Salmon River NY Guide - Randy
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If I only had 1 fly (in different sizes depending on Salmon or
Steelhead and vast number of other critical variables that can change
by the day, spot, hour) to use all season that works for all species
of Salmon or Steelhead that run the Salmon River NY, this would be it.
It imitates a black stone fly nymph with an egghead. We are simply combining
2 favorite sources of food. The best part about this fly is you can
tie it in 60 seconds or less. Ingredients:
Fly Fishing Hooks: New Mustad Signature Series Hooks - CO68
Wet/Nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy/2x Short
Flies: Many times my flies will change
size, pattern, color, etc… by the day, hole or hour, depending
on an incredible vast number of variables.
Fly Fishing Hooks - I'm proud and Happy
to announce the New Mustad Signature
Series Hooks - CO68 Wet/Nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy/2x Short
This is their replacement for the #80200BR shrimp
caddis hook. I wont use anything else when fishing for Salmon
or Steelhead. Superior strength, quality machined and sharp as a
razor blade. A great thing
about the Signature series hooks is that Mustad did something no
other hook manufacturer has ever done. Every hook
within the series is proportionally correct. This
means that as you go up or down in size the wire diameter, tying length
and hook gap increase or decrease proportionally.
This gives you the exact same shape in all sizes of a hook style.
So if you like the CO68 in a size 8 for Salmon,
you'll love it just as much in a size 12 for winter Steelhead. Can't say enough about them and highly endorse their use with my guest's and you.
Many of my friends who are guides use this exact
same hook when tying up a variety of different fly patterns for
all species of Salmon or Steelhead that call the Salmon River Pulaski NY home. I'm one happy
camper since I've received them and boy, due they work great!!
- Whether its fresh or saltwater, their hooks are super strong
and razor sharp. I've tried them all. Their quality is unsurpassable!
Salmon Hook Size: 6 through 10
Steelhead Hook Size: 10 through 12
Red dubbing-Mix: Beaver (soft), Angora goat (spike)
and Red flash
Black dubbing-Mix: Beaver, Angora and Black flash
All beaver in Red and Black will work. Dubbing
with flash already mixed in is adequate)
Medium red copper wire
Tom's Red Head
|Wrap shank of hook with copper
wire and wrap back, slightly down bend in hook. Apply dubbing
wax to wire.
||Apply black dubbing to wire
and wrap forward, 3/4 of the way, tapering the body in a stone
fly nymph fashion.
||Apply red dubbing and wrap forward. Half
hitch, pull tight and snap off. Red head should be approx. 1/4
the size of the length of black nymph body. Red head should be
the size of the dominant eggs that are in the river. (Brown, Salmon,
Why does this fishing fly out produce all others on a consistent basis?
Some people swear that the angora dubbing gets caught in there teeth. Allowing
you more time to detect the take. The spiky angora moves in the water, giving
the fly action or a life like appearance. The subtle amount of flash reflects
light, which also adds life to the fly.
What little wire shows through adds a translucency
and reflection of light, adding life. The wire also adds weight
that gives it a good sink rate, getting your fly to the bottom where
the fish are. With wire there's no whip finish, head cement and it
will never fall apart.
The simplicity of this fly makes it easy for
even the non-tier. The experienced tier can produce 60 or more
in an hour. Yet it incorporates all the features we all look
for in our flies. Shape, size, silhouette, profile, density, action,
The colors are not too bright and flashy, so
that even under heavy fishing pressure or bright sunny days it’s
a producer. On even the grayest days it has enough flash to get
some attention. Not too bright and flashy in low clear water.
When steelhead are eating eggs in the fall,
aquatic insects in the winter or spawning in the spring, it’s
Optional ways of fly tying and coloration:
Depending on flow of water, imitation desired,
time of year, target species.
Besides using wire, I also use red thread when
I’m fishing very slow water. The wire does sometimes hang up
a little more frequently. Green wire could be used to tie a green
bodied caddis larva with a small black head. Natural copper with
brown dubbing and small black head for a cased caddis. Natural copper
wrapped up the shank of hook with a little black dubbing or peacock
hurl for head to imitate a midge pupa. (Brassy) All Black for a black
stone fly. All brown for a mayfly nymph. Big orange head for a salmon
egg, smaller for a steelhead egg.
If you tie it in all orange, we call it an O.J.
(Its a killer fly) Ha. I've caught many a steelhead in the fall
on orange scuds.
Winter fly fishing tying tips:
Things I do this time of year when tying
flies: Hook- I like the New Mustad Signature Series Hooks
- CO68 Wet/Nymph Caddis - 2x Heavy / 2x Short. These are
approx. 2x strong so even on size 12 hook they wont bend out.
Don’t use any flashy material at all. The aquatic
insects we are imitating are mostly dull, dark in color. Try to
keep a slender profile, size, shape- a lot of folks use too much
An old trick Jim Rusher taught me, is to tie
a size 12 black stone on a size 10-hook etc. This gives you a
bigger gap to hook and hold and it doesn't seem to make a difference
to the fish.
I’d like to thank Tom Wilson for introducing me to this Fly and the
Salmon River, many Flies ago.
May all your door
knobs smell of BIG fly fish!
The Steelhead and Salmon fly fishing
of your dreams...... .......
we'll make it reeeeeeeel.
The Author, Outfitter and Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead
Salmon Drift Boat Spin Fly Fishing Report Guide:
Randy Jones is a full-time professional fly/spin
fishing guide with over 35 years of experience. He has "in the
past" represented the Orvis Corporation as a guide and chief
instructor of their 2 1/2 day Cape Cod Saltwater Fly fishing Schools.
Also guided VT. for Trout for 12 years.
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring Randy runs
drift boat and wade trips on the world class Salmon River, Pulaski
N.Y. for Steelhead, Coho, Browns, Atlantic's and King Salmon.
E-mail : RandyJones@YankeeAngler.com
$275 for 1 angler - Fly or Spin
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.
Enjoy my Updated Archived King Coho Salmon, Brown
Trout, Steelhead Fly Fishing Reports, Tips, Guest Mail Bag Questions
w/my Replies, Humor, Testimonials and much more
ENJOY a fast and
fun drift boat trip down the Salmon River in Pulaski NY covering 4
miles in 4 minutes during the Splendor of our Winter and Fall fishing
CHECK OUT the World
Record Steelhead we caught that day @ end of drift boat video!
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These For You
Magical Spring Steelhead Day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsiyfSkx_cc
(Video Credit "Repeat Client" Allen K.)
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Tips on ADVANCED Fish Locations to help
YOU catch more fish on the Salmon River Pulaski NY.
What helps to induce a BIG RUN of
Steelhead or Salmon? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs1xU2xH6DQ&index=6&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QQlAFBw7iy-FcW-LL4HvwS
Transitional Resting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEc4-cC3oA&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=4
Prime Transitional Holding
Prime Fall, Winter and
Spring Holding Pools https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=6
and Basic Current Breaks in every pool you should
know about to help YOU catch more fish.
to fish for Steelhead in the Water Column https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koVVmqS0gjM&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=8
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
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Great Fall early Winter Salmon River
NY - Educational Steelhead Water Temperature Related Mail Bag
Randy, Let me first say, like I'm
sure hundreds of others due, I depend on your web site for up to
date accurate information. I have a 5-hour drive and a very limited
fishing budget, so I need to make every trip count. I usually start
looking at your site in late August and then everyday until you
leave for Cape Cod, I believe your web site is the best for reliable
fishing information. My question is do you fish certain areas because
of water temperature? I know in deep winter, deeper pools will be
a favorite because of the slow flow, and early in the year the steelhead
look for the most oxygenated water, but what about in between, say water
in the 40’s, are the steelhead starting to become sluggish or are they
still aggressive and still searching out food?
P.S. Could not agree with you more about the
wading, I believe the salmon river is one of the toughest rivers
in the east to wade, a real free-stoner, and trying to cross above
750 is nuts and I consider myself a very accomplished wader. Thanks,
Hi Bob, Thanks very much for your kind words.
It makes me very happy that you enjoy it. It's a fun hobby, good
for biz. I enjoy doing it, as long as I dont get to many emails
from anglers asking about water temp.related to steelhead Q's (just
kidding Bob) so it's normally not to much like work.
Yes, water temperature plays in important part.
To answer your question quickly, yes, presently they are doing
both. With water temp's. in the middle so are the fish. Some are
in winter mode while others have not gotten to that point yet, shortly.
When Im in the middle water temperature, you
will find them both in the deep slow and the oxygenated. Also
if we have had some high water the transitional spots will always
produce no matter what the water temperature. With some species
spawning, we also have the slower - gravel area's. So basically the
entire river is alive and fishable. With this flow some are not even
in the river. Some are happy in the main river in the heat, as long
as a current break is near by. Lots of places to fish. Current breaks
in my opinion are the most important aspect of locating fish, no matter
what stage of life it is in, water temperature, etc...(with in reason)
Interesting first hand guide learning
experience not long ago related to temp. of water and steelhead:
So one day my one guy with a fly rod off the
drift boat is absolutely hammering the Steelhead. All
at the aerated head of the pool. Water temps were dropping daily.
Next day I return with the flavor of BIG #'s
of steelhead predicted to myself. I had 2 expert anglers aboard
the .com drift boat. Anyways, nothing for an hour, same water flow,
same spot, nothing different than the day before, except the water
temp. was dropping.
Were those steelhead all in a transitional stage
and had left, I thought? Really didn't think so, so where were
I started to get very nervous and doubt my
credentials as a fishing guide. After an hour of nothing,
I scratched my head and said, reel up. We are going to float down
about 50 feet, re -anchor and fish into a lil deeper water, closer to
the deepest part of the head of this pool.
First cast into this new, deeper water and it
was off to the races with BIG #'s of steelhead. We didn't move
the drift boat for the next 6 hours. I think we did around 18 steelhead.
Just by experimenting and figuring out that these fish had not left,
they simply were moving into a slower - deeper water type current
break solely due to the water temp. dropping. Pheeew! Thank you
Lord!! I was finally able to relax and enjoy this Ballistic Missile
show of Silver Catapulting Skyward and then Somersaulting like a Jugglers
Baton back to earth's atmosphere!.
We had a coupl'a anglers on the bank that sat
down and said that they were in "jokingly" protest mode, because
we were hitting all the fish!
For the next several steelhead trips I fished
this spot and stayed on the fish by continually moving further
down each time into the deeper-slower moving water at the head of
this pool. Not bragging, but each day we hammered'm! Just when you
start to think you know it all, you realize you really dont!
I thought it was interesting how they would continuously
move down river 20 to 50 feet each day into the slower deeper
part as the water temp. continued to drop.
So to answer your question, yes. I do move around
according to what the fish are telling me, which is directly related
to water temp. If you listen to them correctly, you WILL be
rewarded, as I found out!
The exact same thing happens differently in the
Spring time, which is another article for me to write and share
with everyone who cares to listen to my ramblings :)
Good question and thanks for writing. I hope
I helped, in some small way. Good luck! Randy
Ken with a Bright Chrome Fly Fish Steelhead, Congrats!
Which Presentational Tool to use?
As always, fish the river in the method that
brings you the most enjoyment. Never believe anyone who says
this is the only way, because its not. I always (unless I forget
too) tell my guest's that there are many ways to fish this river whether
a spin, center pin or fly rod, spey is used. Adapt your preferred method
to achieve the most positive results.
One of the most rewarding types of fly fishing
for Steelhead is swinging streamers or nymphing with or without
a strike indicator (not on the bottom), just like you do for
fish that are measured by the inch. :) Traditional - Conventional
Fly Fishing. This does have limitations and dont believe anyone who
says it does not. By being flexible and understanding what will work
with this tool, you'll be able to fish approx. 75% of the river productively,
providing it is not to high.
Chuck and Duck fly rod fishing is not traditional
fly fishing in anyone's book. It was a method devised by a very
well respected past guide who now works for the State in a very
distinguished position related to the Salmon River. His method
was adapted to give the fly angler more flexibility and allow them
to fish ALL types of water, levels, anytime of the year, any water
temperature for all species of fish. It is mentioned in many books explaining
the multitude of different presentation techniques. One of which was
Tom Rosenbaur's "Orvis Fly Fishing" book.
Using a spinning rod is another productive way
to fish the river and it also can be rigged in a number of different
ways to achieve your preferred presentational goal. High water
is when this type of rod really shines. Most of the time, the spinning
rod will out fish the above two types of presentational tools. Simply
because it can cover more water, more adequately. Its more mechanical.
You can throw it further, faster, easier, retrieve the line quicker,
etc.. Ever heard the ol expression, the more time your bait or fly
spends in the water the better your chances? :) In one long cast with
a spinning rod, (many of the better spots on this river require this,
especially in the Winter time) I can cover 5 times the amount of water
that I can using a fly rod. So in 1 hour of using the spinning rod, It
would take me 5 hours of fishing to cover the same water with a fly rod.
Funny way to look at it, but its true....
Now I just pissed off all the fly guys!
Whether your doing traditional fly fishing, C
and D with a fly rod or using a spinning rod, all have their
advantages and disadvantages dependent on a number of variables.
The most experienced angler's I know are flexible. Normally,
but not always, using which ever rod and or presentational technique
that will offer them the greatest fish catching opportunities.
If these few helpful tips, reports, ramblings
help just one angler have a more enjoyable, productive fishing
trip up here, then Im happy! I hope you are too! :) Randy
Interesting Salmon River NY Fishing Mail
Randy, A large rock beneath the surface reveals
its presence with a boil or some other telltale sign that can
be read by the observant angler. Now, does a 12 pound steelhead
reveal itself in the same way? Can the observant angler read the
surface of the river and determine the presence of fish?
I was on a drift fishing web site where the author/angler
described (with photos) of surface fish tracks that indicated
the presence of salmon or steel beneath the surface. This was
by surface texture alone. Thanks, Rick
Hi Rick, Yes, sometimes. I see fish all the time
when I drift over them with the drift boat. An angler may see
a steelhead role, flash, boil, males fighting in the Spring, spawning
in the shallows, etc..
You can see them also when there is a group of
them pushing water, which is what we call it. I guess
"surface fish tracks" and also "surface texture" is another way
to word it?
It's not all that unusual to the observant angler.
Normally, you see this when ever we have a large concentration
of fish that are in a transitional state. I've seen it with both
Salmon and Steelhead during there normal migratory run's up the
river and sometime down river when they have been spooked.
What’s funny is when you can see a large # of
fish rooster tailing up the shallow rapids below you. The anticipation
builds as you see them getting closer so you can fish for them!!
Or, you see a large "push" - "wave" of water coming your way thru the
Then an un-observant angler walks across
the river in there area and they ALL spook down river, pushing
more water and then rooster tailing down the rapids merrily along.
So much for the anticipation of what WAS coming your way! :)
It looks like a wave moving up or down the river.
Normally it will be a large school of fish, but not always, maybe
just 2-3 or a dozen. Best, Randy
Rick, On a funnier note. I have had many Salmon
run into myself or clients as we cross the river in the dark, getting
to a good spot. One time I had a lady by the shoulder to help her
cross. She screamed so LOUD, I thought my ear drum was going to explode!
A big ol King Salmon had run into her legs and
surprised her as we were crossing. She nearly fell in, thank
goodness I had a hold of her :) Never a dull moment on this
river! :) yukyuk
Why are these fish just like you and I?
Keep in mind that we have 2 different types of
steelhead in the river. They are the same, but different in the
sense that some are in a transitional mode (Moving up or
down the river - coming or going) while others are in a holding
mode until something says move. (Spawning in the Spring, higher
or lower water, temperature of water, predators (us = pressure) etc...
Some of these area's are simply transitional
lyes, only used while in transition, area's to catch their
breath and maybe hold for the afternoon or night. Before moving
on looking for a good holding lye, that offer's them
everything they need for an extended period to eat, survive or reproduce.
They need the same 3 things that we do to
survive. Safety, comfort from the environment = quality
current break and food. Some habitat's to fish are a combination
of transitional AND holding lyes. These are my number 1 target or
high % spot's, normally.
Why do they stop along the way to rest in
the Transitional lyes?
The example I like to use is yourself, climbing
a long set of stairs, hauling 3 big ol Salmon weighing 75 pd's
on a stringer behind you, on a hot Sept. day, in your neoprene waders,
after a long tiresome - rewarding day of playing with a bunch of
big'ol King Salmon, after walking a mile into your favorite spot and
another mile walking out. (Just like I used to do on an almost daily
basis, back in the good ol days :)
I know I would take at least a few breaks on
the loong walk back and also as I stepped up those never ending,
looong stairs back to the parking lot. :) Sa-zamm, you've
got it. :0 The fish are just like you and I.
Every time we stop to catch our breath are the
same thing's that I call transitional resting spots for your
fish. All species of fish that run this river do the same as we
do when needing a break.
These are your transitional resting holding
spots that are only used when we have fish that are in a transitional
All Fall, Winter and Spring these spot's will
produce some mighty nice fishing opportunities for all of you and
should never be over looked. Many times the average angler pass's
these places by and allows you to fish for fresh, uneducated, HOT
You never try to fish for fish while they are
in motion, at least I dont, only when they have stopped. The length
of time they will hold in each specific type of structure-current
break is determined by a number of factors Ive written
Primarily - The quality of the current break
determines the length of time any fish will hold in it. The
spots where they will hold the longest are preferred, giving you
the greatest opportunity.
One of my favorites is a hole, depression,
or simply put a current break at the very top of rapids. The fish
get tired running the rapids and a current break at the top is
like you reaching the top of those stairs. Your tired, out of breath,
(at least us ol'farts are :) and happy to be done with them. You
might even just stand there for a minute to catch your breath. Just
like climbing a hill. The fish are no different.
On your travels from fishing you need
to stop and get your fish cleaned, (transitional stops) then you
need to stop and get some ice for your cooler, (transitional holding)
then dinner and a beer, (transitional holding) then finally you have
reached your lodging for the night. (Prime Transitional Holding)
Then the next day you drive home. Upon reaching
home, your what I call "A Happy Fish :) You have everything to
survive in one place! (Prime Holding Lye)
The quick stops you made after fishing are similar
to fish resting while they are running the river. The length
of your quick stop was determined by what your goals were. The fish's
goals are to rest only long enough until they feel comfortable enough
to move further until reaching there Prime Lye.
Prime Holding Lye:
1. Safety from predators - Normally this is deeper
water, but not always.
2. Food, which can come in many different forms
and can be picked up or delivered to you. Normally the most productive,
quickest, easiest way I can get my food is the best. The fish are
no different. This equates to using the most productive presentation
technique that you can deliver your food to the fish the fastest,
easiest, most natural looking way possible. Anytime you can make
it easier for any species of fish to feed, anywhere in the world,
you increase the odds of hooking up.
3. Qaulity Current Break - Allows the fish to
use as little energy as possible. Just like us, if we expend
more energy than what we receive out of our food sources, we would
starve to death.
In closing, you should always fish your transitional
holding resting waters and also your prime holding waters, whenever
we have fish that are in a transitional stage, which we normally
Hope this has helped a lil to better understand
just one of the many things along this path of fishing knowledge.
Good Luck to all of you ! Fish ON!! Randy
A Brown Trout and
a Steelhead caught while fly fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski
NY during the Holidays
Thursdays - Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead
Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report:
Occasional problem uploading - updating, so please
bear with me. This friday open, call me early by 6 am and we will
go out. Seeing more fish than I have all season. Tons of opportunities
ALL day long. I have a good thing going now, so I hope the crowds
dont impede on the productivity we are having. No one around. Like
Alaska. Only open date is April 24 Monday. High-water has helped me.
Until 11:59 PM Fri APR 07, 1,500 CFS Im personally loving this flow
and finding the fishing better than average for my guest's.
If useing flies you could try woolly buggers for
drop backs in black and purple. If targeting egg eating fish stationed
behind the egg layers, try a glow bug fished 6-12 inch's of the
bottom. Normal flies are caddis and stones. Heard some folks were
in the UFZ for the opener at 3am and earlier?
I didn't guide today as my guest canceled last
minute. He was nice enough to pay me in full for the day knowing
that I could have booked it easily with more notice and it was not my
fault that we were not able to go. I have a short window to make a
living, so this type of "making it right, as he put it" gesture from long
time client's is greatly appreciated. :)
April 24 Monday just canceled and is open. :)
Another prime time Steelhead date in my opionion. My personal
favorite time to fish. Last year we landed two 20 lb. Steelhead
in April while fly fishing, among many smaller 8 to 12 lb'rs. Bring
your sunscreen and a good heart!. :)
Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat
Guide Fly Fishing Reports and Ramblings - Weekly report:
Over the last week my guest's and myself have
found a mixed bag of fishing opportunities. I enjoyed the 1,800
cfs as the opportunities around this area and close by were as
good as they get and endless. Between Drift Boat, Wade, Fly, Spin,
Float, Bait, Flies, Trib's, Diversions off the S.R. and the Salmon
River. I found the fishing to be overall from ok, to challenging,
to pretty good, real good and amazing.
Heard a really funny story the other day while
guiding with one of the most senior guides on this river. We were
laughing so hard we almost fell into the river! It seams a local
"know it all" guide took his clients "for a ride" (pun intended),
on an 8 hour round trip drive to find some fish in a ditch, when in
reality there were plenty of fishing opportunities around here. :)
Most folks are finding the fishing challenging
presently, unless your in the -. I'd guess there's approx. 100
Steelhead in there presently. Everyone was hooking up. No joke.
Lil crowded, but still enjoyable and everyone enjoying themselves
in the warm weather. We took the drift boat down mid morning and
enjoyed the beautiful ride. Time to break out
the sunscreen! Heard that their is approx.. 9 inch's of water
saturated snow up on the tug. :) Super! Things can and often do
change around here in a day. Expect more water in some of the local
tribs with some fresh steelhead running in.
Mail Bag for the Salmon River in Pulaski NY:
Hello Randy, Just wanted to know before i go get
supplies for the trip are those hooks you told me to get for the
glo bugs also?? New Mustad Signature Series Hook - CO68 Wet/Nymph
Caddis - 2x Heavy / 2x Short. Doug
Hi Doug, Yes, you can use that hook or the
one that Mustad and my friend Jeff suggests. They are a lil heavier
to make up for the buoyancy of glo bug yarn materials. Try to cover
a lot of the hook when tying to disguise it. Also, tie some micro egg
patterns. Cream is the #1 color that most of us guides use. Oregon
Cheese and Niagara color's are also good. Best, Randy
The Glo Bug
By Jeff Pierce
Hooks: Mustad Signature C67S (Egg hook) in size10.
I tie a lot of Glo Bugs in sizes 10, 12 and 14.
Thread: Wapsi 140 in fluorescent pink
Body: Glo Bug Branded yarn.
I tie them in a variety of colors.
I'm still hoping to write a couple of ramblings
or articles on the "Hole within the hole" and "Kids Fishing 101"
before the end of the season.
Guest Salmon River NY Testimonial's:
Randy , thanks for everything, we both loved our
time - it was a blast...the picture turned out great and im pumped
about that ... Sj couldn't have been happier - he had a great time
as well of course... once again thanks for everything and hope to see
you on the water sometime again...Beck
Randy, My brother Steve and I would like to thank
you for another sensational two days of fishing with you ! Once
again we hammered the fish even though we were fishing in terrible
conditions.(1800 cfs.gusting winds, extreme wind chill) Your thorough
understanding and knowledge of these fish really showed through!
We came away with a quality outing and the most rewarding factor
of the trip was the knowledge that you passed on to us.Each time we
go out with you we leave with a wealth of new information that we apply
to our own fishing.You are a true professional and a very inspirational
Thank You, Mark Senosk I have enclosed a couple
of pictures from the day after fishing with you. These are just
a couple of the 16 steelhead we hooked into thanks to the knowledge
we gained from you.
Mark and Beck, Thanking you both for your more
than kind and generous words! I could not be happier that you
found the day rewarding in many many ways. Best Fish's, Randy
Thursday 3/16 Salmon River Reports and Ramblings:
I have not had one of these in awhile and I'd like to try to
keep it that way. :) Possible new game plan for Mondays trip. Fished
the Salmon River off the drift boat with Wednesday's clients up top
(at my guest's request after discussing "more than likely" poor
drift boat fishing opportunities, but you never know :) Had some opportunities,
but no go. My guest's had such an incredible day of fishing on Wed.
(report below) that they have asked me to not post anything related
to location of water fished. I will respect their wish's. They are
fishing in this area over the next few days (Jefferson and Oswego Counties)
and preferred for me to not speak about there whereabouts on here due
to it's vast reaching capabilities. Sorry!
Water's up - 1,800 cfs Still fishable. This flow
will further concentrate the fish and make it the easiest time
ever to find a good place to fish. Just look for ANY slow water.
(Add in gravel someplace surrounding this slower water to increase
your opportunities even further) It's as simple as spread'n soft but'a
on a warm muff'n. :)
Some fish are digging, most are not. We might
just get lucky this Spring and not have the normal 2-6 day period
where "everything" is flooded due to run-off. :) This might be
the first Spring in a looooong time where this might happen. I think
we all would enjoy this normal Spring ritual not to happen.
Until 11:59 PM Tue MAR 21, 1,800 CFS
All published flows are approximate and forecasts
are estimates only. Actual flows will vary and can change quickly
at any time. Always be alert and wear an approved flotation device.
Never go in or near the water until you know and accept the risks
you are assuming by being in this area!
(Yup, it's already time for a commercial break
Guest Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Report
Randy, I just wanted to thank you for sharing
your experience and knowledge to make our trip on March 10 an
unbelievable experience for us. With me having 8 to 9 hookups
on steelhead, and my friend Tim with somewhere between 5 to 6 steelhead
- that is more fish on in a single day than some people have for an
entire weekend. I'm a true believer in that hot spot on "Pucker
Brush Creek #5", and in your techniques to reach down deep where the
big ones sleep:)
As a matter of fact, Tim and I went back
on our own the next day - and the fish were there waiting for
us just like you said they would be. Again we had a combined
count of over 10 steelhead - and Tim had the hot hand that day with
his 6 weight fly rod. Our only regret was that we did not have
enough days left to explore some of the other high percentage areas
you showed us - we had to go back to work sometime.
Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks?:)?:)
Me and Tim have been coming up there for over 15 years, and yet
we still learned a few valuable lessons from you - thanks again.
I'm just sorry that the season is almost winding down - definitely
want to get back up there for another trip.
I would highly recommend you to anyone - beginner
or experienced steelheader - it's the combination of little things
and techniques that make all the difference in the world. Feel
free to pass on my contact information if you need any references
for anglers - I would be more than happy to vouch for your professionalism,
knowledge, and stream courtesy to fellow anglers anytime. Thank You,
Anthony with a large Male Steelhead. Notice the bump on
the lower jaw and the red stripe. That tells you its a male.
Wednesday 3/15 Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat
Guide Steelhead Fly Fishing Reports and Ramblings:
At the request of my guest's - Undisclosed Fishing
Location. They are fishing this location the next few day's and
did not want to draw anymore attention to it by having 1,000's of
Steelhead anglers reading about it here. I'm sorry.
Cold, windy, blustery Winter's day out there.
My guest's hammered them today! We got 100% out
of that wind, except for the occasional puff and stayed as warm
as could be. Only until we hiked back to their car did we feel what
it was actually doing and within seconds our fingers started to sting.
It was VERY comfortable fishing and playing with an over abundance
of Steelhead did not hurt either. I was very surprised at the large
numbers they tangled with. Amazing! I think we set a record for
this year. Which means we fought less than 30, but more than 20. Last year
at this time my same two guest's had two incredible Steelhead days where
they did numbers around 19 steelhead one day and another in the upper
20'ish Steelhead the next. I wish everyday was even half or a quarter
as good as this one was. The last 4 or 5 fishing reports pretty much
sum's up fishing in the Eastern end of Lake Ontario Tributaries presently.
Tuesday 3/14 Salmon River Drift Boat Guide
Steelhead Fly Fishing Reports and Ramblings:
Current approx. flow around Pineville at 5 am.
this morning was 1,670 cfs. The additional water was coming from
Orwell Creek which was a little out of its banks. At 5pm. the approx.
flow is 1,680 from Pineville.
Until 7:00 PM today, 1,000 CFS From 7:00 PM today
until 11:59 PM Fri, 1,800 CFS
All published flows are approximate and forecasts
are estimates only. Actual flows will vary and can change quickly
at any time. Always be alert and wear an approved flotation device.
Never go in or near the water until you know and accept the risks
you are assuming by being in this area!
We had to work for our fish today with 4 Steelhead
being tangled with. A few steelhead have started to move to the
gravel, etc... (If you want to read below a little ways, it goes
into greater detail about the cycle of life they are in and the fun
challenges it present's too the angler.)
The wind, sun, clouds, snow and sleet made the
day interesting and more challenging, in my opionion. The water
going up is a very normal occurrence at this time of the year. It
makes things a little more interesting. More wind for tomorrow it
looks like. I'll try to have an update for you later this week.
3/10 Friday Salmon River Pulaski
NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
(Middle of S.R. - Drift Boat, All Blind Casting,
Spinning Rods, mostly Floats, Bottom Bouncing too, Egg Sacks -
Blue was the best color we found that day)
I could easily write a book about today's high
flying, adrenaline filled, Steelhead somersaulting, rocketing
straight up 4 feet, tail walking antics and the most valuable in
my opionion was knowledge. :) You can catch a fish any day of the week,
but it's that one thing that once you receive it, you'll always have
it. It can be passed on to friends, relatives, your kids and especially
We were all new once, right? I know I was
and if it was not for the kindness of other anglers like yourself.
I would not be here today, exchanging some of the helpful things
that were shared with me many flies ago for free.
Will.... actually not for free. Your time is of
value and I appreciate it! :)
Good numbers of Steelhead to none were found Friday
between Pineville and 2A by my "over 15 years of experience"
guest's off the drift boat. 10 or so fish all came from one of the
better chrome hold'n spots. All in the tail. The others (4 or so)
came from some of the other runs, hole's within the hole, current
breaks, seams, area's they like to relax in. One Chub'ster, one 12
inch Brown, a lil smolt and a couple bigger Steelhead (in the 6 to
10 pound range approx.) So my experienced guest's played with
a total of around 14 nice ones. :)
The secret to our success's over many years?
Normally we will fish 6-7 different spots per
day and normally will find them that way. The more spots, the
more you learn, the more you learn the better angler you become,
in my opionion. Even if the fishing is slow, you still come away
at days end a better angler. This "better angler", now has the capabilities
of positively, confidently pursuing and catching these normally challenging
species of fish for the rest of their lives.
Besides learning new spots, the most important
thing you will be learning and perfecting by fishing a number of
different and unique places will be the very most important aspect
of fishing, which is the "art" of fine tuning #1, presentation.
Each new spot places different and new challenges
to perfecting your 100% drift if you truly want to try to be a
member of the 10% club. :) Like a snow flake, each area to be fished
has it's own unique flavor which will challenge your technique of always
trying to perfect and achieve a 100% drift.
It's this change through out the course of the
day that will help you to remember and perfect yours and mine #1
In closing, I guess you could say that The secret
to our success's? would simply be presentation.
Salmon River Tip:
Every new spot you'll need to learn the proper
drift first, before fishing it :) I normally give myself 4-6 cast's
(drift's) first to acquire the necessary information needed to
consistently and productively cover my water and try my best to
run 100% drift's. Very few anglers do this, but you can be assured
that many of the 10%'rs do. (10%'rs are the 10% that catch 90% of
the fish :) In the last few weeks fishing 6-7spots is how we have
succeeded in finding the most steelhead. But, only by learning the
drift first, then trying to catch some, did my guest's achieve their
I personally would wet a line anywhere along the
entire length of the Salmon River and beyond. Fish are top to bottom.
I know you'll have an enjoyable time and I would bet that you'll
tie into some fish also.
Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide
Fishing Mail Bag:
If your not into steelhead numbers, please
do not read this :)
Randy, I'm looking forward to our trip. The chance
to use a spey fly rod would be a great experience. I know that
I speak for my brother when I say that last years trip with you
was our most productive day ever, BOTH experience gaining and fish
catching we have had up in the river. 30 Steelhead hook ups in one day
. Gotta love it. Steve
Steve, Super!! We must have either fished a
near by trib. or the Slam'n Salmon River after a major push of
freshies arrived? Pucker Brush Creek? (The one behind the ol Ames
building ? :)
The - during the Winter when
they stacked up like cord word, as they sometimes do? One of the
A day the water came up and the fish turned on
heavy in one or more pools? We could have found several nice pod's
in the river in the Feb. time frame? These are all ways (plus some
others) that we have experienced these types of big fish number
We will probably easily double those numbers
on our day. :) Its always, (yukyuk) that easy. :O Best Fish's,
Garry with another nice male steelhead.
Wednesday Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead
Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report:
Wed. Water dropping at 4PM to 4,000 cfs Until
11:59 PM Thu DEC 01, 2,300 CFS
Everything looks good for Fridays trip. Beautiful,
can't wait! Get your rods ready for some "Fish On!" Look
for fish to be EVERYWHERE in any and all Lake Ontario Tribs.
Lots and lots of skippers (what we call all of
those small 1-2 lb. Steelhead) around. This is normally a good
indication of how many will return next year as bigger 2 year old
steelhead. Lot's of Jack's (small Salmon) good numbers for next
Wednesday Salmon River Fly Fishing Report at 7
Until 11:59 PM Thu DEC 01, 5,000 CFS - Wed. -
Thurs. trips canceled.
Next weeks trips are still on. Pheww, we just
got a ton of rain! Not raining now. Fresh fish coming in! Get
your rods ready for some "Fish On!" Look for fish to be EVERYWHERE
in any and all Lake Ontario Tribs., once water drops. :) Will contact
if anything changes. :) Randy
Updated 11/30 - Wed 6:30 am.:
S.R. at Pineville 5,170 cfs Plus and rising. Flood
Updated 11/30 - Wed 4am.:
S.R. Current flow- 3,530 PLUS
Oswego, 15,000 cfs, other trib's 6'500 cfs.
Canceled today's trip at 3:30 am. I'll still work
the day, but out of the office, which is on dry land, warm. :)
All local water's are blown today, at least in my opinion. Will
appraise later today for tomorrow's trip. I've got a few spot's up
my sleeve that produce with these flows. :O
I'll draw you a map, and I'll meet you there.
No please, you first, I insist, what are friends for :) I
here the fishing is pretty good if you stand on Rt. 13 and cast into
the ditch! Yukyuk! Best Fish's, Randy
Tuesday Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead
Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report:
High winds, heavy rain in the afternoon, and still
raining heavily, 1,500 cfs plus run-off with fly rods. Fished
1 to 3 feet off the bottom with BIG, BRIGHT Salmon sized glow bugs.
One of my guest's lost one big Steelhead and a Brown and landed another
Brown. Final hole of the day was on fire. They played with something
like 7 (plus some we did not count) steelhead in this location, landing
one Steelie, which was pretty good in this flow. At one point we had a
double! ye-haa. Saw fish being hooked up by others which was GREAT to see,
but did not see any others landed. So all in all, we had a great day with
the fly rods.
Hi Randy, I am looking for your opinion on my
fly rod setup in which I have been having problems with lately.
I have been recently fishing a.027 running line followed with 15#
amnesia (nail knotted), then blood knotted to 12#, then 10# maxima
to a spro barrel swivel. I then usually fish 7#grand max fluorocarbon
to my fly. I usually attach my weight just above the barrel swivel,
but have recently played with a tag from the top barrel swivel.
As for my problem, I have been loosing my entire
leader from the running line on bottom hang-ups. I have no problems
with fish as my drag takes over, but when I hang up hard on the bottom,
I loose the entire leader as the shock leader strips the running line
and separates. I am using a high grade running line (Rio), so I do not
feel that is my problem. I also fished as low as .024 running line back
in September for the summer steelies and had no problems.
Do I need to go to .031 running line, or lighted
up on my leader rigging? Appreciate any advice you could lend as
I have been getting too frustrated to keep fishing this set-up. Thanks
in Advance, Dave
Hi Dave, Your fly rod rigging is fine, its simply
more a presentational issue. To many knots, to many places for
it to fail. I lose everything too when I get a real bad hang up.
Running a better drift may help? Under a tight line with no bow in
it sub-surface or surface at all? Longer butt section?
Fishing where there are not as many snags might
help? Bouncing your tip 1-2 inch's on every pause or hesitation,
stop, etc....might help? To much weight? To many presentation things
to write all of them out.
Instead of shot use slinkies, many, many less
hang ups. Try to fish off the bottom to ALL of the suspended fish.
Placing your split shot above the swivel
can also cause you to lose everything from there down. The dropper
tag off your barrel swivel for your split shot is one of the ways
I've done it for years. That way, all you have to do normally is
just replace the split shot.
I've found after much trial and error. I use a
6 inch piece of 15 pd. mono. Tie an over hand knot thru your barrel
swivel, so you have 2 tags. This holds your weight the best so
it does not fall off when casting as much and will also release nicely
on those snags.
Get rid of all the different things you are tying
Keep it simple (KISS)
I put a single loop in the end of my running line.
Surgeons loop, but only once through. Use a .020 diameter (20
lb.) running line for Steelhead (.030 dia. approx.(30 lb.) for Salmon)
and the loop knot will pass through the guides easily.
Then use a single piece of 8-10 lb. straight mono
(no reason for a taper at all when chucking) lighter butt section
(pound test), better drift. (less bow). You can even run 6 lb.
:) The length can be a lil shorter than your rod and that way many
times you can easily cast with the weight out of the water and knot
outside your tip. If it comes inside your tip no biggy, mine does all
the time with no problems. Once in a great while it gets caught but
no biggy, just recast. Id rather recast once in a great while than lose
all of my rigging to the bottom.
Tie a surgeons loop knot in the butt section (again
once through) No need for twice in my opinion.
Then do a loop to loop. Easy simple, quick change
This goes to your barrel or snap if that's how
Instead of a long time to tie blood knot, keep
it simple and tie a surgeons knot. Thats what I use, fresh or salt
water. Its faster and have not had any issues with it ever breaking.
My rig's break off too sometimes all the way,
its normally always a poor drift or presentation that causes
it. BUT, at least this way it takes me 5 minutes to retie it all
instead of 5 hours. :) Just kidding. Hope this has helped, Randy
Mickey with another large Male Steelhead. Holy Cowabunga
Hello Mr. Jones,
I came upon your site while visiting the http://forums.fishusa.com/FishSalmonRivercom-Discussion-Board-f5.aspx
website. You mention your fly of the year. I am relatively new
to fly fishing and fly tying. Would you be so kind to tell me where
do you buy beaver dubbing, Angora goat (spike) dubbing, and the red
and black flash that are needed for the fly. I looked on the Orvis
and Cabelas websites and I can't find anything by these names. Does
it go by something else. Thank you for your time helping me get started.
Orvis should have it. Please try calling their
800#. Ask for their technical rep. If they do not have it he can
help guide you to where you can get it. Also, call you local fly
shop. If they do not have it, then they can easily order it. Should
not be a problem as the materials are a normal tying material. At least
for me anyway. You can also, easily substitute something else for that
fly, the Orvis adviser will know. You dont even really need the flash.
Also, if you add flash, make sure you mix it before applying. I hope this
has helped a little, Randy
Until 11:59 PM Thu DEC 01, 1,500 CFS :) Ever feel
like a yo-yo? :) Keeps getting better and better! I thought
this might happen, last week when I looked at the weather forecast,
etc... I was surprised to see them drop it so soon and all the
way to 350 cfs.
Monday Salmon River NY Fly Fishing Report
With a high wind warning and above average temperatures
look for much of the snow that is left to be gone. Most of the
snow that fell compressed into about 5 nice inch's, and is quickly
disappearing. Felt more like Spring out there today than early Winter.
Chance for rain tomorrow also.
Today my guest's were on fire, they could do no
wrong when it came to 90% Steelhead and 10% Brown Trout, something
like landing 7 for 9 approx. Breaking off the biggest Steelhead
of approx. 15 lb's.
My guest's have been out with me 7-8 times
and I dont understand it, but they keep coming back for more. I
can't seem to shake them.
I tried telling them I was booked up solid for
the next 20 years and that I had several other very professional
guides that would be happy to take them out, but no way. I guess
I'm stuck with them. :) yukyuk
Noticed some other folks having some luck also,
which is always nice to see. I'd bet even I, could have caught
one today. :)
Water temp. was approx. 36-38 degrees at 6am.
Fair # of fish in their Winter waters, some still in the heat
gobbling up eggs and the rest in transition. M-M good!
Over 90% of my guest's fish have come on Suspended
bait and or flies - (not touching bottom once on the drift with
the weight, using bobbers, strike indicators or nothing at all)
Spinning rods - Blue egg sacks.
Fly rods - have done the BEST on BIG BRIGHT Salmon
Egg size Glow Bugs in Oregon Cheese (Orange) Niagara (Yellow),
Cream, Pink and Red. Also a few aquatics.
When taking our fly out of one of the fish's mouth's,
I also took out an olive woolly bugger bead head that was still
stuck in there.
Im very sorry, but Im buried with work.
I'd like to apologize for my late replies on my
emails, I always like to try to return them within a 12 to 24
hour period but I've been busier than ever before. In the last
4 in secession scheduled holiday days off, I put in 12-14 hours each
day to try to catch up. I have not.
But, I'd rather be this busy than the other way.
:) Ill get back to you when time allows. Thanks for understanding!
My new rod! :)
Orvis Spey Series 12-1/2 foot. 3 piece, Medium
flex, 7/8 weight.
Traditional Spey casting, high sticking deep slots
runs pockets -fast white water and pools, center pinning, spinning
rod-reel, fly rod -reel, real egg's and their fly imitations, all
flies, Salmon, Steelhead. Etc... It can do it all. One rod for
Stay tuned, TONS of fish pictures from recent
trips coming soon, to a lap top near you. (Once time allows)
At 5pm Thursday we have blizzard like conditions.
The wind is howling and the snow is falling sideways.
I bet there are a few less dicks in the pool and your favorite
spot is wide open now. :) Were going to have some moderating
temp's next week with a chance for some rain in the forecast. Hmmm......
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL
6 PM EST FRIDAY. THE HEAVIEST LAKE SNOWS WILL FALL FROM SOUTH
OF WATERTOWN SOUTHWARD ACROSS THE TUG HILL PLATEAU.
SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE LIKELY TO RANGE FROM 1 TO
3 FEET...OR POSSIBLY EVEN MORE...IN THE MOST PERSISTENT LAKE BANDS.
THE HEAVY LAKE SNOWS WILL BE COMBINED WITH VERY STRONG WINDS. THIS
COMBINATION WILL CAUSE FREQUENT WHITE OUT TO NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
IF YOU WILL BE TRAVELING THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH
FRIDAY...BE PREPARED FOR HEAVY SNOW AND VERY DIFFICULT DRIVING
CONDITIONS. TRAVEL WILL BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS AND IT IS LIKELY
THAT MANY ROADS WILL BECOME IMPASSABLE...INCLUDING PORTIONS OF
INTERSTATE 81 AND ROUTE 11.
Friday Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift
Boat Guide Update:
The water has just dropped - Until 11:59 PM Thu
DEC 01, 350 CFS
Expect the fishing in some spots to be incredible
for at least the next 3-5 days. Some places will stay good longer
than others, some will only be reeeel good for a couple days.
(More on this later)
Today while running errands I could at times see
no further than 100 yards. Im guessing that most of these conditions
are just along the Lake O. area? All roads are cleaning up nicely
as is always the case. Everyone is open and it's business as usual.
We are sooooo used to lake effect snow, that even
1 - 2 feet of snow is considered just a dusting, at least for
me anyway. :) Lil slush in the water off the short bridge at noon
time. Winds have gone away for now and its beautiful outside.
Friday afternoon Update:
At 1pm it is sunny outside. We probably got about
a foot here in town, since it all started. More on the way, most
likely. We got about 5-6 inch's between 10 and noon. :) If your
up here fishing then I probably do not have to tell you how good
the fishing was. Once the fish get acclimated to this lower flow,
it should be great!! With the warming trend arriving next week,
I expect to see you all here fishing while wet wading, dont forget
your sun screen! :) Over and out, Randy
Another pic. from the Trophy page that makes me smile :)
Teresa (what a smile) with her FIRST fish EVER in her entire life!
(A Honk'a of 16lb.approx.
Steelhead Fly Fishing Salmon River NY Mail
My brother and law, Dave Carrier, and cousin,
Bill Lipe utilized your services in Chatham, Mass a few years
ago. I was always impressed with your ladder technique for spotting
Strippers, passing through the channel.
I travel up to the Salmon river each fall with
four guys from church. This year was very successful, as
the water level began to drop three weeks ago. My forearm
is still sore, as I had between eight to twelve hook-ups/day.
Last year I caught a 23.5lb Coho on an 8wt Orvis TLS Tipflex 10..
What a thrill for the first time out Salmon fishing. I did not
know it was an IFGA world record at the time, according to the Portly
Angler. My son Austin(18), and Ben( 16), have now seen
me come home with large quantities of Salmon, and pictures.
They are interested in going. I would like to
introduce them to Salmon fishing, where they have a good chance
for success, and was thinking of you. Austin has never fly fished
but is interested as long as he catches fish. He is a big
kid, and am not too worried about him wading. Ben enjoys flytying,
and flyfishing and is very interested in catching Salmon or Steelhead.
Do you have any suggestions for the March/April 2006 timeframe in
Pulaski? I am interested in making this a trip one to remember for them!
Thanks again for your advice.
Hi Mark and Son's,
I can tell your excitement by the tone of your
email and how much you want to share this with your kids. :)
I agree! :)
CONGRATS ON YOUR RECORD FISH!! :) :O
Might I recommend Salmon for them first?
There are tons and tons more of them, when you
time it just right. Easier to catch (than Steelhead) only because
you tend to have many more around and they stock them much heavier.
Mar. and Apr. would be Steelhead, a different
ball game. I love the first 2 weeks in April the most out of
all the months for a large number of reasons. (To many to go into
now) Not as many steelhead around as salmon and requires a lot
of concentration and we all love going through the ol learning curve,
which some achieve quickly and other's it takes longer. Rarely do
we hit any Steelies until we have progressed far enough through the
learning curve to get a very good and consistent presentation. Just
like anything else in life.
Before I write anything more I should let you
know that I only take 2 anglers out tops. I can only, professionally,
give 100% to 2 anglers and I wont allow myself to give anything less.
So we would need to easily hire another guide.
Im sure you understand. Thanks very much for thinking
of me! Randy
Monomoy Island Sight Fly Fishing Flats Mail Bag:
Hi Randy, Richard is 18 now. He is not an
accomplished fly fisherman, but did well fishing steelies w/
you (the phenomenal day). Probably he would need to spin
fish, as I dont think he can cast well enough for sight fishing...depends-
what kind of distance is required? I would prefer to fly fish,
if the two can be mixed. If not, we'll go with the best common
denominator. I think either way we would probably prefer the
late summer time...if nothing else, I would prefer to see/fish for bigger
fish, even if we catch less. Thanks, Dave
Hi Dave, Yes, we can do both easily. I forgot
to mention that we can only sight fish if we have the sun to see'm
on the flats. Or if they are breaking on the surface, birds working,
this is another form of sightfishing where mother nature needs to
be a lil helpful. Sometimes we can see their tails as they do what
we call tailing. (This is normally a rare occurrence and not something
to plan or depend on.) If no sun then we would work the surrounding
area's on and around the flats. These area's are used for feeding,
transitioning, trapped by the tide dropping with no way out for them
(but they still feed :) and holding water's until the tide changes. Also
area's where the water drains off the flats into a larger body of water
where the fish tend to feed on whatever is being flushed off the flat
Normally you need to be able to throw it (fly
rod) 50-60 feet fast (they are a moving target on the flats) and
accurately (mid - late season they normally will not go out of their
travel lane much at all) . Throw in wind (very common), late
season normally a longer leader due to education level (anytime you
can disguise what your fly is tied too, any species of fish, anywhere
in the world, you'll tend to catch and fool a few more), fine diameter
leader (again :) anytime you can disguise what your fly is tied too, any
species of fish, anywhere in the world, you'll tend to catch and fool
a few more. Fine diameter makes it even more challenging to turn the
fly over or into the wind, as I use a very special leader formula that
can make the difference between catching and fishing :), a fly that
feel's like a brick. (Anytime you can make it easier for your fly to be
easily seen and easily eat'n, any species of fish, anywhere in the world,
you'll tend to catch and fool a few more. These special flies are weighted,
some more some less than others which is determined by several things) Now
throw in fast (by the time I count to 4 slowly, it should be there, otherwise
they will most likely be in Nantucket :) and accurate (on a dime, thank
god Im not the one having to cast this :)and you can see why we love sight
fishing, very challenging (you are basically challenging your ability
level as an angler) especially mid-late summer when they are the biggest
(15- 20 lb's which is a nice fish for the flats while sight fishing for
them) - smartest they will ever be on the flats. Spin and bait is the #1
way to go for the big smart boys. Still have to be fast and accurate.
Please let me know how you would like to
proceed form here. Best, Randy
Im scheduled off for the next 4 days. Ye-haa.
My desk and email folder is presently over flowing.
Maybe I'll get all caught up and have time to
write some new articles and do my laundry. You can only turn your underwear inside out so
many times before you HAVE to do your laundry. :)
(I need to come up with some new material!
;) Best Fish's, Randy
Monday Salmon River Pulaski NY
Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fly Fishing Report:
and extra special Tip:
Today my guest's and I went for a little hike
to fish Pucker Brush Creek #3.0 S.W. Longitude - latitude, sorry,
just having fun :)
We fished by ourselves all day and were rewarded
with several Steelhead and Browns to play with. Also, had shot's
at several other's. We refined and improved on an old technique
and it worked like magic. Almost to good. We rigged as if we were
fishing bottom with a spin and or fly rod. We were fishing a current
break that had a lot of fast white water running over it. But, upon
tapping bottom ONCE with fly rod at 12, we slowly raised our rod tips
approx. 6inch's, using a bright, big, Salmon egg size glow bug in (Niagara)
Oregon Cheese color never letting it hit bottom again after the initial
light tap. This is one of the best times of the season where the fish
will travel and go out of its way to intercept your offering. Trying
to fatten up for the Winter. All 10 or more browns and Steelhead we
have played with recently were all taken by not fishing the bottom,
instead elevating everything. Fall and early winter is one of the best
times for you to go after them in a more traditional-conventional fly
fishing way. Or a spinning rod with a bobber, elevating everything for
these normally suspended fish. If your running the bottom a lot, your
missing fish and fishing underneath them. I always like to be flexible
and adapt to the conditions at hand. Run some on the bottom, then before
leaving that spot just raise your tip up and run it off the bottom. Most
fish are 1 to 3 feet off the bottom. Browns are closer to the bottom when
Tuesday Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead
Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
Today while blind casting, we had browns within
20 feet of the bank in the slower water 2-1/2 feet to 3 feet
deep of rippled water. All steelhead and Browns were hooked up within
30 feet of the bank in the slower water. Normally these fish do not
hold here because it is way to shallow. Now it is perfect! It's a
high water spot. We used spin, bobbers, blue egg sacks (suspended) were
the ticket after hitting one on pink, then running blue with more
success after experimenting. :)
Until 11:59 PM Thu NOV 24, 1,500 CFS
All published flows are approximate and forecasts
are estimates only. Actual flows will vary and can change quickly
at any time. Always be alert and wear an approved flotation device.
Never go in or near the water until you know and accept the risks
you are assuming by being in this area!
For those of you coming up soon, I hope you made
a mental note on what day the water just came up and also when it
came up before this latest rise, for obvious reasons. This may
play a big part in your success and where you might try fishing. Also,
please take the water temperature. Think about where you would want
to spawn, (Steelhead are being found behind the spawners, Browns) also
rest while you navigate up river and or hold for a loooong time on this
flow, if you were a fish. :) Tip: Any slow water with depth.
What a Trophy Male steelhead! Congrats!!
Urgent Update: Until
11:59 PM Wed NOV 23, 1,500 CFS
As you all know, the river is NOT crossable,
but 100% fishable. :) Get out your spinning rods and smile, life
*** Current reel-time water flow at 10:43 am Sat.
- level at Pineville - 1,730 cfs.*** Please be very careful as
the river is NOT crossable*** (Thats a lil over 2 gates) I sure
hope this did not come up after sunrise today, as some anglers may
be trapped on a number of different island's, with no way back except
to be rescued or risk swimming - (no way in this water temp. and
flow). Water must be coming out of the dam at about 1,500 cfs. The
waterline website is still saying 750 cfs. This is what Im always warning
you about. You may have been crossing the river this morning in the dark
before you even realized something was not right, the water is deeper
and faster than normal in 750 cfs, but here you are already in the middle
of the river, by yourself, in the dark, trying to get your favorite spot
before someone else. You looked at the water line website the night before
and figured all was well. Now you are in a dangerous and treacherous spot
by yourself in the dark. I don't mean to scare you, but Death could be the
possible reality of this. Someone already drowned this year and that was
in broad daylight. So please always use caution. Just because they say
on their website and or are forecasting a certain flow, it is not always
accurate. Myself and other very experienced anglers have almost gotten
ourselves into the same scenario as mentioned above. So if anglers with
experience can .....
Normally what I do to remain safe is check the
water level-flow off the short bridge with my flash light, on
my way to work in the dark in the early morning. Or I take a look
off 1 of several bridges, etc... I did not see much run off
running through Orwell yesterday. The day before it was chocolate as
I drove over the bridge. (Hint ;) Again, please be safe. No fish is worth
Thank God it's Friday Salmon River Fishing
Report and Ramblings:
The river has Chrome, all spots hit or miss, work
it smart - move, etc... , once you feel you've worked it 100%
and no fish its time to move, continue this all day, thats what
I do. If you hit some hang around and work the spot some more. Once
you've covered it, I'd move, always looking for greener pastures. Never
know unless you try other spots. You'll find them sooner or later. If
not today, tomorrow. I have to be hitting 1-3 fish per hour or Im simply
not hanging around wasting my time when the next hole down the river
could be holding the mother load. I never just stand around
all day in the same spot with nothing to show for it. Once Ive worked
it, Im gone. No reason to hang. Lots of competition in the most popular
spots (I try to stay out of these area's as the ol' Conga line is losing
it's appeal to me, even with more fish).
My guest's worked for them today and we all had
an enjoyable day of laugh's, few fish to add to the day's fun!
Never stood in a single conga line :) trying to catch a fish with
lines, hooks, anglers all getting their lines criss crossed and tangled
with each other, especially with a fish on. Instead we fished in an
almost solitude like setting. M-m good, peaceful, tranquil, wonderful
environment with only the sound of your heart pounding, adrenaline racing
up your spine, drag singing the fisherman's national anthem, rushing
water surrounding you and the many smiles and laughter that filled this
Fall day. Dam, I love this job.
Below anglers and friends were my guest's today.
Bob Hines, a R.I. Fishing Guide. (Please see his website below)
and John Halnon, a professional photographer for hire. He has a
vast amount of stock photo's for your company to use in it's publications
whether it be Saltwater or Freshwater that your article is covering.
His work has been displayed around the world in every conceivable
type of print media.
Please visit Bob's web site at http://flyfishri.com
Photo Credit's all belong to John A. Halnon -
How many of you remember when I recently mentioned
the slug of steelies that came into the river in numbers? Why
was it? How long ago was that? How long approx. does it take for
them to run the river? Approx. how many miles per day do they run?
Do they all stay together all the way up or do they tend to scatter?
Do any of them stop along the way and call that home for awhile until
they have good reason to move? Where approx. would they be in the river
presently? All of this and much more has been rambled on about by me for
many years, so no reason for me to tell you exactly where there at. You'll
easily be able to figure it out to hopefully help you catch a few more
Steelies. More good numbers arriving daily. (hint - wink :) Do you think
a nice push entered the river recently with the additional run-off? Maybe
today with the water increase? By george you've got it!
Brrrrrr, first cold one of the season today. Today
was actually very very pleasant. Not to cold and not to hot, especially
after chasing down a few red hot Steelhead. :)
Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Fishing Mail
Hi Jeff, Thanks again for a fun day! How did you
do on your own? Best fish's, Randy
Paul and I had a great time on the trip with you
and the success we had on the rest of the trip was the result
of what you taught us. I attached a few pics from the next
couple of days of fishing but believe me we caught a lot more fish
and have a lot more pics than these. I have a lot more confidence
fishing the river and don't feel like I have to fish around all the
crowds and popular spots to catch fish anymore. The respect
I have for the river and fish has grown. Please continue to
promote ethical fishing practices, catch and release, etc. All
fish we caught were released as will any fish I catch there in the future.
Thanks for posting the information about handling the fish and keeping
them out of the water as little as possible. I need to remind
myself of this also and do a better job. I could keep going on
here but I know you are busy.
I would like to get out again before the new year
but will probably only be able to fish again in the spring.
Hopefully we can fish together again in the future. I'll recommend
you to anyone I know who is heading out your way to fish. Good
luck with the rest of the season.
Thanks again, Jeff
I am hoping that you will post this on your site.
I wanted to share my experience with you and some of your clients
(past, present, and future). As you know, I have been fishing with
you a few times and have learned many things about the Salmon River
from you. This year, my uncle and I decided that we would try more
conventional flyfishing methods for those lightning fast chromies. So,
i removed my extra weight, put on different types of nymph and egg patterns,
drifted it dead with no weight on nothing more than a jim teeny sinking
tip line and got consistent strikes. I was most surprised and pleased.
I felt that this offered me more flexibility on approach and presentation.
Well, enough of my ramblings. Just wanted to share
my experience with you. Hope all is well and hope I see you on
the river soon. Best fishes, Rob
Hi Rob, Yup, I'd be happy to post it. Glad your
enjoying the sink tip. As long as it works, thats great!!
What I find funny is when some guys tell ya that
they fish no weight at all, but what they dont tell you is that
they buy the heaviest, thickest (legal) hook on the market and then
maybe add wraps of lead to it, before they make it into a nice Atlantic
Salmon Fly or Wooly Bugger. It weighs about as much as your kitchen
sink! Sneaky people. :) As long as its legal. Thanks again for writing,
What a beauty of a Steelhead! Congrats!!
Salmon River NY Mail Bag:
Randy, after fishing with your spey rod this fall,
I have to own one. I have found what I THINK might be a
steal, but would appreciate your opinion, when you have the time.
I found on Ebay a fellow looking to sell a Loomis GL3 14', 9wt rod.
I know Loomis is an excellent brand, but have no knowledge of this
model, or its value (although I've never seen a Loomis that wasn't
pretty pricey) First, have you any first hand knowledge of
this particular model, and its value if you do. Second, is this
too heavy for steelhead, and only suitable for salmon? I can't
remember the weights of yours.
I appreciate picking your brain. Thanks for taking
the time. See you on the water! Dave D.
Hi Dave, Im sorry, no first hand knowledge of model
or price. I do not use Loomis, but would. Yes, Loomis is a qaulity
tool, very good name. Cross check it against Loomis internet web
site equipment prices. I am not sure of action. Normally the internet
prices are reel good.
My weights are 5, 6, 7 weights. All 10 foot to
12-1/2 foot. All medium action to slow. Yes, I personally feel
that 9 would be to heavy for the tippets (leaders) you normally use
for Steelhead, perfect for salmon.
Im taking my normal scheduled days off, Sat. and
Sunday. Wow, Im almost caught up on all of my errands and work
so I might even get a chance to go fishing myself? Hhmmm, thats something
new and exciting that I have not had the time to do lately, can't
Ill see you all on Monday. Have a great weekend
and thanks for stopping in! Randy
Thursday Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead
Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
Our day started off slow and ended strong on the
Salmon River I was unable to fulfill my guest's goal of Chrome,
even though we had a presence of Steelhead around us all morning?
Hmmmmm. Lots and lots of opportunities and fish
to play with after our location change. Numerous Browns and Coho
were on the agenda. We would have been able to fight and land even
more fish today, but the day had to end sometime. :(
Wed. Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Guide
Steelhead Fishing Report and Ramblings:
The first spot of the morning my one guest fished
with the fly rod off the drift boat. It is probably the hardest
drift on the entire river. Several white water current breaks, pockets
and even several sub-surface current breaks combined with tackle eating
snags gave up a couple of acrobatic Steelies to our delight. All of
these hard to fish white water current breaks can be some of the finest
Metalhead magnets at this time of the year, at this water level, water
temp. Dropped down to the next white water spot and on Sam's third cast
he was tight. Ye-haa, we pulled anchor, gave chase and went for my first
nantucket sleigh ride this season down thru the rapids. BANG, we slammed
into a rock while we tried to navigate these treacherous water's ;) while
being dragged around by this monst'a ;) adrenaline inspired Steelhead.
He finally broke us off on a rock and we both almost fell over board
laughing. The rest of the day was spent learning every chrome hold'n
location inch by inch (yes, sometimes where they lay can be as exact
as fitting a key into a lock) on the entire stretch of river we were
drifting. 3 fish in about 3 hours of fishing and a lifetime of knowledge
was our successful tally at days end.
I'm reading on the internet that a number of anglers
are finding the fishing slow, unless they are in the C and R
section's of the river.
Water temp. was 45 degrees this morning. The few
remaining leaves are all but gone. Today when the leading edge
of the storm front pushed thru it was pretty amazing. The sun
-sky was a bright red as it rose, warning us of what was to come.
The sky darkened while the tops of the trees started to sway. Within
15 minutes the air temperature dropped about 15 degree's. Then the
rain began to fall in sheet's, unnaturally sideways. Why me Lord
Fish Handling Response:
I'd like to sincerely thank all of you that wrote
me with appreciation and support in response to the fish handling
article I wrote a short while ago. I was surprised at the outpouring
of considerate concern from all of you. This one thing has received
the greatest attention of all of my past ramblings Ive written over
many - many years. Im happy to report that all of you feel just as
strongly about this as I do. Trying to protect and conserve in many
ways this LIMITED resource we all cherish and enjoy!
I'll tip my hat to all of you! Thank you!
Randy; Thanks for the great day. My son and I don't
get together to often and he and I really enjoyed the fishing.
We hoping to get up there again in the ladder part of March. I'll E-mail
you after the first of the year about dates. Thanks again for sharing
your knowledge and location of the fish. PAT
Tuesday Salmon River Fishing Report and Ramblings:
It's about darn time I had a slow day. :O It's
just been to dang easy lately. :)
Slooow day of fishing for us (but not all) off
the drift boat on the Salmon River. It's funny, I say slow, only
because we have normally been doing better. But in reality, several
fish in a day is better than a stick in the eye, getting skunked and
1-2 fish per person, per day is actually an ok day among most of us who
do this for a living. It's not a great, incredible, poor day, but instead
an ok day, if your only looking at the numbers, which isn't really
why most of us fish, now is it? It's hard to put a price on knowledge.
Knowledge is truly the only thing a professional guide has any real
control over. This knowledge will stick with and help you for the rest
of your life. We had to work for them today, none came easy. Played
with a few, landed a beauty of approx. 8 lb steelhead. She took an oregon
cheese glow bug in 3 feet of rippled water. I'll possibly be changing
thing's up shortly if need be. To soon to worry bout it. As usual, if
you can play with 1-2 in a day, you've had a good day. Same ol, same
hole. :) I'll hopefully see you all out there. I dont want to be the
only one having all the fun while we shiver, get wet and enjoy the lake
effect snow. :) Randy
I'd like to thank Ronald Zelt for emailing
me the below quotes.
Lee Wulf - “A good game fish it too valuable to
be caught only once. The fish you release is your gift to another
Also, the fish you catch may have been a gift from
Henry David Thoreau - “Many go fishing all their
lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after”
W.H. Blake - “The science of fishing can be had
from books; the art is learned by the catching and losing of fish”
Keith Myers - "Fly fishing helps you understand
just how unimportant your big real life problems really are”
West is best. Try all of the Trib's. from around
Rochester to the West for lots O fish. Big Browns and the usual
assortment of fish. Water came up from the last rain we had. Look
for even more fish to arrive with this weather pattern. I love it
when out West turns on. It takes a lot of fishing pressure off this
area. When Im asked why I dont guide out there when all the fish arrive,
I always tell folks that one Salmon Season is enough for me. :)
(Interesting, wish I knew more about it. Thanks!)
RAINBOW SMELT MAKING LAKE ONTARIO COMEBACK
Published on July 18, 2005
Lake Ontario's rainbow smelt population, which
was near collapse three years ago, is on the rebound, say scientists
who have been studying the lake's ecosystem.
Posted by the Buffalo News
Tip of the day:
In my personal opinion, some of the best times
to fish the Salmon River)
Most of you know this, but for those of you that
Whenever we have a rise or drop in water levels
on the S.R., it normally produces some mighty fine fishing. Last
time the water dropped from 1,500 cfs, it was great. Last time
the water rose to 1 gate, it was wonderful. My fishing reports confirm
The way to take advantage of this, is to have a
flexible life - or most important wife :) and or work schedule.
1. See my reports for the last time it rose (last
2. And the last time it dropped from 1,500 cfs
to 335 cfs. on Thursday
BUT, the VERY best time to fish here is anytime.
The fish are always here, just can't predict #'s. Lot's of seasoned
anglers including myself enjoy a nice normal continuous flow. Gives
the steelhead a chance to relax (I call'm happy fish) and get
My guest lands one for the dinner table. Congrats!
Monday Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead
Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
My guest's played "shortly" with about 8 or
so Rocket Fueled Steroid loaded Steelhead today. Along
with advancing their already superb drift fishing technique's to
the highest level. They will be fishing here all week, so we made
sure they had a number of "premier" game plans to follow. They will
be fishing some old and some new waters they learned today. Accessing
a number of prime locations in sequence to fill each day with a hopeful
boat load of adrenaline pumping Chrome!
Freshies are arriving daily and will continue too,
especially after the rise in water levels and forecast for more
rain. Look for the numbers of Steelies that came in with the higher
water to be from around 2A down on Tuesday. They are also top to
bottom of river. :)
Ye-haa! - Until 11:59 PM Fri NOV 18, 750 CFS
With rain in the forecast, the water staying at
1 gate, cooler temp's and my guaranteed rain dance. Look for more
Chrome here and about everywhere else. I guarantee it!
Keep an eye on the water temperature as something
big is close by.
Friday - Weekend Steelhead Salmon River Drift Boat
Guide Fishing Report and Ramblings:
My 1 guest hammered them on Friday and enjoyed
the feeling most of us get to few times. He played with 11 absolutely
incredible fish fighting machines (Steelhead) that spanked our
butt's but good! We enjoyed it :) We used the drift boat on the Salmon
River. Using the drift boat gave us absolutely no advantage. All
of his fish came from one easily reached spot. We got lucky and found
a pod of HOT fish. Funny thing was that with the holiday and being a
Friday, I was beaten :) to my first 2 preferred spots on the river. So
this was my 3rd choice of spots to fish. What's that saying about that
We noticed lots and lots of other anglers having
success on Friday! Which is always a nice thing to see.
Noticed more anglers arriving for the holiday weekend. With the
recent rise in water levels and the number of fish that are around,
this weekend will be one of the best chances for someone who is new
to the river to hook-up. Those of you that have experience should find
the fishing nothing less than good to great! (In my personal opinion
after what we experienced Friday and have heard from credible sources.)
Pretty good #'s of fish (Steelhead and Browns)
top to bottom of the river. I'd personally fish anywhere along
it's entire length with confidence in the normal places that they
(steel) like to hold in for this water flow, this water temperature,
this stage in their lives, this food cycle, etc.... Anglers and guides
are finding them thru out. I'd recommend coming up to fish if your on
As usual, those with the most experience
are doing the best and those with the least experience are doing
what we all had to do when we were new. (I bet some of you old
farts can't remember back that far :) Go thru the learning curve
and pay our dues, (T.O.W.) until we have a complete and thorough
understanding of all aspect's of this incredible fishery. If your
new, try to hook-up with a friend that has some experience. Try contacting
someone at work or on the internet to join up with you. Ask questions
while your on the water. 99% of us guides and anglers that are having
success are normally happy to help in some way. I do it all the time,
even when not asked. Pay close attention to those anglers that are having
success on the water. Where are they standing, where are they casting
too, where are they hitting their fish. By knowing this one thing it
helps you to understand one of the many aspect's of this great fishery.
Fish holding locations for that water flow, time of year, stage of the
fish's life, transitional - holding or both, plus much more. (Keep a log)
Wed. - Thurs. Salmon River Fly Fishing Report
It poured buckets and buckets or rain with very
strong winds starting late morning and drenching us to the bone.
Nasty! My game plan was to fish area's out of this wind, be comfortable
and obviously have ample opportunities of possible fish. We succeeded.
While we did not play with a lot of fish, we did learn some new water,
fishing techniques and did play with about 1/2 dozen with a good
number of beautiful Steelhead, Browns and awesome Coho's to present
our offering too at Pucker Brush Creek S.W. #7.5 :). Few takers
. Still a nice day, now if I can only dry out!! I came home yesterday
chilled to the bone, soaked, exhausted and went straight to bed. (Yes,
you all can play me a sad song now on your lil violins :)
Here it is Thursday at 3:30 am and the wind is
hollowing outside with high wind warnings and more rain with
snow later today. Why me lord! :) If any of you have a nice
heated boring desk job and a nice heated looong commute to work, I'll
trade you for today :)
Thursday: At 4 am. the Salmon River at Pineville
is currently Flowing at 741 cfs, with the water line website saying
335 cfs until Friday. The water is actually higher, so be careful.
Some trib's are on the way up and some peeked a
short while ago, so far. (Hmm, hint ;)
First time on the S.R. for my guest's. I did not
take the drift boat out today due to the high wind warning's and
gust's. New I could find a good number of chrome hold'n locations
where we could be protected from the cold wind chill factor. Snowed,
rained, sleet today. Worked like a charm. Stayed out of the wind and
my guest's played with about a dozen and a half Metalheads, some Browns
and a coupl'a crusty ol Kings. Talk about acrobatic jumps and runs.
Dam! I love my job!!
First spot the well went dry by late morning so
off we went for our next spot. It did not disappoint with another
bunch of fish to play with again. Smiles abound. Thanks for stopping
Mail Bag from the Salmon River NY:
Randy, Pucker Brush Creek #3 North......c'mon
dude, you are pulling our tails :) I know guys
who have been looking for that creek for years and know what? I
think it's but a figment of your imagination. It's your way of not
saying where you fish, could be any creek on any given day. Your topic
on handling fish, kudo's to you. I have been fishing the Salmon river
and tribs for the last 25 years and the only thing I might dispute is
your statement of, if you're going to keep the fish, kill it right away.
If I am keeping a fish to eat, which is my god given right, I prefer to
keep it alive until I leave, keeping it fresh. Maybe I am wrong, please
correct me if I am. Your statement seems more based on a humanitarian
angle, than a fishermans taste buds. I do respect the fishery and am willing
to do wha it takes to help out on my part but yes, I am going to keep
a fish or 2 for the table and one could very well be a steelhead. If it
is,you can bet my tackle gave it a 50/50 chance of winning the battle
and it wasn't brought in by the tail with 25 lb test, as I've seen too
many times over the years. I don't want to have to feel guilty by keeping
a fish that I worked hard to land. I support the economy everytime I make
a trip and I make 5 or 6 trips just in the fall to winter. Perhaps part
of the issue with steelhead populations rest in the hands of the DEC and
their stocking program, perhaps not. Anyone fishing the many, many tribs
off Ontario know that there are plenty of steelhead returning, just depends
where you might choose to fish. Maybe you're not the only one who has
a Pucker Brush Creek in their minds. Appreciate your time, efforts and
Thanks much for taking the time to write. I agree
99%. :) If time allows, I'll proceed further on many of our issues.
Some real good stuff might come out of this.
Yes, Pucker is and always has been made up to protect
many of the fragile eco systems in the area that simply can not
support additional pressure. Also, not to advertise certain places
that are YOUR favorites. I do not like making enemies by posting names,
pictures of one of your favorite area's to fish, and then making you
angry at me for possibly causing more anglers to show up and disturb the
area. Also, Im not going to help in anyway, someone who does not
fish by the letter of the law. Dont think I need to say anything else.
So I do it to protect Your spots. I have
about #1-8 of Pucker Brush Creeks.:) Have ya been to the one behind
the ol Ames building, in Pulaski?
On a funny note:
I once recieved an email from an angler who said
he bought a typo map and could not find it.
Another angler said he walked for miles behind
the ol Ames store in Pulaski and couldn't find it.
I've also had anglers make copies of my fish pictures
and walk into a local shop and inquire as to where this picture
Thats one of the reasons I spend countless hours
of editing and trying to block out the backgrounds on most pictures
or be extra careful when taking a picture..
It takes me extra time, but I feel its worth it,
I would dislike being called "A Spot Burner" or
in anyway be blamed for an increase in fishing activity on your
lil secret honey hole due to the increasing popularity of this website.
With 1,000's of individual visitors to my site
daily, I need to be extra careful what I post.
I've even been asked by some local biz. folks to
not post names of some of these area's and for good reason.
My good ol friend and Salmon River Guide - Joey
Kominsky gets the credit for "Pucker Brush Creek" Thanks Joey!
(May you rest in peace)
Yes, humanitarian angle. I cant think of a single
source of food that we do not put out of its misery fast. Are
their any that we sportsman hang up side down alive and let slowly
bleed to death? Or slowly suffocate? Thats what your doing to
a Steelhead with that stringer thru its gills and mouth and especially
the time it takes to get it on a stringer. Yup, it looks ok, but
really isn't. (Just my opionion :) Why do most of the professional guides
I know, knock'm over the head upon landing?
Food for thought. If it meant the meat would
turn bad or not taste as good, then we certainly wouldn't do it
and spoil our guest's fish.
Who says the meat goes bad if you kill your catch
immediately? Never heard that one before. Maybe its an old wife's
My only concern would be to keep it cool or cold.
Nothing bad happens to the flavor of the meat in my experiences.
Hey, maybe we all just learned some'tin! Best Fish's,
I have written to you in the past and been on a
steelhead trip last year when we killed em:-). I have been up for
steelhead about five times this year, and had some good days with
6 or more hookups and the usual hard days. That is not my question
though, I have been noticing the steelhead I have hooked(landed or not),
also my friend who I always fish with, it seems the steelhead we have
been getting into have been a little smaller than average. They all seem
to be in the range of 4 to say 7 pounds. Don't get me wrong they are little
rocketships that have had me shaking my head with they air shows and
drag screams, but they just seem to be a bit smaller in size. I was down
low on the river and up high, they all seem to be in that size range, even
the anglers around me were hooking up but the steel all seemed to be
in that range. I did see maybe a 10 pounder landed, and one in the water
that was bigger. I was just wondering if the smaller one's come in first?,
or if the water temp has anything to do with it,or if I', just taking too
many meds and my senses are getting goofedup :-) Any response if you have
noticed this same thing, or any clever response would make my day.
Mark from PA.
This has been a very interesting year so far. Some
of us have seen more Browns than usual, domestic rainbows, smaller
Steelies, domestics than normal. My guess would be that many times
a lot of these fish would have been yanked out by the idiot yank'n,
snag'rs. This year with all the higher water it has made it harder
for this to happen. Also, it is very very possible and I'd say most likely
that we simple have had a lot of miss printed fish run up this river
instead of the ones that were supposed too. Having a lot of water can
Could also be that we are seeing a good year and
the Hatchery folks and the D.E.C are to be congratulated.Again,
due to all the water we had. Happens sometimes.
How about we simply have more genetically stronger,
better food, better year class, milder winter, less predation (sp?)
, more natural reproduction going on?
A lot of the smaller ones would be our 2 year old
Brown, Steelhead, Domestic's. (1 year old Steelhead we call them
Skippers) You know that when we see a lot of Jack's (1 year old Kings)
in the fall, that normally means a good Salmon season next year. So
this is also a pretty good sign of things to come next year with the
trout species. :)
Anyone else out there have any idea's? Thanks for
P.S. It is VERY normal to find a LOT of these smaller
Steelhead around from time to time. At times its all you will find.
You could fish a different spot tomorrow and find nothing but
the bigger ones, in my opionion. Seen it, bought the tee-shirt,
I like the bigger ones too!!
Tuesday Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead
Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
Most folks have been picking away at the Steelhead.
Some more and or less than others. Thats fishing. Still a nice time
of the year to come up, if you've ever wanted too.
I had the same two guest's today as yesterday.
We made up for the slow fishing yesterday and banged'm good today!
Must'a ended up in the mid.teens for Steelhead with a coupl'a Browns,
some crusty ol Salmon and they even got to drag in Larry the Laker. :)
Another grand day of many. Pictures to come when I can find the time and
Gift certificates are available for Trips.
Monday Salmon River NY Fishing Report and Ramblings:
High winds made the fishing a lil more challenging
in the mid-low end on Sunday with the forecasted high wind warning
ending Monday morning. This has 95% of the leaves gone for the season
:) Still some good wind today (Monday) and few leaves, but
over all not to bad. Fish still top to bottom. :)
Today we picked away at a few fish but overall
sloooooowww. Instead of getting into a conga line, we sacrificed
more fish for less anglers and unfortunately, less fish also. The
fishing was night and day from last week following this same technique.
Heard the river got hammered - pounded this weekend. I hope everyone
that came up had an enjoyable weekend. Another one of many nice fishing
days, with more to come.
Another beauty Steelhead of many!
Hold your own breath to stop from injuring
and or worse, Killing yours and mine Steelhead:
You should never, ever, hold a fish out of the
water longer than YOU can hold your breath.
This includes the second the fish's head comes
out of the water upon landing it. (whether beaching it on your
own or by using a net.)
This includes the time you take a picture, go back
to your vest to get your camera, take your camera out of the plastic
bag. Grab your fish again after it fell HEAD first out of your hands
onto the rocks smashing it's head and brain from 4 feet up. (How about
kneeling next time over the water?)
How about buying a fish handling net for your hand
to better grasp it.
How about carrying a piece of gunny sack or a wash
cloth to help you hold it so it does fall onto the rocks, injuring
or possibly killing it.
Sure it swim's off, you feel great, you released
your fish to fight another day. WRONG!!! It dies a short time
later due to you dropping it, kicking it back into the water or
worse and normally, holding it out of the water longer than you can
hold your breath. Its great that folks are releasing much of their
catch, but this one thing. Holding the fish out of the water longer
than you can hold your own breath to stop from injuring and or worse,
Killing yours and mine Steelhead, needs some work. I see it daily
How do I know this? My guest's would try to do
it daily except for the fact that Im their to help them do it
correctly. Which is no fault of theirs as they simply have never
read or been told this before. I did too before I realized the cost
and was educated, so dont feel bad if you did not know this. Some
of my guest's do know this and sometimes refuse to even handle the
fish or lift it out of the water.
I see this on the river almost daily by most anglers
(and guides!!) and unfortunately many other very negative and
harmful thing's that anglers (and guides!!) do to the fish without
How long do you think a Steelhead can hold it's
breath before it start's to suffocate, choke, inhale air, gasp,
start's to DIE ?
Do you think that after your battle and upon landing
your fish, that it might be at one of it's most vulnerable stages
in it's adult life? That it might be tired, lactic acid build up?
That it might already be gasping for a breath to try to regain it's
Example hopefully you
can relate too:
I want you to run up the stairs fast in a 10
story building. Once you reach the top, put a piece of duck tape
over your mouth for 2 minutes. Nuff said.
As said before, these fish are just like us and
should be treated so.
If a fish is kept, I would kindly ask that you
hit it hard on the head immediately, so it does not suffer.
Would you be injured and or possibly killed if
someone hit you over the head with a hammer? This is equal to
me dropping a Steelhead unto the rocks at my feet, because I did
not have a good grasp, because I was to lazy to kneel. Because
I did not hold it over the water, most likely because I was afraid
it might fall and be lost in the water.
Would it possibly take some time after you went
into a coma, before you died? Get my drift?
Please protect this easily deplete'able trophy
fish by handling it correctly, knowing and adhering to a very short
amount of time to expose it to the air. Take just one picture instead
of five. Dont video tape it for 4 minutes while you narrate. (Yes,
Ive seen this several times) Remind your friends that may not read
this to keep the fish in the water, submerged in the net totally, before
getting on theirs knees and only exposing it to the air for as long
as you can hold your breath.
Please treat these fish the same way you would
want someone to treat you or your own children.
Boy, a nice rant once in awhile feels good!
You are to be commended for releasing your catch.
I do not feel taking a picture of that trophy fish in anyway hurts
the fish as long as you do not drop it and hold it out of the water longer
than you can hold your breath. Gunny sack, wash cloth helps, but it
does injure the fish by taking it's protective slim off of it, it needs
for protection. A quality handling hand net to help you grasp it by
the tail is the best. They can be purchased at Whitakers Sports Shop.
The best way to handle a fish, is not at all. Keeping its head submerged
the entire time. Or, by wetting your hands before grasping it. (But, here
in lye's the problem.) Their tail collapses, are very slimy and rarely
if ever does the fish not squirm and fall to the ground. But, I believe
you should get your picture.
A recent correctly photographed Silver Bullet.
Hands wet before handling fish. Fish kept submerged until rod
was stowed, gloves taken off, camera was in the ready mode, camera
person in position and ready, my guest was already in the kneeling
position, over the water, net was placed strategically under the
fish in the water to catch it if it fell, hands were kept away from
the gills at all cost's. Fish was kept out the water for no longer than
I could hold my breath. Fish was revived properly to help insure it's
health and to provide you with better odds the next time you come up
here to fish.
We all, simply need this lil reminder on how we
can better protect this invaluable resource that we ALL love, have
a passion for and cherish so much!
Thank you for you time, I'm holding my breath from
now on, how about you? :)
(P.S. - A Salmon has a hard tail so you can
hold them easily. But wetting your hands is still important as
everything else. (Holding breath) When we took a picture of a steelhead,
my guest were using a fish handling net (fits over your hand)
purchased at Whitakers. My guest is kneeling over the water, etc....
If this helpful tip-rant-post saves 1 Steelheads
life, then it has been worth it.
Steelhead Fishing Mail Bag Salmon River NY:
I was up with Dad on Tues. and noticed the same
as your latest report - a lot of late salmon around. I don't
remember seeing that many this late. Had fun fishing behind
them. Wondering if you think it had to do with all the high water during
the peak of the "normal" spawning season, where maybe they had to wait
for slower water over the gravel areas before they started. Its
a powerful urge and I don't think I could wait!
Dick K and I, and maybe Dad will be up on Monday,
maybe we'll cross paths. Otherwise, I'll see you in April
when I join Dick on his spring trip. Brad
What you suggest is possible. I personally do not
think so. With high water the fish simply spawned in the very normal
area's that had ton's of slow, perfect water, ton's of perfect gravel,
ton's of perfect area's to spawn. I dont think the higher flows
had anything to do with slowing down their erg to spawn at all from
what I know and saw. I heard that the Salmon cleaning stations cleaned
more Salmon this season then ever before. They set a record, is what
I was told by a reliable source. Take into account that we had a lot
less anglers here this season also. Water level played a very small part,
cost of gas and this winter heating bill's were the major reason for
less people coming during what was an incredible Salmon season, in
mine and other business's assessment. If less anglers were present,
catching more fish (even with the high water) then I feel we just had
many more fish around than normal. A friend reported that some of
the female Salmon they caught did not have loose eggs, even late in
the season, which tells you they were still 2-3 weeks away from spawning
which is unusual. So we simply had many more fish in the system.
Maybe some were misprinted, wild, a lot of food available to them,
a mild winter, a very good and strong genetically sound year class.
Maybe a little of all of this played a part. Im personally hoping that
with a strong Salmon season that we will also have a better than normal
Steelhead season too. So far it's been better than average.
Thanks for writing! Randy
Thanks for the assessment. I had also heard
the lake fished real well this summer, must have just be a great
class of fish. As far as steelhead, we had fun last week, I
was surprised to hook up multiple times this early so I too hope
this will be a better than average season. Another thought on
the decrease in fishermen around - I personally know folks who have
just given up due to the crowds in recent past years. Maybe the
area has turned into such a zoo during the salmon run that it has become
saturated or reached its peak. Hard to say. I can tell
you something else for your peers to consider, the average guy is getting
tired of being treated like crap by some of the guides. Please
don't take this personally, I've been with you where you have help folks
out, and I have talked to perfect strangers who have encountered you
on the stream and were treated well. I know you are an ambassador
to good sportsmanship and thank you for it. But I have also been
chewed out for being in the "wrong spot", fished over, or otherwise
just run out of perfect locations while on my own. I have been
yelled at for standing where the fish should be (knee deep) by someone
who just came around the corner and never saw me thoroughly fish the
spot I was standing for 30 minutes prior and had just moved to get a better
shot at fish I had spotted in the process. I have had to quit my
"Randy-Jones-taught perfect drift" because a plugging boat had preconceived
notions that they were going to plug the run before they spotted me and
dropped right in. I have lost spots 30 feet in front of me while
retying and warming the toes on the bank. I understand its a guides
job to put his clients on fish, but when the clients look me in the eye
as they pass by shaking their heads with a look of"sorry, I'm not the
one on the oars", you know a line has been crossed. I offer this
as food for thought for you to pass along to others in your profession,
I know its not your practice to fish the way I just described. It just seems
to become more combative every year, beyond what the average guy is willing
to endure, especially after traveling that far. I try to shrug it
off, but I have had quite a few trips home in recent years where a bad experience
had me thinking I would never return. That could be part of the decrease
in anglers. Hope you don't mind the rant, it certainly is not directed
at you. I appreciate the sounding board.
I should have mentioned in my last rant, I
have also been treated well by a lot of the guides on the river,
giving wide berth or simply asking to also fish a run with me.
It seems to be a small group that are the problem, just like most things
in life. I'm sure you could pick them out based on experience.
My personal Tips on avoiding crowd's during
This is not in response to Brads rant. What
he said is true, like any profession, there are always a few rotten
apples in the bunch!
Bottom Line - In my personal opinion, most
folks that complain of crowd's are to blame themselves by putting
themselves into that type of environment to begin with. Why would
you do it? Lots of cars in the parking lot, so this must be a good
place to fish? I only have a day to fish, so I dont want to walk to
far, even if it means I can get away from the crowds? I only know this
one hole by this parking lot, and even though I know that the fish
have to run all of the river below here to reach this point I simply
am not going to learn it, even if it means I could fish by myself all
day, catch plenty of fish. I used to feel your pain until I made some
simple changes on where I fish during Salmon Season and now I have an amazingly
fun, enjoyable, exciting time! Randy
I feel your pain, well used too. What I did to
increase our enjoyment level when fishing during Salmon
season with tremendously positive results are. We walk and walk.
I will easily walk a 1/4 mile or more to reach a nice relaxing area
to fish for the day. Simple. We do not fish the most easily accessible
area's on the river. Why should this river be any different then anywhere
else in the WORLD. Aren't the most crowded places to fish, normally where
the water is the most easily assessable?
Try fishing area's that the drift boats do not
get to until mid to late morning or afternoon. This would be area's
above the ramps, that we all pull our boats out at, at days end.
Brad, fish between 2A and Pineville and you will
be amazed at the quality of the fishing and less anglers.
If you follow the above guide lines you WILL have a much more enjoyable
time and your frustrations will simply be a thing of the past. Simple
and Good Luck! Best, Randy
Friday - Weekend - Salmon River Fishing Report
Recently, Pucker Brush Creek #3 North gave up some
nice Brown, Rainbow and Steelhead Trout with the aid of a fly
rod, strike indicator and oregon cheese glow bug imitating a Salmon
Egg. It felt as though we had been flown into a private stretch
of water in Alaska. Lot's of fish and not another sole around all
day? (All fish released)
Still a strong presence of fish around. (At least
where we were) Some getting smarter, some on the move, some holding,
to many ending up on stringers = less fish for you. (All of my guest's
fish were released) If you find the fishing slow this weekend and
or next week, you'll know why.
Thanks go out to all of you who have had the option
to keep or release your fish and have decided to release.
At first we thought this was a Steelhead due to
it's incredible zipping, uncontrollable speeding runs. Turns out
it was a nice looking Coho Buck with spawning colors aglow. Thats
why we all love these Coho's. They act just like a Steelhead upon being
There is no "Hoe" like a "Coho" :) Did
I just say that?
Please read the past 4 or 5 days of fishing
reports, tips, etc... to bring yourself up to speed if you have
not read them already. Nothing has changed.
We spent a total of 3-1/2 hours fishing and the
rest painstakingly, slowly, precisely learning and studying every
Chrome hold'n location over a 3 mile stretch of river, where to
safely cross the river, where to park, fishing strategies, a multitude
of different types of current breaks and every conceivable aspect
of this river and the fish that call it home. Pheeeeew! My throat
Today my guest's told me that in the few hours
they actually fished, that they had played with more fish today,
than in a normal 3 to 4 day long trip. (Grand Slam today! -
Brown Trout, King's, Coho and Steelhead)
It really did not surprise me as I've had guest's
who have unfortunately not hooked a steelhead in 3-4 years of trying
and then another coupl'a years to land one on their own, before
they came out with me. We were all new once, even me.:) Normally it
is a number of things that are very easy to correct in a single day.
It makes me very happy and is very rewarding to see their personal success's
All fish released to fight another day. I sincerely
hope that you will release these fish back into the water should
you catch them. Please return the favor as we did. We felt totally
fulfilled as we admired its beauty and grace as it swam away. Knowing
that instead of a dead fish, we had helped this fish to continue on
it's journey in life. Very appreciative of the adrenaline rush filled
high octane battle it gave us. Hoping it gives you the same thrill.
(hint) Released to naturally reproduce for your children's pleasure.
Water level and Metalheads:
Until MIDNIGHT Mon NOV 07, 335 CFS Steady stream
of freshies arriving and running daily. (hint-Ssssssh) Enjoy the
Nice colors on this Fly Fished Steelhead!
Thurs. Amazing Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead
Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report and Ramblings:
Wow! When it rains it pours. Today it was
Steelhead, more steelhead and then some! Don't get much but'a!
My guest's were pleasantly surprised to be hooked up with 3 Steelhead
within the first half hour. One of my guest's thought there
was something wrong if he was not hooked up within a fifteen minute
period. It's nice when the fishing is that good.
My 2 guest's played with at least a dozen Steelhead
and countless Salmon that pretty much were in our way to those
magical metalheads. We were very thankful for the salmon as they
can give those Steelhead even more reason to hang out in an area.
Both of my guest's achieved several first's,
after having been fishing this river for 5-10 years. Both of my
guest's played with more Steelhead today then ever before in a 6
hour period. After landing his first Chromer of the morning he
proudly smiled, shook my hand and told me that this 10 lb. Steelie
was his biggest ever that he has landed. The same gentleman, after
landing his next fish, topped his first one by 2 pounds, making this
12 pound beauty his biggest ever. Congrats! Between my 2 guest's it
was never long before one of them was into their next fish.
One of the nicer things about today was that everywhere
we fished, we were the only ones there, except for 1 spot. Another
angler joined us and he was rewarded with about 5 Steelhead. Congrats!!
We noticed other anglers having success also! Which
is always a nice thing to see. Noticed more anglers arriving for
Good #'s of fish (Steelhead) top to bottom of the
river. (I am soooo amazed at ALL of the King Salmon that are still
around in large numbers. I dont think Ive ever seen this many at this
time of the year. Many still in good shape, some on their last hoof)
I'd personally fish anywhere along it's entire length with confidence
in the normal places that they (steel) like to hold in for this water
flow, this water temperature, this stage in their lives, this food cycle,
etc.... Anglers and guides are finding them thru out. I'd recommend coming
up to fish if your on the fence. I'm personally forecasting that the fishing
will remain "strong" for at least the next 7-10 days. After that, we shall
see. How can I forecast this you ask? Well ya see, I have this crystal
ball thing that talks to me. (Where is that medicine my doctor prescribed
me for this :)
Thousands of anglers
have been guided by me.....and MOST have gone on to live normal
Actually, these fish normally take approx. 7 days
to run the river. If they are in good numbers top to bottom, then
many (but not all) will be transitioning up the river during this
time. Constant push of freshies everyday. One day the spot you fish
may be empty, the next day LOADED! Thats how it works sometimes. Or you
could find some here and some there, spread out. Or the spot you hammered
them in today could be void of fish tomorrow, as they have moved a couple
of miles further up river.
All of these Steelhead will eventually stop (thru
out the river) in their preferred locations that offer them everything
they need and want in their lives. They need and want the same thing's
we do to survive. Safety from predators, food and a comfortable
living environment for this water flow, this water temperature, this
stage in their lives, this food cycle, etc.....
There are very good reason's why the fishing is
so strong presently. I'll try to explain them in another post. Some
may surprise you.
Pictures of this "Day for Kings" arriving shortly
with some very nice shot's of Chrome.
All of the Steelhead that were landed today were
released. Lets all do our part in conserving an easily deplete'able
stock. This river is changing from a put and take fishery to a
C and R one. You will receive much more respect from other anglers
if you catch, take a picture and release it back. Many of us receive
a much greater satisfaction by releasing our catch after enjoying the
incredible fight that these trophy fish give you. In my personal opinion,
we are all to old to be hung up on bragging right's. Our ego's are ok
without proudly displaying our dead fish. These fish are to valuable a
resource to be killed for any of the above reasons.
If you are truly in need of food to feed your family,
please kill what you need while fishing legally and only the amount
the state says you can for that day. If you are not truly in need
and do not need an ego boost or bragging rights, need to feed your
neighbors-co workers, etc... please, please please consider putting
them back. I'm told that 85% of the S.R. angler's are catch and release.
Sincerest Thank YOU!! Randy
Wed. Salmon River Fishing Report and Ramblings:
Enjoyed several nice relaxing scheduled days off.
Switched all of my rods, reels, lines, flies, etc... over to Steelhead.
Saw the doctor and experienced an MRI. Wow, talk about a strange experience!
Most guides on this river that have been rowing
a drift boat for awhile, almost daily in my case, pulling 30-40
lb. anchors, hiking around with heavy back packs all day, standing
fishing all day all have lower back problems.
Some have had surgery while other's like me deal
with it by stretching, exercising to strengthen our lower back
muscles, trying to better our posture, etc. Enough about my
aches and pains. :)
Well, I'm sure you've all been reading about the
Steelhead and the Browns that are around. So far the season has
started pleasantly. Folks are having a mixed bag of success.
Until MIDNIGHT Fri NOV 04, 335 CFS
The river is now crossable in many places, but
not all. This flow will concentrate the fish and then cause some
to become educated. Fish top to bottom of the river. I'd personally
fish almost anywhere along it's entire length with confidence. Anglers
are finding them thru out. Even with the drop in the water level, Steelhead
will continue to enter and run the River, especially with all of the King
- Coho Salmon and Brown Trout egg's rolling - flowing along the river.
With tomorrow's wind forecast, look for a bunch
of leaves to drop. Jim Rusher once told me http://www.jimrusher.com that you
should stay away from those colors in your flies and egg sacks
that resemble leaves. The fish can at times get bombarded with so many
leaves that it act's like trash being thrown in there face and anything
resembling their colors is not always met positively. Also, they
say sometimes the bite can turn off with all the acidity coming off
the leaves. I do know that many times, many of us have seen a sluggish
bite when we have been targeting Steelhead and their were a lot of leaves
in the water. This could also simply be caused by the fact that with
all the leaf Debris, that it makes it extremely hard to get a good
drift without having leaves foul up your drift. Any real truth to
this? I duno for sure, guess you'd have to ask the fish.:)
Great weather around now with more on the way.
If your in the area or flexible, I'd stop in and wet a line.
Today my guest's played with and landed a mixed
bag of fish. All we needed for the grand slam was a coho.
Twas not to be. :) They fished just about every type of structure,
current break imaginable. All with success! Congrats!
Salmon River NY Fishing Salmon Mail Bag:
Hi Yankee Angler...
I just got back from my first ever salmon fishing
trip to the Salmon River. What a blast we had! My friend turned
me on to this exciting fishing and your web site. I wonder if I could
get your opinion on something. I caught what I think is a really special
fish, a big king salmon that we did not measure before we released it.
I won't hold you to it or anything, but just your opinion, having seen
countless kings, how big a fish do you think this is?? (Released) My
favorite fish was one I caught this morning, a male coho that fought
like a steelhead. I am hooked on Salmon River fishing!
Thanks very much for your opinion. Ed
Hi Ed, Boy, what a beauty!
Im very happy you had a nice, exciting trip up
here. Looks like the fish were not the only thing getting
hooked. :) I'd easily say a solid 25 pounds, might even go
30. Boy, that fish has some big shoulders on it! The fish in your
picture is actually bigger than it appears. The tail and head are arched
Thanks again for the picture. Best Fish's, Randy
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