About the Author, Publisher and Salmon River
Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Report
Randy Jones is a full-time professional
fly/spin fishing guide with over 30 years of experience.
He has "in the past" represented
the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief instructor
of their 2 1/2 day Cape Cod Saltwater Fly fishing Schools.
Also guided VT. for Trout for 12
years and spends his summers guiding on Cape Cod.
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring
Randy runs drift boat and wade trips on the world class Salmon
River, Pulaski N.Y. for Steelhead, Coho, Browns, Atlantic's
and King Salmon.
E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
for 1 angler - Fly or Spin Fishing, Salmon
or Steelhead, I supply everything but the
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but the chest waders.
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(Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized
Glass's and Chest Waders.)
Trips are 8-9 hours from the time
we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end. (May
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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
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
:) Ye-haa! Randy
March 12 Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide
Fishing Report Ramblings:
Hi folks! All is well and no, I have not fallen off
a cliff. Im just updating this site as updating is needed. Working hard as
ever and enjoying the fishing! I hope you are too! U
Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat
Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
my one guest had
about 15 years of fishing here under his belt, so most importantly
knowledge of habitat and a few tips I could give him was what
he found invaluable. It's funny, when you reach a certain level
of expertise it's the small things that are actually the big things.
Subtle little things that helped with his presentation. All goals
were achieved. He played with 6 steelhead total
with the biggest being a big dark male at least all of 12 lb's
as it jumped 4 feet into the air in front of us with a incredible
belly flop. Any closer and we would have been soaked! He smoked us
But we got the best out of him before he rubbed
us on a tree laying in the water. My guest last month had a collapsed
lung, so we did not do any fast chasing. We hit fish from the top
of the river to the bottom, so they were spread out.
my 2 very experienced
guest's fishing plus myself (not fishing) were only able
to find 3 players. What a great time we had trying to find more!
These were again spread out. A couple of years ago these same guest's
had one of those steelhead days that we all dream off. I rowed the
boat down in the dark to be on the hopeful hot spot at first light,
for certain reasons. Sure enough they were easily
into BIG steelhead numbers. :) I think they played with around 20
It is possible some of the fish you
catch may have been a gift from one of my guest's. Please
try to repay the favor for the next angler. It's nice to share.
Nothing new to report, so if you want
a little more reading on the fishing, please see below.
As always, if any new or exciting happens it well be posted
here. Otherwise you can figure its the same ol same hole.
One of my clients recently asked me,
Randy, has the fishing declined in your eyes? I tell them
no. I really have not noticed any difference. It's called fishing
and fish we do. Most of us guides agree, if both of our guest's
can play with at least 2 steelhead in a day, you have had an ok
day. Not a bad or a great day, but an ok day. So anytime you can
do better than that, we are even happier. (Lets all travel
over to B.C. where 1 fish caught in a day, is reason to throw a
BIG party and buy a bunch of lottery tickets! :) Until then, Randy
How long can you play this game before
you vomit? It's in German. Enjoy! http://www.wagenschenke.ch
. It should mean that they have reached
there needed levels in the reservoir's to be prepared for the start of the
Spring thaw. Looks like later next week? (until then, same ol same hole)
it is supposed to reach the upper 30's, maybe 40. It's a start! :) On my
trip earlier in the week we did great! Did the warmer weather have anything
to do with the numbers of fish? We found fish spread through out the entire
length of river that we floated. And we never really worked each spot to
its fullest potential. So I wonder how many we might have actually passed
up? Old man winter is back in full force. I hope by next week to be back
in more normal temperatures for March. The weather man say's, high's in the
40's which is normal for March. Can't wait!! A friend of mine reported in
with approx. 5 Steelhead played with off his drift boat while guiding. Expert
angler's, friends of mine reported in with 2 fish caught while fishing
the lower river last weekend. These guys are some of the best anglers around,
so Im surprised they did not do a little better. I'm guessing the fish either
had lock jaw or there were not that many present where they were fishing?
Hmmm. Most anglers are having a slow time of it, challenging. Even some of
the places that are typically know for some fast easy fish have slowed to
a crawl recently. March will do that to you sometimes. That's why having
good optional places to fish are always a positive way to approach this and
any other fishery. I personally like to work a piece of water and then move,
continuing this process until I can hopefully find a pod or the occasional
fish. Then Ill stay put and work that water a little more thoroughly until
I feel I've covered it well. Then move again. FYI - If the hole your fishing
is mostly all big rocks (or not gravel) dont expect to many fish to be present.
Majority of fish have moved out of the winter spots that do not have what
they are ALL looking for presently. Always a chance to hit one in a transitional
spot, winter area, as we all know what time of year it is. :)
March 7 - Monday, Salmon
River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report
Wow, It reached into the upper 40's
today. M-M Good! Lil rain Monday and a lil run-off, which
has all stopped now with colder temp's back in place. When
the wind blew it felt like a heat wave of warm air. What a nice
surprise. I hope some of you were able to enjoy it also. All the
angler's I ran into were all smiles and enjoying this rather odd and
unique weather. It was rather short lived as now we have what I would
call an arctic blast pushing through. Cold temp's for awhile are
forecast. Im glad Im not working! :) But may try to get out for awhile
anyway. The river is still totally fishable and with fish. As we
found out Monday, some of these fish are bright silver! Most anglers
are finding the fishing challenging. Why? (See the below March challenging
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
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
March challenging month:
As some of you are finding out. March
can be one of the most challenging months of the season.
It is for me. You have Steelhead in the Winter spots. Presently,
I'd guess there is 1/2 "to even less" in these spots that were
all in a month ago. Where did they go?
They could be in transition, searching
out a mate and on or close too that special rock. They could
not even be in the river and be calling home the many-many
miles of diversions that run off the main river. These area's give
the fish a break from the current, most likely close to the safety
of deeper water and also covered by the feeling of safety created
by trees. This is the time of the year where the fish are spread out
over the entire river and normally not concentrated like they were
a month ago. You could almost just close your eyes and cast and possible
hook up. So now you know why myself and others consider this to be
the most challenging and fun month's of the season.
Saw a couple of big stones approx. size 10! Lil
early for that size to be showing, at least in any sizable numbers.
Most are smaller. At one point on Monday I pulled a big branch
out of the water. So what, you might say. With my past background
in Vt. Trout and entomology, this stick was like a magic window
into a Steelhead's world of survival. 100's of a particular type
of larva, pupa, in a certain color were heavily attached to the entire
stick. Hmmm, I said. I showed my clients who were amazed.
We switched flies immediately and
you can guess the rest of the story, Fish ON! By paying
close attention to mother natures signature clues that are everywhere,
can give you an added bonus of having an edge up on your
Steelhead and many times out smarting them.
Polarized Glass's Tip:
Pick them up in yellowish amber. Great
for the darker bottom rivers, like on the Salmon River. Also
while sight fishing on those amazingly crystal clear water,
light colored hard bottom sand flats over all of Cape Cod for
Stripers and Blues in 1 to 5 feet. Safety too! Side shields are
a necessity for maximum visibility while cutting out the sun's glare
that likes to sneak in the sides. Nylon or plastic frames - Light
as a feather and I'll guarantee you wont even notice that you have
them on. I wear them 100% of the time while guiding or fishing everyday
of the year! I use the Orvis ones, they should hav'm here. http://www.orvis.com
March 5, Salmon River Pulaski NY DriftBoat
Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
in a lot of lake enhanced snow shower bands today and
had a blast. We had a lot of choices as to where to start
so we began wading in the Altmar area. In a couple of hours
we had 5 Steelhead to play with. Then we jumped in the drift boat
and floated to Pineville. Did not touch a single fish off the drift
boat, while we worked some winter spots as well as some transitional
area's. Hmmm, surprising. Anyway, the sun came out for awhile then
it would disappear and snow, lil wind, sleet became our traveling
companions for awhile. All in all, a nice day to be out on the water
with friends enjoying this fun and exciting fishery. This Sat. morning
it is sunny, warmer and looks like a incredible day to be out fishing.
Wish I was there but someone has to keep this site updated. :) I've
got some articles and fishing reports coming up, so stay tuned to this
never ending virtual fishing trip with your host. Thanks for stopping
March 2, Salmon River
Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
The sun is shinning and most of the
lake effect bands of snow went to the south of us around
the Syracuse area today. Normal air temperatures, with some
gust's. We probably recieved about a foot or less of snow over
the last few days. It looked like most of it fell during the night
and was cleaned up nicely by the morning. We have an approx. 30-40%
chance of some more snow in the forecast, but that's nothing new. A
little here and a little there. Nothing new up in these here parts.
:) The roads look great. Sometimes the fisherman's parking lot's
and boat ramps are cleaned up before all of the roads. They take
there fishing access pretty seriously up here. :) We continue to
have about 1 gate of water in the river presently and I think it's
been over two weeks since it came up. Nice flow to fish and the fish
like it too. I hope they continue this flow to keep the reservoir
levels low enough up at the dam so they have plenty of room for
when the snow starts to melt. This water level has helped to bring
some freshies in, that are spread out. It's that time of the year where
more fresh fish will enter the river and run it as part of their naturally
ingrained instinctive behavior pattern related to their need to reproduce
their species. A few have started to spawn.
Nothing new to report
on the river that has not been said below. As you probably
know we recieved some snow (so what's new) with more on the
way. Roads look good! Folks are out and about enjoying themselves
fishing. This weeks weather offers a chance of snow almost everyday.
Nothing to be concerned about at this point. Air temperatures look
to be normal for this time of year. Spring is just around the corner.
M-M good! :) Best Fish's, Randy
Today's Salmon River NY Steelhead Fishing Mail Bag:
Randy, I recently went to pulaski on a sales call to
a local paper company. I have never been to pulaski and
I left feeling at a loss having never realized how wonderful
that river is. I grew up in the Western finger lakes fishing
for lakers in Seneca Lake and never being a stream fisherman and
now want to tackle steelhead. I want to spin cast, yet I am not
having any luck finding a good book to reference. What can you recommend?
Should i book a charter and learn? I would relish the chance to
land a chrome beauty. Best regards, Bob Taylor
HI Bob, I'd recommend calling
Whitakers Sports Shop 315-298-6162 for a book. They may
also have other recommendations. My web site - fishing reports,
has a lot of information too. Also, try doing a search on the
internet, tons of great info. Hiring a guide is also a great
way to take a major short cut in the learning curve and increase
your odds greatly of achieving all of your goals, that will last
you the rest of your life. Bring a friend along and you can split the
cost and save a little $$ also. I'd be happy to show you the ropes. Best
of luck, Randy
Randy, On The Water Magazine just
sent me the March issue and they used one of my shots
of you on the Cape. Congratulations! Let me know if you need a
copy of the magazine and I'll get one out to you. Still working on
that rewrite of your article, we'll get more pub. In the meantime,
tight lines and thanks. John
Thanks very much John! Boy,
wont mom be proud. :)
Today's Mail Bag:
Hey Randy, Thanks for another great
day on the river....learned a lot. I just wanted to touch
base with you on two things we talked about: 1. The colored
copper wire you use on caddis fly's. What is it and does Whitakers
or other fly shops carry it? 2. We have a hard time finding the
right parachute cord for slinkies...too small. Where do you get yours
or what's the size/diameter??? Fished some of the holes you showed
me on Tuesday....caught 4 small browns (stockies) and had a chromer
throw the fly on me :(......Thanks again!!! Allen
Hi Allen, Check with Whitakers 315-298-6162 about
the green cooper wire (ultra sm olive wire made utc in
usa). They can order it also. Or use black thread and put
green dubbing on it, wrap forward and tie the head with the
black thread for the head. Thats where I got mine. They may also
have the cord. Otherwise try Tony's sports shop just on the other
side of the interstate, right side. Im sure other shops carry it
also. Parachute cord or shoe laces work too. May have to look around
or make some calls. Not sure of exact size/diameter. Just large enough
so a straw from McDonalds fits in it snugly. Burger King straws are
to small in my opinion. Im happy you hooked up and had some fun! Congrats!!
I could not be happier. Fishing is slow presently in our case, but not
all, so you did great! Randy
Hi Randy, Thanks for the
info. on the wire and making the fly's themselves.
It does seem slow and anglers were pretty scarce this morning as
well. Hope you and your clients have a good weekend if you're guiding.....I
appreciate all your help and knowledge!!! Allen
Hi Allen, We fished off the drift boat all day.
We hit 1 in the first spot and landed it, 5 in the 3rd
spot, after another boat had already fished it for 2 hours
before us and we landed 1. So 2 landed steelhead for the
day with 6 total played with. The sun came out and made it very
comfortable for the most part. Never getting above 20 degrees,
no wind with a low of 8 degrees in the early morning. Saw a couple
of other fish hooked up also, which was nice to see. Over all most
anglers were finding the fishing challenging, as we did. Having to
work for them with 100% perfect presentations. Best, Randy
Dear Randy, I want to thank you for
a great trip on the Salmon River. On a day when hardly anyone
on the river was hooking up with fish, let alone landing them,
you guided me to my first steelhead - a beautiful 12 pounder!
I was so happy with that fish that I hardly cared about the 8 pounder
that got away just minutes later. Your vast knowledge of the river
and these fish along with your patient teaching made all the difference
in moving me into that special group of 10% that catch 90% of the
fish. I will whole-heartedly recommend you to anyone who wants to
catch fish and improve their steelhead knowledge and skills. I will
definitely be booking another trip with you in the near future. Thanks
Wednesday - Salmon River
Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
Jokes for the Day:
A couple of rednecks from Vermont are out in the woods hunting when one of them suddenly grabs his chest and falls to the ground.
He doesn't seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head.
The other Vermont redneck whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He gasps to the operator, "I think Bubba is dead! What should I do?"
The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, "Just take it easy and follow my instructions. First, let's make sure he's "dead."
There is a silence..........then a shot is heard. The redneck's voice comes back on the line, "Okay, now what.
2nd Joke of the Day:
Husband and wife are having a big nasty argument. Husband decides to leave the house. As he is walking out the front door his wife yells! I hope you rot in HELL!!!
The husband turns around and replies, does that mean I'm staying?
Since Im on a roll - 3rd joke for today:
A man walk's into the library and asks the librarian if he could check out a book on suicide. The librarian says, hell no! You wont return it!
Water is at 750 cfs, give or take,
fish top to bottom, slow to challenging fishing at present
in most everyone's opinion. Fresh fish on the move. Fish starting
to pair up and thinking about spawning. Very few anglers around.
There were more fish around last week before the increased angler
pressure from the weekend holiday crew showed up. Good Luck, Randy
Played off the drift
boat all day and were rewarded with a batting average of
2 for 8 on Steelhead. Found them in 2 out of 3 spots. One here,
none there, couple over there, 3-4 here, 1 there, stuff like
that. Covering our water with 100% drift's, then moving, covering
our water with 100% drift's and then moving. Warming trend this
week. Nice fishing this week with these temperatures. Noticed some
fare weather, holiday angler's out fishing the entire river,
enjoying themselves. We had to run continuous 100% drift's all
day to come up with the Steelhead that we played with. No easy fish.
4 for 8 steelhead,
hit them in 2 out of 4 spots. Started off picking up some
easy fish, then played off the drift boat starting mid-morning
working for them. Nice weather and a fair number of angler's also
out and about enjoying it.
Fishing is Fishing at present.
Both days my guest's were new to the
Salmon River so we spent the entire day mostly working on
how to properly and consistently run a 100% drift in every different
habitat (location) fished. From the pictures you can tell we were
more than a little successful. Congrats!!
Altmar has a number, but that number
is -will-starting to dwindle. Rest of the river is so-so and
when they drop the water Im guessing it wont help bring in any
freshies, but.... it will concentrate them more over the entire
river. (I could write an entire article on the effect's of lower
water during the winter)
The lower end can be very rewarding
at this time of year. It does not get fished that much, so
the fish are not educated. Also, they sometimes will enter
the river and then just sit down there for the balance of winter.
I've seen some of those holes down there load up with Steelhead like
Steel top to bottom of river. Very
nice hatch the last few days. The observant angler (and guides)
increase their odds greatly by paying close attention to
the signature clues mother nature shares with you. Finding smarter,
darker-older Steelhead in the Winter holding pools and easier-less
educated, brighter-fresher Chrome in the transitional, resting,
holding locations. (Makes sense ;) Look for the transitional spots
to continue to produce for awhile now, especially with today's run-off.
Weather looks nice through the end of next week. So if you've got
nothing better to do, I'd give it a shot. Look for a possible
run of fish now in the lower end. We are receiving high winds, rain.
Lots and lots of run-off from the snow melting. With this large amount
of run-off, they may keep the water at 335 cfs (knock on wood). Maybe
even bump it up?? (knock on wood) Best Fish's, Randy
Stay tuned for more "fun and excitement"
on this never-ending virtual fishing trip with your host
Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.
River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
We had a great day today! 2nd cast
of the morning resulted in a steelhead. After about 1/2 hour
on working to perfect our drift. Its like building a house.
Foundational stuff, First floor, Second floor then roof. It's putting
a lot of little things together consistently on every cast. And
learning something on every cast on how you can improve on the
next. Very repetitive and rewarding once you have achieved it, as
we found out! Jeff says, Randy, I just got a 100%
drift. I encouraged him to continue to try to achieve that
same drift every cast for the rest of the day.
Next cast bingo. A Big ol' Fat Hog
of a Steelhead! This one is going on his wall. 16-1/2 pounds,
weighed. Congrats on your fine drift and your even fine'r
Next spot we hit another one, next
spot 2 more. We hit 4 spots and hit fish in all. (100% on
spots!!) He was 2 for 6 on steelhead by days end. Same numbers
the day before. Yes, I'd say the time is right to come up. High
water brought them in, 1 gate is perfect and I dont think you could
pick a bad spot on the river to fish presently. (Unless very cold
and slush is present down river, creeks, early) Good Luck! Randy
my guest's hit fish
in 2 out of 3 spots. The only spot we did not hit any was
the one we worked quickly and really did not have the time
to cover it thoroughly. Main reason being simply that we were
hitting a bunch of nice, big Steelhead pretty good elsewhere and
hated to leave them to find more. We also wanted to make sure we
had enough time to study and learn over 3 miles of prime Steelhead
waters. So we left a bunch of fish in one spot to proceed with increasing
our knowledge base of ALL aspect's of this incredible fishery. Can never
have enough of that!
My guest's got to play with a total
of 7 steelhead for the day. Nice!
We could have easily
played with more but sometimes knowledge is more important
than a bunch of fish. Once this knowledge is achieved, you have
the rest of your life to come back on your own and catch'm!
We spent the better part of the day
trying our best to achieve a 100% drift consistently and
learning as much as possible in a short, exciting fish filled
I'd once again like to thank ALL
of you for visiting, your kindest of words, Fishing Reports
and most importantly your business. Without you, all of this
would be impossible.
I look forwards to bringing you my own
unique and favorable river updates this Winter and Spring. Best
Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat
Guide Fishing Report
A "tear in our beer"
or a "Day
What would the day bring after a coupl'a slow
ones off the drift boat? (When I say slow, my 1 guest got
to play with 3-4 steelhead each day over the last several days
out, which is actually, would not be considered a slow day, but pretty
good from all the other reports I've got'n from the shore anglers
and guides. I think of it as slow, only when compared to previous
- recent outing results) I figured we would have a shot at
hopefully at least playing with 2-3 of them over the course of the
day. Why would today be any different than the last several? 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
with so many Steelhead in one day!
to Al that Steelhead fishing was not supposed to be this
easy and for that reason I thought that there were just too many
fish here and we should go someplace else. Someplace where there
may or may not be any fish and if so, maybe just 1 or 2. Someplace
where we would really have to work for them hard like we have been
doing all week. He agreed that "I
should go" and he would stay there and fish.
Last time Al fished with me he brought
a note pad and pen. With the average being that most folks
(including myself :) only retain 20-30% of what they hear or
read, he wanted to make sure he did not forget a single chrome
hold'n spot over the entire 3 miles of river I stopped at, explained
in great detail, showed him. All was written down with a
exciting, feverish, exactness.
One of the highest compliment's was
paid to me by AL as he stated, Randy, you know that spot you
showed me by such a such a tree. You said stand here,
cast there, the fish sit there and you can expect one to bite anywhere
from 10 to 25 feet off the bank in a 30 foot length? I went back
to both of those spots and every time I go there I get into some
fish. One day alone I hit six fish in that one spot using spin rod,
floats and egg sacks. And I was the only one there. I've never seen
a single drift boat or person stop and fish it.
(Al didn't know it, but that one lil
(no name) spot my guest's went 21 days in a row hitting 1
to 5 steelhead in it each day and the same for the hole directly
below it, several years back one Nov.)
Pulaski NY Steelhead Fishing Report
Jeff and I did a lot of walking today.
We checked out several of the Pucker brush creeks and a lil
more. He was happy to end the day with additional knowledge that
will help him to escape the crowds. In the Spring time when the
Salmon river is running high due to run-off, he will have additional
options, that may save the day or day's of fishing and a whole
lot more. Presentation was worked on, baitology, entomology, habitat
and much more. The bonus was he landed 4 out of 6 steelhead today!
Congrats! All fish released.
Once again, it was a pleasure fishing with you on Dec. 16. - nice
weather, great fishing and excellent company (when you weren't yelling at
me:) to "keep your rod tip up, or casting into the bushes". As you
know, this was my third or fourth trip with you and as always, I was not
disappointed and continue to learn new areas, techniques etc...Looking forward
to my next trip with you. Thanks again, Brian L.
Dear Randy, Seriously, thanks again for a great time yesterday.
All three times I have been out with you have been fun
and educational. The fact that we caught a bunch of steelhead
is just bonus. I would certainly recommend you to anyone.
Take care and keep warm! Charles
Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead
Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report
Just another day at the office:
My guest's ended the day with something like 4 for 10 on
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,
Just another day at the office:
Basically current breaks as long as
they are in the migratory route that the fish take. Some
spot's are only Wintering Lye's, while other's are only transitional
ones. Sometimes you can have both in one. Brian's top producing
spot's were both. Thanks for stopping by, Randy
My 2 guest's had another one of those
amazing days. They played with 13 steelhead.
Randy, Thanks for a great time
the past two days. We really enjoyed ourselves and learned an enormous amount!
The knowledge you shared with us about how to fish for
steelhead and about the river itself will go a long way in
helping fish more effectively on future trips. Not
many people are willing to teach and share their knowledge
with their clients like you did, and for that we are appreciative.
The fact that you put us on fish every place we stopped was just
amazing! It's obvious that this is not just a job for you...you
are extremely passionate about it!
We look forward to fishing with
you again real soon! By the way, I did hook two and land one after
you dropped us off last night! Best Regards, Dan and John
This weeks Ramblings - Salmon
River NY Steelhead Fishing Report's:
Last Tues. my 2 guests did 19
Steelhead - Yikes!
Wed. my 1 guest did 6-7 steelhead
Thursday my 2 guests did 22 Steelhead.
- Holy Cow!
Friday my 1 guest (1/2 day) took a skunk
, water came up to 2,400 cfs.
On another day
Hope you all enjoyed this lil
Bonus Basement Nugget from my Archives
Thanks for the great trip today. It was great to see the
look on peoples faces when we told them we hooked up 19 steelhead
when the fishing was slow. Your tips and techniques will certainly
help through the coming years of fishing and your professionalism
as a guide was certainly appreciated.
I put a post up on the net boasting
about today. Can't wait to see my father showing off his
pictures on your sight. Thanks MIKE
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