About the Author, Publisher and Salmon River
Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Report
Randy Jones is a full-time professional
fly/spin fishing guide with over 30 years of experience.
He has "in the past" represented the
Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor of their
2 1/2 day Cape Cod Saltwater Fly fishing Schools.
Also guided VT. for Trout for 12 years
and spends his summers guiding on Cape Cod.
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.
E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$225 for 1 angler - Full Day (7-8
hours) Fly or Spin Fishing - Salmon or Steelhead -
I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers - Full Day (7-8
hours) Fly or Spin Fishing - Salmon or Steelhead -
I supply everything but the chest waders.
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(per day) within 7 days of booking.
Mailed to: Randy Jones 87 Clark Rd. Mexico, NY 13114
equipment - Spin Rods and Flies 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.
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Author Randy Jones
March 15 Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report:
I was pleasantly surprised to
see an exclusive tip-ad for this area in the popular Fly
under New York, advertising the Salmon River. It will
surely help the local economy out. :) It said, the Steelhead
fishing in upstate New York provides the best freshwater opportunity
for "Big" fish in the Northeast. Then it talks about using the
internet to help in your search for information concerning lodging
and locations, and this is something you must try. Then I get a nice
little recommendation with name and web site for a start in getting
idea's of the possibilities. Expect some Explosive fish! I must
be doing something right? I'd like to personally thank the staff
at Fly Fish America and also Bob Rifchin who is the Regional Editor
for the Northeast. Not only from myself but also from all of the local
merchants who enjoy the added help in making the future up here brighter!
Some folks are finding the fishing
slow, but not all.
March 14 Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide
Fishing Report and Ramblings:
My two guest's today were very experienced.
With the high sun, we were able to use the drift boat ALL
day to search out the silver bullet Steelhead. We noticed
1 to 8 steelhead in almost of the locations we drifted over. With
the high sun and added height from the boat, it made it very easy
to see everything.
Look at that
big steelhead, Randy, hey, there is another! At one point we all gasp, Randy, look at
all of those fish! The bottom was silver with chrome steelhead
and it was moving
:) I "politely" yelled, hold
on, as I dug deep on the oars to pull us out of the rapids and to
the calmer, shallower safety of the side of the river away from the
fish as quickly as possible so we could quietly approach them while
wading. Believe it or not I could not be more excited about today's
fishing. My 2 guest's played with well over
20 Steelhead over the course of the day.
I normally get 1 or
2 of these types of days a season. Today was one for the record book.
One of the top 3-5 trips over the last 10 or more years for sure. The
lower water concentrated all of the fish. I also think the sun helped warm
things up a little raising the temperature of the water a couple of
degrees, which is always helpful. Sometime you will see in increase
in feeding activity when this happens. Also, this was the third day
since the water had drastically dropped, so the fish had had a chance
to get used to this new and different flow, causing them to adjust
adequately and comfortably. We found them spread out over the entire
river, hitting both females and their companies, the bucks. Blue and
pink egg sacks and aquatic flies did the trick. Some preferred one over
the other while using fly rods. Big fish of the day
was an awesome incredible inspiring 16 lb. steelhead buck, (it never
gets old) with several steelhead females weighing in at approx.
Some were semi fresh. These were some of the ones
that came in with the last high water and were paired up. Most were
all in the deeper holes that had some gravel in the area and were hooked
up while blind casting.
My guest's had another incredible
day yesterday on their own doing about 10 steelhead. Most
anglers looked to be having a slow time of it. Did not see
a single bent rod all day unfortunately. Im a little behind on
errands so I hope to have some of the pictures posted tomorrow.
Unfortunately due to time restraints it takes longer than
the average person realizes to download, edit, post, upload,
etc..... You wont want to miss these. Congrats again guys! ALL
If some of you have been releasing
your steelhead, I'd like to thank all of you. Im sure we
could not of had a day like today without some of your released
fish to add to the incredible numbers of steelhead we played
and landed. I sure hope all of the fish we released today offer
you a better chance to hook up also. Please return the favor by
releasing some, if not all of your catch, so other's can enjoy
this incredible fishery too
! It's nice to
:) Ye-haa! Randy
March 12 Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide
Fishing Report Ramblings:
Hi folks! All is well and no, I have not fallen off a
cliff. Im just updating this site as updating is needed. Working hard as ever
and enjoying the fishing! I hope you are too! U
Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat
Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
my one guest had about
15 years of fishing here under his belt, so most importantly
knowledge of habitat and a few tips I could give him was what
he found invaluable. It's funny, when you reach a certain level
of expertise it's the small things that are actually the big things.
Subtle little things that helped with his presentation. All goals
were achieved. He played with 6 steelhead total
with the biggest being a big dark male at least all of 12 lb's as
it jumped 4 feet into the air in front of us with a incredible belly
flop. Any closer and we would have been soaked! He smoked us big time.
But we got the best out of him before he rubbed us on a tree laying
in the water. My guest last month had a collapsed lung, so we did
not do any fast chasing. We hit fish from the top of the river to
the bottom, so they were spread out.
my 2 very experienced
guest's fishing plus myself (not fishing) were only able
to find 3 players. What a great time we had trying to find more!
These were again spread out. A couple of years ago these same guest's
had one of those steelhead days that we all dream off. I rowed the
boat down in the dark to be on the hopeful hot spot at first light,
for certain reasons. Sure enough they were easily
into BIG steelhead numbers. :) I think they played with around 20
It is possible some of the fish you
catch may have been a gift from one of my guest's. Please
try to repay the favor for the next angler. It's nice to share.
Nothing new to report, so if you want
a little more reading on the fishing, please see below. As
always, if any new or exciting happens it well be posted here.
Otherwise you can figure its the same ol same hole.
One of my clients recently asked me,
Randy, has the fishing declined in your eyes? I tell them
no. I really have not noticed any difference. It's called
fishing and fish we do. Most of us guides agree, if both of our
guest's can play with at least 2 steelhead in a day, you have had
an ok day. Not a bad or a great day, but an ok day. So anytime
you can do better than that, we are even happier. (Lets all
travel over to B.C. where 1 fish caught in a day, is reason to
throw a BIG party and buy a bunch of lottery tickets! :) Until then,
How long can you play this game before
you vomit? It's in German. Enjoy! http://www.wagenschenke.ch
. It should mean that they have reached there
needed levels in the reservoir's to be prepared for the start of the Spring
thaw. Looks like later next week? (until then, same ol same hole) it is supposed
to reach the upper 30's, maybe 40. It's a start! :) On my trip earlier in
the week we did great! Did the warmer weather have anything to do with the
numbers of fish? We found fish spread through out the entire length of river
that we floated. And we never really worked each spot to its fullest potential.
So I wonder how many we might have actually passed up? Old man winter is
back in full force. I hope by next week to be back in more normal temperatures
for March. The weather man say's, high's in the 40's which is normal for
March. Can't wait!! A friend of mine reported in with approx. 5 Steelhead
played with off his drift boat while guiding. Expert angler's, friends
of mine reported in with 2 fish caught while fishing the lower river last
weekend. These guys are some of the best anglers around, so Im surprised
they did not do a little better. I'm guessing the fish either had lock jaw
or there were not that many present where they were fishing? Hmmm. Most anglers
are having a slow time of it, challenging. Even some of the places that are
typically know for some fast easy fish have slowed to a crawl recently. March
will do that to you sometimes. That's why having good optional places to
fish are always a positive way to approach this and any other fishery. I
personally like to work a piece of water and then move, continuing this process
until I can hopefully find a pod or the occasional fish. Then Ill stay put
and work that water a little more thoroughly until I feel I've covered it
well. Then move again. FYI - If the hole your fishing is mostly all big rocks
(or not gravel) dont expect to many fish to be present. Majority of fish
have moved out of the winter spots that do not have what they are ALL looking
for presently. Always a chance to hit one in a transitional spot, winter
area, as we all know what time of year it is. :)
March 7 - Monday, Salmon
River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report
Wow, It reached into the upper 40's
today. M-M Good! Lil rain Monday and a lil run-off, which
has all stopped now with colder temp's back in place. When the
wind blew it felt like a heat wave of warm air. What a nice surprise.
I hope some of you were able to enjoy it also. All the angler's
I ran into were all smiles and enjoying this rather odd and unique
weather. It was rather short lived as now we have what I would call
an arctic blast pushing through. Cold temp's for awhile are forecast.
Im glad Im not working! :) But may try to get out for awhile anyway.
The river is still totally fishable and with fish. As we found out
Monday, some of these fish are bright silver! Most anglers are finding
the fishing challenging. Why? (See the below March challenging month:
for my opinion as to why)
My 2 guest's played with 5 reel
scream'n, monkey spank'n, on fire fresh and full of piss and
vinegar Silver Bullet Steelhead.
They all left us wanting
more with that empty feeling when they are into your backing
before you can finish reading this sentence, even faster and
then off. WOW!!
We simply could not keep up to them!
What an adrenaline rush, that's for sure. At one point we
were on a nantucket sleigh ride with fish on screaming down
river and us giving chase in the boat. What a chinese fire drill
that was. :)
Things are looking up off the drift
boat on the Salmon River and other area trib's. Sssh. We played
in winter spots as well as transitional area's and found them
in all. We hit fish in 4 out of 6 spots fished. My guest's goal
today was not to catch fish (that would simply be a bonus)
Their main goal was to learn every
aspect of this incredible fishery, with an emphasis on knowledge
of habitat and proper presentation. The one spot that we invested
the most time produced 2 fish and I know we left fish in this
spot to find fish. All of the other spots we fished were covered
amazingly fast, just to give them a quick feel for the hole. So Im
sure again, we left some fish to find others and to continue on our
quest for that knowledge that they will have for the rest of their lives.
We greased and oiled a couple of small things concerning on how to improve
on their already good drift and I'd have to say that now their quality
of their presentation's have put them into their goal of being in the
10% that catch's 90% of the fish. Congrats to you both!!
March challenging month:
As some of you are finding out. March
can be one of the most challenging months of the season. It
is for me. You have Steelhead in the Winter spots. Presently,
I'd guess there is 1/2 "to even less" in these spots that were
all in a month ago. Where did they go?
They could be in transition, searching
out a mate and on or close too that special rock. They could
not even be in the river and be calling home the many-many
miles of diversions that run off the main river. These area's give
the fish a break from the current, most likely close to the safety
of deeper water and also covered by the feeling of safety created
by trees. This is the time of the year where the fish are spread
out over the entire river and normally not concentrated like they
were a month ago. You could almost just close your eyes and cast
and possible hook up. So now you know why myself and others consider
this to be the most challenging and fun month's of the season.
Saw a couple of big stones approx. size 10! Lil early
for that size to be showing, at least in any sizable numbers.
Most are smaller. At one point on Monday I pulled a big branch
out of the water. So what, you might say. With my past background
in Vt. Trout and entomology, this stick was like a magic window into
a Steelhead's world of survival. 100's of a particular type of larva,
pupa, in a certain color were heavily attached to the entire stick.
Hmmm, I said. I showed my clients who were amazed.
We switched flies immediately and you
can guess the rest of the story, Fish ON! By paying close
attention to mother natures signature clues that are everywhere,
can give you an added bonus of having an edge up on your Steelhead
and many times out smarting them.
Polarized Glass's Tip:
Pick them up in yellowish amber. Great
for the darker bottom rivers, like on the Salmon River.
Also while sight fishing on those amazingly crystal clear water,
light colored hard bottom sand flats over all of Cape Cod for
Stripers and Blues in 1 to 5 feet. Safety too! Side shields are
a necessity for maximum visibility while cutting out the sun's
glare that likes to sneak in the sides. Nylon or plastic frames -
Light as a feather and I'll guarantee you wont even notice that you
have them on. I wear them 100% of the time while guiding or fishing
everyday of the year! I use the Orvis ones, they should hav'm here. http://www.orvis.com
March 5, Salmon River Pulaski NY DriftBoat
Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
in a lot of lake enhanced snow shower bands today and had
a blast. We had a lot of choices as to where to start so we
began wading in the Altmar area. In a couple of hours we had 5
Steelhead to play with. Then we jumped in the drift boat and floated
to Pineville. Did not touch a single fish off the drift boat, while
we worked some winter spots as well as some transitional area's.
Hmmm, surprising. Anyway, the sun came out for awhile then it would
disappear and snow, lil wind, sleet became our traveling companions
for awhile. All in all, a nice day to be out on the water with friends
enjoying this fun and exciting fishery. This Sat. morning it is sunny,
warmer and looks like a incredible day to be out fishing. Wish I was
there but someone has to keep this site updated. :) I've got some articles
and fishing reports coming up, so stay tuned to this never ending virtual
fishing trip with your host. Thanks for stopping in, Randy
March 2, Salmon River
Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
The sun is shinning and most of the
lake effect bands of snow went to the south of us around the
Syracuse area today. Normal air temperatures, with some gust's.
We probably recieved about a foot or less of snow over the last
few days. It looked like most of it fell during the night and was
cleaned up nicely by the morning. We have an approx. 30-40% chance
of some more snow in the forecast, but that's nothing new. A little here
and a little there. Nothing new up in these here parts. :) The roads
look great. Sometimes the fisherman's parking lot's and boat ramps
are cleaned up before all of the roads. They take there fishing access
pretty seriously up here. :) We continue to have about 1 gate of water
in the river presently and I think it's been over two weeks since
it came up. Nice flow to fish and the fish like it too. I hope they
continue this flow to keep the reservoir levels low enough up at
the dam so they have plenty of room for when the snow starts to
melt. This water level has helped to bring some freshies in, that are
spread out. It's that time of the year where more fresh fish will enter
the river and run it as part of their naturally ingrained instinctive
behavior pattern related to their need to reproduce their species.
A few have started to spawn.
Nothing new to report
on the river that has not been said below. As you probably
know we recieved some snow (so what's new) with more on the way.
Roads look good! Folks are out and about enjoying themselves fishing.
This weeks weather offers a chance of snow almost everyday. Nothing
to be concerned about at this point. Air temperatures look to be normal
for this time of year. Spring is just around the corner. M-M good!
:) Best Fish's, Randy
Today's Salmon River NY Steelhead Fishing Mail Bag:
Randy, I recently went to pulaski on a sales call to
a local paper company. I have never been to pulaski and
I left feeling at a loss having never realized how wonderful
that river is. I grew up in the Western finger lakes fishing for
lakers in Seneca Lake and never being a stream fisherman and now
want to tackle steelhead. I want to spin cast, yet I am not having
any luck finding a good book to reference. What can you recommend?
Should i book a charter and learn? I would relish the chance to land
a chrome beauty. Best regards, Bob Taylor
HI Bob, I'd recommend calling Whitakers
Sports Shop 315-298-6162 for a book. They may also have other
recommendations. My web site - fishing reports, has
a lot of information too. Also, try doing a search on the internet,
tons of great info. Hiring a guide is also a great way to
take a major short cut in the learning curve and increase your odds
greatly of achieving all of your goals, that will last you the rest
of your life. Bring a friend along and you can split the cost and save
a little $$ also. I'd be happy to show you the ropes. Best of luck, Randy
Randy, On The Water Magazine just
sent me the March issue and they used one of my shots
of you on the Cape. Congratulations! Let me know if you need a
copy of the magazine and I'll get one out to you. Still working on
that rewrite of your article, we'll get more pub. In the meantime,
tight lines and thanks. John
Thanks very much John! Boy,
wont mom be proud. :)
Today's Mail Bag:
Hey Randy, Thanks for another great
day on the river....learned a lot. I just wanted to touch
base with you on two things we talked about: 1. The colored copper
wire you use on caddis fly's. What is it and does Whitakers or
other fly shops carry it? 2. We have a hard time finding the right
parachute cord for slinkies...too small. Where do you get yours
or what's the size/diameter??? Fished some of the holes you showed
me on Tuesday....caught 4 small browns (stockies) and had a chromer
throw the fly on me :(......Thanks again!!! Allen
Hi Allen, Check with Whitakers 315-298-6162 about
the green cooper wire (ultra sm olive wire made utc in usa).
They can order it also. Or use black thread and put green
dubbing on it, wrap forward and tie the head with the black
thread for the head. Thats where I got mine. They may also have
the cord. Otherwise try Tony's sports shop just on the other side
of the interstate, right side. Im sure other shops carry it also.
Parachute cord or shoe laces work too. May have to look around or make
some calls. Not sure of exact size/diameter. Just large enough so a
straw from McDonalds fits in it snugly. Burger King straws are to small
in my opinion. Im happy you hooked up and had some fun! Congrats!!
I could not be happier. Fishing is slow presently in our case, but not
all, so you did great! Randy
Hi Randy, Thanks for the
info. on the wire and making the fly's themselves.
It does seem slow and anglers were pretty scarce this morning
as well. Hope you and your clients have a good weekend if you're
guiding.....I appreciate all your help and knowledge!!! Allen
Hi Allen, We fished off the drift boat all day.
We hit 1 in the first spot and landed it, 5 in the 3rd spot,
after another boat had already fished it for 2 hours before
us and we landed 1. So 2 landed steelhead for the day
with 6 total played with. The sun came out and made it very comfortable
for the most part. Never getting above 20 degrees, no wind with
a low of 8 degrees in the early morning. Saw a couple of other fish
hooked up also, which was nice to see. Over all most anglers were finding
the fishing challenging, as we did. Having to work for them with 100%
perfect presentations. Best, Randy
Dear Randy, I want to thank you for
a great trip on the Salmon River. On a day when hardly anyone
on the river was hooking up with fish, let alone landing them,
you guided me to my first steelhead - a beautiful 12 pounder!
I was so happy with that fish that I hardly cared about the 8 pounder
that got away just minutes later. Your vast knowledge of the river
and these fish along with your patient teaching made all the difference
in moving me into that special group of 10% that catch 90% of the fish.
I will whole-heartedly recommend you to anyone who wants to catch
fish and improve their steelhead knowledge and skills. I will definitely
be booking another trip with you in the near future. Thanks again! Kevin
Wednesday - Salmon River
Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
Jokes for the Day:
A couple of rednecks from Vermont are out in the woods hunting when one of them suddenly grabs his chest and falls to the ground.
He doesn't seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head.
The other Vermont redneck whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He gasps to the operator, "I think Bubba is dead! What should I do?"
The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, "Just take it easy and follow my instructions. First, let's make sure he's "dead."
There is a silence..........then a shot is heard. The redneck's voice comes back on the line, "Okay, now what.
2nd Joke of the Day:
Husband and wife are having a big nasty argument. Husband decides to leave the house. As he is walking out the front door his wife yells! I hope you rot in HELL!!!
The husband turns around and replies, does that mean I'm staying?
Since Im on a roll - 3rd joke for today:
A man walk's into the library and asks the librarian if he could check out a book on suicide. The librarian says, hell no! You wont return it!
Water is at 750 cfs, give or take,
fish top to bottom, slow to challenging fishing at present
in most everyone's opinion. Fresh fish on the move. Fish starting
to pair up and thinking about spawning. Very few anglers around.
There were more fish around last week before the increased angler pressure
from the weekend holiday crew showed up. Good Luck, Randy
Played off the drift
boat all day and were rewarded with a batting average of 2
for 8 on Steelhead. Found them in 2 out of 3 spots. One here,
none there, couple over there, 3-4 here, 1 there, stuff like that.
Covering our water with 100% drift's, then moving, covering our
water with 100% drift's and then moving. Warming trend this week.
Nice fishing this week with these temperatures. Noticed some fare
weather, holiday angler's out fishing the entire river, enjoying
themselves. We had to run continuous 100% drift's all day to come
up with the Steelhead that we played with. No easy fish.
4 for 8 steelhead,
hit them in 2 out of 4 spots. Started off picking up some
easy fish, then played off the drift boat starting mid-morning
working for them. Nice weather and a fair number of angler's
also out and about enjoying it.
Fishing is Fishing at present.
Both days my guest's were new to the
Salmon River so we spent the entire day mostly working on
how to properly and consistently run a 100% drift in every
different habitat (location) fished. From the pictures you can
tell we were more than a little successful. Congrats!!
Altmar has a number, but that number
is -will-starting to dwindle. Rest of the river is so-so
and when they drop the water Im guessing it wont help bring
in any freshies, but.... it will concentrate them more over the
entire river. (I could write an entire article on the effect's of
lower water during the winter)
The lower end can be very rewarding
at this time of year. It does not get fished that much, so
the fish are not educated. Also, they sometimes will enter the
river and then just sit down there for the balance of winter. I've
seen some of those holes down there load up with Steelhead like no other's.
Steel top to bottom of river. Very
nice hatch the last few days. The observant angler (and
guides) increase their odds greatly by paying close attention
to the signature clues mother nature shares with you. Finding
smarter, darker-older Steelhead in the Winter holding pools and
easier-less educated, brighter-fresher Chrome in the transitional,
resting, holding locations. (Makes sense ;) Look for the transitional
spots to continue to produce for awhile now, especially with today's
run-off. Weather looks nice through the end of next week. So if
you've got nothing better to do, I'd give it a shot. Look
for a possible run of fish now in the lower end. We are receiving
high winds, rain. Lots and lots of run-off from the snow melting.
With this large amount of run-off, they may keep the water at 335 cfs
(knock on wood). Maybe even bump it up?? (knock on wood) Best Fish's,
Stay tuned for more "fun and excitement"
on this never-ending virtual fishing trip with your host
Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.
River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
We had a great day today! 2nd cast
of the morning resulted in a steelhead. After about 1/2
hour on working to perfect our drift. Its like building a house.
Foundational stuff, First floor, Second floor then roof. It's putting
a lot of little things together consistently on every cast. And
learning something on every cast on how you can improve on the
next. Very repetitive and rewarding once you have achieved it, as
we found out! Jeff says, Randy, I just got a 100%
drift. I encouraged him to continue to try to achieve that
same drift every cast for the rest of the day.
Next cast bingo. A Big ol' Fat Hog
of a Steelhead! This one is going on his wall. 16-1/2 pounds,
weighed. Congrats on your fine drift and your even fine'r
Next spot we hit another one, next
spot 2 more. We hit 4 spots and hit fish in all. (100% on
spots!!) He was 2 for 6 on steelhead by days end. Same numbers
the day before. Yes, I'd say the time is right to come up. High
water brought them in, 1 gate is perfect and I dont think you could
pick a bad spot on the river to fish presently. (Unless very cold and
slush is present down river, creeks, early) Good Luck! Randy
my guest's hit fish in
2 out of 3 spots. The only spot we did not hit any was the
one we worked quickly and really did not have the time to cover
it thoroughly. Main reason being simply that we were hitting
a bunch of nice, big Steelhead pretty good elsewhere and hated
to leave them to find more. We also wanted to make sure we had enough
time to study and learn over 3 miles of prime Steelhead waters. So
we left a bunch of fish in one spot to proceed with increasing our knowledge
base of ALL aspect's of this incredible fishery. Can never have enough
My guest's got to play with a total
of 7 steelhead for the day. Nice!
We could have easily
played with more but sometimes knowledge is more important
than a bunch of fish. Once this knowledge is achieved, you have
the rest of your life to come back on your own and catch'm!
We spent the better part of the day
trying our best to achieve a 100% drift consistently and learning
as much as possible in a short, exciting fish filled day.
I'd once again like to thank ALL
of you for visiting, your kindest of words, Fishing Reports
and most importantly your business. Without you, all of this
would be impossible.
I look forwards to bringing you my own
unique and favorable river updates this Winter and Spring. Best
Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat
Guide Fishing Report
A "tear in our beer"
or a "Day
What would the day bring after a coupl'a
slow ones off the drift boat? (When I say slow, my 1 guest
got to play with 3-4 steelhead each day over the last several
days out, which is actually, would not be considered a slow day,
but pretty good from all the other reports I've got'n from the shore
anglers and guides. I think of it as slow, only when compared to
previous - recent outing results) I figured we would have a
shot at hopefully at least playing with 2-3 of them over the course
of the day. Why would today be any different than the last several?
Remember yesterday when I reported
- said: Seems that if you can play with
1-2 in a day you have done ok at present. The fishing has
slowed a lil, but obviously, that and more can - does change
in a day. Sometimes finding a pod of fish is only a foot step
down river or the next hole around the bend.
Well, today we took that one
step, we fished that next hole around the bend.
"Fish ON" were the first words Al shouted
after his first cast of the morning. Then another and another.
Long story short, Al by himself played with 14 Steelhead
today and one small brown.
We got lucky and found a pod
of mostly dime bright Steelhead that fought as hard as any Nov. Fish.
I kept complaining
that I could not get any rest today. That every time I'd
just get comfortable in the drift boat, I'd have to get up
to try to net his next fish. Darn, I hate when those fish are
stacked up like that. Can't a guide get any rest around here? I'm
going where there are not so many fish next time.
That annoying sound of the drag screaming
all day long really started to bother me after awhile.
Al told me he had been fishing the
river since 78 and that he had never - ever
with so many Steelhead in one day!
I explained to
Al that Steelhead fishing was not supposed to be this easy
and for that reason I thought that there were just too many fish
here and we should go someplace else. Someplace where there may
or may not be any fish and if so, maybe just 1 or 2. Someplace where
we would really have to work for them hard like we have been doing
all week. He agreed that "I should
go" and he would stay there and fish.
Last time Al fished with me he brought
a note pad and pen. With the average being that most folks
(including myself :) only retain 20-30% of what they hear
or read, he wanted to make sure he did not forget a single chrome
hold'n spot over the entire 3 miles of river I stopped at, explained
in great detail, showed him. All was written down with a
exciting, feverish, exactness.
One of the highest compliment's was
paid to me by AL as he stated, Randy, you know that spot you
showed me by such a such a tree. You said stand here,
cast there, the fish sit there and you can expect one to bite anywhere
from 10 to 25 feet off the bank in a 30 foot length? I went back
to both of those spots and every time I go there I get into some fish.
One day alone I hit six fish in that one spot using spin rod, floats
and egg sacks. And I was the only one there. I've never seen a single
drift boat or person stop and fish it.
(Al didn't know it, but that one lil
(no name) spot my guest's went 21 days in a row hitting 1
to 5 steelhead in it each day and the same for the hole directly
below it, several years back one Nov.)
Pulaski NY Steelhead Fishing Report
Jeff and I did a lot of walking today.
We checked out several of the Pucker brush creeks and a
lil more. He was happy to end the day with additional knowledge
that will help him to escape the crowds. In the Spring time when
the Salmon river is running high due to run-off, he will have
additional options, that may save the day or day's of fishing and
a whole lot more. Presentation was worked on, baitology, entomology,
habitat and much more. The bonus was he landed 4 out of 6 steelhead
today! Congrats! All fish released.
Randy, Once again,
it was a pleasure fishing with you on Dec. 16. - nice weather, great
fishing and excellent company (when you weren't yelling at me:) to
"keep your rod tip up, or casting into the bushes". As you know, this was
my third or fourth trip with you and as always, I was not disappointed and
continue to learn new areas, techniques etc...Looking forward to my next
trip with you. Thanks again, Brian L.
Dear Randy, Seriously, thanks again for a great time yesterday.
All three times I have been out with you have been fun and
educational. The fact that we caught a bunch of steelhead
is just bonus. I would certainly recommend you to anyone. Take
care and keep warm! Charles
Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift
Boat Guide Fishing Report
Just another day at the office:
My guest's ended the day with something like 4 for 10 on
We jumped into the drift boat
at O'Dark Thirty and off we drifted down through the
rapids with the half moon and star's lighting our way. Brian
got to play with 10 Steelhead today. Brian was by himself, so
having that kind of a day is something that I hope all of you get
a chance to experience sometime in your life. What a thrill. About
even numbers of Winter fish today with several reel smok'n freshies
running as fast as lightning. The way I look at it, if the fish
gives you a slow, not so aggressive fight (sort'a like a Brown or
laker) and mostly just wants to stay in the hole it's probably a
Winter fish. (Winter fish - A fish that has found a nice deep water
spot with out much current where it plans to spend the remainder
of the Winter before it goes into spawning mode in the Spring.) Fresh
fish would be one that has just arrived (entered the river) or is
just pass'n through on it's way to a nice Winter lye. These freshies
tend to do most of the jumping, reel scream'n run's, acrobatic antic's
that we all love so much, etc... More like a Nov. Steelhead.
Winter Lye = Prime Lye
1. Can feed without much effort. (slow
water with a steady flow of food)
2. Feel's safe. (deep water)
Fresh fish are top to bottom of river with a number of Wintering fish too.
Please keep in mind that with fresh fish top to bottom of river it is still
important to fish the transitional - resting holding area's. (The hole within
the Hole, heads of holes, tails of holes, pocket's, seams, channels, corner's,
Just another day at the office:
Basically current breaks as long as
they are in the migratory route that the fish take. Some
spot's are only Wintering Lye's, while other's are only transitional
ones. Sometimes you can have both in one. Brian's top producing
spot's were both. Thanks for stopping by, Randy
My 2 guest's had another one of those
amazing days. They played with 13 steelhead.
Randy, Thanks for a great time the
past two days. We really enjoyed ourselves and learned an enormous amount!
The knowledge you shared with us about how to fish for steelhead
and about the river itself will go a long way in helping
fish more effectively on future trips. Not many people
are willing to teach and share their knowledge with their
clients like you did, and for that we are appreciative. The fact
that you put us on fish every place we stopped was just amazing!
It's obvious that this is not just a job for you...you are extremely
passionate about it!
We look forward to fishing with you
again real soon! By the way, I did hook two and land one after
you dropped us off last night! Best Regards, Dan and John
This weeks Ramblings - Salmon
River NY Steelhead Fishing Report's:
Last Tues. my 2 guests did 19 Steelhead
Wed. my 1 guest did 6-7 steelhead -
Thursday my 2 guests did 22 Steelhead.
- Holy Cow!
Friday my 1 guest (1/2 day) took a skunk
, water came up to 2,400 cfs.
On another day
Hope you all enjoyed this lil
Bonus Basement Nugget from my Archives
Thanks for the great trip today. It was great to see the
look on peoples faces when we told them we hooked up 19 steelhead
when the fishing was slow. Your tips and techniques will certainly
help through the coming years of fishing and your professionalism
as a guide was certainly appreciated.
I put a post up on the net boasting
about today. Can't wait to see my father showing off his pictures
on your sight. Thanks MIKE
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