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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
CHECK OUT the World Record Steelhead we caught that day @ end of
drift boat video!
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These For You
Magical Spring Steelhead Day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc
(Video Credit "Repeat Client" Allen K.)
Complementary Top Secret (Ssssh!)
Tips on ADVANCED Fish Locations to help
YOU catch more fish
on the Salmon River Pulaski NY.
What helps to induce a BIG RUN
or Salmon? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=6&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS
Transitional Resting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4
Prime Transitional Holding
Prime Fall, Winter and
Spring Holding Pools https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6
and Basic Current Breaks in every pool you should
to help YOU
catch more fish.
to fish for Steelhead in the Water Column https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koVVmqS0gjM&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8
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
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How to forecast or possibly predict your best
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Ron with a Trophy Steelhead Wall Mount'r. (17.5 lb's)
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.
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
Rick (son of dad Dick K. photo'd below) w/ an exciting
Dick K. w/ a nice silver bullet. Fishing you a speedy
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
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
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"
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
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,
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
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,
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.
a commercial break ;)
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
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
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.
Until the next fish bites, Garry
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
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
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
(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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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
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
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
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!
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!
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
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
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.
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,
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!
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
Tuesday Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide
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!)
. 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
Thursday Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide
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
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
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
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 :):):)
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
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.
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
Care to Learn?
By Randy Jones
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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.
sharing my true fishing passion's
with other's, with similar interest's.
Thanking you all.... for making
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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!
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(P.S. I don't discriminate.
I also enjoy guiding
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over 35 years of experience. I've represented
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and chief instructor of their 2 1/2
day Saltwater Fly fishing schools. (I don't discriminate.
I also enjoy guiding you spin
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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.
no Nookie like Chinookie ;)
"The Salmon River, where
Memories are Made
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2065 Email: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
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Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we
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