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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.

On the Salmon River we continue to see some reeeel nice steelhead fishing action, from the top to the bottom of the river.  Our current higher water flows are bringing in the balance of your Spring steelhead. Optional Local Steelhead creeks and streams are with fish!

Presently, all the steelhead are in all stages of the Spawn. Most Pre-spawn, some spawning with some post spawn-(Drop Backs).
All the steelhead are in all the normal places for the stage of life they are in. Which relates directly to the current water flow level and its relationship to the current breaks on the Salmon River. Whether Pre-spawn, spawning or Post spawn.

We are seeing a few more drop back steelhead daily.
Drop back steelhead are ones that have successfully spawned, survived and are now transitioning down the river. Stopping along the way holding in different locations to feed and re-build their strength. These drop back steelhead would eat the kitchen sink, if you threw it at’m. They are not the fussiest eaters and can be some of the easiest steelhead to catch of the season. EVEN I could probably catch one. 😉

Your Mar. – April Fishing Forecast – Your Steelhead fishing opportunities will be good, due to all the steelhead we have in the Salmon River. Other Local steelhead creeks and streams will continue to produce good steelhead opportunities for you also.

As usual 😉 – Most anglers are finding the fishing slow, good to Amazing! Our Spring steelhead season will normally last into early May. It’s time to get your Fish ON!

Thanks for spending your valuable fishing dollars up here! The local economy and myself, Thanks You All!!
Looking forwards to a Fish ON with YOU!
Best Steelhead Fish’s,
Randy Jones

Some Trophy Steelhead awaiting your arrival this Spring!

Fresh steelhead from fishing the Salmon River, Pulaski NY.
Trophy 17.5 pound steelhead displayed with this Salmon River steelhead and salmon fishing guide.
Nice steelhead picture taken by Salmon River Pulaski NY steelhead and salmon fishing guide.
A fresh Salmon River steelhead landed while fishing the Salmon River, Pulaski NY.

Spring is Here! Contact me for Mar. or April. 
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Salmon River Fishing Report HUMOR.

FUNNY Sight Fishing Story on the Salmon River.
1 day I’ve got my guest sight fishing to a specific spot. The angler across from us hears me coaching, sees where I’m pointing too and watch’s where my client is casting too. Suddenly he pulls off a bunch of line and starts blind casting to the exact same spot.

I immediately told my guest to cast 15 feet further out into the Salmon River where it was 100% VOID of any fish and the same angler immediately reels in some line and begins casting to the same spot. To funny!

My two Salmon River fly fishing guest’s played with 7 or 8 Steelhead in this one lil drift boat spot.

The Salmon River Fly Fishing was SOOO good today. I had to stand behind a tree to tie the Steelhead fly on.

The guide says, Our Salmon River Steelhead get this BIG! My 2 guest’s played with 7 or 8 Steelhead in this one lil drift boat spot. Using a fly rod, in approx. 1 hour fly fishing time.
Talk about CRAZY and EXCITING fly fishing!!!!!
My incredibly detailed Salmon River fishing report w/ some rock solid tips!
I went 1 for 3 on steelhead @ (edited for content) in the afternoon using (edited for content). This morning I fished the (edited for content) and was 1 for 2 on steelhead. Nothing on the (edited for content), both on (edited for content). Money back guarantee! 😉

Salmon River World Record Striped Bass fishing Pulaski NY - Joke.

Today’s Salmon River NY News!

A/P WireWORLD RECORD Striped Bass caught in the Salmon River NY this Winter!

NY State Fish Biologists have determined by Scale samples that this fish started in the Pacific Ocean. Crossed the Panama Canal, swam up the Atlantic East coast shoreline. Entered the Hudson River, crossed the Erie Canal using a Easy Pass. Entered Lake Ontario and then swam up the Salmon River. 😉

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Salmon River TIPS.

Catch and release mitt for steelhead fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.

How to safely handle your Trophy Steelhead when taking a pic. and releasing it.

I use this, with a wet hand, even in the Winter.
100% better than a dry hand or a Winter glove that can cause injury and possible death by infection from removing the slim on your steelhead. These are also cheap and all of you should be using them if C and R steelhead. Better than a bare wet hand because this gives you a good grasp and the steelhead wont fall out’a yer hands and smash their brains on the rocks. Better than a Boga grip because I see 90% of you and guides use them incorrectly, possibly causing injury or death to the Steelhead.

Tip – Always kneel over the water when taking your steelhead pic. In case it does slip out’a your hands when practicing Catch and Release.

Salmon River Guide Tip for Spring Steelhead Fishing.

Normally, a single female steelhead will have 1 to 5 male steelhead hanging around her in very close proximity. By letting the female steelhead go, you can usually keep on catching the Males. If you keep the female, or fight her way down stream. All those males have no reason to hang around any longer and they will leave, looking for another mate. This leaves you with no more steelhead to catch.
It’s similar to “last call” at the bar. Once the last girl leaves, you know longer have any reason to hang around. – yukyuk

If sight fishing, normally the lead fish will always be the female. I like to leave her be, not present my offering to her and let her do her stuff. I’ll target the buck’s instead. By leaving her alone, the bucks usually hang around. Providing you with a multitude of ample opportunities to either fill your stringer or C and R a number of hard fighting trophy fish. Fish ON!

Neat lil Trick if your sight fishing with a Female and some Male Steelhead around. This one may surprise you!

On occasion when I am fishing, I will unintentionally – accidentally hook the Female. It’s not hard to tell its the Female because it will be the lead fish and lighter in color. What I do is break her off in a wink, because I want the Males to continue to hang around her. She may or may not flinch and always goes back to her business. This lil trick will allow you to catch 1 to 4 of those Males. Plus, if returning to the same spot the next day. She will be there with more Males for you to play with. MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!

April Steelhead Fishing Tip.

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 fishing colors in sacks, flies or beads.

When the Salmon River gets Flooded this Spring.

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, dirty water 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 and also on the Salmon River!

Salmon River High Water Steelhead fishing Tip.

Sometimes this high Salmon River water flow spreads the Steelhead out. While other times it concentrates the 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 Salmon River high water spots.
On the Salmon River, we have low water fishing spots, medium water fishing spots and high water fishing spots. The Steelhead change where they hold according to the water level. Combined with the effect of its current breaks.
When the Steelhead change where they hold due to higher water flows on the Salmon river, then so should you, for Best Results!

Seaguar Fluorocarbon Grand Max. – Like nothing you’ll ever see.

If you want to use the exact same leader – tippet material that I do for steelhead, then this is the exclusive floro. I use. I think it is also the most expensive. I get paid to guide anglers like yourself and feel its my responsibility to offer you the best shot at catching fish. That’s why I only use the best materials, etc.. made, simple. It is not brittle in the Winter time like some other really good floro.’s are. The diameter beat’s ALL other’s for its strength. (Just compare your’s to mine). As I’ve always said, anytime you can disguise what your fly, bait, etc.. is tied too, any species of fish, anywhere in the world, the odds are pretty good that you will play with a few more. If you want to use the same floro. as most of the World’s TOP guides, then Seaguar is the ticket.
I could type all day long on the advantages you’ll have, type all day long about all of the experiment’s Ive run. All day long about, well, you get my drift. I only use the best materials, etc.. in my guide business.
In many many cases, this one product can make the difference between no fish and a dozen. Been there, done that, I’ve bought the T-shirt. I like my side of the fence better than the other side. We have all been on the other side, but no more with Seaguar Fluorocarbon Grand Max.

FYI – It’s a lil pricey @ $20 for 30 meter spoil. But hey! If it will help you to play with more steelhead, its a small cost.

P.S. I’m happy to share my Brand with you, if it will help you to catch more Steelhead. BUT – I am hesitantly posting my endorsement of this fine product because if you use it, I will no longer have an advantage over you! 😉

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Lull in the Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Action with a Presence of Fish.

Most everyone feels a Lull is a negative thing while steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. I look at this completely opposite and feel it is very positive. It’s not to hard to know if you have a presence of steelhead or not. If you feel there are fish present and your having a lull, the steelhead are simply trying to tell you something. They are normally not off the bite, they simply want and need you to adjust.

There could be 10 or so different variables to consider when experiencing a lull on the Salmon River. If you can adjust, understand, acknowledge and implement this important 1, maybe 2, 3 step process of changing your format to meet the fish’s request’s. You will soon be on your way to “Fish On.” (This is providing the basic skills of steelhead fishing are being accomplished).

Ken with a nice Salmon River Pulaski NY steelhead.

Maybe the Salmon River steelhead are suspended and you are fishing below them, like in Nov. (To much weight?)
Maybe the steelhead are on the bottom and you are not reaching them, like in the Winter. (To lil weight?)
Maybe you are not running 100% drift. Only fishing 50% of your drift means in 8 hours you only actually fished for 4 hours. 😉
Maybe your presentation is swinging and not dead drifting to imitate something naturally drifting in the Salmon River’s current.
Maybe its a fly or bait concern. Color? Size? Rigging? Presentation? Habitat?
Maybe………….. As you can see their are approx. 10 or so things that can cause the steelhead to ask you to change and or adjust. Again, I see this as VERY positive and welcome a short lull. Learn from it, be flexible, change up, switch things around.

I do this on an almost daily basis on our Salmon River steelhead, its that normal. The trick is having a complete and thorough understanding of it all and correct presentation for whatever fishing tool you enjoy using.

One day we experienced a “Short lull in the action” while steelhead fishing the Salmon River. Made 1 quick and simple change to our presentation and on the first cast (and the following 2) my guest’s were tight to another bright fresh acrobatic steelhead. During the next lull, we made a rigging change and hooked up a couple more steelhead. Next lull, we changed our habitat by moving 15 feet further down into this Salmon River hole to find some fresher chrome and hooked up a few more. Then, after the 4th lull, we made a color change over these “now” educated steelhead with several more rewarding us all.

We experienced another short lull the other day, as usual. We made 1 change with one of my guest’s and two changes with the other.

1. One was rigging.
2. One was color.
3. Last one was presentation.

Ken displays a nice Salmon River Steelhead from Pulaski NY off the guide drift boat.

Within 1-2 cast’s both of my client’s were hooked up immediately and we did not experience any more lulls for the entire day. Actually, and Im not bragging, they had one of those “Days for KINGS!”
While all the other anglers stayed with that lull. We actually got to play with MORE fish AFTER we listened to them, then before the lull.

So again, a lull is a very positive thing providing you can read it, learn from it and understand what the fish are plainly trying to tell you.

By listening to the fish, you’ll be on your way to yelling “Fish ON and ON again! 🙂

I hope you found this post entertainingly informative or even slightly educational.

(P.S. The other thing that can cause a steelhead and or salmon lull in the action can be “Pressured Fish”. I’ll save that Tips-Article for another day. Its a good one!)

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Was I a Salmon River Steelhead Hero or a Zero? – Reading Water 101.

This Salmon River steelhead spot had changed since the last time I had fished it. Would it be for better or for worse?
Listen in…. while I discuss what had changed and how we were able to determine (before we fished it) whether this spot would hold good numbers of steelhead and what were the distinguishing features that told us so.

1. The small pool or large pocket was approx. only 40 feet long by about 20 feet wide. I love and specifically look for these tight Salmon River steelhead holding spots. Not much guess work. They are either there or they are not.
2. This location also had deepened by a substantial amount. Approx. 9 feet deep! Depth of water can play a very important role in any type of steelhead fishing. The depth of water makes the steelhead feel safer from predators.
3. Many times when the water comes up, if the steelhead are not in a very good current break for that flow. They will slowly slide down the Salmon River looking for a more suitable, comfortable current break to help them to conserve energy and feel safe.
This is a life saving move. This particular Salmon River spot is known to hold steelhead that have slide down from up river when the water level rises. Since the level of water had just jumped to 1,800cfs, I knew (hoped) 😉 this spot would be hot as it had been before, under the same scenario.
4. This spot also had a seam running right over the top of the hole. (A seam is where the fast water meets the slow water.) It allows the steelhead to conserve its energy in the slower water while never being far from the source of food, faster water.

16lb. Trophy Salmon River Steelhead caught on this fishing guides drift boat in Pulaski NY.

This location had 5 current breaks working for it.
1. The head of the hole where it was shallower, breaking the current.
2. The actual hole.
3. The seam running over the hole.
4. The tail of the hole, where the water moves slower.
5. And the “hole within the hole”. This is like a magnet for the fish and can be exact as fitting a key into a lock. The more current breaks the better, in most cases.

This area (current break) was exactly on the steelhead’s transitional, migration route that they take year after year. The Rt. that they normally take is the deepest part of the Salmon River and where there is the most current. This is what they use to navigate their way up the Salmon River. A holding or transitional holding area (current break) for the steelhead will normally always be in this Rt.

Finally, this steelhead spot was one of those triple your pleasure, triple your fun places.
1. It was a prime lye holding area.
2. A transitional holding area
3. A place for those steelhead that didn’t have a quality current break above this spot, in this increased water flow of 1,800cfs. To slide down the Salmon River into it.
This spot had all the marking’s of a good magnet to hold a lil or a lot of Metal.

Salmon River Steelhead fishing off the Pulaski NY guides drift boat.

So, was I to be a Hero or a Zero?
Sure enough, it was not long before we had our answer. “Fish ON!” This continued on for the remainder of our stay.

Eric’s one goal was to land a steelhead on the Salmon River, we accomplished that easily. Guess we didn’t need the extra 7 steelhead. (yukyuk)
Yesterday Eric used a fly rod set-up for high-sticking (deep nymphing-dead drifting-drift fishing) and hit 8 total steelhead when the water was at a high 1,800cfs. Congrats Dr. Eric!

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Drift Fishing with a Fly – Spin Rod Part 1. When Salmon River steelhead salmon fishing.

Anton lands another Nice Silver Bullet Steelhead off the Salmon River guide drift boat!

Anton’s Silver Bullet Steelhead!

There are numerous ways to present a fly/bait with a fly/spin rod on the Salmon River for steelhead or salmon. This is one of the more popular methods used in the Great Lakes region. Some well known fishing authors have written about it. My friend Tom Rosenbauer mentions it in his Orvis fly fishing technique book.

Deep nymphing, dead drifting, drift fishing, high sticking, chuck and duck. These are all terms I’ve heard, used to describe the same method. Anytime you can make it easier for any species of fish to feed anywhere in the world you will increase the odds of hooking up. That’s why this presentation technique is so popular. It works in every condition you will ever find on the Salmon river. (High-low water, cold-warm water, any species, clear-off color water, fast-slow moving water, close in far out, no room for a back cast, crowded conditions, etc…).

You only want to lightly tap your weight on top of the rocks, (3 light ticks is sufficient) giving your rod tip a 1-2 in. twitch when feeling a slight pause, stop or hesitation. Many times the steelhead or salmon do not slam your flies or bait, but instead mouth it before spitting it out. This feel’s like a pause or hesitation while you are on your drift. In my opinion, it is critical to concentrate on detecting the pause or hesitation that happens when a fish lightly pick’s up your bait or fly. Pre-setting the hook immediately before it has a chance to spit it is critical while you are checking to see if it is a rock or fish. If you slightly twitch the tip of the rod (3-4 inch’s) on the pause, then you are pre-setting correctly. If it’s a rock, you have just gotten over it, and kept your fly/bait on the bottom. If you fully set, then a lot of the time you have moved you weight and fly/bait so far off the bottom, that your drift is over. If its a fish or a snag, then your line will not move and stop which means you should immediately fully set the hook. I pre-set the hook with a twitch, then set, if line remains still.

The first lesson I was ever taught when fishing the Salmon River for steelhead or salmon using this technique is if you pre- set on the pause or hesitation, and pull up a leaf, then you are detecting the slight pause or hesitation correctly. If you wait every time for your line to stop before you set, then you are missing fish. I always tell my clients – when in doubt, pre-set the hook, and if the line doesn’t move, PLEASE (politely) set it!

Not a day goes by when you can watch other Salmon River anglers fishing for Salmon or Steelhead and see there line pause with no reaction by them. Or watch the line stop dead for 3-4 seconds with no reaction. The reaction to the take has to be immediate or fly/bait is spit out. Many fish are lost and simply never hooked up because many, many anglers are all waiting for that BIG BANG of Fish On. A blind man can easily detect the take when the fish slams it, but it’s the 10% of anglers that catch 90% of the fish that are concentrating mostly on the pauses and hesitations, in my opinion.

Anton’s Spring 16 lb. Trophy Male Steelhead caught while sight fishing with the fly fishing around the Salmon River NY area!

Anton’s Spring 16 lb. Trophy Male Salmon River Steelhead!

Here are several ways to help you detect subtle takes when fishing the Salmon River for steelhead or salmon.
(Pauses and hesitations)
1. Watching the line in the water as it moves down stream on the drift. You will normally always see it, before you feel it.
2. Feeling with your rod hand on rod grip.
3. Lightly touching your rod hand index finger to line. For a fly rod, this will only work proficiently if the line is coming straight off the reel to your first rod guide. If your in the habit of making those lil trout loops (what I call them) after you’ve cast, then it does not work.
4. Holding the line in your other hand. The line should be held in your fingertips for greatest sensitivity.
5. There are some seasoned Steelhead angler’s who don’t watch their line in the water on the drift. Instead they look at their rod tip through the entire drift. Letting the slight movement of the tip tell them what is going on underneath the surface.

Proper Weighting:
I sometimes change my weight 2-3 times without moving from the same spot. I work the water close, then farther out. Weighting is critical to helping you detect the takes. The key is to lightly tap the bottom, not dredge the bottom. Too much weight and detecting subtle takes is impossible and you’ll end up getting stuck, breaking off and re-tying a lot. Most anglers use to much weight.

This technique also works in your local streams and river’s for trout during high water conditions. Also in the deeper, faster sections were traditional fly lines will not allow you to get down to the bigger fish.

Basically, their is no difference when you get a pause or hesitation from a rock, salmon or steelhead that has just mouthed your fly/bait. Most anglers are all waiting for the big BANG. Thereby missing 50% of actual takes. If you think about it, doesn’t a pause or hesitation always precede a complete stop? When a fish takes and spits your fly, bait it can happen in a split second. By concentrating on your line movement, correct weighting, depth of drift, contact with the bottom, pauses and hesitations. You will be on your way too becoming a part of the 10% that catch’s 90% of the fish.

Besides all the other pieces of the puzzle we have covered and will cover, hopefully these tips will help you all to be more in tune with your drift fishing.
Happy Hookin,
Randy Jones

Drift Fishing with a Fly – Spin Rod Part 2. When Salmon River steelhead salmon fishing.

Correct speed of drift:
Imitating an egg-nymph dead drifting along the bottom at the same rate of speed as the bottom water column is imperative to successfully hooking up. This is achieved by looking where you’re mono enters the water. It should be moving slightly slower than the surface current combined with a light ticking of your weight on the bottom rocks. This matches the bottom current speed close enough. Making your offering look real enough to even the Smartest Salmon River steelhead or salmon.

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!

Fine Tuning and Perfecting your drift:
My primary goal when first fishing a spot is NOT to catch a fish. It’s making sure my drift is fine tuned and perfect. Only after this determination, do I have any real chance of catching a Salmon or Steelhead.

I always guess approx. how much weight I will need according to the depth and speed of water I’m fishing, combined with the distance I’ll be casting. I start every cast at the 12 O’clock position. 12 O’clock is always straight in front of you, straight across the current. My goal is to start lightly ticking the bottom rocks shortly there after with my rod tip high.

If I don’t feel the bottom shortly after casting at 12. Then I’ll cast the same weight slightly above (up river) the 12 O’clock position. My goal is to start ticking the bottom at 12 with my rod tip high. If I achieve this, my weighting is perfect. If I don’t achieve this, then I know I’ll need a lil more weight to achieve the perfect drift.

Once you’ve achieved the correct weight and exact spot you need to land it in the water for the perfect drift. It becomes imperative to your success to land your weight in the water in the EXACT same spot, cast after cast. Casting your weight to far up river or casting your weight to far down river doesn’t work for numerous reasons.

Sub-surface Non-visual characteristics of line that can either help you or hurt you:
In my opinion, when drift fishing correctly the line between the tip of your rod and weight should be a straight line sub-surface. This can easily be achieved by holding your rod tip high on the drift by putting less line into the water column.

If I held my rod tip low on the drift, several negative things can happened.
1. First and most importantly no fish are caught.
2. A low rod tip puts more line into the water column, which creates a sub-surface bow or slack in your line. Causing your fly/bait to unnaturally speed up and swing through the hole, instead of dead drifting through it. There by making your tasty morsel look more like a speeding bullet than something that was naturally drifting along the bottom at the correct speed that was edible.
3. The weight would not bring our fly/bait into the strike zone due to the current bowing the line and speeding up the drift and keeping the weight off the bottom.
4. When dead drifting correctly, its imperative that you control your weight. Most anglers let the weight control them. With a low rod tip you are creating a sub-surface bow or slack in your line and letting the weight control you. Your weight is simply slogging along the bottom looking for the quickest and easiest rock to call home for good. By holding rod tip high, you can control your weight by skipping over these snags with a quick 3-4 inch twitch of your rod tip when feeling a pause or hesitation.
5. Usually, if you have a subsurface bow or slack in your line, you will not feel the weight lightly ticking the rocks sensation. Due to the vibrations not being transferred up through the bowed or slack line to your rod hand or finger. Which makes feeling the pauses and hesitations impossible. Causing you to miss fish and getting snagged on the bottom a lot.

With a high rod tip and a straight line from rod tip to weight, you will achieve your desired and most productive dead drift.
Cutting down on drag, giving it a more natural drift by imitating the correct bottom speed, feeling those pauses and hesitations better, detecting the take better and getting hung-up on the bottom less.

John’s trophy 16 pound steelhead from the Salmon River NY fishing guides drift boat.

John’s honk’a off the drift boat! Approx. 16 lb. Steelhead!

Angle of rod tip to line to cut down on snags:
To achieve a maximum dead drift and cut down on snags the rod tip should be held directly over the line on your entire drift. When you feel a pause or hesitation and twitch your rod tip. If its a snaggy rock, you will pull your weight straight up and over it.
If you follow your line with your rod tip in front of the line, or behind it, many negative things happen.

The above articles all have some exceptions to them. There are even more advanced techniques to add to the above articles that will further your success rate. I guess I’ll save those for my Salmon River steelhead salmon fishing guest’s. 🙂
Happy Hook’n,
Randy Jones

***FYI to ALL Fly Rod anglers. Don’t use this method in either the Upper or Lower Fly Zones. You could get a dummy ticket! Fly Zones are for Traditional Fly casting with a weight restriction, which this isn’t.

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High Water Salmon River Spring Steelhead Fishing with Tony and Wes’s Fishing Report and Testimonial.

Went out on the big water today (1,700cfs) with Randy Jones in his drift boat. Had a great time and got into some steelhead! I’ve been up steelhead fishing 5 times this year before today. Skunked every time. Today I got some good instruction on float fishing and we landed some steelhead. Water was still high, but fairly clear (wasn’t as dirty as Randy’s jokes). I was starting to think the Salmon River was a waste of time when the water is so high but we had luck. It was my first Salmon River Steelhead drift boat trip. Had a great time and learned a lot! Tony

Tony and I fished yesterday w\Randy Jones the Yankee Angler. He almost knows as much as me, HAHA. All kidding aside, if somebody wants to fish w\a guy who knows the Salmon River and how to steelhead fish it better than anyone I’ve met, then you owe it to yourself to book a trip w\him. This has been a tough Salmon River fishing season for me on steelhead, and for almost everyone I’ve talked to, but Randy put us on fish.

We used floats off a spinning rod (upon our request to learn) since I am fairly new to this steelhead technique., I caught my 1st decent size steelhead yesterday on one and am now confident to use them on my own. Randy went over how to rig them and how to properly fish them. I could go on & on of all he taught us, but let me leave it at this. If you’re going to book a trip on the Salmon River you cannot go wrong using him. We had a blast- even before we hooked up. We were 3 for 4 on hooked steelhead, along w\several float drops that we were too slow to react to. I have fished w\him a couple times, and for my money and even more my precious vacation time, I could not have been more pleased. Thanks Randy- ’til next time! Wes

Thanks for the fishing report and FUN rewarding steelhead day on the Salmon River Tony and Wes! Tony and Wes have been studying float fishing on the net and picking up tips along the way and reeeeeelly wanted to learn it all better, so they could do it with confidence. We covered all materials needed, how to rig, optional shot patterns, optional top producing baits, beads for different seasons, water flows, clarity of water and stages of the steelhead’s life, etc.. How to run a perfect drift using a spin rod with floats and numerous advanced tips on all aspects of float fishing.

The best part of the day for me was seeing Tony and Wes hook up and land some steelhead using floats for the first time building confidence.
The excitement and adrenaline running up your spine of the fight, the rewards of landing some. The camaraderie we shared, laughs abounded all day. New Salmon River steelhead high water spots learned for a 1,700 cfs flow. Covering a 4 mile length of the Salmon River, providing them with options if the river is high again on there next trip up here.

If your looking to book a Salmon River drift boat fishing trip for next Fall Salmon or early Steelhead, Ive still got some prime dates open.
May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Best Steelhead Fish’s,
Randy Jones

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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 Video!
Spring is just around the corner!

Salmon River fishing report Amazing Spring Steelhead Fishing Video Pulaski NY
Salmon River 21 lb. Spring Steelhead landed with Pulaski NY fishing report steelhead guide.

A Trophy 20 lb. Spring Steelhead.

Very Rare – But you never know! 

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!

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.

$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 and Videos.

Check out all the Monster fish you will catch up here!

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.

What helps to cause a BIG RUN of Steelhead or Salmon? This might help plan your Salmon River fishing trip.

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.

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.

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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 Fishing Guide Pulaski NY - Yankee Angler

Salmon River Brown Trout and Steelhead Fishing Seasons:

All Season
Brown Trout. You can catch these anytime while fishing the Salmon River. They average 3 to 5 pounds with some Larger!

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 on the Salmon River.

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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Fishing Report Testimonial: 

Randy, You Rock!! Your writings 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 Jim! I hope other viewer’s feel the same. Best fish’s, Randy

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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 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: [email protected] – Phone #315-963-2065 – Booking Form on here.
$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.

Randy Jones is the Owner, Author and Publisher of Author Biography – Established in 1980.
Randy Jones is the Owner, Author and Publisher of A Salmon River Pulaski NY based Guide Service and Marketing Agency. Specializing in Expert Salmon and Steelhead fishing – Professional sales and marketing of his vastly successful fishing guide business and local fishery – SEO and Social Media.


Distributed World Wide Books: Simon Gawesworth, Spey Casting, First and also Second Editions. Rich Murphy, Fly Fishing for Striped Bass.
Covers, feature articles and guide profiles: 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 Magazines.
Many World Wide Internet Fishing Sites and News Feeds.
Paid featured guest speaker at numerous Sports Shows, Fresh and Saltwater fishing.
Guest speaker at most Trout Unlimited Chapters, fly tying, tackle and Orvis shops around New England and beyond.
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)
Randy Jones 87 Clark Rd. Mexico, NY 13114 – Phone: 315-963-2065.