Salmon River fishing report from this steelhead guide in Pulaski NY.

Salmon River Fishing Report for Steelhead from this Drift Boat Fishing Report Guide in Pulaski NY.

Steelhead, King Salmon, Coho Salmon and Brown Trout.

I hope you find my fishing report’s, articles, tips and videos entertainingly informative or mildly educational.

The Steelhead Fishing of your Dreams….   ….We’ll Mak’m Reeeeeeeeeeeeel.

Winter Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River has been SCARY GOOD!

Salmon River Fishing Report Winter steelhead fishing snowman from Pulaski NY.

It’s Prime Time for some Winter steelhead fishing action on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Few steelhead anglers fishing, which opens up additional opportunities for you. Ton’s of options on where to wet a line. Currently 98% of your steelhead are in all the Prime Salmon River Winter Holding pools, producing Steelhead top to bottom of the river.
Tutorial Video on Prime Holding Spots – Pools. Even I….. could probably catch one….. 😉

Recommend fishing Mid. to lower river. With our past “almost daily” heavy slush from Pineville down and past and present higher water flow levels. Its made if tuff for anglers to fish these areas. Leaving you presently with a lot of uneducated steelhead. Also, due to the above, most anglers have been pounding the upper river. Causing the steelhead to become extremely educated and more difficult to fool.

The drift boat – wade fishing for steelhead continues to remain excellent for some, ok for others and slow for some-others.
We will continue to see more Steelhead enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River as the season progress’s.

Presently, with our past and present higher water flow levels we have received some more fresh Steelhead. Ye-Haa!
We have some more rain in the forecast for Mon. – Tues. So its possible (?) they will continue to run the Salmon River’s water flow at a continued high level. Starting Wed. we will be back into more normal temps. and we will see all water levels start to drop, to a more comfortable wade angler level.

Give your favorite fishing buddy or guide a ring. The steelhead (8 to 12 lb. average) are here and just waiting for you.

Standing on Shelf Ice while fishing Warning. Be careful! It might not support your body weight. A normal practice when standing on any shelf ice to fish is to MAKE SURE the depth of water below you is no deeper than thigh deep. ALSO, there are NO fast currents underneath you.

Heads UP! – Titanic Iceberg Warning. 😉  It’s always a fun (?) surprise when your fishing and a Titanic Iceberg runs into you. It’s even more fun when you have a fish on and icebergs are floating close to your mainline in the water trying to break you off. 😉

We have received more Welcome Snow! This will help with our Spring Water flow levels when we want colder water and above normal flows to extend your steelhead fishing season.

All in all, things are shaping up very nicely for some SUPERB Spring steelhead fishing!

Looking forwards to a Fish ON with YOU in 2018!
Best Fish’s,
Randy Jones

P.S. – Check out my Salmon River Slush Article below for more in-depth analysis Tips, to help you catch more steelhead.
Please check these links for water flow levels on the Salmon River before making your trip up.
http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=365123
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/uv/?site_no=04250200


Over this Steelhead season my guest’s have hooked-up.

1 – A few slow days of 1 to 3 steelhead.
2 – Ok – Normal days of 4 to 7 steelhead.
3 – Some AMAZING days with 10-12-14 and 17 steelhead!
4 – Most of our steelhead have been 6 to 9 lb’s. With some in the teens.


You didn’t miss much since my last Fishing Report.

Late Dec. – early Jan. – Arctic Temps. It was another extremely cold day on the Salmon River with the temperature below zero for most of the day. Single digit and below zero temperatures are expected again for tomorrow. Yesterday the mid to lower end of the Salmon River had slush ice conditions and was not fishable. The fishable water was in the upper end of the Salmon River above Pineville.

16 pound Steelhead off the Salmon River guide drift boat fishing Pulaski NY.

A toasty -2 degrees outside when this picture was taken. Approx. 16 lb’s. steelhead kept for the dinner table. Congrats Ken!

You didn’t miss much. 😉

For over a week – High Water flow levels. We received some Flooding due to some heavy rain on our snow. Causing the Salmon River’s water levels to be raised to high. The river is still 100% fishable, but caution should be exercised if wading. The great news is starting Wed. we will be back into more normal temps. Lowering all water levels. The steelhead will be waiting for you! 🙂 

Here are some things to consider when fishing here in the Winter. The Salmon River is a dam-released river, so it never totally freezes over.

Salmon River Slush – Planning your Steelhead fishing day around it.

No it’s not the stuff you put in a cone and eat but rather a winter occurrence that causes certain area’s of the Salmon River to be unfishable.

Knowing current water-air temp., current water and future water flow level’s, tonight’s predicted lows with tomorrow’s highs will help you decide where to begin your day of steelhead fishing.

Sample:
Water temps. are 34 deg. up top and the flow is 335-500 cfs. Evening low temp. is 5 deg. and daytime highs are around 32 deg. (No heavy snow is forecast) The Key here is the nighttime low. Normally if the low is below 20 deg. you will have slush from Pineville down. If the low is only 20 deg. then you may not have any slush the entire length of the Salmon River.

When slush is present at these air temp’s then normally by 10-11 A.M. the lower part of the Salmon River will clear out and make steelhead fishing possible. If you’re ever not sure than do what I sometimes do and go to the short bridge in Pulaski and have a look for yourself before planning your day. If air temp’s do not rise above 20 for the daytime high then you may have slush down river all day.

If I’m planning to start my Salmon River fishing at dawn, then I’ll start up top. And then later possibly move down river once the slush has had a chance to clear. If certain areas of the river are slushed up and you are the first to arrive after it has cleared than the chances of hooking-up are good. You will be the first angler fishing to fresh steelhead that have not been disturbed or pressured. Fish-on!

This same condition occurs on the smaller Creeks and Streams around the Salmon River in early-late winter. Many an early A.M. trip has ended with a return trip when slush was not considered. I will always check air temp’s the day before I plan fishing the creeks. Often, I will arrive at 10 A.M. and fish while the last balance of slush is clearing and getting first shot at the prime spots. Fish-on!

Todd’s Anticipation of what the Steelhead day would bring?

Todd’s Anticipation of what the Salmon River Steelhead fishing day would bring?

FISH ON and ON
and ON!

Todd yells FISH ON and ON and ON while steelhead spin fishing on the Salmon River near Pulaski NY!
Todd lands a nice Salmon River NY steelhead.
The steelhead rewards were many with Todd’s biggest fish being this 16 lb. Fatty Salmon River Steelhead!

Todd’s Biggest was this 16 lb. Fatty Salmon River Steelhead!

The Steelhead rewards were many! Congrats Todd!

Spring is just around the corner! Recommend Mid. Feb. Mar. or April.

Comfort Zone – Salmon River Steelhead anglers prepared to beat the chill.

By J. Michael Kelly – Post-Standard.

Salmon River Fishing Report steelhead fishing in Pulaski NY with Salmon River drift boat Guide.

September through April, Randy Jones of Pulaski gets to spend five or six days a week on the Salmon River, and he has helped hundreds of anglers to catch the biggest fish of their lives.

That’s the fun part of being a full-time Salmon River drift boat guide. The hard part is keeping reasonably warm on a frigid morning in January or February when the Salmon River is clogged with slush, lake-effect snow is blowing in your face, and your client is nevertheless determined to hook a steelhead or two.

Jones copes with the winter weather by keeping his extremities warm, dressing in loose-fitting layers, eating right and, above all, always making room in his drift boat or back pack for a small propane heater.

“I couldn’t guide in the winter time if I did not have some sort of (portable) heating device,” he said.

He tucks a 20-pound heater in his drift boat. The toasty comfort generated by the small unit has been the nemesis of many steelhead, by enabling guide and clients to continue fishing on days when they were tempted to quit early.

“Many times it’s the difference between being comfortable or not,” Jones said.

More than a few Central New York ice fishermen wouldn’t leave shore without one of those same propane heaters. Yet when winter is at its worst, ice anglers have it easy compared to steelheaders. Hole-drillers can ward off a chill by wearing head-to-toe snowmobile suits and sitting inside wind-resistant shanties. Mittens can stay on until tip-up flags stand up.

My Salmon River fishing guest Ken shows off a nice steelhead by the Pulaski NY drift boat.

The winter Salmon River steelhead angler, however, almost always pays a chilly price for his infrequent duels with silver-scaled rockets. There is no way to wrap a shanty around a steelheader’s shoulders while he stands knee-deep in water that registers 34 degrees fahrenheit; and that shivering angler has scant room for extra clothes inside his chest waders. Finger tips must always be free to feel any faint tug on the line, and the sport who takes too many breaks on the Salmon River bank is bound to be absent when a steelhead finally decides to bite.

To keep his fingers warm for knot-tying and other guide chores, Jones wears thick wool Thinsulate fingerless gloves with an attached pull-over mitt and a slit through which his thumb can protrude.

“Those gloves are all I wear,” he said. “They’re the best.”
He also recommends the use of chemical heat pads, available in most area sporting-goods stores, to warm up frozen hands and fend off numb toes. The pads can be tucked into glove palms or under the toes in boot-footed waders.
Under extremely cold conditions, metal reel seats and rod grips can be painful to the touch, but Jones warms them by simply wrapping them with a couple of turns of athletic tape.

Out on my 16 foot heated Salmon River steelhead guide drift boat enjoying a Fish filled day during the Fall, Winter and Spring.

Steelhead fishing is especially hard on anglers who have tight-fitting boots. Although stocking-foot waders with felt- or cleat-soled overshoes are suitable for other times of the year, Jones strongly recommends waders with attached boot feet for Salmon River winter use.

Boot-foot waders are preferred because they leave more wiggle room for the steelhead angler’s toes, and maybe even for a second pair of socks. The roominess helps blood circulation and deters the numbing and cramps that can force steelhead fishermen out of the water or cause an unscheduled stumble and fall.

There are two schools of thought regarding materials for winter waders, Jones noted. Many anglers, manufacturers and retailers recommend that loose, so-called “breathable” waders be worn over a warm pair of fleece pants and a set of moisture-wicking long underwear. But Jones said he stays comfortable in 5-millimeter-thick neoprene – 1,600 Thinsulate boot foot waders, which are relatively tight-fitting.

Dressing in layers like Grandma always taught you is advisable above the waist, too. Few anglers wade the Salmon River this time of year without first donning a heavy shirt, sweater and windproof outer garment to cover trunk and shoulders, and Jones can often be spotted with his coat hood pulled up over his favorite baseball cap.

Fishing guide's client shows off a nice steelhead by the drift boat.

The guide stays in shape for rowing drift boats, netting steelhead and other physical duties by avoiding foods that are difficult to digest and therefore do little to deter a chill.

“I find a nice pasta dish works for me,” he said. “A good breakfast and lunch are also an important ingredient to staying warm in the afternoon.”
A hot thermos of tea, cocoa or coffee can also be a comfort during a day-long float down the Salmon River, but just remember all that fluid can be hard to deal with when you’re wearing neoprene waders.
(Post-Standard – Reprinted with permission)

Hope these Tips help!

Hand Warming Trick – Tip. This one may surprise you.

Most folks including myself get cold hands when fishing in the Winter sometimes, so Ive found this the perfect solution to solving that annoyance.
Wrap around “one sided adhesive athletic tape” to any metal that is exposed on your fly/spin reel that your hand or fingers come in contact with. This barrier stops that frozen, painful metal from freezing your hands off. Additionally, how about wrapping a hand warmer underneath the athletic tape at first light. Now you have a heated hand warmer where you hold your rod. Believe it or not, you can many times fish in the Winter with no gloves on at all if you add the heating pad.


Why Steelhead don’t like your Winter Popsicle Leader-Tippet’s. 😉

Whether using a fly, spin or float system. When its reeeeelly cold out and you hold your your leader – tippet out of the water for seconds. It freezes with ice.
Ice floats, so your leader-tippet is not in the water column of your choosing. Also, your leader-tippet looks like a Popsicle com’n @ your Educated line shy steelhead.
What I do to stop this is I leave my leader – tippet in the water for 5-10 seconds, then cast it as fast as possible before it has a chance to freeze again. Or, jus recast fast, after your retrieve and dont hold your leader-tippet out of the water.

Enjoy my Salmon River fishing report Humorous Guide Fish Tails for Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY.

Enjoy my Salmon River fishing videos and Humorous Guide Fish Tails for Steelhead and Salmon fishing Pulaski NY image.

John told me a funny story about his wife and a 15 lb. Steelhead in April on the Salmon River NY. Turns out that as John rushed for the net. He ripped a big hole in his waders and cold water rushed in. When he dove for the Steelhead with the net, he fell in. When he tried to net the Steelhead for the third time he smashed his watch to pieces on a rock. Fish was netted, picture was taken and Steelhead was released.
I’m sure John’s wife was very appreciative of his efforts. 🙂

Randy, I had a lot of 2’s yesterday while steelhead fishing on the salmon river. 0 for 2 I was, it was 2 cold, 2 wet (baptized myself in 10 degree weather) and 2 hard to walk cause everything was Ice. Still , Beat the hell out of work. May all your flies get bitten! John
Hi John, Thanks for the chuckle, you’ve made the web site again!! Maybe I should just ask you to write them for me! Congrats! Randy

Guiding Dave off the Salmon River Drift Boat for Steelhead.Sub-freezing temp’s, swimming in 33 degree water and a Near Death drift boat experience 😉

Dave hamming it up on a Lake Enhanced snowy day. (Abominable snowman imitation?)

Dave hamming it up on a Lake Enhanced Pulaski NY drift boat snowy day.
Salmon River drift boat guide abominable snowman imitation?

12/14 – Guiding Dave brought fond memories of our best day of Steelheading ever. Last March we started out the morning fishing through the slush. I think it was Pucker Brush Creek South GEO Location #3.00235%? 😉 Anyway, by days end we had landed a BUNCH of fresh run Steelhead!
Today was a combination of re-learning, fishing, catching and having a lot of laughs.
I kept reminding Dave to cast @ 12 O’clock. And that 12 O’clock was straight across the river and not up river! I think he must a been on West coast time, forgot to turn his clock back, uses a digital watch, uses a sun dial or flunked “when the big hand is on the 12.” 😉

Dave hooked an even combination of fresh and older Steelhead off the Salmon River drift boat today. Unfortunately, Dave took a nice fall into the water while he fought his last steelhead of the day.
(We call it a Salmon River Baptism and I “proudly” get mine every single year)

He managed to keep his tip up and was rewarded with this Salmon River steelhead. Congrats Dave!
Dave hooked an even combination of fresh and older Steelhead off the Salmon River drift boat today.

12/15 – Dave joined me again, for another incredible non-stop adventure filled day aboard the Salmon River drift boat. Where do I begin……..
Well, how about the very first cast of the morning resulting in a steelhead! We had a fresh 25 lb. King Salmon on, that took us under a log jam and broke us off. Then a Brown Trout was an unexpected treat. It was a female and full of eggs.

Dave was in Chrome heaven by landing a bunch of steelhead – Ya-hoo!

I guess all that learn’n yesterday, paid off for Today’s feast of jumps, runs, bent rods and scream’in reel’s. Nice one Dave!

Another incredible non-stop adventure filled day aboard the Salmon River drift boat with Dave who found some steelhead, brown trout and King salmon to play with!

The other Salmon River drift boat highlight (?) of the day. Will be one I will not forget, nor hope to repeat anytime soon.

Remember the old saying, up a creek with out a paddle? How about up a creek with out 2 paddles.
There is a spot in the Salmon River called the trestle hole. You drift and drop through a slot of fast white water rapids before digging heavy on your drift boat oars. To miss an intimidating 20 foot high by 6 foot wide cement pillar dead ahead. As we made the drop I was on my second BIG dig on the wooden oars. When snap went my left oar blade.
With the white water rapids taking control of our fate, I YELLED (politely-yukyuk) HOLD ON!, were going to hit the trestle! I noticed a slight jump in Dave’s normally calm disposition.

With about 1 second before impact!! I jumped into a phone booth, spun and turned into “Super Guide Man.” I used my right wooden drift boat oar blade to fend off and break the impact. Of an aluminum Salmon River drift boat crunching into a solid pillar of “I hope my life insurance policy is paid up” cement.

Yup, you guessed it, there went my second drift boat wooden oar blade with a snap.

I dropped anchor and retrieved the broken blades from the water. The balance of the drift boat ride down. Was one of positioning the drift boat at the top of the runs. And then drifting with the current w/ my anchor slightly tapping bottom. And me poling the drift boat with my 10 foot net handle safely to the drift boat ramp.
Today was just another dull day in this never ending boring virtual ho-hum. Adventure aboard the Salmon River drift boat. 😉
P.S. I no longer use wooden drift boat oar blades. I went to those nice expensive light high modular graphite ones. In case you were worried about your next drift boat trip with me 😉

12/16 – After yesterday’s trip. I was not sure if Dave was going to be a willing participant. For another adventure aboard the drift boat with new oars.
He came along with me at 6:00 A.M. with out much fuss. We left earlier than planned after yesterdays success’s. We wanted to lock-up the HOT spot. By getting there early and staking our claim to some PRIME Chrome hold’n real-estate! It worked in spades as Dave out did himself from the previous 2 days of steelhead fishing.
Dave only fell in once today, but boy was it a good one! He went up to his ears while fighting a Steelhead in the 33 degree water. He came out of it sounding like a choir boy, but with the biggest grin from ear to ear.

Getting into the Steelhead Holiday spirit!

Congrats again Dave!

Dave is getting into the Salmon River drift boat Steelhead Holiday spirit with himself and steelhead wearing a xmas hat!

That’s Steelhead fishing for ya, it can be addicting.

Why else would people brave sub- freezing temp’s, swimming in 33 degree water. And a near death drift boat experience. 😉

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Winter into Spring – Steelhead Fishing Creeks, Streams and the Salmon River. 

End of Feb., March and all of April is “Prime Time” for steelhead fishing on the Salmon River and other optional local creeks and streams.
(Mid-week is always best, but not on or around a holiday).

Feb. and March – There are not only leftover Winter steelhead, but also fresh runs of Spring time steelhead.

March into April – You will see a transition of Steelhead from the holes onto the gravel, where they will spawn. If they survive the spawning ritual, they will then turn into drop-back Steelhead. The Steelhead’s appetites are on fire as they slowly drop back down the Salmon River into lake Ontario.

When the Salmon River is running high due to run off. Its prime time to walk and fish the many miles of streams and creeks in the area. Ever try to land a 10 pound Steelhead in a small creek? It’s not easy, but lots of fun! Sight fishing is also and optional treat!

Amazing Spring Steelhead Fishing Video! – Spring is just around the corner!
We both felt privileged to have the opportunity to witness and experience something soooo incredible!
(Video Credit “Repeat Client” Allen K.)

Spring 16 lb. Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead landed with this Salmon River steelhead fishing report drift boat guide.

Anton’s 16 lb. Spring Steelhead. Ye-Haa!

Salmon River 21 lb. Spring Steelhead landed with Pulaski NY fishing report steelhead guide.
Salmon River 20 lb. Steelhead landed from this Pulaski NY steelhead fishing report guide.

A couple of Trophy 20 lb. Spring Steelhead. Holy-Cow-A-Bunga!

Yup, time to schedule a fishing trip this Spring. Get in on some awesome steelhead fishing from the end of Feb. thru Mar. and April. If you want the date of your choosing, please email, call or use the Booking Form.
E-mail: randysjones@earthlink.net – Phone #315-963-2065 – Booking Form.

Rates:
$275 for 1 angler – Spin or Fly 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.
All Spin fishing equipment – All Orvis fly fishing equipment – All tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass’s and Chest Waders.

Spring Steelhead Spawn and Drop Back Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River.

(Drop backs are Spring Steelhead that have successfully spawned. And are on their way back down the Salmon River to Lake Ontario, Feeding aggressively along the way.)

What’s interesting about the Salmon River at this time of year. The Steelhead we have are spread out over 100% of the Spring habitat’s thru out the entire river. Top to bottom and from 1 side to the other, within reason.

Drop back Steelhead will be in all the normal current break spots for the current water level.
The Flats will be exploding with fish! (within reason.) Sight fishing is an optional treat!

Your Best fishing opportunity is all Spring until approx. 3rd week or last week of April, normally. Maybe first – second week of May? In May, fish the lowest part of the Salmon River for your best Steelhead fishing opportunities. (From the Papermill down thru the D.S.R.)

Mother nature will decide its ending with lower water flows and warmer water temp’s in the Salmon River.
Sending all the Steelhead back to Lake Ontario to return next year even BIGGER to the Salmon River! Ye-Haa!
Steelhead Fishing you success! Salmon River fishing report guide – Randy Jones.

Top Secret Guide Tip – You owe me 😉 – Fishing for Spring Steelhead Drop Backs.

Posted for only you to read and no one else. 😉
After the Hatchery collects the eggs from the returning Steelhead in the Spring.
Normally, approx. April 15 is when you will see 1,000’s of these steelhead leave the holding tanks at the Hatchery. And re-enter back into the Salmon River NY and turn into drop back Steelhead.
Adding more Steelhead for your Spring fishing pleasure. Shhhh! 😉

I hope you found my “Salmon River fishing report Guide Tips” entertainingly informative or mildly educational. – May all Your door knobs smell of BIG Steelhead!

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Where is the BEST place to Fish on the Salmon River for Steelhead and Brown Trout? Enjoy my Expert YouTube Fishing Tutorial Video’s for your Guaranteed BEST fishing opportunities.

3 Basic fishing ways to locate and target Your Salmon River Steelhead.

1. When the Steelhead are running the Salmon River. Fish there “Temporary Transitional Resting Spots” as they make there way up the Salmon River. Otherwise, you are fishing to Steelhead that are not stopping, decreasing your odds greatly. Tutorial Video on Temporary Transitional Resting Spots.

2. Once the Steelhead stop running the Salmon River to hold during the middle of the day. – (From approx. 9:30am. to 5:30pm.) Fish these “Prime Transitional Holding Spots”.
Tutorial Video on Prime Transitional Holding Spots.

3. Once the Steelhead have stopped running the Salmon River. And have found a spot that satisfies all their survival instincts. Fish these “Prime Holding Spots” – (Pools). Normally, the most fish and they aren’t going anywhere soon. Tutorial Video on Prime Holding Spots – Pools.


4 Advanced fishing ways to locate and target Your Salmon River Steelhead.

Tutorial Video on EXPERT Fish Locating Habitat. – (These are areas I look for on the Salmon River when guiding folks like yourself.)

4. Find a spot that is a combination of all 1 thru 3. (Or, a spot that has all 3 in close proximity. So you can jump around according to what the Steelhead are telling you to do.)

5. Combine 1 thru 4 and find a spot above a looong stretch of rapids. The fish get tired after running these Salmon River rapids and will hold here for an extended period of time.

6. Include 1 thru 5 and make sure that your spot has 98% of the Steelhead in a transitional stage. Move into it. (Funnel or Pinch point in the river.)

7. My #1 Spot! Combine 1 thru 6 and pick a spot that compresses and or concentrates them. On a dime, like a sardine can, trash can lid or the size of a Volkswagen beetle or bus. This cuts down on all the guess work. And it allows to to present your offering to all the Steelhead on every drift.

8. The VERY BEST place to Steelhead fish? Is anywhere I’m not! yukyuk

By utilizing the above. You will have the most Steelhead in front of you for the greatest period of time. In a concentrated area offering you the greatest opportunity to present your offering to ALL of them. Fish ON and ON and ON! Now you know what “This Salmon River Guide” look’s for normally.

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BONUS Salmon River Steelhead fishing report Pictures, Videos and Tips.

Check out all the Monster fish you will catch up here!
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Enjoy a fast forward fun drift boat fishing trip video down the Salmon River NY. Covering 4 miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Fall and Winter Salmon and Steelhead fishing seasons.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmTTVnAzVEw

What helps to cause a BIG RUN of Steelhead? This might help plan your Salmon River fishing trip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ

3 Prime and Basic Salmon River Current Breaks in every pool you should know about to help YOU catch more fish.

#1 Place to fish for Steelhead in the Water Column on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.

HUMOR:
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. FISH OFF!

My Video Jokes for Today.


Look for a current break that is effecting your spot. Could be a seem (where the fast water meets the slow water), that will hold Chrome in a hole. Or a shallow spot that creates your current break, causing the fish to sit below it. A BIG rock or boulder in the hole is always a prime holding location. This change in water speed can be as simple as where the water goes from fast to slow in a pool. If the Tail of the Pool has a Hole in it, then keep THAT spot to yourself.

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Anticipation of what the Salmon River Guided Steelhead fishing day would bring?

Salmon River guide steelhead fishing report Pulaski NY sunrise.

Fish ON and ON and ON!

Hi Randy, after many successful fishing trips with you as our guide. I thought it would be a perfect time to have you educate my Grandson Michael on the correct ways to fish for Steelhead on the Salmon River. As we sat in the drift boat at our chosen spot waiting for legal fishing time. You gave Mike the ins and outs of how to Steelhead fish on this water. Your explanation of technique, presentation and how to hook and land the Steelhead were clear and easy to follow.

Salmon River steelhead fishing report drift boat guide fishing around Pulaski NY.

When it was time to fish you stood by him and showed him the proper way to get a good drift through the strike zone. It wasn’t very long after that he was tight to his first Speeding Bullet Steelhead. The fish screamed up river and after two tail walking jumps gave the hook the slip. By the look on his face I could tell he was hooked as well.

As we floated and fished several different locations on the river you continued his education on how to read the water to achieve the best results. It wasn’t long before Mike was tight to another acrobatic Steelhead! Because of your guide instruction he was able to bring his first Salmon River Steelhead to the net. I took this photo and by the look on his face I would say mission accomplished. Once again your knowledge given has paid off big time. Thanks for two days of SUPER Steelhead fishing, lots of humor, and bringing home the bacon.

Mikes Salmon River steelhead from this Pulaski NY fishing report steelhead drift boat guide.

Thank you! John and Mike

Thanks John and Mike! It’s always fun hooking something other than a fish. I think we succeeded with Mike! Best Fish’s, Randy

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Salmon River Guide fishing for Steelhead, King Salmon, Coho Salmon and Brown Trout.

Fishing Steelhead (avg. 8 to 12 lbs.) – (Nov. thru April.)

Our Steelhead are without a doubt. One of the hardest fighting and most acrobatic fish that swims in the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. Torpedo – Silver Bullet runs and changing direction in a blink of an eye. While taking your line 100 to 200 feet out in seconds. This well surely jump start your fishing heart! Tarpon jumps, like a rocket ship 3-4 feet in the air. Somersaulting like a jugglers baton back to earths atmosphere before splash down. Sounding like a cinder block with water spraying 20 feet in all directions. Steelhead Tail Walks across the pool for 40 to 60 feet, will live in your Salmon River memory forever!

Nice Brown Trout landed on the Salmon River, Pulaski NY.

Fishing Brown Trout. (avg. 3-5 lbs.)

You can catch these Brown Trout anytime while fishing for Steelhead. Like Salmon and Steelhead you measure our Brown Trout by the pound and not by the inch. While they are not as numerous as Salmon or Steelhead.

These are an optional Trophy of a Fishing life time!

Salmon River Brown Trout and Steelhead Fishing Seasons:

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. They’ll take most of your line out in seconds, then jump start your heart with tail walking antics that will live in your memory forever.

Winter Steelhead Fishing.

This is one of my favorite 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 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.

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John Battles Numerous Salmon River Steelhead off the fishing guide drift boat in Pulaski NY.

Good day Randy, What a great day, just when I thought I knew a little something about steelhead fishing. I had to fish with you. You really are a class act. I really appreciate you sharing your steelhead guide expertise and patience as well as some of your Salmon River “honey” holes with me. I would encourage any steelhead fisherman, novice or expert, to fish with a drift boat guide even if it’s just once.

If you can get drift boat guide Randy Jones you’re in for a great day. There is so much to learn about steelhead fishing. And you can trim years off the “learning curve” by steelhead fishing with a pro. guide such as yourself. Thanks again for the fun and truly a learning steelhead fishing experience in Pulaski NY. Thanks again! John.

John battles his first Salmon River NY Steelhead off the fishing report guide drift boat in Pulaski.
John lands his first Salmon River Steelhead off the fishing report guide drift boat in Pulaski NY.

John’s tight to his first Steelhead on the Salmon River and lands this Steelhead beauty!

John lands another Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead off the fishing report guide drift boat.

Another Salmon River NY Steelhead for John!

John lands a 16 lb. steelhead off this Salmon River fishing report guide drift boat!

John’s honk’a Steelhead off the guide drift boat! Approx. 16 lb. Steelhead! Great way to end the Steelhead Fishing Day!

Congrats John! Thanks for your many kind and generous words! My head almost didn’t fit thru the front door after that one. 🙂 Best Fish’s, Randy

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Thumbs up from this Salmon River NY Fishing Report Guide with a Very Happy Steelhead Guest, Banner.

Thumbs up from this Fishing Guide with a Very Happy Salmon River Steelhead Guest.

The Steelhead fishing of your dreams…… ………… we’ll mak’m reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
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The Salmon River, where Memories are Made!

Join me for a guided drift boat fishing trip on the World Renowned Salmon River in Pulaski NY for hard fighting Salmon or Steelhead during the splendor of our Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. Enjoy learning Advanced fishing techniques and Exact fish habitats. I always enjoy sharing my wealth of knowledge with all my guest’s.

Randy Jones is a full-time professional Spin and Fly fishing guide with over 35 years of experience.
E-mail: randysjones@earthlink.net – Phone #315-963-2065 – Booking Form on here.
Rates:
$275 for 1 angler – Spin or Fly 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.
All Spin fishing equipment – All Orvis fly fishing equipment – All tackle provided. Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass’s and Chest Waders.

Fishing Report Testimonials: 

Randy, You Rock!! Your fishing report’s resonate with so many. The humor, the professional P.O.V. and experience you share is invaluable. Hope to secure a spot with you soon. Jim – Thanks for your many kind and generous words Jim!