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
$275 for 1 angler - Fly or Spin Fishing,
Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything
but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers - Fly or Spin Fishing,
Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything
but the chest waders.
Reservations and Deposits:
Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $100 deposit
(per day) within 7 days of booking.
Mailed to: Randy Jones 87 Clark Rd. Mexico, NY 13114
equipment - Noodle Spin Rods and ALL Tackle Provided
(Please bring your own Lunch,
Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.)
Trips are 8-9 hours from the
time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's
end. (May run over)
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Trout, Steelhead Fishing Reports, Tips, Guest Mail Bag Questions
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After 30 + Years of Guiding,
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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 Fish America
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.
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.
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. 10-12 lb's.
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 fish released.
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 share
:) 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 or so?
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
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
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.
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
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
March 2, Salmon
River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report
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
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
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
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 Steelhead!
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!
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 of that!
My guest's got to play with
a total of 7 steelhead for the day. Nice!
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
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 Fish's, Randy
Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift
Boat Guide Fishing Report
A "tear in our beer"
a "Day for Kings?
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? Hmmmm.
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.
got lucky and found a pod of mostly dime bright Steelhead that fought
as hard as any Nov. Fish. Whewww!
I kept complaining
that I could not get any rest today. That every time I'd
just get comfortable in the drift boat, I'd have to get
up to try to net his next fish. Darn, I hate when those fish
are stacked up like that. Can't a guide get any rest around here?
I'm going where there are not so many fish next time.
That annoying sound of the drag
screaming all day long really started to bother me after
Al told me he had been fishing
the river since 78 and that he had never - ever
with so many Steelhead in one day!
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
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
We jumped into the drift
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.
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,
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
This weeks Ramblings -
Salmon River NY Steelhead Fishing Report's:
Last Tues. my 2 guests did
19 Steelhead - Yikes!
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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