Salmon River Steelhead Salmon fishing in Pulaski NY.

Salmon River Steelhead Salmon Fishing is some of the most Exciting  spin fly fishing you can do for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout in Pulaski NY.

The Salmon River’s reputation for Large Runs of Steelhead, Salmon and Incredible Average Size of all species is unsurpassed by any other fishery in the North East.

Salmon River Steelhead Salmon Fishing steelhead is some of the most Exciting fishing you can do in Pulaski NY.
Salmon River steelhead salmon fishing king salmon landed while fishing in Pulaski NY.

Every Fall the Salmon River sees epic runs of King Salmon and Coho Salmon from September through October when anglers can try their hand at some of the Largest freshwater game fish in the world. Our King Salmon range up to 30 pounds, with many Salmon pushing past 20 pounds. Our Coho Salmon average 8 to 12 pounds, with many larger.

BIG Salmon River King Salmon being displayed with the chance to catch Steelhead, Coho Salmon and Brown Trout.
BIG Coho Salmon landed while Salmon River Steelhead Salmon fishing in Pulaski NY.

As the Kings and Coho Salmon begin to spawn, our dime-bright Steelhead begin to enter the Salmon River. These acrobatic Steelhead bring fishing anglers from all over the world trying to land one of these Trophies. Our Steelhead season lasts from October until late Spring, when the steelhead slowly drop back down the Salmon River into Lake Ontario after spawning. Large Brown Trout can be caught anytime while fishing for Steelhead.

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Enjoy my Salmon River steelhead salmon fishing Photo Collages. All caught on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY during our Fall, Winter and Spring Salmon and Steelhead fishing seasons by fishing folks like yourself.

Some Trophy Steelhead awaiting your arrival!

Salmon River Steelhead Salmon fishing bright fresh steelhead in Pulaski NY.
Salmon River steelhead salmon fishing with a Trophy 17.5 pound steelhead from Pulaski NY.
All smiles with this Steelhead while Salmon River Steelhead Salmon fishing in Pulaski NY.
Dime bright fresh Salmon River Fall steelhead landed while Salmon River Steelhead Salmon fishing in Pulaski NY.

Family Fishing Fun! While Salmon River Steelhead Salmon Fishing.

Youngster with a King salmon while Salmon River Steelhead Salmon fishing in Pulaski NY.
Enjoy my Salmon River steelhead salmon fishing Photo Collages of Steelhead, Brown Trout, King Salmon and Coho Salmon.
Bill and Julie land a nice Salmon River Pulaski NY steelhead while fishing during the Winter.
Thomas lands a Trophy 16 pound steelhead while fishing the Salmon River, Pulaski NY.
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Jeff Pierce hit a “Rare” Grand Slam on the day this Steelhead photo was taken along with landing many Coho Salmon, King Salmon and some Brown Trout.

Jeff Pierce hit a “Rare” Grand Slam on the day this Steelhead photo was taken.

Grand Slam = All by yourself in a single fishing day. You land a Brown Trout, Steelhead, Coho Salmon and King Salmon on the Salmon River.

Not easy to do, but FUN fishing to try!


Sorry, your Salmon River WORLD RECORD TROPHY Suckers don’t count.
😉

Salmon River steelhead salmon fishing 22 pd. Coho Salmon from Pulaski NY.

Jeff also would have had a new line class record for this 22 pd. Salmon River Coho Salmon. (average 8 to 12 lb’s.) But didn’t have his I.G.F.A. hand book with him to know it qualified.
There is no HO like a Coho 😉

Nice fly fishing Brown Trout for Geir Sivertzen caught on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY while Salmon River Steelhead Salmon fishing.

Nice Brown Trout for Geir Sivertzen caught on the Salmon River NY. (average 3-5 lb’s.)

Today was one of those Magical Days we all wish and fish for with a BIG RUN of Coho Salmon, King Salmon, with a few Steelhead and Brown Trout in the mix.

Group fishing photo of Bob, Jeff and Geir with a Big Salmon River Coho Salmon. Congrats!

Today was one of those Magical Days we all wish and fish for. BIG RUN of Coho Salmon and King Salmon, with a few Steelhead and Brown Trout in the mix. Check out the Below – BIG RUN Video Its exactly what happened for us on this AMAZING day while Salmon River steelhead Salmon Fishing).

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Enjoy my Complementary Salmon River Steelhead Salmon Fishing Tips, Humor and Articles.

TIPS: What helps to cause a BIG RUN of Steelhead or Salmon?

This might help you plan your Salmon River Steelhead Salmon fishing trip.

What’s the very-very best way to keep your rod from EXPLODING! When fighting and doing battle with a BIG Salmon or Steelhead?

Im glad you asked, Just hand me your rod. 😉
((Great, after my sarcastic joke….. now I feel obligated to write the below for you.))

TOP 3 WAY’S to avoid exploding your rod. On any fish, of any BIG Salmon or Steelhead size and weight.
I’m talking from Salmon River Steelhead Salmon fishing experience folks. 😉

#1 Rule – Rods will easily explode on you. When you put your hand ABOVE the cork (hand grip) for extra leverage on rod blank. Sure, on lil trout you measure by the inch, it’s never broken. But, how about a 30 plus pound Salmon River King Salmon. Even a 10 pound Salmon River Steelhead will cause your rod to break – explode if it’s mishandled by you.
Don’t blame the manufacture, its your fault! These fish are equal opportunity rod breakers. And don’t care how much or how lil you spent on your rod. Rods are meant to be flexed fully. So by placing your hand above the cork, it isn’t and it will EXPLODE!

2. Check your ferrals thru out the day. (A ferrel is where the pieces of your rod join together.) No matter the price you pay for your rod, they do come loose thru out the day. By checking them every few hour’s you should be ok.
If your ferrules are loose. And your rod is doubled over on a BIG Salmon or Steelhead, it will break Every time.

3. Remember when your rod fell off the roof of your car? Or, got a nick in it from a split shot or lead eyes on your streamer? Even if you do all of the above, that nick, is your weakest link. I will guarantee you. That that is where it will break when your rod is doubled over on a Salmon or Steelhead!

In Closing,
When you drop your grandmas finest china on the floor, it breaks. Her china was not made to be dropped on the floor. Your fishing rod is no different.

If you remember that your fishing rod is similar to your grandma’s finest china. And follow rules #1 and #2, you’ll be ok. (Many anglers bring 2 rods when Salmon River Steelhead Salmon fishing).

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Salmon River Steelhead Salmon Fishing Guide HUMOR – SEE IF YOU CAN FIND THE FISH IN THE PICTURE? 😉

Salmon River Steelhead Salmon fishing with Treasure in Pulaski NY.
Salmon River steelhead salmon fly fishing and flies in Pulaski NY.
Salmon River steelhead salmon fishing angler displays a rainbow trout in Pulaski NY.

Fisherman loses 4 front teeth while doing Battle with a MONSTER King Salmon while Salmon River Steelhead Salmon Fishing.

Salmon river steelhead salmon fishing accident when Fisherman loses 4 front teeth while doing Battle with a MONSTER King Salmon in Pulaski NY.

(Before and after his Dental Surgery)

He lost all four of his front teeth as a result of a King Salmon fishing related accident. In October 2014 on the Salmon River.

When he was fishing the Salmon River the water level was way up. And had several heavy split shot sinkers on his line to get his bait down.

He hooked a “HUMONGOUS” King salmon. As he reeled in the Salmon and got it close to shore. Rodriguez’s line snapped and the sinkers on the line flew at his face. Hitting him squarely in the mouth.

“It completely knocked me out!” he said in an interview last year. “I fell in the water and all I remember was this old guy dragging me to land. If it hadn’t been for that old guy, “I would have been dead that day!”

He tried to get used to having no front teeth, but suffered silently, said his wife, Tracy. He was reluctant to smile.

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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 Salmon River Steelhead. Drift Fishing with a Fly – Spin Rod Part 1.

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.

Salmon River steelhead salmon fishing Anton's BIG Spring fly fishing sight fished Trophy 16 lb. Steelhead from around Pulaski NY.

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

Here are several ways to help you detect subtle takes when Salmon River steelhead salmon fishing.

(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 with your Fly – Spin Rod:
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.

Todd’s biggest steelhead being this 16 lb. Fatty Salmon River Steelhead! Drift Fishing with a Fly – Spin Rod Part 2. When Salmon River steelhead salmon fishing.

Todd’s Biggest was this 16 lb. Fatty Salmon River Steelhead!
The Steelhead rewards were many! Congrats Todd!

Fine Tuning and Perfecting your drift fishing:
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 Spin – Fly 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 Fly – Spin rod tip low while drift fishing, 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 when Salmon River steelhead Salmon fishing.

Salmon River fishing guide steelhead in Pulaski NY with John's 16 pound steelhead from Pulaski NY.

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

Here is How I Rig my Fly Rods and Spinning Rods for Drift fishing while Salmon River Steelhead Salmon Fishing.

Salmon River King Salmon and Coho Salmon Fishing: Sept. – Oct.
Fly Rod Equipment: Fly rods for Salmon should be a 9-10 weight. Reels should have 200 yds of 30 lb. test backing. Disk or cork drags are preferred. (No plastic parts)
Rigging for Fly Rods: By far, the most productive way that allows you the best odds to consistently hook-up and to be able to fish any and all waters. Is to use a floating running line for dead-drifting your fly patterns. Sometimes we will use a sinking line or a weight forward floating fly line with a strike indicator when fly fishing. But this only works in some of the water.
Fly Line: Cortland Running line 30 lb. test.
Butt: 8-10 feet of  Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon straight 15 lb. test.
Swivels or Snap swivels: Size 10.
Weight: Variety of split shot in #2-#7 or Slinkies in different sizes.
Tippets: Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon 12 lb. test. ***The distance between the hook, artificial fly or lure and any weight attached to the line or leader, whether fixed or sliding, shall not exceed four feet.

Spinning Rod Equipment: Spinning rods for Salmon should be able to handle 15-18 lb. main line with a strong drag system on spinning reel. (No plastic parts)
Spinning Rod Mainline for Salmon I exclusively use Ande Mono Envoy 15lb. test.
Swivels or Snap swivels: Size 10.
Weight: Variety of split shot in #2-#7 or Slinkies in different sizes.
Leaders: Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon 12 lb. test. ***The distance between the hook, artificial fly or lure and any weight attached to the line or leader, whether fixed or sliding, shall not exceed four feet.

Salmon River Steelhead and Brown Trout Fishing: Oct. thru April.
Fly Rod Equipment: Fly rods for Steelhead or Brown Trout should be a  6-8 weight, 10 feet, medium flex. Disk or cork drags are preferred. (No plastic parts)
Rigging for Fly Rods: By far, the most productive way that allows you the best odds to consistently hook-up and to be able to fish any and all waters. Is to use a floating running line for dead-drifting your egg or nymph patterns. Sometimes we will use a sinking line or a weight forward floating fly line with a strike indicator when fly fishing. But this only works in some of the water.
Fly Line: Cortland Floating Running line 20 lb. test.
Butt: 8-10 feet of  Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon straight 10 lb. test.
Swivels or Snap swivels: Size 12.
Weight: Variety of split shot in #2-#7 or Slinkies in different sizes.
Tippets: Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon 8 lb. test. ***The distance between the hook, artificial fly or lure and any weight attached to the line or leader, whether fixed or sliding, shall not exceed four feet.

Spinning Rod Equipment: Noodle spin rods for Steelhead or Brown Trout should be rated for 6-12 lb. main line test with smooth drag. (No plastic parts)
Spinning Rod Mainline for Steelhead: I exclusively use Ande Mono Envoy 12 lb. test.
Swivels or Snap swivels: Size 12.
Weight: Variety of split shot in #2-#7 or Slinkies in different sizes.
Leaders: Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon 8 lb. test. ***The distance between the hook, artificial fly or lure and any weight attached to the line or leader, whether fixed or sliding, shall not exceed four feet.

***FYI to ALL Fly 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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Salmon River NY Trophy Steelhead Fishing Testimonial:

HELLO RANDY I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for an incredible day of steelhead fishing. I have fished with you twice and I have hooked a total of 19 steelhead. I know people who have been fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski NY for five years and haven’t hooked that many Steelhead. As I was driving home I was laughing, the Salmon River was at 1200cfs. The weather was bad, and the Steelhead fishing had been slow for five days. Still I had the best fishing day of my life!

As a registered Maine guide and a person who has fished all over the world. I have never met anyone who works as hard to get fish as you do. Anyone who is thinking about fishing the “Salmon River.” Should book a Drift Boat Guide trip with you. If the dates aren’t available they should change there plans to get an open date. Its the closest you can get to a sure thing in Steelhead fishing. Thanks again! I’ll see you next March and hope the Salmon River is high and the weather is bad. Capt. William Griffin

Capt. and fishing guide Bill lands a rare Trophy 20 lb. Steelhead of a Fishing Life-Time on the Salmon River!

Capt. Bill lands a Trophy 20 lb. Steelhead of a Fishing Life-Time! HOLY COW’A BUNG’A!!
(Very Rare)

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Salmon River Steelhead Salmon Fishing Guide with a Happy Steelhead Guest in Pulaski NY.

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

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams…… ………… we’ll mak’m reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
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