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 35 years
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.
During the Fall, Winter,
and Spring Randy runs drift boat and wade trips on
the world class Salmon River, Pulaski N.Y. for Steelhead,
Coho, Browns, Atlantic's and King Salmon.
E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$275 for 1 angler - Fly or Spin Fishing,
Salmon or Steelhead, I supply everything
but the chest waders.
$350 for 2 anglers - Fly or Spin
Fishing, Salmon or Steelhead, I supply
everything but the chest waders.
Reservations and Deposits:
Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $100 deposit
(per day) within 7 days of booking.
Mailed to: Randy Jones 87 Clark Rd. Mexico, NY 13114
equipment - Noodle Spin Rods and ALL Tackle
(Please bring your own
Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest Waders.)
Trips are 8-9 hours from
the time we meet until we hit the drift boat ramp at
day's end. (May run over)
Enjoy my Updated Archived King Coho Salmon,
Brown Trout, Steelhead Fishing Reports, Tips, Guest Mail Bag
Questions w/ my Replies, Humor, Testimonials and much more
a fast and fun drift boat trip down the Salmon River
in Pulaski NY covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our
Winter and Fall fishing seasons.
CHECK OUT the World Record Steelhead
we caught that day @ end of drift boat video!
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I Made These For
Magical Spring Steelhead Day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc
(Video Credit "Repeat Client" Allen K.)
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Complementary Top Secret
Guide Tips on ADVANCED Fish
Locations to help YOU catch more fish
Salmon River Pulaski NY. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2TUdtz730&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS&index=4
What helps to induce a BIG RUN
or Salmon? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=6&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS
Prime Transitional Holding
Prime Fall, Winter and Spring
Holding Pools https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6
3 Prime and Basic
Current Breaks in every pool you should know
to help YOU
catch more fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3rXmooawm0&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3
Where to fish for
Steelhead in the Water Column https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koVVmqS0gjM&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8
I'm the first person to EVER Bungee
Long Bridge over the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.
Police were called and I was arrested ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddOp8QPNEyc
My Video Jokes for Today
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March 15 Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing
I was pleasantly
surprised to see an exclusive tip-ad for this area in
the popular Fly Fish America
under New York, advertising the Salmon River. It will
surely help the local economy out. :) It said, the Steelhead
fishing in upstate New York provides the best freshwater
opportunity for "Big" fish in the Northeast. Then it talks
about using the internet to help in your search for information
concerning lodging and locations, and this is something you
must try. Then I get a nice little recommendation with name and
web site for a start in getting idea's of the possibilities.
Expect some Explosive fish! I must be doing something right? I'd
like to personally thank the staff at Fly Fish America and also
Bob Rifchin who is the Regional Editor for the Northeast. Not
only from myself but also from all of the local merchants who enjoy
the added help in making the future up here brighter!
Some folks are finding
the fishing slow, but not all.
March 14 Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide
Fishing Report and Ramblings:
My two guest's today were
very experienced. With the high sun, we were able to use
the drift boat ALL day to search out the silver bullet Steelhead.
We noticed 1 to 8 steelhead in almost of the locations we drifted
over. With the high sun and added height from the boat, it made
it very easy to see everything.
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.
get 1 or 2 of these types of days a season. Today was one for the record
book. One of the top 3-5 trips over the last 10 or more years for sure.
The lower water concentrated all of the fish. I also think the sun helped
warm things up a little raising the temperature of the water a couple
of degrees, which is always helpful. Sometime you will see in increase
in feeding activity when this happens. Also, this was the third
day since the water had drastically dropped, so the fish had had
a chance to get used to this new and different flow, causing them
to adjust adequately and comfortably. We found them spread out over
the entire river, hitting both females and their companies, the bucks.
Blue and pink egg sacks and aquatic flies did the trick. Some preferred
one over the other while using fly rods. Big fish
of the day was an awesome incredible inspiring 16 lb. steelhead
buck, (it never gets old) with several steelhead females
weighing in at approx. 10-12 lb's.
Some were semi fresh.
These were some of the ones that came in with the last high water and
were paired up. Most were all in the deeper holes that had some
gravel in the area and were hooked up while blind casting.
My guest's had another
incredible day yesterday on their own doing about
10 steelhead. Most anglers looked to be having a slow time
of it. Did not see a single bent rod all day unfortunately.
Im a little behind on errands so I hope to have some of
the pictures posted tomorrow. Unfortunately due to time
restraints it takes longer than the average person realizes
to download, edit, post, upload, etc..... You wont want
to miss these. Congrats again guys! ALL fish released.
If some of you have
been releasing your steelhead, I'd like to thank all
of you. Im sure we could not of had a day like today without
some of your released fish to add to the incredible numbers
of steelhead we played and landed. I sure hope all of the
fish we released today offer you a better chance to hook up also.
Please return the favor by releasing some, if not all of your
catch, so other's can enjoy this incredible fishery too
! It's nice to share
:) Ye-haa! Randy
March 12 Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide
Fishing Report Ramblings:
Hi folks! All is well and no, I have not fallen off
a cliff. Im just updating this site as updating is needed. Working hard as
ever and enjoying the fishing! I hope you are too! U
Salmon River Pulaski
NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Ramblings:
guest had about 15 years of fishing here under his
belt, so most importantly knowledge of habitat and a few tips
I could give him was what he found invaluable. It's funny,
when you reach a certain level of expertise it's the small things
that are actually the big things. Subtle little things that helped
with his presentation. All goals were achieved. He played with 6 steelhead total with the biggest
being a big dark male at least all of 12 lb's as it jumped 4
feet into the air in front of us with a incredible belly flop. Any
closer and we would have been soaked! He smoked us big time.
But we got the best out of him before he rubbed us on a tree laying
in the water. My guest last month had a collapsed lung, so we did
not do any fast chasing. We hit fish from the top of the river to
the bottom, so they were spread out.
my 2 very
experienced guest's fishing plus myself (not fishing)
were only able to find 3 players. What a great time we had
trying to find more! These were again spread out. A couple of
years ago these same guest's had one of those steelhead days that
we all dream off. I rowed the boat down in the dark to be on the
hopeful hot spot at first light, for certain reasons. Sure enough they were easily into BIG steelhead numbers.
:) I think they played with around 20 or so?
It is possible some of the
fish you catch may have been a gift from one of my guest's.
Please try to repay the favor for the next angler. It's nice
to share. :)
Nothing new to report, so
if you want a little more reading on the fishing, please
see below. As always, if any new or exciting happens it well
be posted here. Otherwise you can figure its the same ol same
One of my clients recently
asked me, Randy, has the fishing declined in your eyes?
I tell them no. I really have not noticed any difference.
It's called fishing and fish we do. Most of us guides agree,
if both of our guest's can play with at least 2 steelhead in a day,
you have had an ok day. Not a bad or a great day, but an ok day.
So anytime you can do better than that, we are even happier.
(Lets all travel over to B.C. where 1 fish caught in a day, is
reason to throw a BIG party and buy a bunch of lottery tickets! :)
Until 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 Ramblings:
Wow, It reached into the
upper 40's today. M-M Good! Lil rain Monday and a lil
run-off, which has all stopped now with colder temp's back
in place. When the wind blew it felt like a heat wave of warm
air. What a nice surprise. I hope some of you were able to enjoy
it also. All the angler's I ran into were all smiles and enjoying
this rather odd and unique weather. It was rather short lived as
now we have what I would call an arctic blast pushing through. Cold
temp's for awhile are forecast. Im glad Im not working! :) But may
try to get out for awhile anyway. The river is still totally fishable
and with fish. As we found out Monday, some of these fish are bright
silver! Most anglers are finding the fishing challenging. Why? (See
the below March challenging month:
for my opinion as to why)
My 2 guest's played
with 5 reel scream'n, monkey spank'n, on fire fresh
and full of piss and vinegar Silver Bullet Steelhead.
They all left us wanting more with that empty feeling when
they are into your backing before you can finish reading this
sentence, even faster and then off. WOW!!
We simply could not keep
up to them! What an adrenaline rush, that's for sure.
At one point we were on a nantucket sleigh ride with fish on
screaming down river and us giving chase in the boat. What a chinese
fire drill that was. :)
Things are looking up off
the drift boat on the Salmon River and other area trib's.
Sssh. We played in winter spots as well as transitional area's
and found them in all. We hit fish in 4 out of 6 spots fished.
My guest's goal today was not to catch fish (that would simply be
Their main goal was to learn
every aspect of this incredible fishery, with an emphasis
on knowledge of habitat and proper presentation. The one
spot that we invested the most time produced 2 fish and I know
we left fish in this spot to find fish. All of the other spots
we fished were covered amazingly fast, just to give them a quick
feel for the hole. So Im sure again, we left some fish to find others
and to continue on our quest for that knowledge that they will have for
the rest of their lives. We greased and oiled a couple of small things
concerning on how to improve on their already good drift and I'd have
to say that now their quality of their presentation's have put them
into their goal of being in the 10% that catch's 90% of the fish. Congrats
to you both!!
March challenging month:
As some of you are finding
out. March can be one of the most challenging months
of the season. It is for me. You have Steelhead in the Winter spots.
Presently, I'd guess there is 1/2 "to even less" in these
spots that were all in a month ago. Where did they go?
They could be in transition,
searching out a mate and on or close too that special
rock. They could not even be in the river and be calling home
the many-many miles of diversions that run off the main river.
These area's give the fish a break from the current, most likely
close to the safety of deeper water and also covered by the feeling
of safety created by trees. This is the time of the year where
the fish are spread out over the entire river and normally not concentrated
like they were a month ago. You could almost just close your eyes
and cast and possible hook up. So now you know why myself and others
consider this to be the most challenging and fun month's of the
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 in, Randy
March 2, Salmon
River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing
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.
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
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
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,
Dear Randy, I want to thank
you for a great trip on the Salmon River. On a day
when hardly anyone on the river was hooking up with fish,
let alone landing them, you guided me to my first steelhead
- a beautiful 12 pounder! I was so happy with that fish that
I hardly cared about the 8 pounder that got away just minutes
later. Your vast knowledge of the river and these fish along
with your patient teaching made all the difference in moving me
into that special group of 10% that catch 90% of the fish. I will
whole-heartedly recommend you to anyone who wants to catch fish
and improve their steelhead knowledge and skills. I will definitely
be booking another trip with you in the near future. Thanks again!
Wednesday - Salmon
River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing
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
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.
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
Both days my guest's were
new to the Salmon River so we spent the entire day
mostly working on how to properly and consistently run a 100%
drift in every different habitat (location) fished. From the
pictures you can tell we were more than a little successful. Congrats!!
Altmar has a number, but
that number is -will-starting to dwindle. Rest of the
river is so-so and when they drop the water Im guessing it wont
help bring in any freshies, but.... it will concentrate them more
over the entire river. (I could write an entire article on the effect's
of lower water during the winter)
The lower end can be very
rewarding at this time of year. It does not get fished
that much, so the fish are not educated. Also, they sometimes
will enter the river and then just sit down there for the
balance of winter. I've seen some of those holes down there load
up with Steelhead like no other's.
Steel top to bottom of river.
Very nice hatch the last few days. The observant angler
(and guides) increase their odds greatly by paying close
attention to the signature clues mother nature shares with you.
Finding smarter, darker-older Steelhead in the Winter holding
pools and easier-less educated, brighter-fresher Chrome in
the transitional, resting, holding locations. (Makes sense ;)
Look for the transitional spots to continue to produce for awhile
now, especially with today's run-off. Weather looks nice through
the end of next week. So if you've got nothing better to do, I'd
give it a shot. Look for a possible run of fish now in the
lower end. We are receiving high winds, rain. Lots and lots of run-off
from the snow melting. With this large amount of run-off, they may
keep the water at 335 cfs (knock on wood). Maybe even bump it up?? (knock
on wood) Best Fish's, Randy
Stay tuned for more "fun
and excitement" on this never-ending virtual fishing
trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.
River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
We had a great day today!
2nd cast of the morning resulted in a steelhead. After
about 1/2 hour on working to perfect our drift. Its like building
a house. Foundational stuff, First floor, Second floor then
roof. It's putting a lot of little things together consistently
on every cast. And learning something on every cast on how
you can improve on the next. Very repetitive and rewarding once
you have achieved it, as we found out! Jeff
says, Randy, I just got a 100% drift. I encouraged him
to continue to try to achieve that same drift every cast for the
rest of the day.
Next cast bingo. A Big ol'
Fat Hog of a Steelhead! This one is going on his wall.
16-1/2 pounds, weighed. Congrats on your fine drift
and your even fine'r Steelhead!
Next spot we hit another
one, next spot 2 more. We hit 4 spots and hit fish in
all. (100% on spots!!) He was 2 for 6 on steelhead by days end.
Same numbers the day before. Yes, I'd say the time is
right to come up. High water brought them in, 1 gate is perfect
and I dont think you could pick a bad spot on the river to fish presently.
(Unless very cold and slush is present down river, creeks, early)
Good Luck! Randy
hit fish in 2 out of 3 spots. The only spot we did not
hit any was the one we worked quickly and really did not have
the time to cover it thoroughly. Main reason being simply that
we were hitting a bunch of nice, big Steelhead pretty good elsewhere
and hated to leave them to find more. We also wanted to make sure
we had enough time to study and learn over 3 miles of prime Steelhead
waters. So we left a bunch of fish in one spot to proceed with increasing
our knowledge base of ALL aspect's of this incredible fishery. Can
never have enough of that!
My guest's got to play
with a total of 7 steelhead for the day. Nice!
We could have easily played with more but sometimes
knowledge is more important than a bunch of fish. Once this
knowledge is achieved, you have the rest of your life to
come back on your own and catch'm!
We spent the better part
of the day trying our best to achieve a 100% drift consistently
and learning as much as possible in a short, exciting
fish filled day.
I'd once again like to
thank ALL of you for visiting, your kindest of words,
Fishing Reports and most importantly your business. Without
you, all of this would be impossible.
I look forwards to
bringing you my own unique and favorable river updates this
Winter and Spring. Best Fish's, Randy
Salmon River NY Steelhead
Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report
A "tear in our beer"
or a "Day for Kings?
What would the day bring
after a coupl'a slow ones off the drift boat? (When I say
slow, my 1 guest got to play with 3-4 steelhead each day over
the last several days out, which is actually, would not be considered
a slow day, but pretty good from all the other reports I've got'n
from the shore anglers and guides. I think of it as slow, only
when compared to previous - recent outing results) I figured
we would have a shot at hopefully at least playing with 2-3 of them
over the course of the day. Why would today be any different than
the last several? Hmmmm.
Remember yesterday when
I reported - said: Seems that if
you can play with 1-2 in a day you have done ok at present.
The fishing has slowed a lil, but obviously, that and more
can - does change in a day. Sometimes finding a pod of
fish is only a foot step down river or the next hole around the
Well, today we
took that one step, we fished that next hole around the
"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!
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!
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
Last time Al fished with
me he brought a note pad and pen. With the average being
that most folks (including myself :) only retain 20-30%
of what they hear or read, he wanted to make sure he did not
forget a single chrome hold'n spot over the entire 3 miles
of river I stopped at, explained in great detail, showed him.
All was written down with a exciting, feverish, exactness.
One of the highest compliment's
was paid to me by AL as he stated, Randy, you know that
spot you showed me by such a such a tree. You said
stand here, cast there, the fish sit there and you can expect
one to bite anywhere from 10 to 25 feet off the bank in a 30
foot length? I went back to both of those spots and every time
I go there I get into some fish. One day alone I hit six fish in
that one spot using spin rod, floats and egg sacks. And I was
the only one there. I've never seen a single drift boat or person
stop and fish it.
(Al didn't know it, but
that one lil (no name) spot my guest's went 21 days
in a row hitting 1 to 5 steelhead in it each day and the same
for the hole directly below it, several years back one Nov.)
Pulaski NY Steelhead Fishing
Jeff and I did a lot of
walking today. We checked out several of the Pucker
brush creeks and a lil more. He was happy to end the day with
additional knowledge that will help him to escape the crowds.
In the Spring time when the Salmon river is running high due
to run-off, he will have additional options, that may save the day
or day's of fishing and a whole lot more. Presentation was worked
on, baitology, entomology, habitat and much more. The bonus
was he landed 4 out of 6 steelhead today! Congrats! All fish released.
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
My guest's ended the day with something
like 4 for 10 on steelhead.
We jumped into the drift
at O'Dark Thirty and off we drifted down
through the rapids with the half moon and star's lighting our
way. Brian got to play with 10 Steelhead today. Brian was by himself,
so having that kind of a day is something that I hope all of you
get a chance to experience sometime in your life. What a thrill.
About even numbers of Winter fish today with several reel smok'n
freshies running as fast as lightning. The way I look at it,
if the fish gives you a slow, not so aggressive fight (sort'a like
a Brown or laker) and mostly just wants to stay in the hole it's
probably a Winter fish. (Winter fish - A fish that has found a nice
deep water spot with out much current where it plans to spend the
remainder of the Winter before it goes into spawning mode in the
Spring.) Fresh fish would be one that has just arrived (entered the
river) or is just pass'n through on it's way to a nice Winter lye.
These freshies tend to do most of the jumping, reel scream'n run's,
acrobatic antic's that we all love so much, etc... More like a Nov.
Winter Lye = Prime Lye
1. Can feed without much
effort. (slow water with a steady flow of food)
2. Feel's safe. (deep water)
Fresh fish are top to bottom of river with a number of Wintering fish
too. Please keep in mind that with fresh fish top to bottom of river it is
still important to fish the transitional - resting holding area's. (The hole
within the Hole, heads of holes, tails of holes, pocket's, seams, channels,
Just another day at the
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
This weeks Ramblings -
Salmon River NY Steelhead Fishing Report's:
Last Tues. my 2 guests
did 19 Steelhead - Yikes!
Wed. my 1 guest did 6-7
steelhead - Nice!
Thursday my 2 guests
did 22 Steelhead. - Holy Cow!
Friday my 1 guest (1/2 day)
took a skunk
, water came up to
On another day
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
By Randy Jones
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Pulaski N.Y. using fly/spin and floats for Steelhead,
Brown Trout, Coho, Atlantic's and
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Salmon River, where Memories
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