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Author Randy Jones
March 15, Tuesday, Salmon River Pulaski
NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
was pleasantly surprised to see an exclusive tip-ad
for this area in the popular Fly Fish America
under New York, advertising the Salmon
River. It will surely help the local economy out.
:) It said, the Steelhead fishing in upstate
New York provides the best fresh water 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?
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!
folks are finding the fishing slow, but not all.
March 14, Monday, Salmon River Pulaski
NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
Sorry, March 16 Wednesday, just booked
and is no longer available.
April 4 Monday just canceled and
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. 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! Notice some chubs around also. At one point we all
gasp, Randy, look at all of those fish! The bottom was silver with
chrome 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 aquatics
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. buck, (it never gets old) with several 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.
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 fish I'd like to thank
all of you as Im sure we could not of had a day like today without
some of your released fish to add to the incredible numbers 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 can enjoy
this incredible fishery too! Ye-haa! Randy.
March 12 - Sat., Salmon River Pulaski
NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report
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!
. 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! :)
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 are
what is normal for March. Can't wait!!
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.
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.
- 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. :)
Skip is tied into
another 10 lb. Fresh Silver Bullet
(Landed). I'm hamming it up, ready
with the net and my goofy looking hat!
Ken with a Bright
Chrome Freshie, Congrats!
A Brown Trout and
a Steelhead caught while fishing
the Salmon River in Pulaski NY during
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
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
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.
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 offspring for your children's
12 year old ("Hot Rod" for the day) Tom's Holiday
present from his Dad, Mike.
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 life time. Congrats Tom! I have a feeling it will be a long ride
home for his father Mike! ( Both fish released )
River 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."
Some more Holiday Cheer Steelhead. Congrats!!
An ol'Holiday Brown Trout, landed by me in ol'Pucker
Brush Creek ;)
Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report
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. The other fish we landed my guest decided to not risk
hurting or worse accidentally killing it by taking it out of the water
(net) for even 4 seconds for a picture due to the cold. Most
folks dont realize how easy and fast the gills and eyes can freeze.
Sure, it will swim off strong and you'll feel good, but in many cases
it will die later. It takes seconds for part's of it to freeze.
my personal opinion) Think about it. Your by yourself,
you have to beach it, then find your forceps or pliers
(even worse is when you have to dig through your bag
for the camera or wait for your buddy to get there to take
a picture. The entire time the fish is suffocating (remember,
try holding your breath. That's a good way to remember
how long a fish can hold it before it suffocates) and the
gills or eyes have already frozen. Then you take your picture
of your trophy fish, release it, it swims off strong, you feel
great! and then dies later. Is it worth it? I think not.
If it very cold out be prepared ahead of time, no pictures,
get it back asap. Seconds count when it's very cold. Out of
the net for 4 seconds is all I allow for a picture and sometime
no picture at all is my request.
we hit fish top to 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
big numbers. :) I think we played with around 20 or so?
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. :)
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.
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! :)
The only folks that I think that have really seen any difference
would be the folks that were fishing back in the hay day. But personally
speaking, I have not noticed a difference on the number of fish.
Two of the things that I think has made a difference is 1. The
trib. fishery is growing, the DEC stat's. support this. Also, one
thing that few folks realize or bring up is the quality or experience
level of the trib. angler has improved. Thank god we have a 1 fish
limit on the trib's. and hopefully we will go to a 25 inch size limit
too. Not only on the trib's. but also on the lake. DEC data says
that this alone would keep about approx. 50% more (and bigger) Steelhead
in the system. Lets cross our fingers and hope this gets passed.
spring is funny. Normally I have every M-F booked
for both March and April by now. Friends of mine who
are guides are a little off too? Hmm. I think it may be due
to the fact that the weather is still more like Feb. than
March. Once it starts to warm up, I think the emails and
phone will get busier.
How long can you play this game before you vomit?
7 - Monday, Salmon River Pulaski NY
Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
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
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
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)
main goal was to learn every aspect of this incredible
fishery, with an emphasis on knowledge of habitat
and proper presentation. The one spot that we invested
the most time produced 2 fish and I know we left fish
in this spot to find fish. All of the other spots we fished
were covered amazingly fast, just to give them a quick feel
for the hole. So Im sure again, we left some fish to find others
and to continue on our quest for that knowledge that they
will have for the rest of their lives. We greased and oiled a
couple of small things concerning on how to improve on their already
good drift and I'd have to say that now their quality of their presentation's
have put them into their goal of being in the 10% that catch's
90% of the fish. Congrats to you both!!
March 16 Wednesday, just opened back
up this morning.
Ron with a Trophy Steelhead Wall Mount'r. (17.5
Guest 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
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!
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. 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.
I'd like to fish my good friend
and client Dick Koelling a speedy recovery from a recent stroke.
Dick's been out w/ me 100 times on the Salmon
River for Kings, Coho's, Brown's and Steelhead. (We've even
done a few "Grand Slam's")
My favorite Lake Effect snowy Steelhead photograph.
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 - client Bill
enjoys a bright freshie. Congrats!
March challenging month:
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, searching out the gravel,
close to the gravel, on the gravel, in the deep water
spots close to the gravel. 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, are full of rich gravel, 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!
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.
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 and reflection
off the water, from the bottom. 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!
March 5, Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift
Boat 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.
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!
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
Congrats on that
fine Steelie! I can't tell who
is smiling more, the fish or my
Another happy guided steelhead
March 2, Salmon River Pulaski
NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
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.
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.
1, Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat
Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
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! Thanks
for stopping in, Randy
Sunday 2 Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide
Fishing Report Ramblings:
Nothing new to
report on the river. 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
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
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.
regards, Bob Taylor
email got returned to me, so hopefully you will see
Please see below for open dates and also 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
The Water magazine just sent me the March issue and they
used one of my shots of you on the Cape. Congratulations!
Next time maybe we'll actually get to see your face!!
Actually this was a shot I had targeted Mustad as the
logo is prominently displayed, yet they did not want to use
it. Let me know if you need a copy of the magazine and I'll get
one out to you. It was an interesting use of the image. It is hard
to read the scan but they do give your name.
working on that rewrite of your article, we'll get
more pub. In the meantime, tight lines and thanks.
very much John! Boy, wont mom be proud. :)
Steelhead, Congrats Ken!
Tight to a
Scenic Winter shot of
the Salmon River, bright fresh silver Steelhead,
guest and the .com drift boat
I think I was the
first guide on this river to have
there url plastered on the boat?
Best Steelhead and Salmon Fish's,
Salmon River NY Guide and Author Randy Jones
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
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"!
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
Until the next fish
Some Trophy King
Salmon caught on the Slam'n Salmon River NY with Drift
Boat Steelhead Guide and Author Randy Jones. All the rest
of the fish landed were released for your children's and
your future fishing pleasure. Congrats!!
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!
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!
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 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
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!
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
the last 4 -5 trips lately off the drift boat 100%
we did 1 to 3 Steelhead per day. Lil slow, in my opinion,
but we also learned every chrome hold'n spot over an
entire 3 mile and more distance, etc..... We did better today.
These guys had a little experience under their belt, but we were
still able to work on a few things to perfect their drift's and
hopefully slide them into the 10% that catch 90% of the fish.
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.
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
2 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat
Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
Joke 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
- Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat
Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
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.
- Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead
Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
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
is Fishing at present.
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!!
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. (We 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.
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
Weather looks nice through the end of next week. So
if you've got nothing better to do, I'd give it
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)
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:
a great day today! 2nd cast of the morning resulted
in a steelhead.
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!) and try to consistently run a 100% drift. (This
is much easier said, then done consistently,
especially when your new or intermediate)
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! This one is going on his wall. 16-1/2 pounds, weighed.
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
. 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.
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.
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.
look forwards to bringing you my own unique and favorable
river updates this Winter and Spring.
Lot's of open dates for Mar. and a few for April,
early May if the fishing holds out. Email best to book.
Fish's, Randy Jones
Nookie like Chinookie
A BIG male King
Salmon. Nice underwater head shot.
Dont know if Ive ever seen one of
these before. Unique view!
of my client, Karl A. Mueller,
III (All fish released for you, your
friends and or your children's future
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
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
First mate Matt
with a nice big male Brown Trout
caught here on the Slam'n Salmon River,
New World Record Fish caught in the Salmon
Very rare! Only
a few run the river every 50 years
They migrate up
through the N.Y. Thruway using
an easy pass. ;)
are looking for the above individual's
for leg pulling offenses.
My newest endorsed referral guides
are Heather and Treasure. They wore something
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Two incredible reason's you should
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Hi randy, i was curious, is your
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Yes, you must drive a Bentley
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If I'm not available to guide you,
then you can request to be guided by
My guest Clint with
a nice fresh Fall Steelhead, ready
for the smok'r.
Today was 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
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
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
(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
with a beauty of a Steelhead. Congrats!
A Steelhead for the smok'r! Congrats!!
Yup, time to schedule
a fishing trip this Spring.
Streams, Rivers - Winter into
(Client - Dick Koelling
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 leftover winter steelhead, but
also fresh runs of springtime 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.
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
Anthony with a large Male Steelhead.
Notice the bump on the lower
jaw and the red stripe. That tells you its
Garry with another nice male
steelhead. Notice the red rosy
cheeks and bump on lower jaw?
Mickey with another large Male
Nice Male Brown Trout. Notice
the bump on the lower jaw and
the white mouth? This tells you its
a male and 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
What a Trophy Male steelhead!
What a beauty of a Steelhead!
on this Steelhead!
BIG bright fresh
Another beauty Steelhead
My guest lands one
for the dinner table. Congrats!
My client lands
a good sized Steelhead off the
drift boat. The
Salmon River, where memories are
Male Spring Steelhead.
Notice the bump on the lower
jaw, red rosy cheeks and red stripe?
That's the easiest way to tell if
its a buck. The white mouth tells you its a
steelhead or a trout. A gray or blackish mouth
tells you its from the Salmon family.
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
Jan hollered "Fish ON!"
Nice Steelhead Jan!
Jan with another
Steelhead of many! Congrats again
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
Here is a nice picture
I dug up from my Trophy Page w/
a lil added Winter Fishing Tip.
Warming trend middle
of this week. (Hint)
This picture is
to remind everyone that one of the
best times to fish on the Salmon River
NY is after we have had a bone chilling
week of freezing cold temp's.
Very very few anglers
are out in these temperatures.
This means ALL of your favorite
Winter and Transitional spots "could"
have VERY good numbers of fresh steelhead
in them, that have recently moved
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
Teresa (what a smile)
with her FIRST fish EVER in
her entire life she had caught! (A
of 16lb.approx. steelhead.)
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
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
Last time Al fished with me he brought a note pad and
pen. With the average being that most folks 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 (did not fish) 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
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, That one Lil (no name) spot my guest's went 21
days in a row hitting 1 to 5 fish in each day and the
same for the hole directly below it, several years back
River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report
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.
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".
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.
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!
Salmon River Pulaski
NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report
Just another day at the office:
ended the day with something like 4 for 10 on steelhead.
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.
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) Deep, slow moving water where the fish:
Can feed without much effort. (slow water with a
steady flow of food)
Feel's safe. (deep water)
Does not need to exert much if any effort to maintain
it's place in the hole. (deep and slow 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.
another day at the office:
are a couple from today.
for stopping by,
My 2 guest's
had another one of those amazing days. They played
with 13 steelhead.
Thanks for a great time the past
two days. We really enjoyed ourselves
and learned an enormous amount! The knowledge
you shared with us about how to fish for steelhead
and about the river itself will go a long way in helping
fish more effectively on future trips.
Not many people are willing to teach and share their
knowledge with their clients like you did, and for that
we are appreciative. The fact that you put us
on fish every place we stopped was just amazing! It's
obvious that this is not just a job for you...you are extremely
passionate about it!
We look forward to fishing with
you again real soon! By the way, I did hook
two and land one after you dropped us off last night!
Dan and John
weeks (12-6 through 12-10) Ramblings - Salmon
River NY Steelhead Fishing Report's:
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
Friday my 1 guest (1/2 day) took a skunk, water came
up to 2,400 cfs
my guest's hit a record high for this season with
a total of 18 Steelhead. Yes, I said 18 Steelhead
off the drift boat from several different area's.
a day!! Congrats to you both! (All fish Released)
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
keep in mind that everything I write is purely my
opinion only. It's normally never 100%. There are normally
exceptions to everything I write, so it is normally
not etched in stone. As most of you know, I never have or ever
will claim to know it all, as I dont.
with all of you what little I have learned from my
many past years of sleeping, eating and breathing this wonderful
fishery called "The Salmon River"
The Local Economy and myself, Thanks You for your
Hope you all enjoyed this
lil Bonus Basement Nugget from my Archives
If you visit the rest of my
10 pages, you will find more Archived Fishing
Reports, Etc... at the bottom's, just for the fun
After 30 + Years of Guiding,
Nothing really ever changes much.
and Salmon fishing of your dreams......
..... we'll make it
Salmon River, where Memories are Made
Compliments of Author Randy Jones