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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
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
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. 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
:) 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
Skip is tied into another 10 lb. Fresh
Silver Bullet Steelhead (Landed). I'm hamming it up, ready
with the net and my goofy looking hat! (Think my net handle is
Ken display's a Bright Chrome Freshie
Steelhead next to the www.com drift boat, Congrats!
Brown Trout and a Steelhead caught while fishing the Salmon
River in Pulaski NY during the Holidays
I'm often asked, "What was your best
day on the water?” After 30 plus years of guiding in Vermont,
on Cape Cod and the Salmon River in New York, many best
days flash across my mind. As I searched deep for my best
fish story, it suddenly hit me. It wasn't my fish, my day or even
my story that gave me the most rewarding experience!
We fished for a while in the fly-only
area upstream of the Altmar bridge, using a fly rod. My third
cast-WHAM! A silver rocket took the fly and gave me the fight
of my life-for all of about 30 seconds, that is, 'til I got too
aggressive and it broke the tippet. Oh well! Under our guide's tutelage,
Thomas was doing much better; getting the hang of casting to the right
spot, feeling the drift and cooperating with the handful of other
anglers in the pool. After 45 minutes, Randy decided it was time to
move downstream a bit.
Riding in the big drift boat was quite
an experience for both of us. Randy steered and poled us around
some rocks; we bumped over others. The fresh snow, combined with
the steam rising off the river and the bright gray of January overcast
made it a surreal picture. Other anglers shivered in their waders
as we drifted past and warmed our hands in the red glow of the propane
heater on the boat. While drifting Randy spoke to Thomas about his experiences
fishing the Salmon River and his love of fishing.
We drifted for a few minutes and landed
at a hole just upstream from the popular trestle pool. We got
out of the boat and waded into the icy water (thank goodness for
our insulated Neoprene waders). There were a few other anglers
and some real promising water. The promise was kept within a few
minutes as Thomas hooked into a large and very energetic steelhead.
I put down my rod, picked up the camera and enjoyed watching my son
get dragged around 100 yards of Salmon River real estate, with Randy
running close behind! The big fish was netted and Thomas got a close
look at a 16-pound silver beauty. High-fives all around, a picture or
two from the proud dad, and the fish was released unharmed to hopefully
brighten the day of another angler.
As we drifted and fished for the rest
of the day, we learned about the river, we visited with other
anglers, we talked about the steelhead we were seeing, we had
a lot of laughs and , oh, by the way, Thomas caught another fish
or two. Randy felt bad that the "old man" hadn't caught any fish, but
I assured him it didn't matter. After all, that wasn't the objective
of the trip. Just look at that smile!
Any guide will tell you, we are teachers
and our true satisfaction comes in a way that any teacher feels
when their students do well on a test. When I guide I
feel my guest's are fishing through me. As a partnership striving
for the same
Today, more than ever I felt a
part of Mike and Thomas's hopes, desires and dreams. We shared
laughter and the excitement in each other's voices. The
look of total satisfaction and awe as we revived, released and
watched a keeper swim away, savoring its beauty and gracefulness.
Released to produce more steelhead for
you and offspring for your children's future fishing pleasure.
12 year old ("Hot Rod" for the day) Tom's
Holiday present from his Dad, Mike.
smiles after fighting this big (approx. 16lb Steelhead). This
was his first time ever fishing for them. The second one even
though smaller, still gave him a great fight and both will last
in his memory for a lifetime. Congrats Tom! I have a feeling it will
be a long ride home for his father Mike!
News - Celebrity Guest Catch's Steelhead!
Guess who was fishing for Steelhead in
old farts pool this weekend on the river? Yup, even Santa takes
time off to wet a line and tangle with some Silver Bullets on the
Salmon River. Ol' Saint Nick was 1 for 3 using a combination of glow
bugs and Stones.
Santa was last seen chasing a rocketing,
somersaulting, speeding bullet, tail walking Steelhead down
the river steady on his feet, bellowing Ho-Ho-Ho, Happy Steelhead
Fishing Holidays to Alllllllll........
(Santa released all of his Steelhead,
as a Holiday gift to you)
"The fish you release may be a gift
to another fisherman as it may have been a gift to you." Lee
Some more Holiday Cheer Steelhead. Congrats!!
An ol'Holiday Brown Trout, landed by me
in ol'Pucker Brush Creek ;)
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 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, Randy
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:
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.
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
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!!
Ron with a Trophy Steelhead Wall Mount'r.
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 steelhead. Congrats!!
Dick K. w/ a nice silver bullet steelhead.
Fishing you a speedy recovery!!
Dick K. Testimonials:
It may be difficult to understand the
term World Class Fishing until you have been here. But perhaps
this will help!
Again both Rik and I thank you for another
great trip. I continue to marvel at both your knowledge of
the Salmon River and the patience exercised in providing instructions
on the techniques necessary to successfully catch fish; with the
bonus of enabling us to fish with the best Orvis equipment. There
may have been a lot of fisherman in the Douglaston Run, but I seriously
doubt anyone one was as successful as Rik and I in hooking-up on
as many salmon. (And lucky Rik catches his first Steelhead of 20lbs on
his first cast of the day.) When I recall us fishing a pool in the afternoon
and hooking 18 to 20 salmon in a three hour period while an array of
other fisherman fishing the same pool never got a strike, is a tribute
to your superior abilities as a guide. I consider myself fortunate
to be able to fish with you as many times as I have in such a short
period of time (I believe it was my seventh trip in one and one half
years.) There will hopefully be many more trips and all will be you
if you continue to be available. Those three successful spring steelhead
trips with you has me now hooked. As I have repeatedly stated to my many
fishing friends, you can either go fishing or you can charter Drift Boat
Guide Randy for "catching".
Another note of appreciation for yesterday's
outing for steelhead and your teaching Rick, and providing
me reinforcements, regarding the techniques for hooking, playing,
and landing steelhead. I was as pleased as Rick that he caught
and released his first steelhead. Fortunately he did it while he
was 30 years old and not 55. But as many of your clients and readers
have previously reported, I also made many unsuccessful fishing
trips (not even a hook-up) to the Salmon River NY before making a 1998
trip with you and catching several steelhead in "Puckerbrush Creek".
My only disappointment is that your reputation for catching fish and
teaching successful steelhead/salmon techniques has made you a very
popular Drift Boat Guide which makes it difficult to book with you unless
you plan far ahead. Thanks, Dick and Rick
Randy, Thank you for several memorable
trips this year on the Salmon River NY. The highlight of the
year was definitely the outing on the Salmon River during September
Guide drift boat fishing salmon and steelhead on the Salmon River
NY with my son for salmon. Never have I experienced such numbers of
large and aggressive Salmon in all my 45 years of fishing. I estimate
we had over 60 hook-ups on King Salmon and caught and released 12, two
of which were between 30 and 35 pounds. Close behind was the spring drift
boat trip for Steelhead on the remote stretch of Pucker-brush Creek. Seeing
over 2 dozen Steelhead off the drift boat in a one mile stretch, with
no one else around, reminded me of Alaska. After those experiences, I decided
traveling to the Northwest Territories for lake trout and grayling or
to Labrador for brook trout are a thing of the past and I will concentrate
on the quality of fishing available in New York State. If you ever need
a recommendation, I would be pleased to provide one. Dick Koelling
Dick's been out w/ me 100 times on the
Salmon River for Kings, Coho's, Brown's and Steelhead. (We've
even done a few "Grand Slam's"
That's where you land 1 of each species in a day by yourself)
My favorite Lake Effect snowy Steelhead
photograph. Congrats!! Bout that time of the year, care to
join me? Didn't think so.........yukyuk
Husband and wife proudly displaying a
nice steelhead caught on the Slam'n Salmon River! Congrats!!
Father and son enjoying a steelhead filled
My guest and client Bill enjoys a bright
fresh Steelhead. Congrats!
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
Hi Randy-- just wanted to say how much
we appreciate your hard work and knowledge you impart in your
reports.! I live in Virginia now and read your reports all
the time! Thanks, Paul Hi Paul, Thanks so much for your words
of support. I'm very happy you enjoy them! Greatly appreciated!
The smile says it all. Great looking Steelhead
caught on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.
How to make your Steelhead look BIG'r
Nice example of a steelhead picture making
the fish look as big as yourself :)
If we had "only" held the fish out a little
further, it would have made it look a lot bigger. :) Congrats
on that fine Steelie! I can't tell who is smiling more, the
fish or my guest.
Another happy guided steelhead client!
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. :)
Nice Fall Steelhead, Congrats Ken!
Tight to a Chromer! (John Halnon photo
Scenic Winter shot of the Salmon River,
bright fresh silver Steelhead, guest and the .com drift boat
in background. I think I was the first guide on this river to
have there url plastered on the boat?
Salmon River NY Guide and Author Randy
Jones. Would you PLEASE hurry up and take the dang picture!
This 30 plus lb. King Salmon is HEAVY!
Nice Steelhead! Congrats!!
Chris with a nice 10 lb'r. Final tally
for the day was 9 total Steelhead, fly and spin rods. Congrats
Time for a commercial
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
Jim's 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
Some Trophy King Salmon caught on the Slam'n
Salmon River NY with Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Randy Jones.
All the rest of the fish landed were released for your children's
and your future fishing pleasure. Congrats!!
Wow, so silver. Now you know why
we call them the silver bullet. This one is almost translucent
and you can't buy a fresher looking Steelhead on this river. :)
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!
Good stuff Les, Nice Steelhead! Congrats
again! Mustad Hooks,
the best their is!
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
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!
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, Randy
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 of that!
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
I look forwards to bringing you my own unique
and favorable river updates this Winter and Spring. Best Fish's,
There's no Nookie
(Did I jus say that?)
A BIG male "Chinook" King Salmon. Unique
view! Photo complement's of my client, Karl A. Mueller, III
(All fish released for you, your friends and or your children's
future fishing pleasure.)
My guest, Stan the man with a Trophy 30lb.
plus King Salmon. Caught while wade fishing with a fly rod.
Tip for the day:
See the rock's out of the water
over Stan's right shoulder? We call those Flinestone chairs.
I build them to be able to sit down, hold my net and be close
to the action. Any place you see these chair's would be a good
- guaranteed place to fish.
Why would anyone take the time or energy
to build them in a bad spot? Some of us have been known to
kick them over at day's end so as not to give away a prime spot.
(Sneaky lil devils aren't we :)
First mate Matt with a nice big male Brown
Trout caught here on the Slam'n Salmon River, NY.
New World Record Fish caught in the Salmon
Very rare! Only a few run the river every
50 years or so.............They migrate up through the N.Y.
Thruway using an easy pass. ;) State police are looking
for the above individual's for leg pulling offenses.
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Yes, you must drive a Bentley and own
at least a 50 foot Bertram Yacht. Randy
If I'm not available to guide you, then
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My guest Clint with a nice fresh Fall
Steelhead, ready for the smok'r.
Today was 12 year old Tom's first time
ever fishing for steelhead. My guest Tom with a 16 lb. Steelhead.
Congrats!! (Released for your future fishing pleasure)
In case some of you have not noticed,
I sometimes try to cover my tracks and protect your honey
hole by brushing or whiting out the background of certain seasonal
hot spots. Would you believe that some people are actually right
clicking on the images to see if I use the name of the spot to name
(This one I did) They would also make
a copy of my pictures and then walk into a tackle shop up here
in Pulaski NY and ask the shop clerk where this picture was
taken. So with many many thousands of individual viewers per day
that landed on my website, I would almost always white out the back
ground, to protect YOUR favorite fishing hole. I would never want
to be called a spot burner. So in this "secret spot" I had a lil fun
and whited out the drift boat, guide and his clients. If your interested
in learning the name of this spot, I used the name of it for the .jpg.
Go ahead and right click on it. :)
We banged them pretty good in this spot
today. Sorry I can't reveal it's secret location to you -
My guest Dave, with a reeeel nice Steelhead!
(If any of you are fishing the Salmon River and you see Dave
fly fishing, make sure you give him plenty of room, I've seen
how he cast's.) yukyuk
Rick with a beauty of a Steelhead. Congrats!
A Steelhead for the smok'r! Congrats!!
Yup, time to schedule
a fishing trip this Spring.
Creeks, Streams, Rivers -
Winter into Spring
(Client - Dick Koelling photo credit)
Bright fresh Spring Steelhead
Typically, the other “best time” to fish for steelhead is just
around the corner. End of Feb., March and all of April can be “prime time”
for steelhead as there is not only left over winter steelhead, but also fresh
runs of spring time fish. Winter thaws and early spring rains generate runs
of steelhead. The water temperature will rise along with their metabolic
rate, so they will be much more apt to move for a fly or bait. Normally,
the whole river, creeks and streams are alive because you're fishing transitional
areas and holding-resting points.
When the Salmon River is running high due to run-off, its prime time to
walk the many miles of streams and creeks in the area. Ever
try to land a 10-pound Steelie in a small creek? It’s not easy,
but lots of fun! Once ice-out has happened in the smaller tributaries
that run into Lake Ontario north and south of the Salmon River,
it’s a great time to explore! These tribs will all have fresh chromers
Imagine walking up a small stream 20 feet wide, light colored bottom,
crystal clear water, through the forest and seeing 10-20 Steelhead, 8-12
pound average in one to four feet of water and not seeing a single other
person all day. Sound like Alaska? Nope, believe it or not there are several
areas not far from here where this is possible. Many of the creeks and streams
feeding into Lake Ontario have steelies in them, but only a few that I’ve
found are hidden away in a beautiful pristine environment without any or
many other anglers. Normally the Salmon River will flood at least once during
the spring. Knowing the optional creeks and streams in the surrounding area
to fish during this flooding can sometimes save your trip. Due to possible
increasing angler pressure to these areas, (which they can not handle) names
will not be printed. Let’s just call them, "Pucker Brush Creek.”
Bottom line: Any month is a good month,
providing the fish are there. Which they always are. Just
depends on number's. And no one can forecast that. Happy
Hookin, Randy Jones
Anthony with a large Male Steelhead. Notice
the bump on the lower jaw and the red stripe. That tells
you its a male.
Garry with another nice male steelhead
Mickey with another large Male Steelhead.
Nice Male Brown Trout. Notice the white
mouth? This tells you its a Trout. On my last guided trip
I was looking into some dark fast fishy looking water and I
was only looking for the white mouth. That's a lil guide trick
that works sometimes.
What a Trophy Male steelhead! Congrats!!
What a beauty of a Steelhead! Congrats!!
Nice colors on this Steelhead!
BIG bright fresh Steelhead!
Another beauty Steelhead of many!
My guest lands a nice steelhead for the
dinner table. Congrats!
My client lands a good sized Steelhead
off the drift boat. The
Salmon River, where memories are made!
Male Spring Steelhead.
Dave hamming it up on a Lake Enhanced
snowy day. The rewards were many, big fresh running steelhead!
Just a couple pic's of many! Congrats Dave!
A few Steelhead pic's from years past.
Jan hollered "Fish ON!"
Nice Steelhead Jan!
Jan with another Steelhead of many! Congrats
5 Below 0 when this pic. was taken. It's
funny how a "Fish ON" can warm you right up! My guest's played
with over 20 Steelies this day.
is a nice picture I dug up from my Trophy Page w/ a lil added
Winter Fishing Tip.
Warming trend middle of this week.
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
Today was the first decent weather temperature
fishing day after some abnormal below zero temp's for the
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.
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.
like a box of chocolates, never know :)
Warming trend middle of this week. (Hint)
Another pic. from the Trophy page that
makes me smile :)
Teresa (what a smile) with her FIRST fish
EVER in her entire life she had caught! (A Honk'a
of 16lb. approx.
Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide
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? 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.
We got lucky and found a pod
of mostly dime bright Steelhead that fought as hard as any Nov.
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
played with so
many Steelhead in one day!
I explained to Al
that Steelhead fishing was not supposed to be this easy and
for that reason I thought that there were just too many fish here
and we should go someplace else. Someplace where there may or may
not be any fish and if so, maybe just 1 or 2. Someplace where we would
really have to work for them hard like we have been doing all week.
He agreed that "I should go" and
he would stay there and fish.
Last time Al fished with me he brought
a note pad and pen. With the average being that most folks
(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,
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.
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 steelhead.
We jumped into the drift boat
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,
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
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 - Nice!
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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The Local Economy and myself, Thanks You for your Patronage!