Yankee Angler Fishing Report – Steelhead.

Yankee Angler Fishing Report Salmon River Pulaski NY.
By Randy Jones – Author of Yankee Angler fishing report w/over 35 yrs. Total Pro. fishing Guide EXP.

Enjoy my Yankee Angler fishing Reports. For Current Salmon River Fishing Conditions, Fishing Articles, Videos and Tips from Pulaski NY. I hope you find my Yankee Angler Fishing Report. For float fishing, spin fishing or fly fishing entertainingly informative. Covering Steelhead, Salmon and Brown Trout.
When you’re ready to come fishing, give me a call!

The Steelhead and Salmon Fishing of your Dreams….   ….We’ll mak’m reeeeeeeeeeel.
Best Fish’s, Yankee Angler fishing report guide Randy Jones.

Yankee Angler Fishing Report Steelhead. Oct. 24, 2022.

First GOOD Fishing RUN OF Steelhead started late Saturday on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY on Oct. 22, 2022. With the Steelhead run continuing ALL of Sunday. Ya-Hoo!
With reports of. – Very good movement of Steelhead. Excellent fishing with persistent Steelhead. In the lower 3 miles of the Salmon River.
Before this, the Steelhead and Brown Trout were sprinkled in with the Salmon. That are now spread out, top to bottom of the river.

With TONS of fresh King and Coho Salmon eggs in the river. Now is the Perfect Time for all those steelhead to enter and run the Salmon River.
Currently, the Salmon River is a Five Star smorgasbord of an all you can eat egg buffet for your Steelhead.

As everyday pass’s, we are seeing more Dime Bright Silver Bullet Chrome Steelhead enter and run the Salmon River. Offering You Opportunity with a presence of Steelhead. Ye-Haa!
We will receive MORE Steelhead in Nov. and even MORE Steelhead in December.
Making these two Months one of the Best Times for Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.

Presently, If you can hook 1 or 2 Steelhead in a day you did good. 3-4 in a day, you did great! Some Steelhead fishing anglers are doing BIGGER #’s.
Things are looking Good, for your upcoming Salmon River Steelhead fishing trip in Pulaski NY. It’s Time to Get Yer FISH ON!

Steelhead avg. 8-12 lbs. with some Larger! – These Steelhead are without a doubt, one of the hardest fighting Fish that swims in the Salmon River.
With Catapulting Jumps, Somersaulting Flips, Speeding Bullet Runs and Tail-walks across the river.

Brown Trout avg. 3-5 lbs. with some Larger! – The Brown Trout spawn in Nov. which is why they are entering the river.
Making it the BEST Month for a chance at a Trophy Brown Trout.
With TONS of Brown Trout in the Lake this summer and with past – current reports on the river. We should see another good year for Brown Trout.
Steelhead will also concentrate on eating their eggs in Nov. when they spawn.

This years BONUS that will help you catch MORE Steelhead. – We have a Better than normal number of fresh King and Coho Salmon in the River currently.
This is great news! These Salmon will be our late spawner’s. Providing a smorgasbord of fresh eggs trickling down the Salmon River for your Steelhead.
This makes it a lot easier to fool Steelhead with your egg sacks, beads, glow bugs and skein. Whether your fishing the bottom, under a strike indicator or under a float.
Presently, the Salmon River is a 5 Star Restaurant for your Steelhead. Top to Bottom of the River.
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Todays Humor – Ever happen to you? John told me a funny story about his wife and a 15 lb. Steelhead on the Salmon River. 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. Causing more cold water to fill his waders. When he tried to net the Steelhead for the third time he smashed his watch to pieces on a rock.
Steelhead was netted, picture was taken and Steelhead was released back into the Salmon River. I’m sure John’s wife was very appreciative of his efforts.

I’m hoping for a higher water release from the Salmon River dam, to flush all the dead smelling Salmon down river TO YOUR SPOT. P-U!
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Today’s Salmon River NY Steelhead Fishing Tips.
Many steelhead will be holding behind spawning Salmon and Brown Trout. To include the first current break directly below these spawning Salmon or Brown Trout. Where they can easily intercept the eggs being laid, as they float down the river.
For Fall Steelhead, always fish the water that is rippled, choppy or white water. Not flat.
The rapids, combined with a current break is a Prime Holding location for Fall Steelhead.
They won’t be in the Pools until the water temp. drops more.

Catch MORE Steelhead by knowing the Water Temp. on the Salmon River.
Above 45 degrees – All the Steelhead will be in their Fall Habitats that are mentioned above.
Between 42 and 44 degrees. – The Fall steelhead will transition to the Winter Pools. 1/2 the Steelhead will be in the Winter Pools and 1/2 will be in their Fall Habitats. So fish both habitats.
At 41 deg. – Most Steelhead will be in the Winter Pools with a few in their Fall Habitats.
At 37 degrees. – All the Steelhead will be in their Winter Habitat – Pools. With a few in their Fall locations as they run the river.

Offer the Steelhead what 100% of them want currently.
The Salmon River is a Five Star smorgasbord of an all you can eat egg buffet of Salmon eggs and Brown Trout eggs in Nov.
Use Quarter sized egg sacks in Orange, cream, peach, white, blue and pink. Pink is a great color for fresh Steelhead. Use Chartreuse if the water is muddy colored.
Use any egg imitations in the same colors. Single or multiple. Whether your Steelhead spin fishing, float fishing or fly fishing on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY.

Salmon River Fishing Testimonial. – Randy, thank you for giving us the two most memorable fishing days of our lives!! Your more than a guide you’re a friend!! Steve and Mark

For MORE – Salmon River Steelhead and Salmon Fishing Pulaski NY.

Catch MORE STEELHAD! Check out my Oct. 16 Blog Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY. Oct. 21 Salmon River Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY.
Nov. 4 Steelhead fishing Salmon River NY. – Jan. 6 Winter Steelhead fishing Salmon River NY.Jan. 19 Winter Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY.

Did you know?
Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.
(9/7/2022 AP) The N.Y. State D.E.C. just came out with a new report about 1 MAJOR side effect of eating Steelhead. – Genital shrinkage!
BREAKING NEWS! – The State plans to stock more Steelhead this year to help feed the Orcas in Lake Ontario.
If you lie about the size of your fish, I’ll swear to it!
There will be no Steelhead fishing in the cemetery. So you better do your fishing now, while your still able.

TOP SECRET (edited) FISHING REPORT. – LOADED with Steelhead!
I went 3 for 6 on Steelhead @ (edited for content) in the afternoon. All were caught using (edited for content).
This morning I fished the (edited for content) and was 2 for 5 on Steelhead using (edited for content).
The last spot I fished was LOADED with Steelhead @ (edited for content). – har har.

Catch MORE Steelhead!
Video Links – Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Tips.
1) Ever wonder where the Steelhead stop to rest at? While running the Salmon River for only a Brief period of time?

2) Find out where the Steelhead hold at. During the Middle of the day, once they have stopped running the Salmon River. From approx. 9:30 am  until 5:30pm. (Skip the repeated Intro. @ 1:11).

3) Where do the Steelhead hold at for Extended periods of time on the Salmon River? (Skip the repeated Intro. @ 1:11).

EXCITING Salmon River Increased Steelhead Stocking NEWS.
“Big Rivers” approach for Steelhead and Salmon stocking allocations! – Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Stocking Strategy 2022-2026.
https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/lostockingstrategy.pdf
This approach directs stocking toward developing major steelhead and salmon fisheries in large Lake Ontario tributaries. Which includes the Salmon River.
What does this mean for you? Increased stocking of Steelhead and King Salmon in the Salmon River system.
Many smaller Tribs. will no longer get stocked with these 2 species, as in the past. So those #’s will be stocked in the Salmon River.

JC Clark Asks. – If Im understanding this right, stocking numbers for steelhead are not being increased. However more of the stated # of steelhead stocked will be fish that return to the Salmon River as a product of concentrating higher % of the total fish in larger rivers to increase angler opportunity where most people fish?

David Agness Replies. – Yes. I sat on the stake holder committee for these stocking changes and priorities. Many smaller tribs. that got moderate stocks of steelhead and king salmon have been eliminated to concentrate fish to larger rivers which sees much greater usage and has greater access.
Those small streams set aside will still see migratory strays and they all tend to get healthy brown trout migrations.

FUN Salmon River STUFF!
The Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar is now open for you to visit. They made some very nice improvements. Take an AMAZING Tour @ https://www.facebook.com/NYSDEC/videos/880965382889230/

These MONSTER FISH await you! – https://www.yankeeangler.com/salmon-river-fish-pictures-photos/

What helps to causes a GOOD RUN of Steelhead? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ

Enjoy a Scenic FUN and FAST Salmon River guide Drift Boat trip in Pulaski NY.
Covering 3 mi. in 4 min. on the Upper Salmon River off the Drift Boat in the Fall and Winter. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmTTVnAzVEw&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o

Expert and Advanced U-tube video on Best Places to fish for Steelhead. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT2TUdtz730&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=9

Amazing Spring steelhead video. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3

Check out my Office. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ka5bauBb3o

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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddOp8QPNEyc
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As the sun rose to another day on the water, it made me realize how very lucky I am. To do what I enjoy and share my 32 yrs. of EXP. with all of you.

I hope you found my “Yankee Angler fishing report” entertainingly informative or mildly educational.

The Steelhead fishing of your dreams.. ..well mak’m reeeeeel!
May all Your door knobs smell of BIG Steelhead!
Steelhead Fishing you Success! Salmon River Guide Randy Jones of Yankeeangler.com from the Salmon River Drift Boat.

Join me for a guided Salmon River drift boat fishing trip in Pulaski NY. For Steelhead or Salmon during the Fall, Winter or Spring.
Established in 1980. I have 32 yrs. of Pro. Salmon River guide drift boat fishing EXP. in Pulaski NY.
Salmon River guides drift boat Rate for 1 person $300. Rate for 2 people $400 total.
NY guides trip includes. All Salmon River spin fishing, float fishing and fly fishing equipment, gear and tackle.

Open Dates in Dec. – Jan. – Feb. and Mar. are available.
2023 Spring Steelhead Open Dates. – Mar. 22, 24. (all dates good)
2023 Salmon Open Dates. – Sept. 13, 15, 18-19, 21, 25-26, 28- 29. – Oct. 9, 12-13, 16-17. (Late Sept. to Mid. Oct. Best).
2023 Fall – Winter Steelhead Open Dates. – Oct. 24, 26-27, 30-31. – Nov. 2-3, 6-7, 9-10, 14, 16, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29.

BOOK Your Salmon River fishing guides drift boat trip in Pulaski NY. – With additional Booking info.
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Phone: 1-315-963-2065
Randy Jones, 87 Clark Rd., Mexico, NY 13114.
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Yankee Angler Fishing Report. Spring Steelhead 2022.

The BIGGEST FISHING RUN of Spring Steelhead is happening now on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. (3/1/2022).
Due to a higher water release of 1,700cfs from the Salmon River Dam in late Feb. Caused by Rain and LOT’s of Melting snow.

Higher water always helps to cause a Good Run. Especially now, with the Spring Steelhead’s Biological clock ticking towards their Spring Spawn.
Which FORCES them to enter and run the Salmon River. These Spring Runs will last thru March.

Our local Steelhead Creeks and Streams are with fresh Spring Steelhead. Offering you optional Steelhead fishing Opportunities!

NOW thru the 3rd week of March. CATCH MORE FISH! By knowing where 90% of the Salmon River Steelhead will be holding.
They will be in the Salmon River Pools from the Lower River to the Upper Salmon River NY.

Currently on the Salmon River we have 90% older Fall and Winter Steelhead.
6% fresh Spring Steelhead running the River in Pulaski NY. 2% Spawning Steelhead. And 2% Post Spawn Drop Back Steelhead.

After the 3rd week in March. The % of spawning Steelhead and drop back Steelhead will increase. Leaving all of April as PRIME TIME Drop Back Steelhead Fishing.

Hey Randy, what does “Drop Back” mean? It’s 1 out of the 3 stages of a Steelheads life cycle. 1. Pre-Spawn. 2. Spawning 3. Post Spawn Drop Back.
Once the Steelhead have finish spawning in April, they will turn into Hungry “Drop Back” steelhead.
Where they will slowly “Drop Back” Down the Salmon River to Lake Ontario. To return next year to the Salmon River even bigger!

When your Steelhead fishing in April. – These are some of the easiest to catch Steelhead all season.
Because as they drop back down the Salmon River they Eat aggressively along the way. They would probably eat the Kitchen sink, if you threw it @’M.

GREAT NEWS! – The Salmon River Reservoirs are full, which will provide us with a good water flow level in the River this Spring.
When they ran 1,700cfs on the River. They were trying to get rid of all the water caused by rain and melting snow into the reservoirs.
Once they dropped it to 750cfs on the river. It tells you that they are comfortable with the Reservoirs levels and are starting to conserve water for the Spring.

Salmon River Water Level Crystal Ball Forecast. – I expect the water level to remain @ 750cfs to compensate for more Rain and melting snow this Sunday – Monday.
(The water level could go up, depending on the amount of rain and melted snow).

Then we will go into Maple Syrup Temps. (below freezing @ night and above freezing during the day). With mostly snow in the forecast until Mar. 17.
This will cause a slow melting of our snow, with no major flooding a good possibility. I expect around 750cfs during these temps.
Which is a pretty normal water level during March.

Will the Salmon River get Flooded this Spring? Causing you to cancel your trip?
I doubt it, when looking at the “Current Future” weather patterns thru March 17 and current snow totals. We lost most of our snow during the last big thaw in Feb.
And we are currently building it back up to help with April water flow levels and water temps.
(Disclaimer – We always get more snow in March and if it all melts @ once. You will see a higher water level in the River after March 17).

Presently, If you can hook 1 or 2 Steelhead in a day you did good. 3-4 in a day, you did great! Some Steelhead fishing anglers are doing BIGGER #’s.
Things are looking Good, for your upcoming Spring Salmon River Steelhead fishing trip in Pulaski NY.

I hope you found my “Yankee Angler fishing report” entertainingly informative or mildly educational.

It’s Been a Sincere Pleasure! Sharing my 32 years of Full-Time Salmon River drift boat Guiding Experience with you. It’s Time to Get Yer FISH ON!
Spring Steelhead Fishing you Success! Salmon River Pulaski NY Guide Randy Jones of Yankeeangler.com from the Salmon River Drift Boat.

May all Your door knobs smell of BIG Spring Steelhead!

For a MORE EXTENSIVE Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report w/ MORE TIPS and GUIDE INSIGHTS.
Please See – Spring Steelhead Fishing Salmon River Pulaski NY Report. 2022.

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Catch MORE STEELHAD! Check out my Oct. 16 Blog Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY. Oct. 21 Salmon River Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY.
Nov. 4 Steelhead fishing Salmon River NY. – Jan. 6 Winter Steelhead fishing Salmon River NY.Jan. 19 Winter Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY.

Join me for a guided drift boat fishing trip on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY for Steelhead during the Fall, Winter or Spring.

Randy Jones the Yankee Angler has 32 yrs. EXP. on the Salmon River as a Pro. drift boat fishing guide. Plus, 10 yrs. in VT. and Cape Cod as a guide.
Yankee Angler Guide Drift Boat Rates for 1 person $300. Rates for 2 people $400 total.
Included in Guide Rates – All Salmon River Steelhead Spin fishing, Float fishing and Fly fishing equipment, gear and tackle.
BOOK Your Steelhead Fishing Trip – With Additional Steelhead Booking Info.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-315-963-2065
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Winter Steelhead Fishing Pulaski NY

Winter Steelhead Fishing Pulaski NY

Winter Steelhead Fishing Pulaski NY Report Yankee Angler.Winter is one of the Best Times for February Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY. With only a few Winter, February steelhead anglers fishing Pulaski NY. It opens up additional Winter Steelhead fishing opportunities....

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Enjoy my Yankee Angler Fishing Report. Humor, Tips and Article for the Salmon River Pulaski NY.

Yankee Angler Fishing Report – HUMOR.

King – Coho Salmon Fish Tale? – A.P. 9/30/21. Rare Migratory Whales and Seals have been sighted off the mouth of the Salmon River in Pulaski 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.
They were gorging themselves on YOUR King Salmon and Coho Salmon!

Yankee Angler Fishing Report with a Whale spotted in Lake Ontario in front of Pulaski NY.
Yankee Angler Fishing Report Salmon River Pulaski NY with a Seal in Lake Ontario.

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 25 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, Genital Shrinkage! Unfortunately, I’ve experienced it! – har har.
I hope you enjoyed my Yankee Angler fishing report Humor.

Yankee Angler Fishing Report Guide TIPS for Steelhead and Salmon fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY during the Fall, Winter, Spring and April.

Yankee Angler Salmon River High Water Steelhead and Salmon fishing Pulaski NY.
Sometimes this high Salmon River 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.
Like behind any BIG boulders or on any 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 Pulaski NY. – Warm Water (above 43 degrees.) 
Most of the Fall Steelhead fishing will be in rippled – choppy water 3 to 6 feet deep or the Rapids (heat) in Pulaski NY. Our Fall Steelhead don’t show up in the Pulaski NY Pools until the Water Temp. has dropped below approx. 43 degrees.

Winter Steelhead fishing Pulaski NY – Cold Water (below 42 degrees.) 
Most of the Winter Steelhead fishing will be in the Pools in Pulaski NY.
1 – Winter Steelhead want Deep water for safety from predators.
2 – Less current to conserve their energy.
(You can find our Pulaski NY Steelhead mapped named pools, parking and access roads. By doing a search on the internet or some of the Local Shops up here have maps.)

Yankee Angler Fly Fishing – Spin Fishing Creeks, Streams and Rivers, Winter into Spring.
End of Feb., March and all of April can be “prime time” for Spring steelhead spin or fly fishing. As there is not only leftover Winter steelhead, but also fresh fishing runs of Spring time steelhead. Winter thaws and early spring rains generate runs of steelhead into the Salmon River to Spawn. 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 Salmon River 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 fishing on the Salmon River NY in April.
(Drop backs are Spring Steelhead that have successfully spawned in April. And are on their way back down the Salmon River NY to Lake Ontario, Feeding aggressively along the way.)

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

Drop back Steelhead will be in all the normal Salmon River current break spots for the current water level. The Flats will be exploding with Steelhead! Sight fishing Steelhead is an optional treat on the Salmon River NY!

Your Best Steelhead fishing opportunity is all Spring until the last week of April. In early May, Steelhead fish the lowest part of the Salmon River for your best Steelhead fishing opportunities.

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! Yankee Angler fishing report guide, Randy Jones.

April Steelhead Fishing Salmon River NY Tips.
In April the Suckers are 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 April Drop Back Steelhead will also be eating other Spring Spawning Steelhead eggs. So try some of those colors in sacks, flies or beads when your April Steelhead fishing Salmon River NY.

When the Salmon River is Flooded in the Spring.
When the Salmon River is rip’n and chocolate, along with our other 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 in the Spring when the Salmon River is flooded.

Spring Steelhead Drop Back fishing Salmon River NY. Top Secret Yankee Angler Guide Tip. – You owe me.
Posted for only you to read and no one else.
After the Salmon River NY Hatchery collects the eggs from the returning Steelhead in the Spring during April.
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 and turn into Spring drop back Steelhead.
Adding 1,000’s more Steelhead for your Spring fishing pleasure on the Salmon River NY. Shhhh!

For MORE – Salmon River Steelhead and Salmon Fishing Pulaski NY.

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


Yankee Angler 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.

Yankee Angler Fishing Report for fishing the Salmon River Pulaski NY with a BIG fly fishing King Salmon.
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.

Yankee Angler 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 fishing methods.

Yankee Angler Fishing Report for the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with a BIG King Salmon while fly fishing.
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 Yankee Angler fishing report guide send the check for mentioning me?

Yankee Angler fishing report for Salmon River Steelhead, King Salmon, Coho Salmon and Brown Trout in Pulaski NY. With a Very Happy Steelhead fishing guest.

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

The Steelhead and Salmon fishing of your dreams…… ………… we’ll mak’m reeeeeeeeeeeeeel
Yankee Angler fishing report for Steelhead fishing Salmon River Pulaski NY. - The Yankee Angler banner.

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 our Fall, Winter and Spring.
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 Pro. fishing guide w/35 yrs. Total EXP.
Salmon River Steelhead Drift Boat Rates for 1 person $300. Rates for 2 people $400 total.
Included in Rates – All Salmon River Steelhead Spin fishing, Float fishing and Fly fishing equipment, gear and tackle.
BOOK Your Steelhead Fishing Trip – With Additional Steelhead Booking Info.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-315-963-2065
Randy Jones, 87 Clark Rd., Mexico, NY 13114.

Trips are 8 hours from the time we meet – 2 person Max. on boat. – Please bring your own Lunch, Polarized Glass’s and Chest Waders. – Final payment preferred in cash. – Fishing License and Chest Waders required. – Please make your local lodging reservation A.S.A.P. – Spikes, Korkers, cleats or chains are ok in the Boat.

Reservation and Deposits – Your Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a $150 Check deposit (per day). It MUST be received within 7 business days from time of Booking.
Check payable and Mailed too: – Randy Jones, 87 Clark Rd., Mexico, NY 13114. (Sorry, no credit cards excepted).
I’ll confirm receipt of Deposit with you by email.

Then 1 to 2 Months before your fishing trip, I’ll email you with meeting time and place. Usually Whitakers Sports Shop and Motel (Rt. 13 in Pulaski) in the dark.

Salmon River Fishing Report for Steelhead, King Salmon, Coho Salmon and Brown Trout in Pulaski NY.Author Biography – Established in 1980.
Randy Jones has over 35 yrs. of Pro. Fishing Guide Experience. He is also the Owner, Author and Publisher of Salmon River Fishing Reports of YankeeAngler.com. 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 Salmon River fishing guide business and local fishery. S.E.O. and Social Media. Randy Jones, 87 Clark Rd., Mexico, NY 13114.
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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)