in some of the water.
Fly Line: Cortland Floating Running line 20 lb. test.
Leader Butt: 8-10 feet of  Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon straight 15 lb. test.
Tippet - Leaders: Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon 8 lb. test
Swivels: Size 12
Weight:
Variety of Water Gremlin split shot in #2-#7
Steelhead Flies:
You can use your own or you may want to use mine to help increase your catch rate :)Additional steelhead flies can be tied by yourself. Should you decide to tie some up yourself I would recommend the following.
Mustad Signature Series Hook - CO68 Wet/Nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy /2x Short,  size-8, 10, 12. Patterns should be a combination of eggs-single or multiple. In cream, red, orange, blue, oregon cheese, pink. Tied with either Estaz or glow bug yarn. Also tie some Caddis, Stones, Mayfly and Scuds.
Mustad Hooks
- Whether its fresh or saltwater, their hooks have superior strength, quality machined and razor sharp. I've tried them all. Their quality is unsurpassable! http://www.mustad.no
Mustad Signature Series Hooks - CO68 Wet/Nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy / 2x Short Many
of my friends who are guides use this exact same hook when tying up a variety of different patterns for all species of fish that call the Salmon river home. I wont use anything else when fishing for Salmon or Steelhead. A great thing about the Signature series hooks is that Mustad did something no other hook manufacturer has ever done.  Every hook within the series is proportionally correct.  This means that as you go up or down in size the wire diameter, tying length and hook gap increase or decrease proportionally.  This gives you the exact same shape in all sizes of a hook style.  So if you like the CO68 in a size 8 for Salmon, you'll love it just as much in a size 12 for winter Steelhead.  Can't say enough about them and highly endorse their use with my guest's and you.
Waders w/ cleats:
. I prefer Orvis lightweight breathable stocking foots with Henrys Fork wading shoes with studs. Or Orvis Battenkill Guide weight Boot foot 4mm. With korkers (cleats).
For your personal safety
, please make sure you have some type of cleats, corkers or spikes on your wading boots. 
Polarized Sunglasses:
Amber or yellow are the preferred color lenses. Side shields are a necessity when sight fishing. They can be picked up at Whitakers. I like the Orvis Nylon,  Yellowish - Amber. These are not only needed to sight fish, but more importantly for your safety.
Fishing Licenses:
Just about all of the local fly/tackle shops in the Salmon River Pulaski NY area sell license. The DEC now allows you to order your fishing license over the phone. These take at least 10 days to receive. If you won't be able to pick a fishing license before our 4:15 am meeting time, then I would recommend going this route. • By phone* at 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257) or (518) 402-8843 • by mail to: WorldCom, P.O.Box 36985, Phoenix AZ 85067-6985     http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/license/decalsproc.html

*** Sometimes walking 1-2 miles is possible. Should you have any health concerns, please explain this to me before trip, so that I may fine tune our day.***

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Enjoy my Updated Archived Steelhead, Brown Trout Fishing Reports, Tips, Guest Mail Bag Questions w/ my Replies, Humor, Testimonials and much more

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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.
CHECK OUT the World Record Steelhead we caught that day @ end of drift boat video!
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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!
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How to forecast or possibly predict your best fishing:
MOTHER NATURES SIGNATURE CLUES
Wind direction - Strong wind out'a the West is best.
Lake turning over
Low light, morning and evening's and stormy weather.
Higher water levels - natural rain and snow run-off.
Man made incentives to run: Dam water releases normally coinciding with Mother Nature.
Fish's Biological Clock: As the days grow short'r, it helps! Bottom Line - They will run when they are darn good and ready ;)

Early Sept. Report:

Few Salmon here and there being spotted, not many. If you can play with one of two presently you have had a great day!! Some Steelhead- 18-20 inch's were picked up by some fly anglers fishing down through the Staircase area recently when swinging streamers.  Few Salmon jumping in the Estuary yesterday (Tuesday). With the next few days of rain we may see a small push? Combine a gate of water and some will run. Dont expect a lot, set your expectation level low, so if few run you are not disappointed. If a lot run, you have some bonus fish. Ye-Haa!
Friday if we get a strooong wind, expect the lake to turn over and expect all heck to break lose with possible fish galore running! (Most likely wont happen)
With 6,000 cfs running today we all remember what happened last year? 1,000's!!!! ran and most were not found until they reached Pineville - Trestle when the water dropped to a gate. This spread the fish out for a nice Salmon Season. The main difference I feel is that last year it happened closer to when they normally tend to fill up the estuary, mouth of the river in the lake. This year it's a little earlier in the season. But, some will react to this flooding and run. How many you ask? Where is that crystal ball of mine! :)
Personally, I hope few run as it is almost a suicide mission with these water temp's. Adequate fish mortality, even if fought quickly and revived. They will die later. Best is to keep them this early in the season (meat the best besides the lake) as many will die. Suggest waiting to fish until water cools around Mid-Sept.
If the above tips, report helps just one person to hook-up then Im happy. Best Fish's, Randy

Brought to you by our good friends from Mustad. http://www.mustad.no
The below fish calendar was put together by a good friend, mentor, 15 year local guide Jeff Pierce and for many years now the Sales Manager of Fly-Fishing Products for O. Mustad & Son (USA), Inc and Partridge of Redditch and much more.
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 - King Salmon also start to show as early as July on high water but number grow with good water conditions in late August.
September - Chinook and Coho Salmon 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 Salmon. They come in in large numbers now. Coho Salmon 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

Sept. 17-23 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:

(Below you will find a ton of free updated information that could help you hook up. Scroll way down to find it all. Enjoy, Randy)
One word -  Fish! Get up here now. Fish galore. We call this Ray Charles fishing. Even a blind man can catch one. Plenty of hard fighting, fresh, uneducated fresh fish have been entering and running the lower end for the last 4 days straight. On top of all of that, we had 1,000's upon 1,000's of fish that started to run way back at the beginning of Sept. This log jam of new fish are mostly located from the sportsman hole down presently. The rest are spread out top to bottom, their is no better place to fish presently. The entire river is with fish. Cant go wrong. Happy days are here again. Enjoy!!
Decided to open up Sept. 30 Friday, was my day off, but what the hey, I have all weekend off too. :)
 **I am receiving so many emails lately with questions on rigging, flies, bait, hooks, habitat, fishing spots, water flow, fish predictions, etc, etc that there is not enough time in my day to answer each and everyone thoroughly and professionally after putting in a full day on the water, updating these reports, etc, etc.... If you do not receive an answer to your email I apologize. I’m flattered to receive so many and fish I had an extra 3 hours in every day to answer each one individually in a detailed, professional manner. Thanks for understanding and again I apologize. Randy

Mail Bag Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:

Randy, I fish for steelhead and stripers on the fly here in NY. Just wondering which you prefer and why, lets eliminate weather as a factor. Where would your last cast be? A swing through THE tailout after a big push of fresh chrome? OR ...A sight cast on Monomoy to a school of 20 pound stripers. Guaranteed hook-up on either.
Another great question. Love it! Thanks! Im asked that one often. I reeelly enjoy sight fishing the Flats the most. Challenging my ability level as an angler, whether spin or fly. Speed and accuracy is the challenging part. I'd like to write more, but unfortunately no time as Im out the door at 4am. Flats for sure. :) Randy

Hi Randy, It's been while since we communicated. I trust all is going well. I'm writing to ask if you might suggest the best (hopefully) place in the river to fish tomorrow (Friday). I'll only be there for tomorrow. Surely I'll be up again soon for several days at a time but I would like to have the best shot at landing and releasing a few fish. It looks like I'll get there around 6:00 AM. I was hoping you would suggest if I should fish high or low and perhaps if I were really lucky, you would suggest a location or pool. Thanks and kind regards, John

Hi John, 4am, just got your email. DSR, has had numbers of fish running the last 3 days. Today's weather should spell more fish. No guarantees. Middle and upper are all with fish staging (not going anywhere) and running. Cant go wrong anyplace you step into the water. Please let me know how you do. There is absolutely no BETTER place to be. I always suggest fishing the water you know the best, for best opportunities when they are top to bottom. Got'a run to work. Go Get'm! Best Fish's, Randy

Friday Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:

My guest's today were very experienced Erie Trib. Steelhead traditional fly fisherman.  King Salmon were sort of a new game for them. On my third demonstration cast I accidentally hooked up. Darn! I hate when that happens :)
Within their next 4-5 cast's they also were hooked up and the adrenaline started to race up our back's as we tried our best to keep up with these kings. At several points we had doubles, then Stefan put on a clinic on Salmon fishing with a fish coming on what seemed to be every cast for 6 cast's in a row. (A pod had just moved into the spot he was fishing as 1 minute previously he was only hooking up to the occasional King. John had a hot rod too as it never took him to long before he was tight. These guys were good and paid particular attention to my tips to hopefully increase the odds greatly to play with more fish.
Which surprisingly worked? :0
We moved around and learned some new waters that they can return on their own. We worked on all of the fundamentals, rigged our fly rods in several differently way's to not only target the fish on the bottom, but also the fish that were suspended. We found them 2, 4, 6 feet down from the surface in the hole. We had numerous hook-ups while we worked our water from just under the surface to deeper. Closer in and then further out. Suspended fish, now that may have to be one of my next articles (when time allows) as I hear very little about it from most folks and or it may possibly be one of the better kept secrets on this river. Want to increase you catch rate by adapting to these suspended fish positions in the river? I'll show you how, its as easy as spread'n soft but'a on a warm muf'n. (fly or spin). :)

Thursday Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:

Dick is an oooooold client of mine. Probably my oldest. Don't understand it, but he keeps coming back. :) Mike Kelly is a well known outdoor sports writer for the Syracuse Newspaper. We get together every year and have a ball. This day was no different. We enjoyed learning some NEW and exciting water. Pristine and loaded with FRESH fish eager to inhale Dick and Mikes perfectly cast fly (ahemmmmmm ;)What a hoot and howler of a day. We even played around with the --, -- and -- (-- - --) with tremendous success! Don't get much but'a! :)

Thursday Guest Testimonial :)
Randy, thanks again for a most enjoyable outing on September 21st. Not only was it a very good day for hooking and catching salmon, we (Mike and I) learned the "sweet spot" (hole within the hole"} on several new locations for salmon, as well as receive instruction on a most productive alternative to the "duck and chuck" technique that should appeal to fly fishermen desiring to fish conventionally for salmon (I leave it to you to divulge the technique). I definitely will be applying this technique when returning to the Salmon River! Dick.
Hi Dick, As always it was a reeeeeeeeel pleasure fishing you both again. The day, fish, different water, different techniques made it all that more special but the highlight was and always will be your great company. Best Fish's, Randy

Wed. Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:

My guest's #1 goal today became mine. It was a simple one (may surprise you) that I enjoy doing and do so everyday with out even thinking. Educational, knowledge to guarantee a lifetime of future rock solid fishing fun. Understanding all aspect's of this incredible fishery and and how to take advantage of the abundance of fishing opportunities. You name it, we covered it, worked it, experienced it, all while playing with these fish. When we missed a part or step in the presentation, no fish was caught. When we put it all together consistently, we caught fish. The fish were actually the best teacher.
If I was giving a grade on how well my guest listened, interpreted my suggestions, thought process, I'd have to give him an A. Knowledge is truly the only thing any real professional guide has any control over and can guarantee. Not knowing how each day is going to end. I feel its necessary to transfer as much educational informational knowledge as possible while always keeping a smile and a sense of humor close by;) That way if we have a terribly slooooow day, ok day or an amazing day of fishing, my guest will always walk away saying, hey, I learned something. Something that will last me the rest of my life.
One of the highest personal complements I am paid is when I see my past guest's not requesting my services and out there fishing with success on their own. :) Believe it not :)
Abbreviated Wed. Update: Fish top to bottom, thick in some places, thin in others. Take a (long) walk (middle river) and read the water carefully with an experienced eye, for peaceful - solitude - fishing at its finest. You wont be disappointed, I guarantee it. :)
Nice push in the lower end today. All species entering, running the the river, top to bottom. Fishing is great, come on up. The local economy Thanks YOU!! :)

Tuesday Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:

All previous reports are current and up to date. The lower end on Monday had a push in the morning and evening, depending on who you spoke with, some would said picked away at them, some would said slow, some said good in the morning then we picked away at them, very common during low light periods. Tuesday the lower end had a nice push almost all day of a combination of different species of fish.  Thanks for stopping in, Randy
Some general suggested top flies for ALL Species: Estaz flies easiest, VERY productive, for a generic imitation of egg's, insects and or irritation, reaction type strike fly. Woolly Buggers, probably easiest and most productive for bait fish imitation. Glo Bug, one of the all around best in different sizes and colors to imitate different species of fish eggs. Also, I have always liked the Egg Sucking Nymph on my web site. Yankeeangler.com "Fly of the Year" It combines two of the fish's favorite sources of food. Two very popular colors. Just tie it on the Mustad Signature Series CO68 hook in different sizes depending on all the variables.
Girt certificates for a guided drift boat fishing trip are available for yourself or that someone special. You work hard,  so you deserve it right? :)

Mail Bag - Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report

Hi Randy,  was wondering if you have any days open in the second half of December. If not, what times would be best after the new year. Thanks.  Eric
Hi Eric, Nice to hear from you  If Dec. is not an option then I like April. (Early April) , Jan., Feb., Mar in that order, especially right after some high water so we can fish off drift boat. Mid-week, T, W, T,  best days of the week.., not on, after or right before a holiday. Best Fish's, Randy
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. (17.5 lb's) Congrats!
Ron's Fishing Report and Testimonial:
November 2 is a day I will remember 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 Fishing Guide 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 the below 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!
Hi 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
Entertaining and educational steelhead and salmon drift boat guide spin fly fishing reports Rick (son of dad Dick K. photo'd below) w/ an exciting steelhead. Congrats!!
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams Dick K. w/ a nice silver bullet. Fishing you a speedy recovery!!
Dick K. Testimonials:
It may be difficult to understand the term World Class Fishing until you have been here. But perhaps this will help!
Again both Rik and I thank you for another great trip. I continue to marvel at both your knowledge of the Salmon River and the patience exercised in providing instructions on the techniques necessary to successfully catch fish; with the bonus of enabling us to fish with the best Orvis equipment. There may have been a lot of fisherman in the Douglaston Run, but I seriously doubt anyone one was as successful as Rik and I in hooking-up on as many salmon. (And lucky Rik catches his first Steelhead of 20lbs on his first cast of the day.) When I recall us fishing a pool in the afternoon and hooking 18 to 20 salmon in a three hour period while an array of other fisherman fishing the same pool never got a strike, is a tribute to your superior abilities as a guide. I consider myself fortunate to be able to fish with you as many times as I have in such a short period of time (I believe it was my seventh trip in one and one half years.) There will hopefully be many more trips and all will be you if you continue to be available. Those three successful spring steelhead trips with you has me now hooked. As I have repeatedly stated to my many fishing friends, you can either go fishing or you can charter Drift Boat Guide Randy for "catching".

Another note of appreciation for yesterday's outing for steelhead and your teaching Rick, and providing me reinforcements, regarding the techniques for hooking, playing, and landing steelhead. I was as pleased as Rick that he caught and released his first steelhead. Fortunately he did it while he was 30 years old and not 55. But as many of your clients and readers have previously reported, I also made many unsuccessful fishing trips (not even a hook-up) to the Salmon River NY before making a 1998 trip with you and catching several steelhead in "Puckerbrush Creek". My only disappointment is that your reputation for catching fish and teaching successful steelhead/salmon techniques has made you a very popular Drift Boat Guide which makes it difficult to book with you unless you plan far ahead. Thanks, Dick and Rick

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 Guide drift boat fishing salmon and steelhead on the Salmon River NY 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 hookups 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
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring Randy runs drift boat and wade trips on the world class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. for Steelhead, Coho, Browns, Atlantic's and King Salmon Outfitter and Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Report Guide I'd like to fish my good friend and client Dick Koelling a speedy recovery from a recent stroke.
Dick's been out w/ me 100 times on the Salmon River for Kings, Coho's, Brown's and Steelhead. (We've even done a few "Grand Slam's")

SLAM'N Monday 
Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
O'what a day! Played with some "positive" Kings in the morning, then picked away at them, followed by them all shutting down and shutting off (negative) . Went through an hour or so lull. Decided to leave these negative fish to find some fresher "positive" fish. Success!
I explained to my guest that in the next hour we could possible play with 8-10 Salmon in this spot. His jaw dropped, his eyes got reeeeel big and I could tell he was only half believing me with an optimistic look in his eyes. O' how he wanted to believe his guide.
We actually surpassed my  hopeful prediction by a few in that hour of sheer adrenaline running up our spines while we enjoyed the solitude and peacefulness of this secluded spot. O'What a day :)
 
Salmon River NY Mail Bag: Randy, Where do you get the Mustad C068 hooks you mention on your web site. I haven't been able to find a source. Thanks! Sy
Sy, I'd just call my local fly or tackle shop and ask them to special order them for me. You could also try the Mustad link above and see if they can help you? Most shops up here carry them that Im aware of. Very popular hook for those in the know. Best, Randy

Tuesday King Salmon - Salmon River NY Fishing Report:
The morning started off slow with a few playful fish. They were splashing, fighting, rolling all about the hole which kept our interest. But, as usual, I tend to always have options, which included more fish. The fishing was peaceful and tranquil but those two words dont put food on the table. Just not hot and heavy enough for my liking, started to get itchy feet, knowing I had other positive options just around the next bend. Next spot we could not see another angler up or down the river? I explained that we should be able to play with 10 or most likely more fish in this secluded spot over the next couple hours if our drifts were 100%. Running a 100% drift consistently - constantly, all day long is challenging and another article into itself that I will post down the road)  I was WRONG. We played with  approx. 18 hard fighting King Salmon.  I just hate it when Im wrong! :)

Fishing the Salmon River Mail Bag:
Randy, Seeing your quotes immediately brought to mind my Dad. He was a research chemist for Warner-Lambert and developed a process to manufacture Isoniazid, the main antibiotic that actually cured tuberculosis. He did it because my mom had lost her Mom and both her brothers by the time she was only 6 years old in 1932 and he had seen many others suffer from the ravages of the disease. He got a buck for the patent and more responsibility, WL made countless millions on his work, but that's how it was in those days. He did it because he was an amazing altruistic man and not for the bucks though it was tough later as he got ill himself and we had only enough to get by on with the basics. I share this because during and after years of long hours and late nights and tremendous dedication he use to love to fish. When he could, we would hike a half mile through the woods carrying wooden oars, two spinning rods and some gear to lake Gilead, a reservoir near our home in Putnam County. Once there he would prepare our wooden rowboat and begin either trolling for rainbows and lakers or in the summer surface fishing for bass. When he was disabled and could no longer work when he could get out he enjoyed fly fishing from the boat to cruising bows. He often spoke of earlier years in and out of trout streams and lakes rich with nourishing memories of priceless times. That stuck with me and eventually got me to transition toward almost all fly fishing. Later, before his death 16 years ago, I asked him, aside from being in the outdoors, what drew him and held him to fishing and what he said I have not forgotten and have found it relates to many pursuits in life beyond fishing and is sort of a key to many joys in our lives. This is what he said in response to why I enjoy fishing:
"You know, when you cast your line out there on the water and get a strike, you just don't know at first, is it a small fish or the monster of your dreams. That's a thrilling part of it for me. The momentary anticipation of the unexpected."  Godfrey Wilbert
That was my Dad and as many Dad's have done knowingly or not he passed the love of the sport and the love of the outdoors on to me. 
I tip my hat to you for all the details you have been willing to share that have helped to enrich my time on the river salmon fishing with my boys. Though he held some secrets close to his chest, as you with 'pucker bush creek',  Dad would approve.
I wish you the best this life has to offer and the vision to see that it is all right before us. Keith

Hi Keith, Thank you for your kind words and I am very happy you enjoy the web site. Very touching, heart felt, sincere and true words of wisdom from your Dad. :) Great words to live by. Thank you very much for sharing you and your dad's story. It has made me feel better and brightened my day!! Would it be possible to use your email on the web site? If it is to personal I totally understand. Fishing you all the best in all aspect's of you and your loved ones lives, Randy Jones
Until MIDNIGHT Fri SEP 30, 335 CFS
 
Hi Randy! I met you last year in early November on the upper river. I'm bringing a friend from Virginia this year. He can't get away until late in October. Should we focus exclusively on steelhead, or will there still be fresh salmon in the river? Do you recommend the upper river for that time period, or should we explore a bit? John
 
Hi John, You'll have a combination of mostly older Salmon, with a few freshies. Some more brown's and Steelhead around then we do now. Brown's are a by product of fishing for Steelhead. I never have booked a trip strictly going for Browns. You would go West for that. Rochester to Buffalo area. The Steelhead that will be around will definitely not be the numbers as they will later in Nov.-Dec. Numbers of chrome around are normally dependent on water levels. Highwater in Oct. good number's of steel. Low water in Oct. very few around. I've had sloooow Nov., some ok ones and others that were AMAZING!!
I personally prefer Dec. as THE month to target Steelhead as water level does not play a part in it if they will be there or not. By Dec. they will be their regardless. Plus, you then have the added bonus of less anglers targeting the fish in the river. Why? You get rid of the fair weather angler. You get rid of some hunters. All of the holiday crowd are doing family shopping, x-mas parties, etc... You get rid of all the Brown Trout anglers that all disappear over towards the Oak, etc... (Thank the lord for the Oak and places like it to take a LOT of pressure off of here) Folks ask me why I dont go over their to guide as their are sooooo many fish. I always tell them that 1 Salmon season here is enough for me for a season. :) Along with large # of fish come large # of anglers over there. Great fishing and I'd recommend trying it at least once to see if you like it. A guide is a big help as there are a lot of "off the road" types of places you can drive to and walk that the average angler does not know about but your guide would. Saving gas and putting your valuable time into fishing and not driving around looking and hoping. So I actually love it here in Dec. as things start to quiet down and become more tranquil. To get back to your question, you will have ALL species that call the Salmon River home around. It's up to you to decide which one you want to target and rig accordingly.
Best Fish's, Randy

Time for a commercial break ;)
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
Guided Drift boat steelhead or salmon with guide on the Salmon River Pulaski NY The Silver Bullet, Chromer, Metal Head, are all names we use for the Steelhead we catch all Fall, Winter and Spring on the Salmon River in Pulaski, N.Y., 30 miles North of Syracuse. (Interested?)

Randy, had another great fishing trip with you recently. Your knowledge, patience, and professional attitude gave us everything we had hoped for and more. We had a great time, and we are both still so impressed!  We learn something new every time we fish with you.  4 years and 7 trips....and you still have the same drive and desire we saw the first time you took us out!  You are a true professional, and you have customers for life.
Drift boat guide fishing for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River Pulaski NY Until the next fish bites, Garry
Come and enjoy the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with fishing reports for steelhead and salmon with this drift boat guide
We've been targeting Salmon lately due to the incredible numbers around. We have been picking up the occasional Steelie, different area's, while fishing for salmon. :) The above picture was the last spot of the day. Planned on making just a few cast's on our way back. I knew this spot had remained unfished for the last hour before we got there. The odds were very good that at least a couple of fish had moved into it, as they often do.
First cast, fish on, it's a steelie! Then another Chromer, then a couple Salmon in just 20 minutes or so. Out of the 4 fish, this was the only one landed. How sweet it is! Congrats on that beautiful Silver Bullet!

Sept.  26-30 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
Until MIDNIGHT today, 1,500 CFS From MIDNIGHT today until MIDNIGHT, Fri OCT 07, 750 CFS
Please, please be very careful out there. With this water flow (1,500 cfs plus run-off) the river is NOT crossable, but totally fishable. (Tip: Fish the slowest water you can find today. Thats where I would be at if I was a fish:) At 5am Friday the water level at Pineville is a real-time 1,720 cfs.
Add in run-off and it will easily be over 2,000cfs down low. Please be safe.

A friends Web Site Report - "Janz" river fishing report:
9-27 The fishing continues to be good with fresh runs almost daily. The rain on Monday really helped. Some folks over the weekend chose to do battle in the combat zones, the large holes that hold fish, instead they need to walk a little ways up or down stream and try the fast water above or below the holes. I watched 3 guys standing above the Sportsman's hole trying to decide where to go to fish, right in front of them were about 300 salmon holding in the fast water. I spent Saturday out on the lake fishing in my boat one last time, the bay did not have the numbers of fish it should have. The temps were really messed up but the guys out fishing the deep water way out said it was loaded with fish but they could not get them to bite. I managed 2 fish and both looked like they were just getting ready to enter the river, so it looks like some good runs are still to come. Finding a good load of cohos along with kings in the river sorta signify to me that the peak of the run is started.
 
Thursday
Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
The day started with a high wind warning, boy did it ever blow hard! (Gust's to 50-60) You could hear and see the tree's crashing across the river as you fished. Then the thunder and lighting let go with an amazing display. Sometimes its good to be a guide and not the angler holding and waiving a lighting bolt conductor up in the air. :) There were several incredible wild, windy, down pours of hard pelting rain of the likes you will ever experience.
All this and more while our rods were doubled over screaming "Fish ON!". The Kings were happy and more than willing to make my guest's goals come true. The fish would smile and then wave good bye as most (but not all)  broke our lines and left us with that common, excited, adrenaline rush feeling that so many of all of us are familiar with. Continuing up river on their final journey of their lives. There is simply no nookie like chinookie!
 
Today my guest's laughingly suggested that instead of calling the best spot in the hole the "Hole within the Hole". To call it Randy's G Spot. Today we reached maximum pleasure by fishing some of the finest, most enjoyable, exciting G spots on the river.
The only trouble we had was finding it. :0 (I know, pretty lame :)
 
Amazing Salmon River NY Tip, that might get me in trouble! (You guys reading this, owe me big time for this lil nugget :)
We worked some prime real-estate in the DSR with success (lowest part of the river) today. Game plan was to fish to the Kings and Coho's that ran into the river yesterday in good numbers. This was done by fishing approx. 2 miles above the estuary. Had we wanted to target the fish that would first enter the river this morning then we would have fished approx. 1-1/2 miles down river, closer to the estuary. So if you hear of a good run happening on any particular day. Then it is a guaranteed bet that some will settle into the holding waters (holes) from the middle to lower DSR overnight. Simply locate yourself in the upper DSR and all of those fish will have to run past you to continue their Fall migration up river. This same fish locating technique can be used for approx. 7 days after a large group first enter the river. They say the fish tend to normally, but not always (variables) take approx. 7 days to run the entire length of the river. (FYI- many do not run the entire length and instead find a suitable location that offers them safety, security and a current break until there biological clock says gravel, normally around the first of Oct.)  So by guestimateing they run approx. 1 1/2 or 2 miles per day, you can locate yourself above them in the morning. Causing the same group of fish to run past you everyday. Guaranteeing you some of the best fishing around. This comes with a money back guarantee!!

Randy, I wanted to drop you a line to tell you how much fun we had yesterday and to give you a brief testimonial. Yesterday Joe and I fished one of our favorite holes. One we've fished before and had success at.  We started out great hooking into 4-5 fish right off the bat but everything slowed down.  We knew there were fish in the hole but we couldn't entice them to hit.  I'm pretty sure I heard a voice (eerily similar to yours) saying "try varying your weight - little more - little less."    Idid, and like magic they started hitting again.  As the sun rose brilliantly over the trees, things slowed down.  Once again I heard this voice "try a  bigger brighter color as the sun comes up later in the day" It worked, we hit them again. We fished with you for a couple of years (today -last Thursday in Sep - actually used to be my day) and we wanted to let you know that at least 2 of the hundreds of valuable things you taught us sunk in.  We laughed thinking you'd smile and say "at least them idiots learned something".  Thanks for everything and tight lines always.  John Wickman 

Hi John, Congrats on your outstanding day of fishing. Say, that big dime bright amazing metalhead looks very familiar. What a trophy of a lifetime! Thanks for sharing those invaluable tips. I'm sincerely hoping other's reading this may increase their catch rate as you have succeeded in doing.
It makes me very happy to hear of your continued success's on the Salmon River, where memories are made.
Best Fish's, Randy :)

Here is a nice picture I dug up from my Trophy Page w/ a lil added Winter Fishing Tip. Warming trend middle of this week. (Hint)
Drift boat guide fish report for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River
This picture is to remind everyone that one of the best times to fish on the Salmon River NY is after we have had a bone chilling week of freezing cold temp's. Very very few anglers are out in these temperatures. This means ALL of your favorite Winter and Transitional spots "could" have VERY good numbers of fresh steelhead in them, that have recently moved in. Thats what happened in above picture. Kyle and his friend were my guest's for one of those memorable Salmon River Drift Boat Guide "Day for Kings!" Today was the first decent weather temperature fishing day after some abnormal below zero temp's for the week. We had pulled the Drift Boat over in a lil spot. You could spit and almost hit the other side of the hole. :) It was a small Winter and Transitional lye. Figured it was worth a quick shot after a week of bone chilling temperatures w/ very few anglers out and about.
We were rewarded with no less than 16 Steelhead!
A nice pod of Chromers had moved in here after a weeks worth of freezing cold temp's. Just like a box of chocolates, never know :) Warming trend middle of this week. (Hint)

Salmon River Fishing Mail Bag:
Some folks are getting excited about there upcoming trip up here to fish. Some are concerned about #'s of fish by mid-Oct. Here is my opinion about that:
I figure that by mid-Oct. and beyond there will still be a ton of fish in the river. This is shaping up into one of the better seasons. I personally figure that by mid-Oct. 5% will have died for whatever reason. 10-20% will be harvested. (The other day I was told approx. 500 fish were cleaned if you combined all of the fish cleaning stations totals together for 1 day) Keeping in mind we still have 1,000's upon 1,000's to enter and run the river, this will make up for a large portion of the previously mentioned absent fish. So the river should have just as many if not more by then. So even if some of you are worried about #'s of fish being in the river by mid- Oct., no worries.:) The fish will leave a light on for ya! Randy

High water question:
(This question and answer go good with today's higher water flow)
Randy, I needed a question answered so I figured I would ask the master himself. I am headed to the salmon river this weekend, and see that the river is at 1200 cfs. What do I do to fish the higher water? How would the fish be reacting to the change in water depth, and speed. Hope to hear from ya soon.
Hello, The fish change their lies every time there is a major change in water flow in most holes. General example- -- Hole pool, they sit at the head, in lower water.  In a lil higher water they sit more in the middle, real high water and they sit way down towards the very tail. Further back is less current flow (current break) to deal with but also gives them deep enough water to feel safe and secure. Some fish will move into the diversions to escape the higher flow, while others are in the tails of the pools or hiding behind anything that breaks the flow. Salmon River- mainly look for seams, pockets and slower water.  (Current breaks) Hope this helps. Best, Randy
 
Hi- I read the issue on New England striper fishing flies in the March/April issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters and enjoyed it alot. Are your flies available for sale? If you don't sell directly, is there a retail outlet for your patterns? Thanks for your response in advance!!!! Sincerely, Mickey
Hi Mike, I was flattered to be one of six guides interviewed for that article on my "go to" fly for stripers. Im sorry, but they are not for sale anywhere. I tie them a certain way for certain reasons. Materials and the way I tie them are a lil different then other similar patterns. At some point I will be putting that fly with tying instructions on my web site for all to see and use for free. Best, Randy

Today's Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Tip:
Andy and Warren fished the Salmon River and doubled their pleasure from yesterday. It was interesting to suggest stepping 2 feet to the left for a better drift and "Bang" fish on. Or shortening the leader and "Bang" fish on. Or advising to pull 2 feet of line off the reel to run it through the best spot and "Bang" fish on. It was all a matter of inch's or a couple of feet. Sometimes where they lay can be as exact as fitting a key into a lock. Having a clear understanding of habitat, presentation, bait, entomology, rigging can put you into a small number of anglers who catch most of the fish.
Atone point Andy and Warren both hooked up in unison. Each hooting and hollering, like 2 little kids getting their first bicycle for their birthday. Warrens ran down stream and under Andy's line, with out getting tangled which gave me a sigh of relief. My next concern was who's fish do I net first? I asked both of them who was paying for today's trip and Warren said , he was. Guess who's fish I netted first. :) We grabbed a quick shot of the fish and all I could hear was Andy saying, Randy, it's ready, Randy, Randy, it's ready - in an excited manner. I ran over to where his line entered the water and scooped up his dime bright female Steelhead of 14 lb's. Whew! My camera decided not to work so I was unfortunately unable to capture it's incredible beauty for all of you to see.
Today we fished tails, heads of holes, tails of runs, seams and pockets. All transitional resting, holding area's.
Friday, Sat. Sunday are my scheduled days off. Enjoy the weekend! Randy

Wed. Salmon River NY Fishing Report:
(As always, Personally speaking in the area we were in I noticed.., conditions can vary depending on variables) Lower end had another great steady push of a mixed bag of fish on Tuesday. If you look at and trust the Pineville gauge it looks as if they either pulsed the water or it simply came up due to run off Monday night, combination of both? Water was up a lil, very fishable. Today it was slower, so-so to ok in the lower end than yesterday, but still ok. Beautiful day! We had a steady stream of scattered, here and there, hooking up once in awhile, having to work for them until about 10am or so. Friends who were fishing lower had a better day with more Kings and coho's running into the river for the first time in the morning.
What was nice is it seemed as if everyone around hooked up occasionally, spreading all the fun around. Then it slowed down noticeably. Picked away at them. I dont know what happened the rest of the day, we left around noon. All below reports are still up to date and current. There are some BIG slugs of fish moving up river as we speak. They wont be hard to find as you could pretty much fish anywhere and find some or all as they spread out while running up the lower, middle, top end. All waiting for your perfectly (ahemmmmmm :) cast fly or bait. :) Best Fish's, Randy
WOW! Thanks for stopping in, 2,397 individual hits on this web site for one day - Friday. Next week in one day, I should easily break 3,000 individual hits. Not bad!! :)
Until MIDNIGHT Fri SEP 30, 750 CFS From MIDNIGHT Fri, until MIDNIGHT, Fri OCT 07, 335 CFS

Tuesday Salmon River NY King and Coho Fishing Report:
Surprise surprise. Most of us thought that this year would be a carbon copy of last year. 1,000's running early, lower end slowing down until Oct. 1 or so. But, it has not happened like this yet. Last week with very good fishing (fish running) in the lower end was a surprise to most of us. Lets hope it continues. Normally when you have a bunch of fish that run early then it takes awhile for them to stack - stage back up, before running the lower end again. Last year it wasn't until Oct. 1 approx. until we started to see good numbers run again after 1,000's ran early. It will be interesting to see what happens this week. These fish are funny. They do not have to (biological clock ) run at present, but are choosing too.
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Tuesday's Trip Canceled Sunday afternoon, I'm off, What will I do. Probably sleep in. :) 4am, cant sleep. So here I sit typing :)
Hmm, its early, maybe Ill go out and wet a line, re pack all of my dried out things from yesterday's rain, write an article, "Suspended fish" and how to increase your catch rate. Hmmm, maybe Ill write more on this later. Interesting stuff if you've never gone there.
So many fish around, bet I can even catch one.
Or maybe I could sit here and write an article on, How to find, dissect, "The Hole within the Hole". Put yourself into the top 1% that catch's 99% of the fish.
Naaa, I think Ill go fish'n, sounds like much more fun! (Sorry)  :)
Thanks for stopping by,
Randy

Salmon River NY Fishing Mail Bag:
You article of the Fly Of The Year....I was up there at salmon river and went to a few fly shops....no one there heard of the Red Head..or fly of the year....no one had the Mustad hooks # C068...I tied some up #12 and hooked..browns....can you tell me were to get the Mustad hooks #C068... The article to me was great...and learned a new fly that works...Thanks Herb

Hi Herb, Congrats on your successful trip here on those big browns! Tom's red head - 60 second fly is a secret. Ssssh :) Dont want the world to know. he-he Toms fly has been featured in a regional magazine and also the Syracuse newspaper, but I have not pushed it into any of the national fishing publications to extend its popularity. Maybe one of these days if time allow's Ill submit it to some of the editors. I’d like to thank Tom Wilson for introducing me to this Fly, many Flies ago.
If they dont have the hook thats their loss. They could have made a sale with you, right? Some places (in my personal opinion) may simply not know what most of us guides and or anglers want. So its up to us to educate them. Once done, it's consistently in stock. In their defense, many-many-many anglers simply have never been made aware of the value, fish catching increase these hooks give you. (Myself and other guides dont use them just for their sharpness:) So the shops order what they want. What they like, what sells, etc...Not until folks like us start to inquire, special order them, will there ordering practices change. I  sometimes have to special order hooks myself if my main supply is low. I would simply call my local fly and or tackle shop. They can easily order it.
Below is an email responding to your question from my Worldwide Mustad http://www.mustad.no Rep. I decided to go straight to the source. :) Hope it helps! Glad you enjoy the web site, hooks, Fly and the Salmon River, Randy
P.S. If any of you are intrested, you can find an entire page on this fly on my fly page, tying instructions with pictures @ http://www.yankeeangler.com/Toms60SecondRedHead.html

Hello Randy, I will ask our local rep to follow up on being sure we have them available in Pulaski.  Whitaker’s 315-298-6162 buys directly from us so if they do not have them, they can easily order them in.  Catch a few for me.  I’m in hot and steamy Ft. Lauderdale working a dealer show.Thanks again Jeff
There you go Herb, ask and you shall receive :)

An Old one:
Teach a man or women to fish and they will go out and buy expensive fishing equipment, stupid looking clothes, a sports utility vehicle, travel 1,000 miles to the "hottest" fishing hole, and stand waist deep in cold water just so they can outsmart a fish. (Average cost per fish: $395.68) 
Thank God for these folks or I'd probably be out of a job! :)

Randy,  I decided to drive 4 hours to fish 6 and drive 4 hours back home (which I guess makes me half crazy) LOL .Anyway I went back to the the second spot you showed us where you said we should be able to play 8-10 fish and we ended up playing a lot more.I fished it from the other side though which was easier to land the fish because of the slow water but not as easy get a good drift. First cast of the morning I caught  about a 5lb brown.After that I ended  up playing 13 salmon in just 1 1/2 hours !  12 lb mono and size 8 red estaz did the trick. I knew going into the spot I would be successful in playing at least a few fish.With the limited time I had today It was great to have a spot togo to where I could most likely get a few fish fast (as you suggested) first thing and then I had some time left to spend finding new spots to fish with rest of the day and ended up hooking 3 more salmon as well. Thanks Again, Frank

Monday Ramblings:
It poured buckets out today. It did not stop anyone from enjoying the day even though we were all drenched to the bone. It was a warm day out so it was actually comfortable. Noticed a number of anglers playing with fish today. Don't think there was a bad spot on the entire river. Smiles abound.
We held our own with a number of feisty Kings wanting to play. Great day with even greater guest's!
Over the last month or so Im sure many of you have picked up on the fact that Ive been writing a lot about being flexible, keeping an open mind, trying different presentational tools, ALL of the advantages of running floats - whether on a spin rod or center pin. All for one reason. To help you ALL catch more fish. Sometime, down the road, I want you all to set down that fly rod, set down that drift fishing, bottom bouncing spin rod and try some float fishing.
Love this place and wanted to share it with all of you too. Enjoy! http://www.anglersinternational.com
As usual, this time of the year is my normal down time. (Love it!) Jan. and the first two weeks of Feb. are my personal favorite times to fish for Chrome. Why? I'm glad you asked :)
Less anglers means 1 very important and valuable thing. More fish for YOU! :) (Less competition from anglers and more open water which means MORE opportunity for you)
Even though these tend to be the coldest days, we stay warmer than you probably would in Oct. or Nov. because we have the use of a big propane heater in the drift boat or a smaller one I use on the bank,.
As a possible booking angler this is one of the easiest times of the entire year to book me. If your lucky enough to be flexible in your fishing schedule, we can normally hook up last minute or on short notice (with in reason). If you can play the weather (stable is preferred) than your in good shape.
 
Thought for the Day:
It still amazes me today how a person can simply walk up to this river, cast in and come out with one of these BIG fish. Simply amazing! The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......      ..... we'll make it reeeel.

Thursday Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report:
Mike and his 15 year old son Tom enjoyed a day of wonderful Winter Steelhead fishing. This was Tom's first time on the Salmon River fishing for Steelhead. He did a great job and made his guide very proud! :) They were 1 for 4 on Chrome using Fly Rod w/flies (smaller egg pattern's - cream and light pink worked best) also dark Cronomites (sp?) and Spin Rod w/real egg's (blue and pink) fished with afloat. They loved the float and the many advantages it gave them. Had to work for them, one hear, couple there, one here. Exactly what had been forecast and predicted yesterday is exactly what we found.
They learned all about this incredible fishery and hope to join me again this Fall for Salmon. We fished 6 or 7 different spots to give my guest's a good overview and a much better understanding of all of the many different types of habitat - current breaks there are. The subtle differences on the drift that can make the difference between fishing 100% or only 40% of your drift and most importantly, knowledge. Covering habitat, presentation, rigging, bait and fly choices. We covered over 3 miles of learning the many many holes, runs, slot's, channels, depression's, holes within the holes, etc...., that make up the Salmon River.

Wed. Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Guide Drift Boat Fishing Report:
I just returned from a great family holiday and am excited to get back to work on the water. I'm happy to see the river in the condition its in presently. Time to return all those emails, phone calls, get the boat - car ready, etc..
Warmer air temp's and cloudy here presently. Forecast to stay about the same and starting this afternoon a slight chance for rain on and off until Friday. Run-off is the out come of this forecast. Also, the snow well become saturated with water, holding even more for the Spring. I'd look for the river water levels to stay about the same, maybe a lil more? Water Web site says dropping to 335 cfs. Hmmm, must be because it looks to be a very slow thaw and not all at once, mostly refreezing looks like evening's and Friday on? They also may have let a lil more water into the river to make up for what little does run-off. Hmmm, still nice temp's over the weekend to come up fishing. Look for the fish to once again become concentrated which is great for anyone coming up this weekend. Should be a good one. Fish should be in just about every spot.
Whether you'll find them eager to come to your offering or not is another story. ;) Also more fresh fish entering the river. :)
It's been about 1 week since the water came up to a gate (750 cfs) so you will find freshies top to bottom. Older Steelhead (darker) through out the entire river. Few here, couple there, none over that way, 1 here sort of stuff, having to work for them and always hoping for the mother load of Silver Bullets. :) Presently, if you can hit a couple of Steelies in a day you've had an ok day, in my opinion. I'd work my water and then move, continuing this all day. Anglers are finding the fishing slow, ok, good to great. (I bet you knew THAT one was coming :) Browns are pretty much done spawning, but I'd still throw some egg's (real and imitation), also the usual aquatic insect's that are in abundance now. It's good to be back, go get'm! Randy
Until 11:59 PM Fri DEC 30, 750 CFS From 11:59 PM Fri, until 11:59 PM Tue, 335 CFS
All published flows are approximate and forecasts are estimates only. Actual flows will vary and can change quickly at any time. Always be alert and wear an approved flotation device. Never go in or near the water until you know and accept the risks you are assuming by being in this area!

Holiday Salmon River Fishing Report:
I'll be away for a short holiday trip to visit the family. If your interested in doing some guided fishing, please leave a message - email and Ill respond upon my return. Thank you all once again for all of your continued support over the years. Fishing you all the happiest of holidays and hopefully a LOT of Happy hook'n! Randy
Holy Moly. Yesterday we hit two fish all day after my guest's asked me to run the drift boat over a new part of the river so they could learn it. (2 fish for them and a boat load of lifelong knowledge to them was a VERY successful day) Today, same guest's, I picked the spot and we were into Steelhead almost all day with the water concentrating them more when it dropped to 335 cfs on the first day, as predicted yesterday. Amazing!! Other's having some limited success also. My guest's happily achieved, received the "HOT ROD" for the day award. :) They were tickled pink!
 
Guest Testimonial:
Hey Randy, by the time you read this I suspect you may be on the way to your family gathering. Be safe and have a good time. Just wanted to thank you for a  good trip. I have been crazy about hunting and fishing since I was a kid. Fishing for any type of trout in a stream has always been hard for me.
With that, I would like to apologize for losing the dozen or so flies and yards of tippet. I really have to tell you though, your patience and hard work were not in vain.
In those two days, you taught me more about fishing in a stream than I have learned in years of trying to teach myself. I’m sure it was frustrating watching me constantly screw up, but I assure you you're time was not wasted. The next day using your advice, I was finally casting properly.
I really did get it finally and it was your advice that helped. On Saturday Bill and I both hooked up (they all broke off)  using your advice and techniques. I had a great time and learned a whole lot. I cant come up next year (whole going to Iraq thing) but Bill and I plan to come up every year when we can.
Thanks again for a great time! Joe

Learn what it takes to run a correct drift technique first
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By doing this simple thing that takes you about 2 minutes to achieve, I guarantee you will catch more fish!!
If your fishing bottom with flies, eggs, spin or fly rod, their are approx. 4 things I personally do to insure myself the greatest opportunity to be in the 10% that has the best chance of being in the small group of anglers that catch's 90% of the fish when I do start to actually fish. I dont think I have ever seen a single angler ever take the time to prepare themselves correctly before they fish a specific new spot. How many of you are so excited that you automatically try to catch a fish on your first cast? Yup, I know you do, so did I until I learned a better way that has helped my guest's and myself catch more fish.
Intrested? 315-963-2065.
Presently we have fish top to bottom. Most folks having to work for them, but not all. There are a few places that have VERY good number's of steelhead. All in different parts of the river. :)

Mail Bag:
Randy, I have had the pleasure of joining you on 3 Steelhead guided trips down the Salmon River in the past. I just wanted to thank you again for the great times and the AWESOME EDUCATION you gave me about fishing the river and the "perfect drift"..it does pay off!! Have a joyous Holiday season!! John
 
Randy, I am interested in a trip. What are your rates for Fall. What is best time of year to fish? I would like to catch salmon, but if there is a better time to catch big trout that is fine also. Thanks, Ed (Roanoke VA)

Hi Ed, Sept. and Oct. are King, Coho Salmon month's. From Nov. all the way through the Winter until the end of April we have Steelhead. They are approx. 8-12 pound average and are like a big rainbow trout. The Salmon are normally easier to catch because normally there are more of them if conditions are right. Steelhead not as many and much more challenging. Couple hook-ups per person in a day on Steelhead would be consider an ok day by most. (Not great but not poor either) With Steelhead or any fish, there is a learning curve on how to present your fly or bait (its an easy one) but it needs to be acquired as this is when you are really fishing with skill and increasing your odds greatly of doing the most catching:)
Today my guest's played with well over 12 Steelhead while wading in an area I selected for our best shot to catch fish. Which is considered a very good day. Yesterday we fished a different area of the river that they wanted to learn off the drift boat with the same two anglers and hit 2 fish all day. Both days were good to excellent for different reasons. For them it was not all about #'s of fish. Whatever your goals are, are mine too. Like team work all striving for the same thing. :)
It's all personal preference on the BEST time. Also mother nature, your guides ability level, your ability level are also critical variables of how well you will do.  
Salmon, I like mid.- late Sept. early-Mid Oct.
For Steelhead I like April, Dec. Jan., Feb., Nov., March, in that order. Nice chatting with you and happy holidays, Randy

Monday Salmon River Fishing Report
My guest's were 1 landed Steelhead for 4 lost Steelhead off the drift boat today. Sunny, no wind, approx. 21 degrees all day long and very pleasant!
 
Slush in the mid - lower end of S.R. and other Trib's. will be a concern over the next few days. No, not the stuff you get at the local 7-11 convenient store and put in a cone. :)
Fish top to bottom and elsewhere. Not a lot in any one spot, in my opinion. Getting very fussy and very selective. Some days are easier than others. Challenging inmost cases, but not all.

Tuesday Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
 Lil slower surprisingly. Angler ability level was on the mark. We had a presence of fish but they just would not cooperate. They hit glow bugs and aquatics. I think we hit about 4-5 of them. But, was disappointed we did not play with some more. Still a productive day of learning and learning some water, subtle tricks to improve their  drift's, etc... Still a nice day to be out and about fishing. Snowed about 4 inch's and hour. :) Nice day! We left for the day just as we stated to hit them with some consistency. To bad, but the day had to end sometime. :(
 
Wednesday Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
Can't sleep. 2 am. Felt guilty not updating the site so here it is. Now I can go back to sleep :) Darn, the things I do for you guys. :) (Just kidding :) Until 11:59 PM Mon DEC 12, 750 CFS (Im very happy with this news!)
Skunked today. But only as the fish were concerned. They were around, positively, had a presence, but just not interested. We tried glow bugs in the normal very productive colors, aquatics in the normal productive styles, sizes, colors, etc.. were rigged properly, presentation was there some of the time while my guest's learned. The only thing we should have tried was more suspended stuff. Egg's, floats, etc... Next time.
They are getting fussy, stubborn and not easy. Very normal. You would think for a fish that has the brain of the size of a pea, they would be a lil easier to catch. Now is the time where experience count's. All aspect's of everything should come together. Try real egg's, cluster's and singles, glow bugs, aquatics, float's - suspended, bottom, different colors. When you find what they want, then wait five minutes and they will then turn off and stop eating again. Darn fish! :)  3-4 inch's of snow in an hour, then sun, then wind so hard it was in the single digits, we had to pull anchor fast and get out of their as it was simply to dangerous. Found a nice sunny spot in the bovines out of the wind, lots of sun, girls in grass skirts doing the hula for us, serving us Pina colodas, M-m good, nothing but the best for my guest's! :)
We watched other anglers fishing and did not see one hook-up? Hmmm. A friend who is a guide also had a slow one. Perplexing. They were their, they simply were not eating very well.
My guests main goal was not the usual fish. It was to try to perfect their presentation, rigging technique. 100% satisfaction achieving our goal's! :) We spent about 4 hours just working on the 15 or so lil things that were needed to come together consistently to offer the fish a proper presentation that they would willingly except. Another successful day in many.
P.S. Fresh fish top to bottom, Winter fish getting very smart and difficult, being very selective, need to work for them, move around until you find some players, they ARE there. Weather looks great!

Thursday Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
Canceled last night due to some important business issues my guest had.

The Magic of Float Fishing
It’s difficult to explain what makes float fishing so special.  It is incredibly effective, being the most natural and most sensitive method of presenting bait, (or Fly, Jig)  but it goes beyond that.  Float fishing becomes an addiction fueled by anticipation, your eyes become transfixed by every movement of the float, waiting for it to disappear. There are few moments that are quite as magical as the instant that your float pulls under.
Europeans have been float fishing for centuries and view floats as an essential part of their gear, as important as hooks and line.  It has only been over the last few decades that Great Lakes Steelheaders have embraced float fishing and floats have now become the weapon of choice among the best Steelheaders in the region.  Float fishing is also becoming increasingly popular in the Pacific North West as more and more anglers realize just how effective it can be, both in presentation and sensitivity.
The primary purpose of a float is to help create a perfect bait presentation.  Properly rigged floats can suspend the bait a fraction of an inch above bottom and allow it to drift downstream naturally at the exact speed of the current.  As float fishermen become more proficient with floats, they learn to adjust the spacing between their split shots to allow the bait to either drop slower or faster, to wash along catching all natural breaks in the current or cut deep to the bottom of pools and eddies.  When combined with light fluorocarbon lines and small hooks, it's almost impossible for a fish to identify the bait from any of its natural food sources.
The secondary purpose of the float is as an ultra sensitive strike indicator.  When a float is properly shotted (by adding split shots to the line below the float), so that just the small fluorescent tip sticks up above the water, it will pull under on the lightest bite and hardly offer any resistance to the fish.  This sensitivity allows anglers to identify takes instantly and reduces the chances of the fish dropping the bait before the hook set.  For very light biting fish, floats can be the only fishing technique that is sensitive enough to produce fish. 
Float fishing is a highly interactive angling technique, where the angler is constantly mending or giving line and must keep his eye on the float, watching for the slightest movement.  A trained eye can tell the difference between the float slowly pulling under because the hook has caught bottom, from a delicate take that barely twitches the float or simply stalls its progress downstream. 
Float fishing is one of the true arts of angling that is both a delight to master and extremely effective. The above is credited too: Anglers International

Salmon River Fishing Report:
OK #'s of fish (Steelhead and Browns) top to bottom of the river. I'd personally fish anywhere along it's entire length with confidence in the normal places that they (steel) like to hold in for this water flow, this water temperature, this stage in their lives, this food cycle, etc.... Most experienced anglers are finding them through out.

Today the Kings Crown of success was the Santa Hat. Our only goal today was to wear that hat while getting your picture taken with a nice Steelhead or Brown Trout. If you got the hat it meant you landed the fish. They could only look at the Hat and drool with desire from afar. They were not allowed to even touch it! Both of my guest's landed enough fish to make the crown less desirable as the day went on. :O

Thanks for the laugh's!
One of the highlight's of taking John and Skip out fishing this time was the use of fly rods. Up until now, the word fly rod was a foreign word to them. Last trip I introduced them to the magical world of presenting your offering with a fly rod. They loved it. It opened up an entirely different, exciting world to them. They went out and picked up all the goodies and this visit they were rigged head to toe with fly gear. They did not disappoint me and I bet BOTH presentation tools will be used according to the conditions at hand that they find on a daily basis to increase there odds. They have a major advantage over someone who is unfortunately stuck in the ---. I will only use a spinning rod. Or, I will only use a fly rod.
By incorporating either or both presentation tools when the conditions warrant, you will positively increase your knowledge and catch rate, allowing you to join that esteemed group of 10% that catch's 90%. Yup, those folks are flexible and keep and maintain an open mind.
I know for a fact that John and Skip have consistently - positively, been in the 10% group on each of their visit's. You should be next! :)
By not limiting yourself to just 1 presentation technique, 1 rod (fly or spin), 1 type of offering (fly or bait) you are increasing your odds. Many times only the most seasoned Salmon River angler will offer the same fish a choice. Real egg sacks and then flies with their fly rod (Yes, I suggested egg sacks (bait) on your fly rod while drift fishing.) or spin rod (Yes, I suggested flies on your spin rod while drift fishing :) before leaving a particular productive piece of water, for that water flow-level, at that stage of the Steelhead life, in that water temperature, offering the most prevalent - dominant food that the Steelhead are eating for that time period of the year. They are giving the fish a choice, no matter what type of rod your using.
 **By using a method (type of rod and presentation) that allows you to be able to cover the most water in the most productive manner while giving the fish a choice will help you to achieve maximum results. Normally that's a spinning rod with a float or center pin set-up. If not those two, then a spin rod.**
Thanks for stopping in, Randy

Friday's Salmon River Mail Bag:
Latest project is a Fly Fish America Travel Guide piece covering this area with lot's of good information for the traveling angler to the Salmon River. My goal was to try to help the local economy, even those guides I work the river with! :) Can't hurt the way I see it. Thanks go out to all of you who help this area out in many many ways! :)
 
Holiday Gift To YOU
Lots of steelies will be put on stringers when the water drop's. Please catch and release. I know we all will be doing our part to conserve a limited number so all can enjoy them. The fish you release today could have been a gift from another angler to you. I'd like to sincerely thank all of you who do release your catch as I am positive, that my guest's have enjoyed playing with your fish too, before releasing them back to the water for the next angler to enjoy. I was recently told that after a study, that 85% of the Salmon River anglers are C and R? Thank you!!
We played with a coupla of steelhead of more steelhead that came to hand today. (All fish released for your future fishing pleasure) At one point both of my guest's were fighting Steelhead at the same time. All spin rods, one on bobber w/ egg sack and other on spin with fly.
Our two biggest Chromer's took off down river after a couple jump's and roll's. Could not keep up with it. We had the drag cranked as tight as it would humanly go. We would gain a little and then it would take it all back plus some. This kept up for about 5 minutes until it became futile and when the line finally broke it was no surprise in 1,500 cfs. This happened to us twice. O'well, sure beats a sharp stick in the eye. Nice fight while it lasted! Congrats Mike!
 
Thursday Salmon River Fishing Mail Bag:
Hey Randy, Was bummed this am when i heard what the flows were today, although it was not unexpected, decided to bag it and head home today instead. I would like to try and reschedule a day if i could.......Preferably a flow under 5000 CFS :):):)................Thanks again..................John................

Hi John, Yup, I agree! The best place to fish now is off Rt. 13, in the ditch. I'll meet you there. Best, Randy

Wednesday's priority and goal was not your usual. It was a lil fishing 10%, but also 20% learning an entirely new and exciting presentation technique. One which allows the angler to present their offering to the most fish on a single drift. They were able to cover a vast amount of water in 1 hour, that would have taken the same fly angler 5 hour's to cover. (more on this incredibly productive presentation technique later) We spent the other 70% dissecting the river fish holding location by fish holding location. Rock by rock, etc.... My throat was sore by days end and rightly so. We covered it all. From exactly where to stand, head, mid. tail of pool to achieve the best possible presentation to each specific lye in each section, etc..... In each specific pool where the fish hold exactly, depending on water temp. water level, etc..... Exactly where in the pool the drop or head is at combined with the severity or not by the feet or inch of the drop, etc..... Whether to fish a 12 inch, 2 ft., 3 or 4 foot leader in each location, also dependent on what style of presentation you are using, etc.....We marked all the spots (also exactly where the most fish hold, like fitting a key into a lock) by backing them up with visible tree's, rocks, white water rapids, pockets, the bank, dead broken off tree's, the contour of the bank, shore line, etc..... Where you can cross safely, etc..... Where to park, where to walk to access each pool, etc..... Strategic maneuvers to beat me at my own game, etc....  (Seriously! :0 )
Several rock solid game plans on where they could park, start there day, next pool by next pool until the end of their day, hitting many-many high % spots without the conga lines :) , etc....
Plus the usual flies, bait, presentation techniques, etc.... Lots of etc... in today's report. to much information was covered to reprint it all.
Matter of fact. At my suggestion, my guest's used a pen and large pad of paper to take notes, draw diagrams of the holes, etc... Also, a video camera to film the many many locations that they will return too and fish on their own with confidence. Most of us, included myself, only retain 20-30% of what we read or hear. That's why we used these aids in memory. You could do the same! Not many, if any of us would do all of the above, especially tell you strategic maneuvers on how you can possibly out fish me. I enjoy doing the above each and everyday if asked too. Even if not asked, I still like to introduce the river to you in a way that you can confidently come back to and fish it on your own. I see many many of my guest's out on the river enjoying the day catching some fish in area's we have fished or Ive shown them. One of the best compliments any guide could get! Fish on!
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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
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Scranton TU, PA
Catskill Mt. TU, NY
Tug Hill TU, NY
Southeast TU, MA
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Croton Watershed TU, NY
Clearwater TU, NY
Mid-Hudson TU, NY
Iron Furnace TU, PA
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Thames Valley TU, CT
Hammonasset TU, CT
Chittenango TU, NY
Also:
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Orvis-Boston, MA
Green Mt. Fly Tiers Assoc. VT
Rivers Edge Trading Co.(Orvis)
Central NY Fly Fishers, NY
Oysterville Yacht Club, MA
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.)
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Web Site Testimonial: Randy, Your knowledge and willingness to share it without condition is simply marvelous for everyone, but mostly for the fish. You should be commended for helping make this magnificent fishery what it is.

THANKS! I'm simply sharing my true fishing passion's with other's, with similar interest's.
Thanking you all.... for making my fishing report pages the TOP guide site to visit for this area over these past 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)
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Paid featured guest speaker at Sports Shows, Fresh and Saltwater fishing.
Guest speaker at most Trout Unlimited Chapters, fly tying, tackle and Orvis shops around New England and beyond.
I have had the pleasure of being interviewed with some of the top fly fisherman, fly fishing Author's of the World. (Lefty Kreh, more not listed here)
Represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their 2 1/2 day Cape Cod Saltwater Fly fishing Schools.
(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)

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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.
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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!
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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 Trips

Reservations and Deposits:
Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $100 deposit (per day) within 7 days of booking.

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Randy Jones
87 Clark Rd.
Mexico, NY
13114

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