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Guide drift boat fishing for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River Pulaski NY

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Come wade or Drift Boat with me on the World Renowned Salmon River in Pulaski NY for hard fighting salmon or steelhead during the splendor of the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons.
Whether it's trophy sized steelhead or salmon that you're after, I am dedicated to introducing both new and experienced anglers to the exciting world of freshwater fishing.
For novices, I place emphasis on Fly/Spin fishing skill and supplement the day with knots, fly/bait selection, fish habitats, and prey species. For the more experienced sportsman, I'll work with you to hone your fishing skills. I guarantee a rewarding experience.
I have a firm belief 100 % of my energy and time should be focused on you and helping you attain your goals, during our time together and not fishing along side you.
I am a thoroughly proficient and professional year-round fly/spin fishing guide with 30 + years of fresh and salt water experience.
Please make your reservations early. Often dates are made a year in advance and if you wait to the last minute, both lodging and guide availability will be limited.

Incredible steelhead trout caught from the drift boat with Randy Jones, Salmon River Pulaski NY steelhead fishing report guide

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Phil Leonardi with a bright fresh Winter Steelhead        Bill Cody with a nice Steelhead                                          Jeff Pierce with a bright fresh Fall Steelhead               Capt. Bill with a 20 lb. Male Steelhead!!
Guide drift boat fishing steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River NY The smile says it all. Nice colored up male Steelhead.

Enjoy Trophy Spin or Fly Fishing for Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout with Salmon River NY Drift Boat or Wade Guide Randy Jones

September through April
The Salmon River is located in Pulaski NY on Lake Ontario's eastern shore, 30 miles north of Syracuse. Its reputation for large runs of Salmon - Steelhead and incredible average size of all species is unsurpassed by any other fishery in New England. Guide drift boat fishing for steelhead on the Salmon River Pulaski NY

September 1 - October 31 -
Tackle busting King Salmon averaging 10-20 lbs. will amaze you with their freight train runs. Trying to harness the raw power of a 12 lb Coho Salmon running in 20 different directions in a blink of an eye will keep you on your toes (and hopefully not on your back!)

October 15 - November - Brown Trout. Like Salmon and Steelhead you measure these Fish by the pound and not by the inch.Guide drift boat fishing steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River NY They have entered the river to spawn and will weight from 3-10 pounds. While they are not as numerous as the Salmon or the Steelhead, these are an optional trophy of a Fishing lifetime.

October 20 - May 1 - Steelhead 8-15 lbs. The Fall Steelhead is without a doubt, one of the hardest fighting Fish that swims in the Salmon River NY. They'll take you into your backing in seconds, then jump start your heart with tail walking antics that will live in your memory forever.
Winter - This is one of my favorite Drift Boat Guide Fishing times of the year. With colder temperatures the crowds disappear. Steelhead continue to come into the river from the lake. A winter Drift Boat trip aboard our heated Drift Boat is a great way to learn the river and experience it's beauty. The end of February, March and April are great Steelhead Fishing days as new Fish move into and out of the river on a daily basis. As the Salmon River temperatures rise, so does the aggressiveness of the Steelhead. Often, sight fishing is possible as they move into the shallows.
We can Spin or Fly Fish for Salmon or Steelhead either by wading or using the Drift Boat.

I invite you to join me and enjoy what is an unquestionably one of the finest fresh water fisheries in the eastern United States.

Quality Steelhead and Salmon Drift Boat Guide Fishing Testimonial for the Salmon River in Pulaski NY

It may be difficult to understand the term World Class Fishing until you have been there. But perhaps this will help.
Guide drift boat fishing for salmon on the Salmon River Pulaski NY

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 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
Note: If you don't recognize "Pucker-Brush Creek", that is one of my secret creeks where Steelhead abound in a beautiful , pristine environment without many or even any other anglers.

Amazing Drift Boat Fishing for Salmon, Brown Trout or Steelhead with Guide Randy Jones on the Salmon River NY

The Guide Drift Boat allows you to Spin or Fly Fish a great deal of water for Salmon or Steelhead on the Salmon River NY. Often when the Steelhead, Brown Trout or Salmon are scattered this is a fabulous water chariot.

Guide drift boat fishing for salmon on the Salmon River NY At 16 feet, this 285 pound guide drift boat is comfortable and a very stable platform . It is outfitted with a propane heater to keep you nice and toasty on even the coldest days. While you can Spin or Fly fish from the drift boat, I will often stop to let clients wade and fish a particularly productive run on the Salmon River NY. When the Steelhead or Salmon are concentrated in particular locations wading is the preferred option. At other times a drift boat is the only way to get to the fish. While I will give booking anglers a recommendation, you may want to experience one method over another. All you have to do is ask.

Guide drift boat steelhead fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY
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A Superb edited sampling of some of my past weekly Spin or Fly - Steelhead, Salmon and Brown Trout - Drift Boat or Wade Guide Fishing Reports from the Salmon River in Pulaski NY:

Mon. - 2 new anglers, averaged a doz. Steelhead off the guide drift boat. Tues. - 2 very experienced expert S.R. anglers, hit 21, yes, that was 21 Steelhead off the drift boat! Wed. - Over a dozen Steelhead played with off the drift boat. Thurs. - Over 17 Steelhead hooked up off the guide drift boat!
Another week - I had 2 clients who fished two days in a row off the drift boat. Tues. they played with 18 Steelhead and Wed. they tangled with 15 Steelhead.
My guest's have continued to find around a dozen Steelhead each day to play with, almost every trip. Sometimes, even a few more! Same as last year. These are VERY strong averages and not the norm if you look at the last 10-15 years :)

Drift Boat Guide Steelhead Fishing Report

We continue to see reeeeel good Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River, NY. This past week we averaged between 12 and 16 Steelhead per day. Ye-haa! I'd obviously recommend coming up! Besides anglers with drift boat guides, Im also seeing plenty of shore angler's finding a good number of fish also. That's always nice to see! Every spot that myself and other's are fishing, are with Steelhead. We still have Steelhead in transition, so those spots are still producing nicely.

Brown Trout Guided Fishing Report

Wed. - My guest's from Tues. joined me again today for another incredible guided fishing experience. At times we had a dozen 2-4  lb. Browns within a 10 by 10 foot area of the water. Sighted over 75 - 85 Browns over the course of the day with not another sole around. LOADED!! :) Incredible opportunity ALL day. I hope you all have the chance to some day experience this truly magnificent fishery! Today we felt as though we were in Alaska, and NOT around one of the most popular fishing area's in the country! The fish we played with and landed were WAY to many to try to keep track off. Don't ya just hate when THAT happens? :)ALL of these fish are just waiting here for YOUR, perfectly cast bait or fly. :)

Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report:

Wed. Dozen Steelhead played with off the guided drift boat! Thurs. Another approx. Dozen Steelies played with off the drift boat! Friday 16 Steelhead off the drift boat!

Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report:

Monday - Played with about 12-13 steelhead off the guided drift boat. Good numbers all over the place. East to West, North to South. :) Tuesday - Played with 7 or 8 Steelhead off the drift boat! Hit them in 2 out of 3 spots. Learned over 3 miles of some of the best chrome hold'n territory on the river.
Wednesday - 5 Steelies with one guest off the drift boat. Ye-haa! It's hammer time. Thursday - 6 Steelies with my one guest off the guided drift boat. Same as yesterday. Did one more fish today and cemented in presentation, presentation, presentation! :)

Flattering Testimonials:Guide drift boat salmon fishing on the Salmon River NY

To quote a Drift Boat Guide that I know, our trip yesterday was O U T S T A N D I N G, in every sense of the word.  Although I live just an hour away from the Salmon River NY, I have only fished the Salmon River in Pulaski NY for four years.  I feel very comfortable with my Salmon "catching" expertise, but the elusive Steelhead is a different story.  I am still at the low end of the learning curve when it comes to chromers.  Yesterday we made some major progress on the learning curve, correcting some things I was doing wrong, and fine tuned some other points. PLUS we hit ten Steelhead and landed two. When "out of staters" come to the Salmon River NY, they have to pack a whole season into two or three days---well, yesterday, I packed a whole season of experiences, thrills of victory and the agony of losing a 16# Steelhead at the net in one very enjoyable, eight hour Guide Drift Boat trip down the Salmon River Pulaski NY. I appreciate your patience, guidance, and sense of humor.

Thank you for an outstanding day, Dave, tired and sore, in Oneida.

Salmon and steelhead fishing drift boat guide on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY Salmon drift boat guide fishing report for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY Randy, What a great day, just when I thought I knew a little something about steelhead fishing I had to fish with you.  You really are a class act.  I really appreciate you sharing your expertise and patience as well as some of your "honey" holes with me.  I would encourage any steelhead fisherman, novice or expert, to fish with a guide even if it's just once, and if they can get Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones they're in for a great day. There is so much to learn about this sport and you can trim years off the "learning curve" by fishing with a real pro such as yourself. Thanks again for the fun and truly a learning fishing experience.  And thanks for not mentioning that "hog" that snuck through the hole in your net, John

Salmon or steelhead drift boat guide fishing the Salmon River near Pulaski NY What a honk'a! Approx. 16 lb. Steelhead for John. Great way to end the Fishing Day!

About the Author, Publisher and Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Report Guide:
Fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski NY for Steelhead and Brown Trout with a spin or fly rod with fishing report drift boat guide on the Slam'n Salmon River NY
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.
Phone #315-963-2065 E-mail :
$225 for 1 angler - Full Day (7-8 hours)  Fly or Spin Fishing - Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
$300 for 2 anglers - Full Day (7-8 hours) Fly or Spin Fishing -  Salmon or Steelhead - I supply everything but the chest waders.
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
Orvis equipment - Spin  Rods and Flies Provided
(Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.)
Trips are 7-8 hours from the time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end.

(Photo courtesy of Orvis Fishing Catalog)

Incredible Winter Guided Steelhead Fishing from the Drift Boat on the Salmon River Pulaski NY

Trouphy steelhead trout caught from the drift boat with a Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing guide
First Mate Matt, dad Capt. Jerry and myself out on my 16 foot heated ,drift boat enjoying a Steelhead filled day during the Winter on the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY. 35 minutes drive North of Syracuse off the Interstate. Approx. 5-1/2 hour drive from the Boston area, approx. 4-1/2 hour's from N.Y. City. Steelhead average 8 to 12 lb's. We fish for them from Nov. all Winter into the first week of May approx. My personal favorite time to fish for Steelhead in order of preference, April, Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. and Nov. I have a BIG propane heater on the drift boat that I use during the Winter to help take the chill off. :) Works great! We also fish for (10-20 lb. average) King Salmon (8-12lb.average) Coho Salmon that run from Mid-Sept. until the end of Oct. Then we have Brown trout that average 3-5 lb's. with some reaching into the teens during Nov.

Amazing Spring Time Steelhead Fishing from the Drift Boat while being Guided on the Salmon River NY

                                                                    This could be YOU - Ye-Haa!
Steelhead caught from the drift boat with Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing guide Steelhead fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY from a guide drift boat A couple of Spring 20lb. Steelhead Bucks from the Salmon River, N.Y. - Ye-haa! (Released for your future fishing pleasure)

Enjoying a Superb Guided Steelhead filled day in Nov. off the Drift Boat while Fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY

Drift boat fishing for steelhead or salmon with guide on the Salmon River NY This heated fish catching machine awaits you! (Photo courtesy of  John Halnon Photography)
May all your door knobs smell of fish!

Drift boat fishing for steelhead and salmon with guide on the Salmon River Pulaski NY (Photo courtesy of Orvis)
By Salmon River NY Guide - Randy Jones
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams......  ..... we'll make it reeeel.

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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 America magazine  under New York, advertising the Salmon River. It will surely help the local economy out. :) It said, the Steelhead fishing in upstate New York provides the best freshwater opportunity for "Big" fish in the Northeast. Then it talks about using the internet to help in your search for information concerning lodging and locations, and this is something you must try. Then I get a nice little recommendation with name and web site for a start in getting idea's of the possibilities. Expect some Explosive fish! I must be doing something right? I'd like to personally thank the staff at Fly Fish America and also Bob Rifchin who is the Regional Editor for the Northeast. Not only from myself but also from all of the local merchants who enjoy the added help in making the future up here brighter!
Some folks are finding the fishing slow, but not all.

March 14 Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report and Ramblings:

My two guest's today were very experienced. With the high sun, we were able to use the drift boat ALL day to search out the silver bullet Steelhead. We noticed 1 to 8 steelhead in almost of the locations we drifted over. With the high sun and added height from the boat, it made it very easy to see everything.
Look at that big steelhead, Randy, hey, there is another
! At one point we all gasp, Randy, look at all of those fish! The bottom was silver with chrome steelhead and it was moving :)  I "politely" yelled, hold on, as I dug deep on the oars to pull us out of the rapids and to the calmer, shallower safety of the side of the river away from the fish as quickly as possible so we could quietly approach them while wading. Believe it or not I could not be more excited about today's fishing. My 2 guest's played with well over 20 Steelhead over the course of the day. I normally get 1 or 2 of these types of days a season. Today was one for the record book. One of the top 3-5 trips over the last 10 or more years for sure. The lower water concentrated all of the fish. I also think the sun helped warm things up a little raising the temperature of the water a couple of degrees, which is always helpful. Sometime you will see in increase in feeding activity when this happens. Also, this was the third day since the water had drastically dropped, so the fish had had a chance to get used to this new and different flow, causing them to adjust adequately and comfortably. We found them spread out over the entire river, hitting both females and their companies, the bucks. Blue and pink egg sacks and aquatic flies did the trick. Some preferred one over the other while using fly rods. Big fish of the day was an awesome incredible inspiring 16 lb. steelhead buck, (it never gets old)  with several steelhead females weighing in at approx. 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! Until MIDNIGHT, Fri MAR 18, 285 CFS . 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. :)
Amazing Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing report for Steelhead off the guide drift boat 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 looooong enouph?)
Drift boat fly fishing report for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River Pulaski NY with guide Ken display's a Bright Chrome Freshie Steelhead next to the drift boat, Congrats!
Salmon River Pulaski NY fly fishing report for Steelhead off the guide drift boat Fly Fishing report for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River around Pulaski NY with guide A Brown Trout and a Steelhead caught while fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski NY during the Holidays. Congrats!

Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide has salmon steelhead
Fly fishing Salmon River Pulaski NY 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.
Guide Salmon River Pulaski NY 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.
Drift boat Salmon River Pulaski NY 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!

Steelhead Salmon River Pulaski NY guide
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!
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 goal's.
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.

Fishing Report Pulaski NY Salmon River 12 year old ("Hot Rod" for the day) Tom's Holiday present from his Dad, Mike.
Tom was all 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!

River News - Celebrity Guest Catch's Steelhead!
Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing guide
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 Wulff

Fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY with a salmon and steelhead drift boat fish reporting guide Superb fishing near the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with a fish reports drift boat steelhead guide Some more Holiday Cheer Steelhead. Congrats!!
Enjoy Steelhead or salmon fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY with author Randy Jones An ol'Holiday Brown Trout, landed by me in ol'Pucker Brush Creek ;)

Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
Thursday 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.
Friday 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!

March 7 - Monday, 
Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
Wow, It reached into the upper 40's today. M-M Good! Lil rain Monday and a lil run-off, which has all stopped now with colder temp's back in place. When the wind blew it felt like a heat wave of warm air. What a nice surprise. I hope some of you were able to enjoy it also. All the angler's I ran into were all smiles and enjoying this rather odd and unique weather. It was rather short lived as now we have what I would call an arctic blast pushing through. Cold temp's for awhile are forecast. Im glad Im not working! :) But may try to get out for awhile anyway. The river is still totally fishable and with fish. As we found out Monday, some of these fish are bright silver! Most anglers are finding the fishing challenging. Why? (See the below March challenging month: for my opinion as to why)
My 2 guest's played with 5 reel scream'n, monkey spank'n, on fire fresh and full of piss and vinegar Silver Bullet Steelhead. They all left us wanting more with that empty feeling when they are into your backing before you can finish reading this sentence, even faster and then off. WOW!!
We simply could not keep up to them! What an adrenaline rush, that's for sure. At one point we were on a nantucket sleigh ride with fish on screaming down river and us giving chase in the boat. What a chinese fire drill that was. :)
Things are looking up off the drift boat on the Salmon River and other area trib's. Sssh. We played in winter spots as well as transitional area's and found them in all. We hit fish in 4 out of 6 spots fished. My guest's goal today was not to catch fish (that would simply be a bonus)
Their main goal was to learn every aspect of this incredible fishery, with an emphasis on knowledge of habitat and proper presentation. The one spot that we invested the most time produced 2 fish and I know we left fish in this spot to find fish. All of the other spots we fished were covered amazingly fast, just to give them a quick feel for the hole. So Im sure again, we left some fish to find others and to continue on our quest for that knowledge that they will have for the rest of their lives. We greased and oiled a couple of small things concerning on how to improve on their already good drift and I'd have to say that now their quality of their presentation's have put them into their goal of being in the 10% that catch's 90% of the fish. Congrats to you both!! Until MIDNIGHT Fri MAR 11, 750 CFS -  All published flows are approximate and forecasts are estimates only. Actual flows will vary and can change quickly at any time. Always be alert and wear an approved flotation device. Never go in or near the water until you know and accept the risks you are assuming by being in this area!
Amazing Steelhead and Salmon fishing reports from the drift boat with Salmon River NY Steelhead fly fishing guide
Ron with a Trophy Steelhead Wall Mount'r. (17.5 lb's) Congrats!

Ron's Fishing Report and Testimonial:

November 2 is a day I will remember for the rest of my life. It started out crisp and clear in the morning as we started our Drift Boat Trip down the river. My companions were Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones of Yankee Angler, and my best friend Jim Ciantar.
We stopped at a couple of holes to fish but with little success, and I mean little. The second place we stopped Jim and I teamed up to take six fish ranging from 3-6 inches long. We all got a pretty good chuckle out of that. However it gave Randy an opportunity to work on our techniques. The proper cast and drift is crucial when fishing the Salmon River. Randy is one of the finest teachers I have come across. He has an uncommon blend of humor, patience, and knowledge which is rare. He explained his tactics and why he uses them. Steelhead location and why they are there. Also seasonal changes regarding Steelhead location, all invaluable fishing information.
The third spot we hit was awesome. Which by the way, Randy was rushing to because he knew some Steelhead were there. Within a couple of minutes after dropping the Drift Boat anchor I hooked up with a real burner Steelhead, but lost him. The Fishing had been slow up to that point but Jim and I managed to hook up five more Steelhead in the next couple of hours. We worked the hole from both sides in and out of the Drift Boat. All the while Fishing Guide Randy was coaching us on how to properly fish the hole and where the Steelhead lay up. Before we left that hole I managed to hook and land the below 17.5 pound beautiful male steelie. (Who will spend the rest of his days on my wall) It has taken me nine years and a lot of time and money to get that fish. My first good steelhead. Truly a fish of a lifetime. Jim also hooked a nice silver bullet Steelhead about 12 pounds but lost him at the net.
I have been fishing for a long time, and for many different species, from marlin to pan fish. In those years I have had some really great days. This certainly was one of the best. The combination of beautiful weather, great people, cooperative fish on a scenic river, well that is pretty hard to beat. For those of you just getting started in salmon and steelhead fishing, do yourself a favor. Hire a Guide. It does not have to take nine years like it took me. I highly recommend Randy he is a true professional and a real good guy. Ron Scheer, Vernon C.T.
Drift boat steelhead and salmon fishing report guide on the Salmon River, NY

My guest Ron w/ a Reeeel Burning Trophy 17.5 lb.Steelhead Hum Dinger Honk'a. Congrats Ron! Hi Ron, Thanks for your report, kind and generous words! Boy, I'll have a hard time fitting my head thru the front door after that one ;) Randy

Entertaining and educational steelhead and salmon drift boat guide spin fly fishing reports Rick (son of dad Dick K. photo'd below) w/ an exciting steelhead. Congrats!!
The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams Dick K. w/ a nice silver bullet 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
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring Randy runs drift boat and wade trips on the world class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. for Steelhead, Coho, Browns, Atlantic's and King Salmon Outfitter and Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Report Guide 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
Pulaski NY River Guide Husband and wife proudly displaying a nice steelhead caught on the Slam'n Salmon River! Congrats!!

Drift boat guide steelhead fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY Father and son enjoying a steelhead filled day. Congrats!!

Steelhead river guide fishing report on the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead 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.

Complementary Entomology Tip: 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.

March 5,  Salmon River Pulaski NY DriftBoat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
We played in a lot of lake enhanced snow shower bands today and had a blast. We had a lot of choices as to where to start so we began wading in the Altmar area. In a couple of hours we had 5 Steelhead to play with. Then we jumped in the drift boat and floated to Pineville. Did not touch a single fish off the drift boat, while we worked some winter spots as well as some transitional area's. Hmmm, surprising. Anyway, the sun came out for awhile then it would disappear and snow, lil wind, sleet became our traveling companions for awhile. All in all, a nice day to be out on the water with friends enjoying this fun and exciting fishery. This Sat. morning it is sunny, warmer and looks like a incredible day to be out fishing. Wish I was there but someone has to keep this site updated. :) I've got some articles and fishing reports coming up, so stay tuned to this never ending virtual fishing trip with your host. Thanks for stopping in, Randy

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! Randy
Enjoy Drift Boat salmon and steelhead guide fishing report for the Salmon River The smile says it all. Great looking Steelhead caught on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.
How to make your Steelhead look BIG'r !!
Drift Boat fishing on the Salmon River NY for monster Steelhead and Salmon with guide Randy Jones Nice example of a steelhead picture making the fish look as big as yourself :)
Guided Drift boat fishing report for steelhead or salmon with guide on the Salmon River Pulaski NY 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.

Steelhead and Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River NY off the drift boat 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.
March 1: 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. :)

Drift boat fishing report on the Salmon River NY with guide Nice Fall Steelhead, Congrats Ken!
Incredible Salmon drift boat guide fishing report for steelhead Tight to a Chromer! (John Halnon photo credit)
Guide drift boat 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?
Fishing reports for the Salmon River 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 and Salmon caught from the drift boat with Salmon River Pulaski NY fly fishing report guide Randy Jones Nice Steelhead! Congrats!!
Fishing the Salmon River NY with a salmon or steelhead Chris with a nice 10 lb'r. Final tally for the day was 9 total Steelhead, fly and spin rods. Congrats Gentleman!

Time for a commercial break ;)
Enjoy Guided Drift boat steelhead or salmon with guide on the Salmon River at Pulaski NY Randy, Every time I go fishing, the optimist in me says "This might be the day."  Athletes pray for days like this, hoping they play in "the zone." I think fishermen do too. Surely, this is what keeps many of us thrashing the water with a piece of string. I can count on one hand the number of days when this has happened. Two of them have been with you. The first was two years ago today, Oct. 8, when I hooked 40 or 50 fish, including a 35 lb male king that now sits above my fireplace as an reminder of that one remarkable day of fishing. The other was last Friday. Not only did I land a pair of nice Kings, I also caught my first Cohos, a beautiful male brown and three fall-run steelhead -- my first grand slam on the Salmon River. All told, I had maybe 20 hookups, while my buddy Myles had almost as many and landed cohos, a brown and several steelhead. It wasn't as if this was a great day on the river. I saw many long faces and shaking heads as other anglers came up empty, lost lead and flies to the river bottom and called it quits by midday. The credit for my experience is all yours. I know there are many fishermen who can work the Salmon River and catch plenty of fish, especially when a run is on. I can do it on my own sometimes. But putting it all together when the fishing is slow as you did is a testimony to your skill, knowledge and hard work. Looking forward to my next trip with you and the chance to yell "Fish On"! Regards, Jim

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?)

Drift boat guide fishing for steelhead and salmon Randy, had another great fishing trip with you recently. Your knowledge, patience, and professional attitude gave us everything we had hoped for and more. We had a great time, and we are both still so impressed!  We learn something new every time we fish with you.  4 years and 7 trips....and you still have the same drive and desire we saw the first time you took us out!  You are a true professional, and you have customers for life.
Until the next fish bites, Garry

Trophy King Salmon 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!!
Salmon River Pulaski NY steelhead caught from the fishing guide drift boat 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. :) Congrats!
Come and enjoy the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with fishing reports for steelhead and salmon with this drift boat guide
We've been targeting Salmon lately due to the incredible numbers around. We have been picking up the occasional Steelie, different area's, while fishing for salmon. :)
The above picture was the last spot of the day. Planned on making just a few cast's on our way back. I knew this spot had remained unfished for the last hour before we got there. The odds were very good that at least a couple of fish had moved into it, as they often do. First cast, fish on, it's a steelie! Then another Chromer, then a couple Salmon in just 20 minutes or so. Out of the 4 fish, this was the only one landed. How sweet it is! Congrats on that beautiful Silver Bullet!
Hog Steelhead caught from the drift boat with Salmon River NY Steelhead fly fishing report salmon guide 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 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

Guest Testimonial:
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
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!
Wednesday - Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
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
Thursday: 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.
Friday: 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.

Salmon 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 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! Randy

Today 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 be impossible. I look forwards to bringing you my own unique and favorable river updates this Winter and Spring. Best Fish's, Randy

There's no Nookie like Chinookie (Did I jus say that?)
Outstanding Steelhead from the drift boat with Salmon River Pulaski NY incredible Steelhead fly fishing guide 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.)
Steelhead Salmon river guide fly fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead My guest, Stan the man with a Trophy 30lb. plus King Salmon. Caught while wade fishing with a fly rod.
Top Secret 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 :)
Trophy steelhead with a Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide 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 River! :O
Drift boat fishing report for steelhead or salmon with guide on the Salmon River NY
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.

My newest endorsed referral guides are Heather and Treasure. They wore something very special for all of you.
Superb Salmon and Steelhead fishing with drift boat guide on the Salmon River using a fly or spin rod Two incredible reason's you should use Mustad Hook's, the b-est there is! SHARPEST Site on the Web -
Hi randy, i was curious, is your mustad hooks rep available to meet.  =]  larry
Yes, you must drive a Bentley and own at least a 50 foot Bertram Yacht.  Randy
Salmon and Steelhead drift boat guide fishing the salmon river pulaski ny If I'm not available to guide you, then you can request to be guided by Treasure  :)
Steelhead and Salmon guide fishing report on the Salmon River NY off the drift boat for Steelhead My guest Clint with a nice fresh Fall Steelhead, ready for the smok'r.
Enjoying a steelhead and salmon fishing day on the salmon river ny w/ drift boat guide Randy Jones 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 the jpg?
(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. :)
Salmon River NY Fishing Guide We banged them pretty good in this spot today. Sorry I can't reveal it's secret location to you - yukyuk.
Guide Fish's for Salmon or Steelhead off the drift boat on the amazing Salmon River NY 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
Fishing report from Randy Jones, salmon river pulaski ny steelhead and salmon drift boat fishing guide Rick with a beauty of a Steelhead. Congrats!
Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead drift boat guide fishing for salmon or steelhead A Steelhead for the smok'r! Congrats!!

Yup, time to schedule a fishing trip this Spring.
Creeks, Streams, Rivers - Winter into Spring

Steelhead Salmon guide fishing reports on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead (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 moving in.

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

Salmon River NY Steelhead Fish Report Anthony with a large Male Steelhead. Notice the bump on the lower jaw and the red stripe. That tells you its a male.
Fishing reports on the Salmon River Pulaski NY fishing for monster Steelhead and Salmon Garry with another nice male steelhead of many.
Fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY for incredible Salmon and Steelhead with Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones Mickey with another large Male Steelhead. Cowabunga!
Salmon River NY Brown Trout caught with drift boat steelhead fishing guide 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.
Big Male Steelhead landed on the Salmon River NY with fishing drift boat guide What a Trophy Male steelhead! Congrats!!
Winter Steelhead from the Salmon River Pulaski NY with your drift boat fishing report guide What a beauty of a Steelhead! Congrats!!
Drift boat fishing report for steelhead and salmon on the guided Salmon River
Nice colors on this Steelhead!
Big bright fresh steelhead caught while fishing the salmon river pulaski ny w/ drift boat steelhead fishing guide Randy Jones BIG bright fresh Steelhead!

Fishing Reports for Steelhead Salmon guide fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY off the drift boat for Steelhead Another beauty Steelhead of many!

Steelhead Salmon river guide fishing report on the Salmon River NY My guest lands a nice steelhead for the dinner table. Congrats!
Steelhead and also Salmon river guide fishing report on the Salmon River NY off the drift boat My client lands a good sized Steelhead off the drift boat. The Salmon River, where memories are made!
Steelhead Salmon river guide fishing report on the Salmon River NY from the drift boat for Steelhead Male Spring Steelhead.
Monster steelhead trout caught from the drift boat with a Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide Hog steelhead caught from the drift boat with a Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead fishing report guide Nice steelhead trout from the drift boat with a Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead guide
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!
Incredible steelhead with a fishing report guide Steelhead and Salmon caught from the drift boat on the Salmon River Pulaski NY Nice Steelhead and Salmon with Pulaski NY fishing report A few Steelhead pic's from years past.
Nice Steelhead
                                          Jan hollered "Fish ON!"
Hog Steelhead landed with fishing report guide
                                                Nice Steelhead Jan!
Steelhead and Salmon Jan with another Steelhead of many! Congrats again Jan!
Drift boat guide steelhead fishing report in the Salmon River Drift boat fishing report for steelhead and salmon with guide on the Salmon River near Pulaski NY 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.

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

Another pic. from the Trophy page that makes me smile :)
Enjoy drift boat guide fishing report for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY Teresa (what a smile) with her FIRST fish EVER in her entire life she had caught! (A Honk'a of 16lb. approx. steelhead.)

Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report
A "tear in our beer" or 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. We 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 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, feverish, exactness.
One of the highest compliment's was paid to me by AL as he stated, Randy, you know that spot you showed  me by such a such a tree. You said stand here, cast there, the fish sit there and you can expect one to bite anywhere from 10 to 25 feet off the bank in a 30 foot length? I went back to both of those spots and every time I go there I get into some fish. One day alone I hit six fish in that one spot using spin rod, floats and egg sacks. And I was the only one there. I've never seen a single drift boat or person stop and fish it.
(Al didn't know it, but that one lil (no name) spot my guest's went 21 days in a row hitting 1 to 5 steelhead in it each day and the same for the hole directly below it, several years back one Nov.)

Pulaski NY Steelhead Fishing Report
Jeff and I did a lot of walking today. We checked out several of the Pucker brush creeks and a lil more. He was happy to end the day with additional knowledge that will help him to escape the crowds. In the Spring time when the Salmon river is running high due to run-off, he will have additional options, that may save the day or day's of fishing and a whole lot more. Presentation was worked on, baitology, entomology, habitat and much more. The bonus was he landed 4 out of 6 steelhead today! Congrats! All fish released.
Guest Testimonial:
Randy, Once again, it was a pleasure fishing with you on Dec. 16. - nice weather, great fishing and excellent company (when you weren't yelling at me:)  to "keep your rod tip up, or casting into the bushes". As you know, this was my third or fourth trip with you and as always, I was not disappointed and continue to learn new areas, techniques etc...Looking forward to my next trip with you. Thanks again, Brian L.
Dear Randy, Seriously, thanks again for a great time yesterday.  All three times I have been out with you have been fun and educational. The fact that we caught a bunch of steelhead is just bonus. I would certainly recommend you to anyone. Take care and keep warm! Charles

Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report
Just another day at the office: My guest's ended the day with something like 4 for 10 on steelhead.
We jumped into the drift boat at O'Dark Thirty and off we drifted down through the rapids with the half moon and star's lighting our way. Brian got to play with 10 Steelhead today. Brian was by himself, so having that kind of a day is something that I hope all of you get a chance to experience sometime in your life. What a thrill. About even numbers of Winter fish today with several reel smok'n freshies running as fast as lightning. The way I look at it, if the fish gives you a slow, not so aggressive fight (sort'a like a Brown or laker) and mostly just wants to stay in the hole it's probably a Winter fish. (Winter fish - A fish that has found a nice deep water spot with out much current where it plans to spend the remainder of the Winter before it goes into spawning mode in the Spring.) Fresh fish would be one that has just arrived (entered the river) or is just pass'n through on it's way to a nice Winter lye. These freshies tend to do most of the jumping, reel scream'n run's, acrobatic antic's that we all love so much, etc... More like a Nov. Steelhead.
Winter Lye = Prime Lye

1. Can feed without much effort. (slow water with a steady flow of food)
2. Feel's safe. (deep water)

Fresh fish are top to bottom of river with a number of Wintering fish too. Please keep in mind that with fresh fish top to bottom of river it is still important to fish the transitional - resting holding area's. (The hole within the Hole, heads of holes, tails of holes, pocket's, seams, channels, corner's, run's.
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

Just another day at the office:
My 2 guest's had another one of those amazing days. They played with 13 steelhead.
Guest Testimonial:
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 are extremely passionate about it!
We look forward to fishing with you again real soon!  By the way, I did hook two and land one after you dropped us off last night! Best Regards, Dan and John

This weeks Ramblings -  Salmon River NY Steelhead Fishing Report's
Last Tues. my 2 guests did 19 Steelhead - Yikes!
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 my one guest did better than I had anticipated. He tangled with about 7-8 Steelhead!
Guest Testimonial:
Hi Randy, 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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