Salmon River Fishing Report Humor, Tips and Article for the Salmon River, Pulaski NY.
By Randy Jones – June 7, 2018 – 8:00 AM
Salmon River fishing report GUIDE HUMOR.
If I’m not available to guide you, then you can request to be guided by Treasure. 🙂
Hey Randy, is Treasure available to guide me? Yes, but you must drive a Bentley and own at least a 50 foot Bertram Yacht. 😉
King – Coho Salmon Fish Tale? – A.P. 9/30/17. Rare Migratory Whales and Seals have been sighted off the mouth of the Salmon River in NY on Lake Ontario.
Why are you catching less King Salmon and Coho Salmon? Here might be the reason why. I took these pictures of a whale and seal out in Lake Ontario. In front of the mouth of the Salmon River NY.
They were gorging themselves on YOUR King Salmon and Coho Salmon!
Randy, quick Q for you. You would never on purpose pull our legs on here, now would you buddy? Joe
Joe, what’s reeeeelly funny is, about 15 years ago was the first time I posted this Joke. A local shop then got 10 phone calls. Asking about the Seals and Whales eating King Salmon and Coho Salmon in Lake Ontario. True story! I hear the Lobster and Blue Fin Tuna fishing is pretty good! 😉
Did you know? There is only 1 BAD side effect from eating our Salmon or Steelhead, Genital Shrinkage! 😉
Salmon River fishing report GUIDE TIPS.
Salmon River High Water Steelhead and Salmon fishing.
Sometimes this high water flow spreads the Steelhead or Salmon out. While other times it concentrates the Salmon and Steelhead. Fish behind any high water current breaks or speed of water changes on the Salmon River.
Fish behind any BIG boulders or Large current breaks. On the seams (where the fast water meets the slow water). And tails of holes (water moves slower) combined with deep water. We call them high water spots.
On the Salmon River, we have low water fishing spots, medium water fishing spots and high water fishing spots. The Salmon and Steelhead change where they hold according to the water level. Combined with the effect of its current breaks.
When the Steelhead and Salmon change where they hold due to higher water flows, then so should you, for Best Results!
Fall Steelhead fishing – Warm Water (above 43 degrees.)
Most of the Steelhead will be in rippled – choppy water 3 to 6 feet deep or the Rapids (heat). Our Steelhead don’t show up in the Pools until the Water Temp. has dropped below approx. 43 degrees.
Winter Salmon River NY Steelhead fishing – Cold Water (below 42 degrees.)
Most of the Steelhead will be in the Pools.
1 – Steelhead want. Deep water for safety from predators.
2 – A food source.
3 – Less current to conserve their energy.
(You can find our Salmon River NY Steelhead mapped named pools, parking and access roads. By doing a search on the internet or most of the Local Shops up here have them.)
Fly Fishing – Spin Fishing Creeks, Streams and Rivers, Winter into Spring.
End of Feb., March and all of April can be “prime time” for steelhead spin or fly fishing. As there is not only leftover Winter steelhead, but also fresh runs of Spring time steelhead. Winter thaws and early spring rains generate runs of steelhead. When the Salmon River is running high due to run off. Its prime time to walk the many miles of streams and creeks in the area. Ever try to land a 10 pound Steelhead in a small creek? It’s not easy, but lots of fun! Sight fishing is also and optional treat!
Spring Steelhead Spawn and Drop Back Steelhead 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.
April Steelhead Fishing.
With Suckers starting to spawn. Try some yellow egg sacks, yellow glow bugs (flies) or beads to imitate their eggs. The Steelhead will be eating them. The Drop Back Steelhead will also be eating other Spawning Steelhead eggs. So try some of those colors in sacks, flies or beads when fishing around the Pulaski NY area.
When the Salmon River is Flooded in April.
When the water is rip’n and chocolate on the Salmon River or our local smaller steelhead hold’n waters. Many times a drive up to the head waters or the first impassible barrier will be fish-able. Due to less run-off and Tributary impute. Also, many times you can spin or fly fish the smaller tributaries that feed into these larger creeks, brooks or streams. That will be hold’n steelhead. Sight fishing is an optional treat!
Top Secret Guide Tip – You owe me 😉 – 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 Salmon and Steelhead!
Salmon River fishing report ARTICLE. – Different Fly Fishing Presentational Methods and Spin – Fly Fishing Flies for Salmon or Steelhead.
Salmon are suckers for fly fishing wares – They’ll hit on all types of flies right now on the Salmon River.
The Syracuse Post-Standard – By J. Michael Kelly.
Fly fishing for King Salmon, Coho Salmon or Steelhead on the Salmon River. Isn’t as difficult as it appears to non-practitioners. In fact, there are at least three effective ways to go about fly fishing for your Steelhead or Salmon. You can high stick-dead drift using a running line. Rely on a strike indicator or swing a few coneheads through your favorite Salmon River riffle.
And don’t worry about that burst of fly fishing jargon; translations are just a few sentences away.
Keep in mind that the 10- to 30-pound Chinook King Salmon. Smaller but equally feisty Coho Salmon and Acrobatic Steelhead. That swim up the Salmon River and other Lake Ontario feeder streams this time of year to spawn. Can be caught on many things. They are especially vulnerable to artificial flies made of real fur and feathers. Or synthetic fly materials such as tinsel and fake hair.
“They’ll hit all sorts of flies,” said Fran Verdoliva, a former Salmon River fishing guide. Who is now the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Salmon River program coordinator.
Verdoliva is partial to neon-bright, weighted streamer flies, himself. But Mike DeTomaso, the manager of the White River fly fishing department at the Auburn Bass Pro Shops store. Takes his share of salmon and steelhead on small artificial nymphs and fingernail-size yarn puffs called glo bug flies. And Salmon River Pulaski NY steelhead and salmon fishing guide Randy Jones. Generally uses simple flies, made of Estaz tinsel chenille. That closely resemble nothing in nature, but irritates salmon into hitting them. With their naturally ingrained instinct behavior pattern of being territorial or getting irritated.
The three fly fishing anglers employ different fly fishing methods and tackle, as well as radically diverse fly patterns.
Fishing guide Randy Jones’ bread-and-butter salmon and steelhead fishing method is the high sticking-dead drifting using a running line. A running-line expert uses one or more split shot to quickly sink a fly in swift, deep water. Instead of a thick fly line that would retard the sinking rate. The method calls for a thin-diameter line that knifes through the water with minimal drag.
The running-line method is sometimes referred to as “chuck and duck”. Because its aficionados have to watch out for the split-shot missiles they’re slinging past their own ears.
Jones contends the fly fishing rig is perfect for the tumbling, white-water pools and pockets that are common throughout the Salmon River.
“The quicker your fly gets into the strike zone, any species of fish, anywhere in the world. And the longer it stays there, the better your odds of catching some salmon or steelhead,” said Jones.
He hands his clients long rods, and instructs them to raise the sticks high immediately after completing a cast. The angler should then follow the line with rod tip held high.
To facilitate a long drift and improve the odds of landing a hooked salmon. Jones employs either a standard 9-foot, 9- or 10-weight fly rod or a two-handed, 13-foot spey-style fly rod. His leaders usually have 2- to 4-foot-long tippets rated at 10-pound test.
Jones also enjoys traditional fly fishing. But adds, traditional fly fishing works best in the shallows of the Salmon River. And with many of the holes on the Salmon River being 5 to 10 feet deep, with current. It helps to have your fly on the bottom, where most of the Salmon and Steelhead are. Which vastly increases your odds of hooking up.
The running line technique is much more productive and can also be used in the shallows. It also takes 2 seconds to learn, unlike other fly rod fishing methods.
DeTomaso likes spey rod fly fishing on the Salmon River for steelhead and salmon, too. But he attaches a bright orange plastic foam bobber onto the butt segment of his tapered leader. And uses only one or two small split shot, either BBs or 3/0-size weights. To dangle the fly directly beneath the float, which is called a “strike indicator.”
With the marble-size indicators he uses. DeTomaso can recognize the most subtle interference with his drifting fly. Any sudden wiggle or wobble of the float may mean that the fly is merely stuck between two rocks. Or it could be the start of an epic battle with a biting salmon or steelhead on the Salmon River.
To put the fly in the spots where salmon and steelhead rest. DeTomaso relies on a spey rod or a 9-foot-long fly rod and a floating, tapered fly line. Typically, only the lower half of his leader is allowed to sink during the drift. The leader butt and fly line are usually at the surface. Making for a smooth pick-up and a quick repeat fly cast.
“I get a more natural drift with a strike indicator. And I also like the fact that I can use less weight. Than you do with the running line,” DeTomaso said.
Verdoliva has used both the indicator and running-line tactics to take salmon and steelhead. But now is more apt to employ a weighted fly, a sinker-less leader and a floating line. Especially when he’s fishing water of medium depths and speeds on the Salmon River.
Traditionally, salmon flies were weighted with wraps of lead or copper wire around their shanks. But Verdoliva now has fly boxes full of streamers which sport barbell-shaped “lead eyes” or tungsten cones “coneheads”. Secured just behind the eyes of the size 2 or 4 hooks. These flies sink quickly but are more streamlined and easier to cast than the lead-wrapped fly patterns of yore.
“I guess you could say they’re fly fishing’s version of a jig,” said Verdoliva. If he has trouble getting one of his weighted flies to the bottom in a given spot on the Salmon River. Verdoliva either pinches a small BB shot on his leader, which is usually tapered to about a 12-pound tippet. Or puts a short, quick-sinking piece of line called a “shooting head” between his fly line and the leader butt.
Reprinted with permission The Syracuse Post – Standard
Thanks for the nice article Mike! Where does this Salmon River fishing report guide send the check for mentioning me?
Thumbs up from this Salmon River Guide with a Very Happy Steelhead Fishing Guest.
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Author Biography – Established in 1980.
Randy Jones is the Owner, Author and Publisher of YankeeAngler.com. A Salmon River Guide based Service and Marketing Agency. Specializing in Expert Salmon and Steelhead fishing – Professional sales and marketing of his vastly successful Salmon River Guide fishing business and local fishery – SEO and Social Media.
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(P.S. I don’t discriminate. I also enjoy guiding you spin anglers too! – yukyuk)
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