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Salmon - Steelhead - Brown Trout
Steelhead fishing and Salmon fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY
September through April
1 - October 31 - Tackle busting King Salmon averaging
10-20 lbs. will amaze you with their freight train runs.
Trying to harness the raw power of a 12lb Coho Salmon running
in 20 different directions in a blink of an eye will keep you on
your toes (and hopefully not on your back!)
Salmon River is located in Pulaski NY on Lake Ontario's eastern
shore, 30 miles north of Syracuse. Its reputation for large
runs of Salmon - Steelhead and incredible average size of all
species is unsurpassed by any other fishery in New England.
October 15 - November - Brown
Trout. Like Salmon and Steelhead you measure these Fish by the pound
and not by the inch.
They have entered the river to spawn
and will weight from 3-10 pounds. While they are not
as numerous as the Salmon or the Steelhead, these are an optional
trophy of a Fishing life time.
.October 20 - May 1 - Steelhead
8-15 lbs. The Fall Steelhead is without a doubt, one of the hardest
fighting Fish that swims in the Salmon River NY. They'll take you into your
backing in seconds, then jump start your heart with tail walking antics
that will live in your memory forever.
- This is one of my favorite Drift Boat Guide Fishing times
of the year. With colder temperatures the crowds disappear. Steelhead
continue to come into the river from the lake. A winter Drift Boat
trip aboard our heated Drift Boat is a great way to learn the river
and experience it's beauty. The end of February, March and April
are great Steelhead Fishing days as new Fish move into and out of
the river on a daily basis. As the river temperatures rise, so does
the aggressiveness of the Steelhead. Often, sight fishing is possible
as they move into the shallows. We can Spin or Fly Fish for Salmon or
Steelhead either by wading or using the Drift Boat..
I invite you to join me and enjoy
what is an unquestionably one of the finest fresh water fisheries
in the eastern United States.
The Author, Outfitter and Salmon River
Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Report
Reservations and Deposits:
(Photo courtesy of Orvis)
Randy Jones is a full-time professional
fly/spin fishing guide with over 35 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.
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
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.
Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $100 deposit (per day) within
7 days of booking.
87 Clark Rd.
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
ENJOY 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
CHECK OUT the World Record
Steelhead we caught that day @ end of drift boat video!
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These For You
Magical Spring Steelhead Day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc
(Video Credit "Repeat Client" Allen K.)
Back Guarantee! Complementary Top Secret (Ssssh!) Guide
Tips on ADVANCED Fish Locations to help
YOU catch more fish on the Salmon River Pulaski NY.
What helps to induce a BIG RUN of
Steelhead or Salmon? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=6&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS
Transitional Resting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4
Prime Transitional Holding
Prime Fall, Winter and
Spring Holding Pools https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6
and Basic Current Breaks in every pool you should
know about to help YOU catch more fish.
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 Jump NAKED
off the Long Bridge over the Salmon River in Pulaski
NY. Police were called and I was arrested
My Video Jokes for Today
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Salmon River NY Steelhead Fishing
Report's, Forecast's, Tips, Ramblings, Articles, Enjoy!
Best fishing in many years! All of those
fish that had to run by us this past Fall and Winter are all
sitting above us. Some have already started to drop back down
the river. Those Steelhead have to pass all of us once again, giving
us all another opportunity to play with these magnificent memorable
3/31 - A good percentage of the
fish in the river are actively spawning. A lot are all finding
mates or have found their mates and are now edging closer to their
spawning grounds as we speak. These are still holding in the normal
current breaks for this water flow. The balance of the fish in the
river are the drop backs. We are starting to see these now. They will
be in their normal current breaks for this flow of water. Eating everything
in sight to rebuild their strength back.
Almost every piece of water running into
the lake or the Salmon River is with fish, in our area. Ye-haa!
This is a great time of the year to either walk all of the surrounding
creeks, river or streams. Or, fish all of your normal spot's
on the Salmon River. We all have SOOOOOOOO many incredible options
to choose from presently. You could pretty much just flip a coin
on where to fish. They are EVERYWHERE! Presently, you pretty
much have Steelhead that are in all stages (start to finish) of
the spawn. (Entering the river, finding mates, pairing up, thinking
about building a red, locating themselves to different area's, males
fighting over the females, etc....) Each stage is unique. Each stage
normally puts different requirements on the fish and causes the angler
to adjust. (In my opinion, but what the heck do I know. :) I heard
a rumor that it might start to warm up in August? (he-he) Time to
check the weather. I hope your enjoying the fishing as much as my
guest's and myself have been and I hope to see you on the water with
your rod doubled over! Lot's of water saturated snow all around and
especially up on the tug. Today, 3/31, we have a lot of rain, thunderstorms,
very high and gusty winds and finally warmer air temp's forecast over
the next several days. Things can and often do change around here in
a day. Expect a lot more water in the river and all of our local tribs
with the balance of some fresh steelhead running in. With the ground being
100% saturated with water this will cause additional run-off. This is
all very normal and to be expected. Not an issue related to the fishing.
Once again, no matter the flow, ton's of options. As the water levels fluctuate,
we simply adjust, just like the fish do. :)
The drift boat - wade fishing for steelhead
continues to remain excellent for some, ok for others and
slooooow for smoothers. This is normal and I dont foresee any changes.
All fishing techniques are working, all with different ,success
rates which again is normal.
A Sampling of Fishing Reports from
some of March's Steelhead Trip's on the Salmon River NY:
Where the land
ends, LIFE begins. May devoted anglers
read these words and relive the simple pleasures of finding
- and landing - the big one.(The fisherman's book
of wisdom )
My 1 guest and I had a great day! He
played with over 8 Steelhead by himself! Ye-haa. Beautiful
day and hardly a sole on the water?
Just when I thought yesterday would be
a hard day to match, todays guest's did. My 2 guest's pounded
out about 14-15 Steelhead. Carl had never landed a steelhead
before. Today he lost his cherry by landing one. He also played
with more Steelhead in a day than ever before. He was ecstatic!
We had a number of highlight's for
the day. On almost the first cast into the hole and almost
at the exact same time both of my guest's hooked up. Doubles!
Talk about a Chinese fire drill with lines crossing, up - down.
Exciting to say the least! T.M. could not believe what happened in
the next pool. On 3 cast's, he hooked up on all in a row. One after
the other. We batted 100% on spot's and played with fish in all.
A grand day all around. Succeeding in all aspect's of my guest's goals.
Dam, I love this job! :)
Today we hit 5 Steelhead with
2 new Salmon River anglers while landing 1 of them. Great
day all around. Randy
My one angler who was brand new to the
river used a fly rod and got to tangle with an amazing 10
Steelhead for the day! Wow.
Another amazing day with 9-10 Steelies.
Hit them in 4 out of 6 places. Dont g'wet much but'a!
Sounds like a broken record but another
9-10 Steelies with my two anglers.
In another days fishing we tangled with
5-6 Steelies in under 4 hours fishing time. Im finding
fish in every spot! Ye-haa! Come get'm. Fishing has been hot and
looks to continue. Still a few open dates for April - May. :)
Some anglers having a slow time of it
while others doing ok to great! Very normal. All the creeks
are with fish. (Hint:) Such a nice guide to share. Hope it helps
you to hook-up.
Another fun day with my 2 guest's
playing with 7-8 Steelies! Everything working. Have
By reading the above sampling of March's
Fishing Reports. You can see why I'm recommending you make
the trip up here. Also, you can tell that the fish are pretty
much spread out evenly in just about every single current break
that fish's at its optimum with the correct water level.
No matter whether it's 400 cfs
or 3,000cfs. (Please see the below article on Habitat
and Reading the Water if you want to learn more about this.)
Another way to say it and or report
what Im seeing:
I have sooooo many fishing options presently.
Im not sure whether Ill fish the UDL, Norwell, Snout, Salmon
River, diversions, branch's of some of these trib's., Candies,
Lil, Pucker Brush, wade, drift boat, fly-spin, etc, etc...or
a lil of all. The life of a guide. ;)
There are soooo many good options
presently, I may just flip a coin in the morning.
Im finding fish in almost every hole
on the Salmon River. Also, we still have fresh fish coming
into the river and also starting to see drop backs. On top of
this we have fish in all the normal places that have not gone to
the gravel yet.
**** So, if they are running in fresh,
been in the river for awhile and have not gone to the gravel
yet, are spawning and seeking shelter during the day in the
closest deep water or are dropping back, this puts them all in
the normal places you would fish the Salmon River in this flow. (Heads,
seams, tails and sometimes the gut or hole within the hole - just
another name or example of a current break) I hope this makes it all
a lil easier to understand. :) I sincerely hope that what Ive been
able to share with you over these past 30 or more years has helped you
along the road to becoming a better, more informed, experienced angler.
Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time
here. :) Go get'm! Countless people have been
guided by me and most have gone on to live normal lives :)
Best Fish's, Randy
A 30+ pound King Salmon caught while fishing the Slam'n
Salmon River in Pulaski NY.
March Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
I'm noticing more angler's
out on the river, which is always nice to see. Less down, more
up. Most folks are tangling with a few. Sometimes more and sometimes
less, as usual. The lower in the river you fish the easier the
fish are to catch, in my opinion.
We have "a number" of fresh Steelhead
making their way up river as well as a lot that have been in
the river for awhile. Both transitional (hint:) and Winter
holding spot's are producing. Within the next few weeks we will
see approx. 80% of the Steelhead in the river turning their attention
to a specific type of rock and current break. Within the next few
weeks we will also start to see the early drop backs. These are fish
that have spawned and are now on there way back to the lake. Stopping
along the way down river in all the normal spot's to feed and regain
I've seen a fair number of fish that
were in a transitional state, moving up the river and briefly
holding in the transitional lyes. Presently, all of the fish
in the river are starting to feel their biological clock ticking,
making them think and behave a lil differently.
Care to learn any of the above while
catching a few fish? :) I just so happen to know a pretty
good guide that still has coupl'a openings for this Spring. ;)
I hope the above and ALL of the below
report's, tips, articles and rambling's entertains and keep's
you safe while helping you in your Steelhead quest! Sharing this
info. with you has and always will be a pleasure. :) Best Fish's,
Salmon River NY Mail Bag:
Here is a link my "funny and sarcastic
;) client Warren sent to me. http://www.netknots.com/fishing_knots
He said that I might be able to use it. :O I just started
tying knots last week, so Im still learn'n how to tie a good
A Sampling of Fishing Reports from some of last month's
Steelhead trips on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY:
I think I canceled
or rescheduled more trips last month due to unsafe and uncomfortable
(driving here and fishing) weather (wind chill) than I actually
worked. Thats normal and I'd rather have you be comfortable
and safe than take any chances of a driving accident getting here
or going home, frost bite while fishing or anything else. For
this guide, you come first, before the almighty dollar :)
One of my better trips recently:
My 2 guest's experienced their first time Steelhead fishing.
They came back amazed at the numbers of fish we played with
but most importantly, the knowledge they gained. For them, the
fish were second to achieving a rock solid Steelhead fishing foundation
on which to build. That was their main goal, to which we succeeded!
I think we played with about 10-11 Steelies for the day. Just icing
on the cake. :)
My slowest trips recently: My
2 guest's were VERY VERY experienced. We had three or four
on and off reeeel quick. One that pulled hard and fast before
breaking off. And landed One. Ouch! Never know :)
Hit Steelhead in 3 out of 5 spots today.
Played with about 8 total for the day. The 2 spots
we didn't hit any fish in were only fished for about 5-10 minutes.
Im sure they were there, we would have found some if we had stayed
longer, but we were only looking for some McDonald's fish. (Fast
My guest's from yesterday decided to
fish a 1/2 day instead of our full because of the impending
sleet, snow, rain and lot's of freezing rain in the forecast. They
got out of town before it really hit which made me feel better.
In our 1/2 days fishing we tangled
with 5 Steelhead. Not bad! Yesterday we went on a Nantucket
sleigh ride. We gave chase in the boat and were surrounded with
a very narrow river, fast water, log jam's, fish running under
the boat in about every direction, boulders, fish moving from
one side of the boat to the other, my oar blades, rapids, tree's,
you name it. We had to zig and zag our way through this obstacle
course with a mad and dashing Steelhead on. Pheeew! Finally that steelhead
had had enough and gave up. It was netted nicely off the side of the
drift boat as we drifted down the river.
Talk about a Chinese fire drill!
It would have been a hilarious show to watch as I tried to
run the oar's, anchor, missing all the obstacles and net while
keeping everyone safe and upright in the boat all at once. :)
What a fight, what an adrenaline rush, DAM, I love this job!
Winter Steelhead Fishing Tip:
The fish today in one Winter holding
pool did not want any natural looking aquatic insect flies
and would ONLY hit glow bug's in pink and cream. (We did not try
bait or any other egg colors) In a transitional holding spot they
only wanted the aquatics. Hmmm!
After working the entire hole with aquatics
with no bites? I tied on a glow bug in Pink and on the
first cast, it was hammered "Fish On", Baby! The second
rod doubled over in the hole within 5 minutes of changing to
a cream glow bug. Boy, it sure pay's to have a pretty good
understanding of entomology and baitology on this river. It also
paid dividends to be able to listen to what the fish were telling
us related to their eating habit's and adjust. I knew we had a minimum
of 10-15 steelhead in this spot that wanted nothing to do with our insect
fly offering. By paying close attention, we were able to fool a couple before
pulling the anchor. 2 more fish came from the next transitional lye before
calling it a day. :)
Winter Steelhead Fishing Report Tip:
Ice in your guides?
The best stuff to use is Ice Off Paste,
sold at most tackle shops. Whitakers has it. Works on both fly
and spin rods. The paste works the best if you put it on the night
before. Re-apply as needed while fishing.
My guest today had 4-5 goals that
we wanted to achieve. A better, complete, expert analysis
and understanding of flies, tying flies, reading water, presentation,
Steelhead strategies, rigging, how does the lower and higher
water effect the fish, were do the fish lay in all the holes, high
water current breaks, where to stand in every hole, how to access
each hole, advanced rigging and presentation, stream etiquette,
where to cross the river safely, how to rig and present a fly-bait
while sight fishing to the Bucks in the Spring, Spring strategies,
Winter strategies, where to find the Bucks in the Spring and lastly
and least important were to catch fish. Ken only had 4-5 goals, but
I covered all of the above and much more. This is a normal day for me.
We hit some fish while completely and thoroughly achieving all of Kens
goals plus some! :) We spent time in each and every hole over a 3 mile
distance. Approx. 40 or more spot's.
(Boy, my throat was sore at days end
from all the talking, nice change from the usual :) We
saw fish with the help of todays sun. Saw a fair number of fish
that were in a transitional state, moving up the river and briefly
holding in the transitional lyes.
Salmon River NY Fishing Mail Bag:
Guest Testimonial Randy, Just a note of thanks for
our day of fishing. I've returned several times since and have
hooked a lot of steelhead each time out. I've been working on
my fly patterns and have some I really like - I'm looking
forward to having my son, Daniel, fish with you in a couple years.
That will be a great day for me to take pictures. Hal Fuller.
Randy, Thanks for all the help yesterday
and the sight fishing adventure. Went back to the hole
you showed me and 3rd cast, landed a 7lb female. Got her
on a fly that you showed me and that I changed a little. Overall
an awesome day! Thanks again. Ken
This came from a post on the http://steelheadsite.com site. I
could not say it any better. What makes an experienced steelhead
angler? The ability to evaluate a situation and adjust
your presentation to maximize your catch.
"The Fisherman Magazine" (out now,
2 part series in two issues and cover shot) has some great
Salmon River Steelhead articles in it. I contributed what little
I know :) with the writer about Habitat - Reading the Water section.
I've been getting a fair number of intrested anglers contacting
me after viewing these which is always a bonus. I'd like to
sincerely "Thank" John D. Silva, New England Outdoor Freelance writer
for this flattering opportunity!
Hi Randy, Just a heads up...The two-part
article I wrote will be featured in a 4-region sweep (all
the east coast regional editions) including cover photo in
The Fisherman Magazine beginning next week. Part II is the feature
about "reading the water," and it is the section of the piece that
you are mentioned in. Your part will be out on 2/21 I believe. So
keep an eye out for The Fisherman Magazine on Feb 21...Thanks and good
luck on the water...! John
A small steelhead (yukyuk) landed
on the Salmon River around Pulaski NY
Several flattering highlights
and first time goals were achieved this year by getting
a number of pictures and some advertising ink into a couple
of books. They are distributed world-wide and endorsed by some
of this countries top Fly - Spey fishing, author's and casting
I'm in Simon Gawesworth - Spey Casting
- First and Second Editions. What's funny about this big
coffee table book is that every single picture is of Mr Gawesworth
except for 1.
(I got it, thanks to my Pro.
photographer - Jay Horton's connection's. It was
an example of useing a Spey Rod on the Saltwater Flats while Sight
Fishing to Blues and Bass on Monomoy Island, Cape Cod.:) - Boy,
wont Mom be proud ;)
Rich Murphy - Fly Fishing for
Striped Bass. He is presently doing a national tour to
promote this large book. Ive got about 6 or so pictures in the
flats section. (More than any other guide ;)
Lefty K. says that it is the most thorough
saltwater fly fishing book presently on the shelves. (I
was also interviewed with Mr Krey for an article that appeared
in a National Mag. for 2-Handed Fly Rods on Saltwater Flats
and Surf. - Boy, wont Mom be proud ;)
(All Photo's in book, courtesy of
John Halnon Photography, another one of my Pro. photographer
Im also featured in a Italian Fly
Fishing magazine (not in English) that is being distributed
around Europe presently. - Boy, wont Mom be proud
;) It covered a Wade Fly Fishing Saltwater trip I
did with the writer last summer up in P-Town.
I sincerely hope that what little Ive
been able to share with you over these past 30 or more years
and will continue to share with you has helped you along the
road to becoming a better, more informed, experienced angler.
Even if you didn't learn anything new
and only find my site entertaining, than Im very happy to have
you spend a lil of your valuable internet fishing time here.
I'm flattered as usual!
Hello to all of the
service men and women over sea's that enjoy my fishing reports.
Fishing you all a safe return home!
If your interested in having a clear
and precise understanding of all aspect's of what it takes
to be in the 10% group that catches 90% of the fish, while having
fun and playing with some of our fish, then let's plan a trip.
I can easily guarantee your personal catch rate will go up
25% to 75% after a day on the river with me. :) Fish ON! Best Fish's,
Feb. Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Guide Steelhead Fishing Report
Plenty of fish (now and in the future)
in the river for your fishing enjoyment. Both fresh and older
Steelhead top to bottom of the river. All Winter spot's are
holding with the occasional Steelie coming from a transitional
holding location as they make their way up river. Look for additional
Steelhead to continue entering the Salmon River and elsewhere
(hint :) for the remainder of Feb. and March. You will
find plenty of fish all April into normally the first week or two
of May. What fly should I use now? Let mother nature tell you. (Hint)
Take a look along the snowy river banks to see what is hatching this
month and next,
when it gets above freezing.
The drift boat - wade fishing for steelhead
continues to remain excellent for some, ok for others and slow
for smoothers. This is normal and I dont foresee any changes.
All fishing techniques are working, all with different success
rates, which again is normal.
Going with an experienced friend or guide
is a great way to short cut the learning curve, increase your
knowledge base for the rest of your life and also help you to
catch some fish :) Having a clear and precise understanding of Presentation,
Rigging and Habitat will help you to consistently and with confidence
fool these incredibly magnificent fish. I'd enjoy guiding you, your
friends and even your business associates for a corporate outing. Please
give me a ring if your up for some exciting adrenaline filled fishing
Thanks to all of you who have spent your
hard earned fishing $$ up here. The local economy and myself
thanks you all! I'm always VERY happy to see all of you up here
enjoying yourselves. Plenty of room for everyone. Hello to all
of the service men and women who are over sea's. Lot's of Steelies
in the river for you upon your safe return home. :) Thanks for stopping
in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here. :) Go get'm!
Best Fish's, Randy
A sampling of "Highlights" fishing reports from some of last month's Salmon
River NY Steelhead trips:
1. My guest's hammered them today!
I was very surprised at the large numbers they tangled with.
Amazing! I think we set a record for this year. Which means we
fought less than 30, but more than 20. Last year at this time my
same two guest's had two incredible Steelhead days where they did
numbers around 19 fish one day and another in the upper 20'ish Steelhead.
2. We hit 5-6 fish in a full day with one
fly angler. :) Nice day out with warm temp's. Lil slower than
expected, but, you never know. We found fish in every location
my guest fished off the drift boat. We were 100% on all 3 spot's fish'd.
Noticed a few other anglers in other places playing with Steelhead
also. There are fish in EVERY Winter spot. Guaranteed! If for
some reason you are fishing in a good spot and not hooking up then
the fish are telling you to make a change. Guaranteed. This change
could be 1 of a vast number of things which would be related to either
Presentation, baitology, taking 3 steps down, entomology or Rigging.
3. Played with 3 fish in the last hole
of the day. Pheeew. I hit one myself while demonstrating in
the first hole. We worked on presentation all day. I saw one
fish being played with in each of the normal spot's for this flow
and where we were fishing, so we did have a presence of fish. My
guest happily stated that all of his goals were satisfied, especially
the presentation part. (I personally would have liked to have found
a few more fish to play with, but o-well :) I figured that with his
great knowledge of habitat, that he would easily be able to double
if not more likely triple his number's of steelhead caught while
fishing on his own, by simply applying what he had learned today,
easily guaranteed! :)
4. "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. We got lucky and found a pod of mostly
dime bright Steelhead that fought as hard as any Nov. Fish. Whewww!
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!
Last time Al fished with me he brought
a note pad and pen. With the average being that most folks
(including myself) 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 and explained in
(One of the biggest complaints that I get
from my clients is information overload when it comes to all
of the many many places there are to fish. Where to park, how
to get there, where to cross the river safely, where to stand, where
to cast, where the fish normally lay, (many times it is exact as fitting
a key into a lock) and anything that might be of a safety concern.
:)All was written down with an 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 a30 foot length?
(This was a hole within the hole spot)
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 a 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 this but those spot's
produced 1 to 5 steelhead 21 days in a row for my guest's several
Nov. ago :)
FYI - A fleece hoodie with the
neck gaiter attached is what I like to use myself when its
reeeel cold out. I also like wearing a baseball cap underneath
it for extra warmth and to cut down on the sun shinning into my eyes
along with keeping the snow off my glass's and face. It's called Head
Sokz by gotta go inc.
I see a few other guides using them also.
Family Steelhead Fishing Fun. Congrats!!
Guest Testimonial and a Great Q and A on the Salmon River
Randy, Yesterday was the most valuable
day I've spent on the Salmon River! Thanks so much for the
terrific teaching, enthusiasm, patience and company. I'm looking
forward to the next trip. John feels the same way! I'm trying
to duplicate the rigging you used. All I can find is Cortland
444SL Running Line in .027 floating (in yellow) or .031 floating (in
mint green). Would either of these two lines work? Thanks!Sy
Hi Sy, Thank you both for your kind
words. I had a blast and look forwards to April. The .027
will work fine for you. It will last a lil longer than the .022.
You can even use it for Salmon. I normally use the .031 or higher
for salmon. (It's 30 lb. test and the .022-29 is 20 lb. test) Keep
your eyes open for the .022 so you can pick it up next time you see it.
The Cortland .022 is the best running line for Winter steelhead in my
opinion (when Im usually deep nymphing - dead drifting) for many many
reasons and what I use exclusively. Best Fish's, Randy
High Water got ya Down? Salmon River
NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
As we were launching
the drift boat my guest's were not very enthusiastic about
Can you catch fish in 2,000 cfs Randy?
Where do you fish in 2,000 cfs Randy? Dont you think it's
really going to be tuff fishing in 2,000 cfs Randy? You can't
really fish when the water is this high, can you Randy? :)
This is a very normal (and understandable)
feeling if your not used to fishing higher flows. My guest's
were delighted to learn and experience first hand that there
concern's were highly unwarranted. We went 6 for 12 on steelhead!
We could have easily played with more Steelies if we had stayed
in any of the 4 places we found them in a lil longer. My guest's really
wanted to learn even more new and exciting water to fish in this
higher flow, so we left fish to find more. :) My guest commented
that with 30 years of Steelhead experience under there belts, that
this was one of there best days ever. No matter your experience
level, we always learn and experience new and exciting Steelhead tactic's,
etc... No longer do my guest's feel uncomfortable with higher flows.
They will now simply adjust, as I do.
Thus, opening up an entirely new window
of opportunity for them. It's nice to have options and not
allow mother nature to control your hobbies and interest's! :)
Guest Testimonial and Fishing Report
from the Salmon River:
Thanks again for taking the time and putting
in the awesome effort with Chris and I these past 2 days.
I learned more about Steelheading in a day and a half than I
had in prior years. I'm convinced what happened 10 minutes after
you left would have never happened if it weren't for you. In the spot
you left me in I hooked and fought a 12 lb hen. Fought her all the
way down the rapids. Headed back to my spot. First cast, fish on!! Back
to my spot again, second cast, fish on. Short fight. By now you can imagine
the talk around the area. I'm not their favorite angler. Only to get
worse when next cast, another fish on. Other anglers could not believe
their eyes. Randy I basically fought 4 fish for forty straight minutes.
Hearing people talk about me was very strange. I'm usually wondering
and wishing "how come I'm not that guy". What a special place and
thanks again for all your help and knowledge. I called Chris at the airport
and he couldn't believe it. I think you might be seeing us again before
golf season. Take care, Kevin
Below are a couple of emails with questions
about my preference for best months to steelhead fish in the
late Winter or Spring.
Bottom line: Any month is a good month,
providing the fish are there. Which they always are. Just
depends on number's. And no one can forecast that.
Randy, Viewed your website/nice job/got
us thinking about fishing again. We're from the Pittsburgh
area and mostly fish the tribs East of Erie but we'd be interested
in coming up for a day or two. Any good times in Feb or March.
Any thoughts on what time might be preferable? We'd like to schedule
when it's not snowing (haha). Pretty flex on our schedules down here.
Please let me know. Thanks John
Hi John, Thanks, Im happy you enjoyed the
site! I like Jan.-Feb. over March. Less fishing pressure in
Jan.-Feb. Steelhead are in the river now, more to come. They
are in transition as well as in their winter holding spots. Creeks
are an option all 3 month's if not to cold. Less pressure is always
my favorite time.
For me, March is normally the most challenging
month. Their always seems to be a 2-3 week period that I find
tuff. High water spreads them out and into miles of diversions,
local creeks and streams, etc... Also, some are in transition,
some are in the holes, some are near the gravel and the rest are
on the gravel flats. The whole river comes alive! Normally you will
start to see an increase in angler's in March. Best Fish's, Randy
Randy, thank you so much for your informative
reply. i am really excited about this trip and would love
to go when the conditions are the best. in general, do you think
february or april is better? is there a certain month that
the fish are moving in the river to spawn? why do you think
that the fish are so spread out
in march - i thought i had read that they
were moving into the river at this time to spawn. thanks again
for the info - it is going to help me book the best trip possible.
Chris, March is a funny month for me (I
can't speak for anyone else:). Fish are spread all over the
place. They are not really concentrated. March is probably one
of my most challenging months. Ive had many great days and
a couple Id just as soon forget. (This could be said about any month.
We could be in a small creek or stream or the Salmon River. I like
Feb. (less anglers around) better or April. Things can and do change
in a day, week up here. Mother nature, my ability, angler ability
level as well as a host of other variables contribute to how well
we might do or how well the river fish's. Its almost impossible to say
this time is best or we are guaranteed, etc...The entire 8 months that
I work up here can be great, providing the above is kept in mind. I do well
on both months. I like Feb. more because there is less angling pressure,
but I've also had some amazing times in April. Same with March. Steelhead
come and go, run, hold, move all winter long into the Spring time.
Then they spawn. Fish have been entering the river since Sept. to prepare
to spawn. Fish are spread out in March (normally) due to run-off, which
causes the dam to release more water. So higher water spreads them out
but more importantly is what their biological clock is telling them
to do. This places them in any and all of the many different types of habitat
that we have here.
Today on the Salmon River it was one
of those relaxing, enjoyable, peaceful rainy days:
The only thing that was irritating was
when the tranquility of the day was interrupted by that darn
whining sound of my guest's drag's. Then people would yell,
Fish On. Come on folks, can't a guide get a lil rest and peace
and quit around here? The nerve of some people! Then I was
expected to chase after this 16 lb. Silver Beast that kept doing these
darn 25 foot tail walks across the pool, then these obnoxious somersault's
4 feet into the air with a big ol loud belly flop with water splashing
20 feet in all directions. I would have reeeeelly been upset
if my hair had gotten wet. Then more speeding bullet run's until
that bright orange stringy stuff (backing) would appear behind the fly
line. I just could not win today. Every spot I stopped
to fish, my guest's would continually hook more fish. Out of 3 spot's
my guest's fished, we hit them in all.
I got so fed up that I finally anchored the drift boat in a spot where
no fish has been hooked in over 100 years, and
my guest's were still able to hook some up. So much for a
nice relaxing day on the water. I think I need to find a new, less
stressful job, where a person can get a lil R and R. ;)
Salmon River NY Steelhead Fishing Mail
How important is color, shape, size,
silhouette, action, density of your fly? Sometimes its the
Randy, FYI - My girlfriend gave me 2 days
fishing in late Dec for my Christmas present. You weren't avail
so I fished with another guide for two days and floated the river
both days. The first morning was VERY slow, one hit on a chartreuse
egg pattern, that’s it. After exhausting his choices of flies, and
having no hits in the last two hours, I pulled out a nymph patterned
after one we had used on a previous trip together. FIRST CAST – bam!!!!
And using this fly the rest of the day – BAM 7 more times!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A day when it appeared that the 10% pattern variable was 100%
necessary for success using the dead drift nymphing technique you
taught me 2 years ago. Cheers Don
P.S. Found a photo I took in November when
fishing with my brother Dave. We fished with your fly patterns
shown here in sizes 8 and 10. Simple and DEADLY effective on
a dead drift. This is another one of your flies I used with the
“other guide” 2 weeks ago with much success.
Congrats Don! It makes
me very happy that your guide put you on all those fish!
You might call my flies a "special guide
design" as I have yet to be able to find them commercially
tied in any shop around the country.
When no others are working, mine do. (Providing
your presentation is correct) I use several different flies
almost exclusively, tied in different sizes. Tried and true. I'll
always go over with you exactly what to use and when. How to tie
them if thats your cup of tea. No longer will you have 100 different
flies in your box to choose from. No longer will you have to guess
if this or that fly might work. I have a very simple formula I'll share.
:) You'll find that if the fish are there, we normal can find a few
players. (Providing your presentation is correct) Why do my flies work
so well. It's not rocket science. I just use the knowledge gained from
over 12 years of fishing - guiding for trout in Vt. and apply the same
"basic" principles here. Simple, yet normally misunderstood by the
average fly or spin angler which is totally understandable. Care
to learn and increase your personal catch rate? :)
Late Winter - Spring Special Pucker
Brush Creek Guiding Option:
My guest today had 1 simple goal. He wanted
to learn all of the Pucker Brush Creeks in Oswego, Jefferson
County. Catching fish was not even on the list. His thought was,
if he could learn all the water, parking access, secret access area's
that Ive spent years scouting, keep a record on paper of all the
exits, roads and county rt. #"s, how to access the water, take some
pictures to help remember it all, etc... then he would have a lifetime
of future fishing option's to pursue when he is up here fishing. Especially
when the water rises and the fresh fish move in. Or a change of scenery
from the Salmon River. Or which is often the case, when the Salmon
River is flooded in the Spring, he will have a ton of other area's
to fish. Having these optional area's to fish can sometimes save
your trip up here when faced with Spring flooding, etc.....
We spent the entire day driving around,
pointing out 2-3-4 different access area's for each individual
body of water. (Some were 12 miles long) Walking some of
the water to point out some of the better places to fish. Wetting
a line on occasion. We really had no time to fish if we were going
to cover this large and expansive area. The day ended with a notebook
full of information and a camera full of pictures. Smiles all
Optional Creeks and Streams:
(FYI- Please be very careful if walking
around these area's at this time of the year. Breakable shelf
ice is a real threat. Knowing exactly where the holes start and
finish will keep you from breaking through. Please be very careful)
Some of the local trib's to the lake are
with steelhead now with few if any other anglers around. Ive
done real good in the trib's, as the fish swim up under the ice
to prepare to spawn this spring. Not many anglers know this. All
you need is open water where they like to hang out in the current
breaks or normal winter spots. Presently, if you wanted to go, we
would just have to keep in mind slush. Maybe hitting them starting
Thank you Jeff Pierce and Mustad
for the below Fly Tying links!! http://www.mustad.no To read
this amazing story that I (guided them) was apart of: http://www.mustad.no/action/field_reports/nyfishst.htm
To read the rest of the story (I guided
them) and simple tying instructions for a Glow Bug , please
go to: http://www.mustad.no/action/flyofthemonth/archive/glo_bug.html
For a great Coho Fly please see Jeff's streamer and tying
Mail Bag Q. from the Salmon River in
Pulaski NY about Rods:
Hi Randy: Thanks again for the excellent
trip back in early Dec. for Greg and myself. I am considering
investing in a rod & reel (perhaps two-handed) to use for
the running line/slinky/egg fly/dead drift technique you taught
us, for steelhead. Any idea's and thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Dave, Nice to hear from you again. If
you want a presentational - fish fighting advantage you should
go to a longer rod. Yes, a 10 to 12-13 foot rod will achieve
this. Yes, any medium action rod is what most prefer. Even a soft
action - noodle. But I'd want to try it first as sometimes a noodle
can be a little to soft and make feeling the bottom a little more
challenging. But, once you have that fish on you'll be glad, as it
will protect your tippet even more. Sometimes finding a noodle fly
rod by a major rod manufacturer can be difficult as their is not a large
demand for these, in my opinion. Some companies do make them though and
if you look around up here you should be able to find something. (I
like to keep it in the family so to speak, and try whenever possible to
spread the wealth around here to help support the local economy.
Make sure it is not real stiff. I prefer
a medium flexing rod, I use the Orvis T-3 and TLS, 6 weights
in 10 foot. You can feel every lil pebble with these and it's
forgiving enough to run lighter tippets too. That medium action,
12-1/2 foot Spey rod by Orvis is a great steelhead rod that I
love for all the same reasons. (They also now have a nice new
It can be used in the saltwater. I use
up to a 300 grain Depth charge sinking fly line and it throws
it as easy as spread'n soft but'a on a warm muf'n. There are
about 20 advantages using this rod in the saltwater over a one hander.
I could easily throw a 15 foot leader, if I want to with a fly that
weight's as much as a brick, 80 feet fast and accurately. My guest's
love playing with it. Also I use it for King Salmon (this rod is as
strong and as powerful as an angry lion). In my entire life I could
never find one fly rod that could do it all. That Spey covers all of
my important bases, plus. I can even put a spinning reel on it
(Uncle Orvis is probably turning over in
his grave) and run floats if I wanted too. Jim Rusher
(the old owner of Whitakers) used to do that all the time with
great success. Other manufactures make similar products, if you
look around. You can also spend as little as $100 or less on a fly
rod as it's not the rod that catch's the fish. :) The spey rod is
strong enough in the butt for Salmon and soft enough in the tip for
lighter tippet's when fishing for steelhead. I use it year round. (A
guide friend uses all fly rod's with his spinning reels on them - FYI)
As long your reel does not have any plastic
in the drag gear's your all set. Any reel works. You will have
a little advantage if it is a Large Arbor, a lil more of an advantage
if its anti-reverse, in my opinion. I use all Orvis (sponsor) disk
drag's, large arbor's and anti-reverses and enjoy them all.
Last lil tip that I do is to buy
one reel for all species of fish, especially if your fishing
the salt during the summer and chucking split shot or slinkies
up here the balance of the year for Salmon and Steelhead. I use a
9-10 reel for it all. You'll need a tuff reel in this case because
you'll be useing it year round. I put my 9-10 reels on my 6-7, 9 weight
rods for up here. During the summer when Im fly casting traditional it
all balances out nicely. But, when Im chucking lead up here, balance
is one of my last concerns.
Plus, any reel that has a larger diameter
spool (even if its not a large arbor) will retrieve more line
quicker, especially when that Silver Bullet is making that
mad dash straight at you! :)
Pheeeeew - Finally,
your reels will work much better for you and you will have
an incredible advantage when fishing for steelhead if you dip
them into the river water before casting, on a cold Winters morning,
when it is below freezing :O
Don't believe me? Just ask some of my "favorite guest's" who like dunking my reels
into the frozen river at O'dark thirty. :) That's it, enjoy!
Randy, I am always amazed on the numbers,
"Mark was 4 for 7." The number of fish hooked is great,
but Mark landing 4 is fantastic. This is always were I end of
falling short. "Hook, pull, re-tie" This seems to be my current
mode of operation. Some pulls make it to the word fight, but not to
the word land. At least for the bigger fish. What do you think?
Any advice you can give to a loyal subscriber? Chris
Hi Chris, A few questions. Is you rod real
flexible? If not, it should be. It's weight should be in the
5-7 area. For fly rods I use, Orvis 5, 6, 7 weight 10
footer's. In mid to full flex rod for steelhead. Or a noodle spinning
Do you set you drag just light enough so
if you pull on it hard and fast it does not turn into a birds
nest? If not you should.
Most fish are lost in the first 10 seconds
by their acrobatic nature and initial pulling power or at
the net from forcing them. I like to let them get it out of there
system before I turn up the drag to fight them. I personally kind'a
like to still have them on after this initial run.
Do you own an anti reverse reel? If not
you may consider it. Ive been using the Orvis, Vortex, anti
reverse this year for the first time and love it. Less chance
of angler error = more fish being landed.
Do you keep your tip up when your line
is entering into the fast water? Remember the more line that
is in the water at an angle creates more drag (bow) on your line
causing more pressure on tippets (leaders). This causes many break
Many, many anglers stand above the fish
and try to pull the fish upriver and to shore. Many things are
wrong with this idea, although it seams logical to most. By
standing above the fish you are simply holding the fish in the
current with no pressure to bring it in. It can also rest while in this
down stream position. I also see many fish broken off when people try
to not only pull the fish up river but also against the current.
The answer is to stay even or get below
the fish and pull in. This creates 3 times more pressure on
the fish and accomplice's what you after much quicker.
Could it be your leader material? Could
you be giving the fish a lil slack during the fight? Could you
be pressuring the fish - line to much causing it to break? (palming)
Setting the rod to hard, to soft? There are lots of reasons and
I'd probably have to watch you to figure it out for sure.
One of the best things
you can do to increase the odds of landing fish is to have
a friend along with running shoes on. He will also need to have
a big net with a very long handle.
stand around all day waiting for you to hook-up so he can then
run down river like a mad man and pounce upon your fish with the
net. That's what I do. :) Hope this helps, Randy
Fish handling tips:
Please remember to hold your breath. Yup,
a fish should not be held out of the water longer than you can
hold your breath. Otherwise your injuring it and slowly killing
Can you accidentally kill or injure a fish
when taking its picture even though it swims off strongly?
Sure you can. If the air temperature is in the teens or below
the gills can freeze. Many times during the Winter during extreme
cold temperatures I'll kindly ask my guest's to not take the fish
out of the net - water, for a picture if it is to be released. No one
has ever had a problem with that once they are told the reason why and
are very appreciative.
By practicing these fish handling techniques
(plus more) you will be helping this fishery (which we all
share) to maintain its excellence for all. Thank you!
One of the things that I rarely talk
Is the helpful hand I sometimes offer to
those fishing around us that should be hooking up, but are
not. It's something I do on occasion as I like seeing other's
enjoy the excitement of the fight, as I do with my own guest's.
Monday was a good example of that.
I noticed an older gentleman fishing very hard with no results
to show for his efforts. He was running a prefect 100 % drift,
just not finding any players. I asked him kindly if he might not
mind letting me take a look at what he was throwing. I made 2 simple
suggestions, to which I noticed his eyes open up with a surprised
look on his face. What I take as the "same ol, same hole" was something
new, different and something that could possibly open up this incredible
world of steelhead to him even more.
After several cast's into the same water
he had been beating to a froth, a dime bright Steelhead ate
his offering and he was off to the races. My guest's and myself
all gave out a cheer of encouragement and it made us all feel good
that what lil I did helped. Fish was landed, a bright silver freshy!
Everyone loudly congratulated him and before long he was into another
one. The one thing that satisfied me the most was after the release
of his fish as he passed me by he said "Thank you". I have a
feeling the few suggestions I made well continue to help him play with
even more metal heads along this incredible path we all enjoy so much.
The funny part of the story was after he landed his second fish he was
giddy with excitement and ran right over to me and showed me the fly he
had used. It was one he had tied himself which gave him an even higher
degree of self satisfaction. Congrats!!
Lets all remember thats its nice
to share. We were all new once (including myself :) and
if it was not for the kindness of others, we wouldn't be as good
as we are today.
Thank you all for your words of encouragement,
kind words and your continued support. Ill continue to do
my best in sharing what I've learned through experience, experimentation,
borrowed ideas and taught techniques.
Stay tuned for more on this never-ending
virtual fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler"
I sincerely hope that what little I've
been able to share with you will help you along the path to
more enjoyable, safe, knowledgeable fishing. Best Fish's, Randy
Jan. Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Guide Steelhead Fishing Report
Welcome back everyone! I'm very happy
to repeat, that as predicted and forecast, nothing has changed
on the river since my last post :) Lot's of fish in the river,
waiting for you! With the last high water, some fresh fish are top
to bottom with many making their way up river, now as we speak. This
will continue all Winter into the Spring. Along with these new fish
we still have a LOT of older steelhead that have been in the river
for awhile getting smarter and more difficult to fool. Easier
fish down river and more educated - challenging fish up river.
Randy, how's the fishing? I can't
remember it ever being this good.
Yup, best year I can ever remember. Best
since the hay day's in the 80's. We hit 17 steelhead Sunday
(with a TON of other anglers fishing, didn't even start until
8:30 and some of my normally more productive spots were taken so
I fished different spots :) and 19 steelhead today (Didn't
start until 9am. and again, fished totally different spots then
in the past with 2 anglers both days. :)Randy
What the above tell's you is that now is
the time to come up fishing. That the fish are in ALL the normal
Winter spots as well as transitional spot's with fresh Steelhead
making their way up river. Even after a lot of the spots we had
much success in, had been pounded all weekend and even the day of
by guides and other anglers, we were still able to find and fool many
right behind them. Having an intimate understanding of this river allows
you with ease to fish behind others (even with more experience than
yourself) and pick-up fish easily, just as we have been doing for many
Interested in having this edge? I'd
be happy to share this knowledge with you. :)
Going with an experienced friend or teaching
guide is a great way to short cut the learning curve and increase
your knowledge base for the rest of your life. Besides helping
you to catch a lot of fish :)
Sunday - LOT'S of anglers out fishing
(mostly all from Pineville up) and having a super time in these
incredibly warm temperatures. A friend told me he played with
16 Steelhead on Sat. and a lot less on Sunday. With all the anglers
around up river, this can be very normal. Fish move around or
get moved around by angler pressure. They also get a real fast education
and become a lot smarter. Making them even more difficult and
challenging to catch. This is where going with an expert helps.
My guest's fished on Sunday and had another
one of very many Banner days. They played with 17 Steelhead
total for the day. Wow! And this was even on the day after the
river got pounded.
I did not see many fish being played with
on Sunday. We found them but good. The only reason we did so
good was split between the experience level of their guide and
the experience level of my guest's. Even with all of their experience
I was easily able to help them to improve on all aspect's of their
fishing knowledge. Habitat, presentation and rigging were worked on
with great success. The knowledge gained today will last them a future
lifetime of fish on! Hiring a guide is many times an investment into
your future fishing fun. As long as you hire the correct teaching guide.
Not only will you learn how to catch them on your own with confidence,
but you'll play with plenty of fish also.
Monday - We hit'm reeeeeel good! 19
total Steelies by days end. We started off going through
the ol learning curve. We had fish in front of us and all around
us, but not until my guest's had a clear and precise understanding
of presentation were they able to consistently with confidence
fool these well educated fish. Once, after about an hour of the
ol learning curve, my guest's were able to put all of my teaching's
to use consistently and with confidence and then they start to hook-up.
This is very normal. Once they started to hook-up it never
stopped! Ye-haa! We landed some beauties!
Chris and his friend Kevin were with
me on the above Monday:
Chris "Tank" Cavanagh is a professional
golfer who plays in many of the world's Professional Golf Tournaments.
When Chris is not on the Pro golf circuit, he is instructing
golf. Croton-on-Hudson, New York, approximately 45 minutes from
Manhattan. If any of you would like some instruction on golf from
another avid Steelhead fisherman then "Tank's" your man. Please visit
this link for more info. on where he instructs and much more. http://www.hudsonnational.org/Club/Scripts/Home/home.asp
Tues. - In 2 hour's my guest's from
yesterday were rewarded with 5-6 fish on. Ye-haa! Immediately
after I left the river to give Chris a ride to the airport Kevin
started hammering them! Kevin played with 4 more incredible
Steelies within the next hour. :) Congrats Kevin!
Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
Steelhead Ramblings over this past
I have never seen the fishing this consistently
great. My guest's are averaging 10 Steelhead per person"
(sometimes more :) played with in a day. (This simply
is NOT normal!)
It's prime time for some winter steelhead
action! This week we had a warming trend and the water had dropped
to a fun level. Warmth brings additional opportunity to fish lower
in the river. Please be careful of any shelf ice breaking free causing
ice berg's and you may find a lil anchor ice letting go off the
bottom. Other than that you'll find fish top to bottom, dark and
silver. Fewer guides and anglers fishing which will open up additional
fishing opportunities for you.
I'll be opening up my calendar to include
(very rare) weekends until Mid - Feb. I've got some openings
next week and with the warm weather here, you may want to give
your favorite guide or fishing buddy a ring. The fish are here, just
waiting for you. :)
The drift boat - wade fishing for steelhead
continues to remain excellent for some, ok for others and slow
for smoothers. This is normal and I dont foresee any changes.
All fishing techniques are working, all with different success
rates, which again is normal.
I sincerely hope your holiday season was
memorable and you've all survived the relatives, little kids
and have finished eat'n your fair share of all the food, dessert's
and candies that go along with this time of the year.
I know I put some pounds on and purposely
finished all of the holiday candies around the house to cut
down on the temptation to continue eating them all now. :)
I spent most of the holiday with family
in Iowa and everyone is healthy and happy.
For once I did reeeeel good on the Mississippi
Gambling River Boats. My wife and I stayed in an adjoining
hotel so if we were not spending time with the family we were
entertaining ourselves on the boat. As is often the case we watched
eagles feeding on fish outside our window over looking the river.
I had a reeeeel interesting conversation
with my #1 referral guide the other day. Eddie is one of the
best teaching guides on this river. We teach, etc... almost identically
and guide almost the same in many ways. We trustingly share exclusive
fishing info. with each other. He also has worked longer on this
river than most of us. So what we discussed made me sit up straight
in my chair. You've heard me talk about this being the best steelhead
season that I can remember. With Ed having guided longer than most
of us young grasshopper's I was interestingly surprised to hear him
comment on the fact that presently, the fishing is as close to
the 80's fishing as he can remember. That's saying a lot! (as most of
you seasoned Salmon River Steelhead fisherman can attest too) Back in
the 80's were what we call the hay days. (Salad days) Not as many angler's,
lot's and lot's of Steelhead, not as many problems on the lake with
invasive species, questionable bait fish #'s, questionable microorganism's
that the bait fish feed on, etc.... Just ton's of Fish!
So if there ever was a time that I would
highly recommend making a trip up here it would be now.
Thanks to all of you who have spent your
hard earned fishing $$ up here. The local economy thanks you
all! I'm always VERY happy to see all of you up here enjoying
yourselves. Hello to all of the service men and women who are
over sea's. Lot's of Steelies in the river for you upon your return
Thanks for stopping in and spending your
valuable internet fishing time here. :) Best Fish's, Randy
Dec. 19 thru Jan 3 Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Guide Steelhead
Fishing Report, Forecast's, Tips, Ramblings, Enjoy!
Happy Holidays Everyone! The fishing has
never been so good! I can't remember when its ever been better
for myself and guest's. Come on up. All of the normal Winter lyes
are loaded up from one end to the other.
My last trip before my holiday vacation
produced 20 powerful and incredible Steelhead that my clients
enjoyed playing with. Speeding bullet runs, somersaulting
jump's and the words we all love to yell out, FISH ON! :) were the
norm for today. The adrenaline was flowing at warp speed. :)
I'll be back from vacation and start guiding
again on Jan. 3. Nothing on the river concerning the quality
of the fishing will change between now and then. All of these
fish are here to stay for the rest of the Winter into the Spring.
These fish are all waiting for your perfectly (ahemmm :) cast fly
or bait. :)
For some more Outstanding fishing report's,
articles, tips, photo's, etc... please read below. If you'd
like to book a trip with me (email best), please leave me an email
or phone message (315)-963-2065 and Ill return all messages around
the new year. Happy Hook'n, Randy
Mon. and Tues. Trip's canceled due
Wed. 14 approx. Steelhead with
my one guest. Ye-haa!
Fri. 2 guest's - Another 20 Steelhead
day. Wow!! It was loaded in the few places that we fished
today. My guest's had a lot of past Salmon River fishing experience
(presentation) and it showed by today's numbers. Even with all
of their past experience, I was easily able to impart a lot of new
and exciting knowledge covering all aspect's of this amazing fishery.
To continue to help them on their quest for these magic bullet's and
to remain in that elite and not easily achieved, 10% that catch's 90%
of the fish :) What a blast!
I'd enjoy guiding you, your friends and
even your business associates for a corporate outing. Please
give me a ring if your up for some exciting adrenaline filled
Client Hook - Steelhead and Salmon Testimonial:
Dear Mustad, I just wanted you to know
that I purchased eight boxes of CO68 hooks yesterday. I am
very impressed with them - I used to buy Tierce 2457's for this
application but no more. I used to tie with Mustad hooks decades
ago but preferred the microbarbs that other manufacturers made available.
These hooks fill in a niche that other manufacturers haven't filled.
Thank you. You have Randy Jones to thank for my purchase (and future
purchases). He is the guy who turned me on to Mustad hooks again. He
is an excellent fisherman/teacher and he represents your products in
the best possible way - enthusiastically, ethically and with the
knowledge of their best applications. Hal Fuller.
Hello Mr. Fuller, Thanks so much for
taking the time to contact us. I'm very glad to hear that you
are happy with the CO68 hooks. That has been a favorite of mine
since we launched it a couple years back. You'll likely be pleased
with the rest of the Signature Series too as there are many other
patterns within the range offering proportional designs, premium points
and micro-barbs. Also glad to hear you are a fan of Randy Jones as well.
I've known Randy for several years now and after meeting and fishing
with him the first time I knew right away we needed Randy on our
Prostaff. While there are some good guides out there, it is seldom
that you find someone as knowledgeable as Randy who also has his great
personality and exceptional teaching skills. Finding a guide who is
willing to TEACH his clients how to fish with success on their own is
rare. We are proud to have him representing Mustad out on the water.
Thanks again for the email and your interest in Mustad. Best, Jeff
Dec. 11 thru 18 Salmon River in Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide
Fishing Report, Forecast's, Tips, Ramblings, Enjoy!
The water dropped to 335cfs and it really
packed them all in tight! Talk about concentrated! As we drifted
over some of the better spot's with the sun shinning brightly
it was nothing short of WOW! Fish all over the place. Some big'ns
too! Some of my guest's had never seen Steelhead in their natural
environment before so I saw a lot of jaw dropping, eye popping, exclamations
of sheer excitement and amazement off the .com boat. One of the best
ways to zero in on the holes you like to fish or plan to fish is to look
at them from my boat. Lot's of adrenaline racing up our spin's with
every fish on. We found the best solution to cold feet was to do battle
with one of these trophy fish. No more cold toes. :) We had the river
almost to ourselves. If you read below you will see why Dec. is one of
my favorite month's.
P.S. AS I do my final update before
posting, I just realized that every single spot on the river,
of many, that I fished with my guest's produced some fish! That
maybe a first. 100% on all spots fished all week long. Boy, wish
it was always this easy to find'm. It's normally not this easy. I'm
finding this season so far to be better than last year. Last year
was one of the best ever that I can remember. So finding this season
to be better than last is saying a lot of good things about the quality
of the fishing and fishery as a whole. I hope you have had a chance to
make it up here. If not, hopefully soon. I'd like you all to have the adrenaline
filled chance to hook up with a steelie that averages 8 to 12 lb's. Shelf
ice and slush appearing with these temp's. Winter Spots producing the
best. Some fish still in transitional places. I'd recommend coming up
Mon. Didn't work due to scheduling
screw up. :(
Tues. Approx. 14-15 Chromers!
Ye-haa! Don't get much better. :) We hit fish in every and
all spot's, so we batted 100% on spot's! Thats always one of
my many goal's as your guide. Ive hit my goal almost every time out.
What will tomorrow bring? Hmmm. Where is that crystal ball of mine.
:) We left fish to find fish.
Wed. What will today bring you ask?
Hmmm, more fish and even more fish. And just when you thought
there could not be anymore, we played with even more fish.
:) Once again, every spot we fished we found'm but good. It's
hammer time. It was crazy loaded with fish. We spanked'm but good.
My two brand new guest's today played with an amazing 17-18 Metalheads
over a 5 -1/2 hour period. Sa-zame! Fish on again and again
and again. I guess you can tell Im just a lil excited? We even
had a double at one time! If tomorrow is even 1/2 as good as today
I'd be thrilled. We left fish to find fish.
Most of these fish were found in a special
spot that produces at it's optimum at 335 cfs.
Thurs. 14 total Steelies played
with for the day. My guest's were ecstatic at the quality
of the fishing! 100% once again on spots. Every hole was holding
VERY good numbers. We left fish to find fish.
Guest Salmon River NY Steelhead Testimonial.
Randy, Sal and I just wanted to say thanks
again for the great time on Thursday. As you said, we got
the full Salmon River experience (snow and all). We had a blast
and sorry you didn't get to eat your lunch as you were netting fish
all afternoon! Sal has been on a few guided Saltwater trips and couldn't
believe all the time you spent teaching presentation, habitat and
rigging and giving invaluable River tips. Have a good rest of the season
and hope to see you on the river. Larry Porter
Hi Larry, Your very welcome and thank
you for your kind words. I had a blast and look forwards to
hooking up again. Randy
Fri. Another one of many, lately,
"Day for KINGS!" Holy Cow. Best day this week. We had a harder
time NOT finding them. It was almost toooooo easy. :) I thought
Steelhead fishing was supposed to be challenging? Actually, it
is and it was. It's just that I had 2 very experienced clients for
the day that have been out with me numerous times before. They have
acquired the skill's necessary to constantly and consistently with
confidence present their offering to the fish. (Presentation) There
it is, for all to read, the main secret to catching fish on this river
And they made it look sooooooooooooooooooo
easy. It is easy as spreading soft butter on a warm muffin,
once you've learned, practiced and paid your dues. Hiring me
as your guide for the day would be a great short cut to having
a complete and thorough understanding of all aspect's of what it
takes to be consistently "with confidence" successful. Habitat,
Rigging and most importantly presentation.
These guys were definitely in the 10%
that catch's 90% of the fish group. It's not hard to be
included in this elite group day in and day out for the rest of
your life once you've put your time in and learned it all. Just like
anything else in life. Hiring a good "teaching" guide (or going
with a friend who is in the 10% group) can shave 3-5 years off the
learning curve and increase your success rate over night. I find that
even with very experienced anglers that want to increase their catch
rate and knowledge base that Im able to achieve this easily.
We were 100% on spots, hitting fish in
every location I stopped in. (ALL Winter holding locations
are holding Reeeeeeeallllly good! Top to bottom of river, in
my opinion. :) DSR is holding good #'s if you can hit it between
My guest's easily hit approx. 20 Steelhead
total, but who's really counting. :) I told my guest's
that I could count on one hand the number of 20+ Steelhead days
we have each season. Rare, but it sure is nice once in awhile.
Lot's of anglers may see a day like today hopefully at least once
in their lifetime. Presently, if your experienced, their are enough
fish around for you to achieve this now, easily. Some of my other guest's
this week could have hit the 20 plus Steelhead day mark, if we had wanted
to continue fishing the same holes. Instead, we wanted to increase our
knowledge of a lot more places we could return too on our own and fish
with successful confidence.
Hope you all had a great weekend! Randy
Hiya Capt. Dave, Did you see your picture
in the new book called "Fly Fishing for Striped Bass by
Rich Murphy" in the flats section? It's the one John took while
on the ladder off the inside of South Beach with you on the platform
and me on the bow casting. Im sure F.T.C. will be selling it shortly.
Its a big book and endorsed by most of the world known fly fishers.
It has your name under the picture :) Happy Holidays! Randy
Some more Trophy Steelhead caught off the
drift boat on the Salmon River NY. Congrats!
Dec. 3 - 10 Salmon River Steelhead
Fishing Report, Forecast's, Tips, Ramblings, Etc... Enjoy!
With the river at a gate, all spots are
producing. We are finally into reeeeel Steelhead weather! Low's
around 20 and high's in the low 30's. Chance of snow almost everyday.
Now, THIS is Steelhead weather. :)
Your only real concern at this time of
the year is getting here safely, without having to drive through
a bunch of snow. Once your here 6-12 inch's of new snow is looked
at as a dusting. No biggy. The road crews up here are amazing and
do an incredible job on keeping your roads, etc.. safe and easily
Your only other concern when fishing up
here is the wind. Wind Chill factors are the most important
thing I pay attention too when deciding to run or cancel a trip.
No fish is worth hypothermia or frost bite. Your personal
safety and comfort level are my primary concern's. Getting
enough sleep, eating the correct foods and most importantly dressing
correctly can make the difference between having an enjoyable day out
fishing and being very uncomfortable.
I'm noticing fish being played with from
top to bottom of the river in all the normal places. All angler's
that I see, speak with and fish around are all having a great time.
I'm finding fish in all the normal transitional holding spots as
well as the normal Winter holding places. With the holidays coming
up we are starting to see less anglers around, which is a normal
occurrence. This is my personal favorite time of the year for many
many reason's. I hope you all can make it up here and enjoy some of
these incredible steelhead. Best Fish's, Randy
Mon. and Tues. Canceled due to dangerous
Wed. 9 steelhead and was 100%, 3 for
3, on spots. Today's success was 99% due to the expert angler
ability level of my very very experienced Salmon River guest.
Thurs. Did a 1/2 day due to wind chill
concerns. We worked hard for the fish we found and spent the
entire time learning and trying to fine tune presentation, presentation,
Fri. Worked on presentation 99.99% of the
day, non-stop. Pheeew, my throat is sore. :) Played with a
couple. (We call it the ol learning curve and is very normal
Just received a copy from Tom Pero. It
is awesome! Lot’s of good shots of you there with great
descriptions. They did an excellent job, I am very impressed. Nice
to be a part of it. I will spending the long days of winter catching
up with my images and will be sending out lots of shots to prospects.
I will also be working more on the articles we talked about and will
let you know when I have any leads. Take care and good luck with your
winter season. John Halnon
Hi John, My copy of the book arrives any
day now. Thanks again for ALL of your help, over these past
many years and many more to come. Hopefully this will be the
first of many books to come, including my own in 2018. :) I was
happily surprised to see Lefty K. endorsing the book!
Loved your pictures. Very nice! Please
let me know if you need any help with those articles, new pictures
next summer. Any word from that Italian writer who wrote that
article on F. F. Cape Cod for that Italian F.F. magazine?
Did you know I also got the ONLY pic. in
Simon Gawesworth's Big book about Spey casting? Jay Horton
took that one. A couple of other F.F./Spin Mag's with my work
coming out over the Winter into the Spring also. Boy, wont Mom
be proud, :) Best Fish's, Randy
Hi Randy, You, me and my 11 ft 4 weight
fly rod spent a cool day on the Salmon last winter. I can't
thank you enough for how much I learned in one short day, more
than I've figured out in years. Anyway, I've had
a phenomenal time fishing the 2 weeks around Thanksgiving. Hooked,
lost and caught almost too much steel to count and ran into lots
of nice browns (I like them ... you can land them.) all thanks
to your fine tuning my technique. I was wondering what, if anything,
you have open in the next couple of weeks? I've been hooking
lots of fish! I hope we get some time to fish this winter. George T
Dec. 1 Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report,
Forecast's, Tips, Ramblings, Etc... Enjoy!
Some great Steelhead and Brown Trout fishing
action top to bottom of river. All spot's holding that Im fishing.
Looking more like Winter. I'll see you on the water! Randy
Monday Played with about 10 Steelhead
off the drift boat. Lots of action, everyone having fun
up and down the river.
Tues. My 1 guest learned all about habitat,
rigging and most importantly presentation. He played with
approx. 5-6 Steelhead and we hit them in 3 out of 3 spots. :)
Thurs. My 1 guest joined me for his second
day out with me. It basically was a repeat of Tuesday's fishing.
We hit them in all spots. 4-5 Steelhead 8 to 16 lb. range
and a beautiful Brown of approx. 4-5 lb's.
Fri. Canceled due to forecasted dangerous
We have some nice :) Winter weather on
the way. Please be careful. Randy
Nov. 19 - 25 Salmon River Steelhead Fishing
Report, Forecast's, Tips, Ramblings, Etc... Enjoy!
With a gate of water (750cfs) this weeks
fishing has been Outstanding! The water flow is my favorite
because 98% of our spot's (current breaks :) fish at their optimum.
Fresh fish are entering the lower end. This higher flow will
dislodge a lot of egg's, so an egg pattern fished on a spin/fly
rod will work nicely.
Lil Tip: Try a white egg imitation.
White is the color of the eggs that died or were not fertilized.
With Browns around now a small egg pattern to match there size
works and red is a good natural color. You could try chartreuse
for the first 1/2 hour so it really stands out and then go natural
once you have some light. ( #1 - Cream, Pink, Oregon cheese, Niagara)
Look for your Steelhead to be transitioning - moving into their
Winter habitat, slow deep water. Also keep trying the transitional
resting area's because we still have fish top to bottom of river
in transition. All spots producing :)
Monday: My 1 guest played with about
7 Trout today. Super!
Hey Randy, Just thought I send a
thank you for all your effort! I had a great time out there
and learned a lot! The next day (after we got him dried) I tried
to impart your teaching to Dave. We had a slow morning, but After
lunch(and warming up the hands) we were back in the same spot. Dave
hooked up on 3 fish, 2 got off fairly quick but one a very large brown
trout gave him beautiful fight and the biggest smile I think I have
ever seen on Dave! We would both like to once more thank you for all
the time, effort and info! Shawn Culver
I wanted to thank you for ur excellent
reports and Hard work posting info about fishing techniques!!!!!
I read ur reports daily and luv em! Reg
Tues. My 1 guest played with 24 Browns
today, landing around 18 of them. All in the 2 to 8lb. range.
The cherry on top were the 2 Steelhead Ron played with landing
1. Thats 26 trout total! But who's counting. :) Heard that
some anglers were having a tuff time of it, while others were doing
a lil better. This is very normal.
Randy, Many thanks for a great day on the
water Tuesday. If someone hooks up on 23 browns and 3 steelhead
before noon is it a spanking or a licking? Please clarify.
It was an amazing day overall – great fish,
few anglers, wet but comfortable weather and great instruction
from the master. Very much appreciated all your tips and tricks
to help lift my game to a higher level. Fished the PBC Pucker Brush
Creek) again Wed using your famous PMs (Pink Muddlers) and hooked
up on another 12 fish before calling it quits at 11:00. Simply a great
trip thanks to your expertise and fine company – second to none!!
Checked my fishing journal and the number
of fish I’ve caught with you over the last 3-4 years – borders
Why anyone would choose to hookup with
a guide other than yourself, is beyond me!
See you in April. Regarding future dates
with you. I’m booked with you April 29th Tues. Are you
free the 30th? If so, book me both days. Could you please send
me your Sept dates for salmon (and preferred times) - how
about Tues/Wed Sept 23 and 24th? Would like two days, have a beginner
MD friend who would like to see what this is all about. Could you
please send me your avail dates near end of November for more steelhead.
– how about Tues/Wed 25th and 26th? Thanks Randy Ron
Wed. Lil Guide Tip - (You owe
me big time for this one ;)
We hit fish in 5 out of 6 spots over a
3 mile section. This tells you that there are fish in every
spot. The only reason we missed a fish in 1 spot is because
we only hit it real fast. (Only looking for some McDonalds fish,
fast and easy ;) Kevin is a very experienced angler having been out
with me 9-10 times before and also fish's a lot on his own. This
experience level helped him to achieve an outstanding 10 steelhead!
We never spent a lot of time in any one spot, instead covered the prime
lie and moved, etc... We even left fish to find fish, that was due to the
confidence level on the .com drift boat today. :) Noticed less boats and
anglers out and about. So if you like fishing by yourself then now is
prime time. This also allows you to fish more pristine water's than
Thurs. - Sun. The fish are there and recommend
fishing. Less anglers around also. Taking the holiday and
weekend off :) Happy Holidays! Randy
Nov. 13 - 18 Salmon River Steelhead Fishing
Report, Forecast's, Tips, Ramblings, Etc... Enjoy!
Couple less fish than last week (Normal
after a BIG holiday 3 day weekend, good weather, fish moving
up and into the sanctuary and some being kept.) Water temp dropping,
some starting to move into their Winter locations, some still
in Fall spots, some fighting more like Winter mode, some still fighting
like Fall mode, still fish in daily tran. holding area's as well
as the normal Fall and Winter holding spots. Leaves almost gone, time
to pull out the Stanley's ice off for the rod guides. Looking more
like Winter each week. Now THIS is Steelhead weather! :)
Im presently wrapping up interview's
regarding "Advanced Reading of the Water" and other Tech.
Fishing Info. First article and pictures should be out the first
of the year. I'll post the magazine once it's out for all of you
to enjoy. :)
I sincerely hope that what little Ive been
able to share with you over these past 30 or more years and
will continue to share with you has helped you along the road
to becoming a better, more informed, experienced angler.
Even if you didn't learn anything new and
only find my site entertaining, than Im very happy to have you
spend a lil of your valuable internet fishing time here. I'm
flattered as usual and thank you! Randy
Habitat - Reading Water - Current
One of the most important aspects of Habitat
is to figure out the relationship between all of the different
water levels and all of the individual and different current
break's. How each current break effect's the water movement and
then how the fish relate to each current break. By having a clear
and precise understanding of this allows the knowledgeable angler
to understand our quarries weakness and then exploit them. Basically, where do they hold at during all of the
different water levels on this river to help you catch them. They
change and so should you. :)
The reason a current break is so important
to the fish is that it decreases the amount of energy they
need to expend to maintain it's position in the river, creek
or stream. If they have to expend to much energy they will die.
You can see how these current breaks can be the difference between
life or death for a fish and why it is critical for them to use them
and for us, the angler, to understand this relationship.
The fish change their lies every time there
is a major change in water flow in most holes. Due to the effects
that the current break has or does not have on this new flow
of water. They will also change their preferences due to time
of year, fishing pressure, temperature of water and their biological
clock to name just a few. Their change could be as little as moving
from the head of the hole (heads of holes are current breaks) to
the middle of the hole where the current is not as strong. Or from
the tail (higher water flows - the tail is a current break) to the
middle of the pool when the water drop's. During real high water sometimes
the hole (current break) itself provides little to no protection
from the current and you will find the fish moving to the seam of the
hole. A seam -where the faster water meets the slower water. Seam's are
another current break that the fish love to use. During extreme water flows
they could even position themselves directly along the bank of the river.
We have low water current breaks and high
water current breaks. Many times a current break is not large
enough to effect the high water and the fish's relationship to
it becomes useless. Just the opposite can be said for larger current
breaks during low water. A prime example of this would be - hole.
During low water this large hole is normally not used by the fish because
the water moves so slowly above it that there is no current for the
fish to need it. But, during high water when the current is really
moving, this spot is used by the fish because it provides shelter
(a current break) for the fish to conserve their energy as they move
up or down the river. So, we have high water spots (current breaks)
that we only fish during high water and low water spot's that we only
fish during low water.
So the trick is to know when each spot
(or part of the spot) is productive (when the fish will
use them) and only fish these area's during the correct water
flow. Similar to saltwater tides, fish each spot when it is fishing
at it's maximum productivity level. We have different current
breaks that the Steelhead use in the Fall (more aerated moving
water) compared to the Winter (less aerated moving water). We have
different current breaks that the fish use while they are moving
up or down (in transition) the river that are different than where
they would want to stay for an extended period of time. You have
heard me talk about these spots as transitional holding and holding.
During their spawn their current breaks change again.
The small island you stand on to fish the
hole in low water is now the current break for the fish in much
higher water flows. The small boulder on the bottom of the river
holds fish behind it in low water flows, but becomes almost useless
during high water.
Transitional water is where the
fish keep swimming up river and do not stop.
Transitional holding water
is structure or current breaks that the fish use while in a
transitional mode while moving up river to rest for awhile. The
length of time any species of fish will hold on these current breaks
is determined by the quality of the current break and what the
fish had to go through to get to it. (There are other factors also)
Fish normally use the depth of water and the current to navigate.
So any current break that is on this path is normally used. Whenever
we have fish that are in transition then these locations should always
They have reached a place in the river
where all of their survival instincts are satisfied.
We need the same things they do to survive.
A prime lye consists of:
1. Depth of water for safety from predators.
2. A good enough current break to decrease
the amount of energy they need to expand to maintain this position.
3. Enough food.
These "happy fish" will not move from these
positions unless one of a number of things happen.
Any type of holding water (that i know
of) is caused by current breaks. As predators, we
need to study and decipher current breaks (Habitat). There is
a lot of empty water out there. Our predatory instinct's are to find
our quarries weaknesses and then exploit them. Having an intimate
understanding of Current Breaks and when and where to fish them
according to the water flow will allow you to achieve this. Randy
Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift
Boat Guide Fishing Report:
Mon. The best Steelhead fishing of my life!
Then I woke up from a deep sleep after enjoying an afternoon
nap while taking the Weekend and Holiday off. :)
Tues. Less fish around then last
week in my opinion. Most of us Full Timer's noticing a difference.
Still plenty around to enjoy. Lot's of anglers up over the holiday
which is always very nice to see. Very happy to see everyone up
fishing, enjoying their valuable leisure time. Great holiday for
the local economy.
My guest's did well with fighting approx.
11 Trout! Ye-haa! Can't wait to get up and do it all
over again tomorrow!
Wed. Holy Cow! We tangled with 16 Steelhead
in several different places. Combination of holding and
transitional holding waters.
Hi Randy, Well, we just got back from the
SR Friday night. Boy, do I have a lot of work to catch up on!
I have loads of notes and audio I have to get working on for my
article(s). But it was nice to be away from all the everyday pressures
of the world for a week. We had a great time. Thanks again
for a very enjoyable and informative day on the river. I learned
much in just one day, gaining knowledge that I will be using to
catch (more) fish (consistently) for the rest of my days. With regard
to the article, I may drop you a line here and there to ask a question
or two if that’s ok. So take care, stay warm (and dry), and I’ll be in
Thurs. My 1 guest had a great day with
6 Fish on, landing 3 Steelhead. Thats 50% landed which
is way above normal. 6 fish on for 1 angler is also above normal,
just the way we like it! (Nope, we were not in the L.F.Z. and probably
wont be due to all the fish that are top to bottom of the river and
not wanting to stand in a long line of anglers when the entire river
is wide open to be fished. :) Most fish were fighting more like Winter
fish today. Acting like a steelhead but not as acrobatic as a Fall Steelie.
Covered habitat, presentation and rigging.
If our rigging was off in only one area, no fish were caught,
if our habitat was off, no fish were caught, if 1 thing out of about
10 presentational issues was off, no fish were caught. When we
put all of the above together consistently and with confidence we
were rewarded with fish. It was like magic.
Lots of anglers want to catch a fish first
and then run a perfect drift - presentation second. When in
reality, you want to run the perfect drift - presentation first.
Then, the fish will always very simply, follow. :)
Interested in becoming part of the
10% that catch's 90% of the fish? I just so happen to know
someone who can make this come true for you. :) It's as simple
as spreading soft butter on a warm muffin, once you've gone through
the ol learning curve.
Fri. One of my better days this
season, and thats saying a lot. With ALL of the amazing days
we have had this season!
My 2 guest's hammered them. Spanked
them HARD! Started the morning off with over 23 Browns in
2-1/2 hour's fishing time. Wow!
Jerry is a Charter boat Capt. on the Lake
and his son Matt is his first mate. What a team they made.
They had little to no presentational learning curve to get through.
They have been out with me before. This gave them a BIG advantage
over most other anglers I take out. They started hitting fish right
off the bat due to their advanced stage of knowing how to run a proper
100% drift. Matt will be 16 in a couple of month's. They stayed about
even on numbers offish almost all day. Dad pulled ahead at days end
by hooking up 3-4 Steelhead to Matt's 1 Chromer in the last spot of
Todays final tally was over 27 Brown Trout
3 to 8 lb. average. All aspect's of 100% advanced presentation,
advanced rigging and advanced habitat were achieved (fine tuned
and learned) by my guest's today. If they had not achieved all
of our mutual goals today you would see very very few fish in our
tally. If your interested in having a clear and precise understanding
of all aspect's of what it takes to be in the 10% group, like Matt
and Jerry were today, while having fun and playing with some of our
fish, then let's plan a trip. :) Fish ON! Randy
Silver Hook Fishing
Charters - Sodus Bay, NY
Fishing on Lake Ontario for Salmon, Steelhead
and Browns. I highly recommend and endorse Capt. Jerry and
his son Matt for all of your fishing interest's on the lake.
Guest Testimonial and Salmon River NY
Steelhead Fishing Report:
Randy, I want you to know that Matt and
I had a great time! It was a huge confidence builder for Matt,
3 years into Salmon River fishing. Also, your constant technique
coaching has improved my own success. Your method works!
We hiked into the pool. Quitting at 11:00,
I managed 9 chromers with 3 landed and Matt managed 5 chromers
with 1 landed. If we had a net we would of landed more.I
had one today that was about 15 lb. Matt went to grab it by
the tail and it became a speeding bullet, snap!
Anyhow, a couple of pics from today and
yesterday browns! Thanks, Jerry and Matt http://www.silverhookcharters.com/silverhook2/Home.html
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Nov. 12 Salmon River Fishing Report,
Forecast's, Tips, Ramblings, Etc... Enjoy!
Last week we were hitting on average
approx. 20 Browns while useing the drift boat per day.
In the drift boat we also averaged
approx. 5 to 15 Steelhead hook-ups per day. Lot's of angler's
having a fun and enjoyable time. Saw anglers playing with steelhead
in all the normal spots. :)
Monday: Pucker Brush Creek was on fire
off the drift boat. Wow! Allan played with 19 Browns for
the day. Holly Cow.
Tuesday: Allan bested his first outing
by 1, playing with an even 20 Browns off the drift boat.
These browns are not going anywhere, so look for more to show up
with some Steelhead joining them. Can't wait! :)
Guest Testimonial: Randy,
Thanks again for two great days on the water! I had a great
time and really learned alot. I'll be in touch with you about
a repeat performance in April. Alan Plotts
Wed. Played with well over a dozen steelhead
today. Not bad. :)
Guest Testimonial: Randy,
We had a good time fishing with you Yesterday. Learned some
things, which is always good. We have been talking about
doing a stripper trip in the spring.(should be a little bite
warmer). Have a great fishing season. Thanks, Larry
Thurs. Lots of Chrome around where we were
today. (Current breaks) Had a blast with the ones we found.
Fri. Another great day with lot's of trout!
Fish top to bottom, all area's hold'n. Best of luck, Randy
Randy, Once again, it was a pleasure fishing
with you on Dec. 16. - nice weather, great fishing and excellent
company. 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
Thanks again, Brian
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
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 PS.
Next trip we'd be glad to do our own netting...hint...hint....
10/20 - Nov. 2 Salmon River Fishing Report,
Forecast's, Tips, Ramblings, Etc... Enjoy!
Thursday and Friday Nov. 1 and 2:
Load's offish where we were at. Found load's
of Steelhead and Salmon. Some area's have a few, while other's
are overflowing with trout. Very very acrobatic, just the way
we like them. Middle, Top and bottom of river have nice big pod's
of Trout in certain places. Some are holding while other's are in
a transitional stage. Interested? All of our fish were released. :)
Best of luck, Randy
Top to bottom of the Salmon River Pulaski
NY, Steelhead and Salmon.
Most spot's are holding something, top
to bottom of river. We still have a trickle of Salmon entering
the river daily. The Steelhead have slowed down since our major
BIG slug ran in. We are now back into more normal fishing, numbers
of fish entering the river. The higher water is a BIG plus for the
fishing presently as well as having a positive effect on Nov. and Dec.
Steelhead fishing. Fish are in transitional holding and holding water
Bait: Egg sacks in bright to dull
colors depending on certain variables and skein
Flies: Glow Bugs (Salmon egg imitations)
- cream, pink, orange, white, yellow or chartreuse. Streamers
(Bait fish imitations) - Woolly Buggers in purple and black.
Aquatic insect's - Stones, Caddis.
Presentation: 100's of ways to
present your offering to the fish. One of the main things
I try to remember is that for the most part the Salmon are on
the bottom and the Steelhead are elevated 8 to 30 inch's off the
Habitat: Look for most Salmon to
be in calmer flowing water with gravel underneath them. Look
for the trout to be directly behind the salmon. Sitting either
very close to the salmon or below them in the first current break.
If the current break has white water, aerated water, deep water
and in the shade. This would be a prime lye for the trout. Look for
several of the above criteria to increase the odds of a few laying
there. Any of these species use the deeper water and the current to
navigate when they are in a transitional mode. When they are holding
they are either resting as they navigate their way up river, or they
are what I like to say, Happy fish. They have reached a place in the river
where all of their survival instincts (Trout) and or Spawning instinct's
(Salmon) are satisfied. These fish are exactly like us.
We need the same things they do to survive.
1. Depth of water for safety from predators.
2. A good enough current break to decrease
the amount of energy they need to expand to maintain this position.
3. Enough food.
The most important of these that we as
predators need to study and decipher are current breaks (Habitat).
There is a lot of empty water out there. Our predatory instinct's
are to find our quarries weaknesses and then exploit them. Current
breaks come in many different sizes and shapes, etc...
I've written about the above subjects countless
times before, and when time allows. Ill try to dig up several
of these golden oldies from my archives for all of you to enjoy.
The next thing I'd try to do is figure
out what type of food they are after and how to disguise what
it is tied too. (Rigging)
Lastly would be how to present their food
to them. (Presentation)
List of my fishing goals and importance
By Randy Jones
Feel free to contact
my references regarding my
presentations and experience:
(P.S. I don't
discriminate. I also enjoy
guiding you spin anglers too!
Finger Lakes TU, NY
Iroquois TU, NY
Chenango Valley TU, NY
Scranton TU, PA
Catskill Mt. TU, NY
Tug Hill TU, NY
Southeast TU, MA
Greater Boston TU, MA
Northeast TU, MA
Croton Watershed TU,
Clearwater TU, NY
Mid-Hudson TU, NY
Iron Furnace TU, PA
Stan Cooper TU, PA
Thames Valley TU, CT
Hammonasset TU, CT
Chittenango TU, NY
Green Mt. Fly Tiers
Rivers Edge Trading Co.(Orvis)
Central NY Fly Fishers,
Oysterville Yacht Club,
Show, NY (2 ½ day
show, paid featured guest
speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
Albany Outdoors Show,
NY (2 ½ day
show, paid featured guest speaker
and fly casting demo’s.)
Show MA. (2 ½ day
show, paid featured guest
speaker and fly casting demo’s.)
(More not listed here)
Web Site Testimonial:
Randy, Your knowledge and
willingness to share it without
condition is simply marvelous for
everyone, but mostly for the fish.
You should be commended for helping make
this magnificent fishery what it is.
sharing my true fishing passion's
with other's, with similar interest's.
Thanking you all.... for making
my fishing report pages the
guide site to visit
for this area over these past 25
years and over our entire 8 month
BIG fish river season.
It has been my sincere pleasure
sharing my 35 plus years of
full-time, proffessional guiding
insight, experience, experimentation,
borrowed ideas and taught
techniques with you all. Thank you all for
your words of encouragement, kind words
and continued support!
Bragging Rights: Professional
Distributed World Wide Books:
Spey Casting, First and
also Second Editions
, Fly Fishing for
Striped Bass. (M
ore not listed here)
Covers, feature articles and
guide profiles in: Saltwater
Fly Fishing Magazine, Fly Fishing
in Saltwater Magazine, Albany,
Syracuse, Utica and N.Y. Times Newspapers,
N.Y. Sportsmen, N.Y. Fishing and
Hunting and Salmon River Success
(Many more not listed here,
some World Wide Distribution
in different languages)
Many World Wide Internet Fishing
Sites and News Feed's.
Paid featured guest speaker
at Sports Shows, Fresh and Saltwater
Guest speaker at most Trout
Unlimited Chapters, fly tying,
tackle and Orvis shops around New
England and beyond.
I have had the pleasure of being
interviewed with some of
the top fly fisherman, fly fishing
Author's of the World. (Lefty
Kreh, more not listed here)
Represented the Orvis Corporation
as a guide and chief
instructor of their 2 1/2 day Cape
Cod Saltwater Fly fishing Schools.
(P.S. I don't discriminate.
I also enjoy guiding
you spin anglers too! - yukyuk)
I'm a full-time professional
fly/spin fishing guide with
over 35 years of experience. I've represented
the Orvis Corporation as a guide
and chief instructor of their 2
1/2 day Saltwater Fly fishing schools. (I don't discriminate.
I also enjoy guiding you spin
anglers too! - yukyuk)
During the Fall, Winter,
and Spring I run drift boat
trips on the World Class Salmon River,
Pulaski N.Y. using fly/spin and floats
for Steelhead, Brown Trout, Coho, Atlantic's
and King Salmon.
no Nookie like Chinookie ;)
Salmon River, where Memories
Phone #315 963
2065 Email: RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$275 for 1 angler Fly or
$350 for 2 anglers Fly or
Orvis Fly - Spin fishing equipment, tackle
provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass's and Chest
Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we meet
until we hit the drift boat ramp at day's end. (May run over)
Reservations and Deposits:
Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $100 deposit (per
day) within 7 days of booking.
87 Clark Rd.
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