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Fishing Report Salmon River Pulaski NY. Salmon and steelhead fishing report
guide on the Salmon River in Pulaski NY at "Fishing
HOT SPOT - Steelhead
"Once again Randy Jones
and his clients were high rods on the Salmon River NY Saturday. With
Randy for the day were Jim Greiff and Chris Thompson. They were 4 for
16 on black stone Flies, hares ear Flys and Oregon cheese egg flies.
There are also rumors circulating that 1) Chris was heard to shout, 'Help!
I've got a monster on here!! 2) Chris fell into or was pulled into the
Salmon River. It is unclear at this time if the two events were related.
Has "Nessie" left Scotland?"
"Just a quick thanks to you folks at Whitaker's. A year
ago you set me up with Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones for my first shot
at Steelhead on the Salmon River. It was great. This year was even better.
On Saturday, I had hook-ups with several hot Steelhead and landed a
pair of Steelhead and one rainbow with Randy. Not only does the guy
know where the Steelhead are, he is a great teacher and has a sense
of humor to match. My buddy, Chris Thompson (yes, the one who got a Salmon
River NY bath) and I had a blast. I have a feeling we'll be back. Thanks
"Randy's winning streak
held for another Guide day on Easter Sunday useing the Drift Boat.
Bill and Robert Martinson were 8 for 16 on Steelhead. Bugs du jour were
stone Flys and Oregon cheese glo bug Flies."
"I just wanted to take
a moment to thank you for putting me in touch with Salmon River Drift
Boat Steelhead Fishing Guide Randy Jones. As you know we at O. Mustad
&Sons took 15 of our representatives fishing on the Salmon River
in Pulaski NY this past Sunday.
I was fortunate enough to go with Randy. The Steelhead
Fishing was super tough that day with hurricane winds and driving
rain. The Steelhead seemed to have lockjaw throughout the Salmon River.
Guide Randy worked his butt of trying to get us some Steelhead.
We had our representative from British Columbia with us
and needless to say he's a great Steelhead Salmon fisherman. Despite
the terrible weather we stuck it out and fished for Steelhead from 7
AM to 4 PM. We landed 3 Steelhead and we owe our success to Randy's hard
work Guiding and perseverance.
He took one for the team as he practically dove in to net
a nice Steelhead for us. I really do appreciate the help and we will
certainly recommend Randy's Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Guide
Service to our customers. Sincerely, Jeff Pierce Sales Coordinator -
O. Mustad&Sons (USA), Inc.
"Randy Jones ran a double Drift Boat
Guide trip for Steelhead yesterday. First at bat were Bill Fieldman,
Jr. and Dick Angello. They were 1 for 3 for the morning Drift Boat Steelhead
trip. On deck for the afternoon cocktail cruise were Bill Fieldman
and Bob Fieldman. The pm pair were 2 for 5 using Oregon cheese egg Fly
patterns, stirred, not shaken!"
"Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones with his
client, Mike Leuahane, were 3 for 15 by fishing the tails of the pools and
gravel areas for Steelhead. Once again the bug du jour was Oregon Cheese Glo
"Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones, in an
encore performance with Dr. Howard Beemer, had a grand day reporting
in with a 4 for 12 batting average on Steelhead. Of special note, Randy
added that they released (and we quote here) "a beautiful speckled chub
which put up a spectacular fight."
Enjoy my Updated
Archived King - Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Steelhead 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 seasons.
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.)
Guarantee! Complementary Top Secret (Ssssh!) Guide
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
3 Prime and
Basic Current Breaks in every pool you should
know about to help YOU catch more fish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3rXmooawm0&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=3
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
My Video Jokes for Today
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9/20 - Guide Fishing Report Salmon River Pulaski NY:
Yesterday the lower river had very, very few fish moving
in. My friends who work above me had the same slow day of fishing
as I did. - Today's weather was not the best if you wanted to work on
your tan, but if you wanted to try your luck on some 8-12 lb. Coho's this
was the day. Approx. 150 Coho's and 15 Kings ran by us from 8:30 until 11:00
AM. Smiles abounded in the hole we were fishing with everyone hooking up
numerous times, if you were in the right spot. If you were not in the right
spot, then it was tuff fishing. - Having an intimate understanding of fish
migration and their relationship to structure is key to becoming a proficient
angler. This is just one of the many keys that will help you unlock the
secrets that this incredible fishery has to offer. - Frank with one of a
dozen firecracker Coho's landed today. All fish released. Congrats!
9/19 - Salmon River NY Guide Fishing Report:
With 2 anglers we hooked up twice with a fish landed. After
that it never happened. Small push of fish came by from 8:30 until
9 AM. Other than that it was slower than slooooooooooow could get. We
had a couple of other shots at fish we sighted and cast too, but they
were not interested. I would guess approx. 30 cohos and 10 Kings passed
by all day. The Coho's were not holding. I did not get a report from
up river. Look for an ok push of fish running over the next couple of
9/18 - Fishing Report for the Salmon River in Pulaski NY:
After the sun rose to an inspiring pink and red glow, Bob
was tight to his first fish. The adrenaline rushed up his spine as
his reel screamed for joy. (Boy, I should be a writer-Not!) Anywaaaay's,
the run was early and started at 7:30 and lasted steady until 8:30 AM.
We were in Coho heaven with multiple jumps, screaming runs and surface
torpedo charges. One gave us a 40 foot surface run with water spraying
of its back as it searched for freedom. Then the action slowed to one
here and there. Another spurt started again from 11:30 until 12:30. Up
river was almost dead slow for my friends who guide above the -- hole. Several
came down my way hoping to find something more. We were in radio contact
with other angler friends up river who were reporting the same very slow
action. Approx. 75 Coho's and 25 or so Kings made their way past us between
6:30 till 1 PM. - It stayed overcast and drizzly for most of the morning,
which I believe helped the run. - The combination of an incredible sunrise,
Coho heaven and lots of laughs made for a memorable day for both Bob
and I. Congrats on the 2 dinner Coho's! All other fish released
amazing Fishing on the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/ Drift Boat
Guide Randy Jones
Steelhead or Salmon Spin or Fly on the Salmon River NY
A few years ago I was fly-fishing the Salmon River in Pulaski,
NY with Geir Sivertzen and Bob Funk. We had a tremendous day catching
50 of the 85 salmon and trout that we hooked. It was truly the fishing
outing of a life time. The river was filled with fresh lake-run Chinook
and Coho salmon, brown trout and steelhead.
I was fishing with 8 pound tippet when I hooked into the Coho salmon of
time. After a 25 minute battle, I managed to grab its tail as our
guide Randy Jones, was busy chasing
fish that Bob and Geir were fighting. My Coho salmon measured 35 inches
(88.9 cm) and weighed 22 pounds (9.98 kg). After weighing and measuring
it, I quickly released it back into the river. It was by far the largest
Coho Salmon I had ever landed in nearly 20 years of fishing for them.
The next day, I looked at the International Game Fish Association, IGFA,
Record Book and saw that the 8 pound tippet class Fly Rod record was 19lb
9oz. My fish beat the World Record by well over 2 pounds. I felt sick,
because Idid not go through all the necessary steps to register the fish
as a record. So, the old record stands, but we all know that I beat it.
The fish was caught on one of my special flies I came up with, called
Jeff's Coho Candy. It is tied on a Mustad 80500BL size 10. Recently
I have started tying the same fly on a Partridge SINGLE SALMON SALAR
BLACK in size 9 as well. On the left, you can see me holding the "would-have-been-a-record"
Coho. From now on I'll carry a copy of the IGFA Record Book in the
back of my fishing vest.
Jeff Pierce - Mustad US Sales Co-ordinator
9/17 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat
Guide Fishing Report:
Today things were a little better. The run started about
7:45 and ended at 9 AM. Even numbers of cohos and kings with approx.
75 running this morning by us. Up river from us was one here and there.
There were just enough fish moving to have shots at them no matter where
you were fishing. The river was almost void of anglers in the area we
The best action has been from the ---- Hole upstream.
Chance of rain in the forecast!
Please remember that if you are standing thigh deep in
335 cfs then you are standing where the fish are living and trying
to run. This not only hurts YOUR odds of hooking up but also those fishing
above you. These fish are not in any big rush to move up river. So stand
shallow and cast into the holes, riffles and pockets.
Ken is putting this dime bright 10 lb. Coho in the smoker.
Big decision for the day was, does he want cajun, honey, maple or
hickory flavor. Mmmmmm Congrats!!
9/16 - Salmon River NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide
First 3 casts by dad resulted in hook-ups. Couple more
were fought in the hole until it went dead. Few fish ran this AM.
where we were at. My friends (guides) who work up river 1-1/2 miles
reported that they had a so-so number running until 10 AM. and then
it ended. At 11 AM. we started walking to some other area's and noticed
several Kings holding in the tail end of a run. After several fine casts
my guests were hooked up with fish running in every direction.
Both of these were landed after a substantial chase and several missed
attempts at the net by me. As we kept walking we started to
see more and more Kings and Coho's running and holding in the river
in pods of 5, 10 and 20. Most were Coho Salmon that would flash by
us. Some were King Salmon that were more cooperative and would hold for
awhile allowing us several casts before continuing on their Fall spawning
migration up the Salmon River. Several more were hooked up, fought and
either landed or lost to their strength, rocks or my poorly tied knots.
(he-he) By noon most of the river was empty of anglers and as we went
back to the honey hole we counted about 10 fish holding in it and several
more cohos making their way into it. None of these were interested in our
flies except 1, so we called it a day and laughed all the way
back to the car.
Gary Sr. started both of his 2 boys hunting and fishing.
This was a day for father and son's to get together and reminisce
about past trips and build more memories.
The first time James ever fished the Salmon river was when
he was 9 years old. As he was landing his first King Salmon the hooked
pulled out and young James was not going to see his fish swim away.
So he ran over and tackled his fish and wrestled with
it in the water until he had his legs and arms wrapped tightly around
Gary Jr. landed a nice brown trout. What a fight it gave
on his Trident 9 weight rod with Vortex anti reverse reel. It
was all of 13 inch's!
Gary Sr. told me in private that the only reason he
brings his 2 sons fishing is so that he does not have to carry 75 pounds
of fish back to the car.
Fish were all silver when landed but did darken up by the
time we took the photos. Gary, Gary Sr. and James were all smiles with
a few dinner fish. Largest King Salmon was 30 lb's ! Boy, what a
Honker! Congrats to you all!
9/15 - Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide Fishing
Today there was a noticeable lack of fish in the lower
- lower river for us. Very few fish ran by us today. BUT, upstream
from us by about a mile 1/2 they had a steady stream of fish passing
them by in the morning. This tells you that a so-so number of fish came
in last evening and at night.
We hit fish right of the bat in our hole, then it slowed
until the run started. We all hit a few more then it slowed back
to a crawl. Decided to try another favorite spot and with in 2 casts
Denise was hooked up. In a blink of an eye his fish was 150 feet into
that orange stringy stuff with no signs of stopping. As we gave chase
we decided to put the brakes on for fear of losing him (the fish) to
the fast water below. We almost had it pulled back to our spot until the
hook pulled loose. O-well, it sure beats a sharp stick in the eye. There
were a few Salmon here and there if you knew where to fish. Great day,
Joe hooks-up, fights and lands his first ever Salmon
River King. (Approx. 20 lb.) This one is headed for the smoker.
He could not believe the run, pulling power, strength of these fresh
fish straight out of the lake. Congrats!
9/14 - Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat
Guide Fishing Report:
Counted approx. 15 Kings and about 30 or so Cohos running
up from the estuary. The run did not start for us until 7:45 and lasted
until about 9 AM. In the 4 locations we fished, we hooked up
in all. Not a lot of fish around, but for those who know the river intimately
there were a few fresh fish to be caught. No one doing any big numbers,
but no one really expects that this early in Sept. If it happens
(which sometimes is the case) that's just icing on the cake. Most folks
are just happy to have lots of room to move around, spend it outdoors
on a beautiful day and have some shots at some of the hardest fighting
This weekend look for there to be more anglers than fish.
Unless your going to McDonalds and ordering a fish sandwich.
Time for a commercial
Every time I go fishing, the optimist in me says "This
might be the day." Athletes pray for days like this, hoping
they play in "the zone." I think fishermen do too. Surely, this is
what keeps many of us thrashing the water with a piece of string. I can
count on one hand the number of days when this has happened. Two of them
have been with you. The first was two years ago today, Oct. 8, when I hooked
40 or 50 fish, including a 35 lb male king that now sits above my fireplace
as an reminder of that one remarkable day of fishing. The other was last
Friday. Not only did I land a pair of nice Kings, I also caught my first
Cohos, a beautiful male brown and three fall-run steelhead -- my first
grand slam on the Salmon River. All told, I had maybe 20 hookups, while
my buddy Myles had almost as many and landed cohos, a brown and several
steelhead. It wasn't as if this was a great day on the river. I saw many
long faces and shaking heads as other anglers came up empty, lost lead and
flies to the river bottom and called it quits by midday. The credit for
my experience is all yours. I know there are many fishermen who can work
the Salmon River and catch plenty offish, especially when a run is on.
I can do it on my own sometimes. But putting it all together when the
fishing is slow as you did is a testimony to your skill, knowledge and
hard work. Looking forward to my next trip with you and the chance to yell
The Silver Bullet, Chromer, Metal Head, are all
names we use for the Steelhead we catch all Fall, Winter and Spring
on the Salmon River in Pulaski, N.Y., 30 miles North of Syracuse.
Randy, had another great fishing trip with you recently.
Your knowledge, patience, and professional attitude gave us everything
we had hoped for and more. We had a great time, and we are both still
so impressed! We learn something new every time we fish with
you. 4 years and 7 trips....and
you still have the same drive and desire we saw the first time you
took us out! You are a true professional, and you have customers
Until the next fish bites, Garry
We've been targeting Salmon lately due to the incredible
numbers around. We have been picking up the occasional Steelie, different
area's, while fishing for salmon. :)
The above picture was the last spot of the day. Planned
on making just a few cast's on our way back. I knew this spot had remained
unfished for the last hour before we got there. The odds were very
good that at least a couple of fish had moved into it, as they often
do. First cast, fish on, it's a steelie! Then another Chromer, then a
couple Salmon in just 20 minutes or so. Out of the 4 fish, this was the
only one landed. How sweet it is! Congrats on that beautiful Silver Bullet!
Salmon River Pulaski NY King Coho Salmon Fishing Report
Randy, No hard feelings, but where does one stand to count
(with +/-5 accuracy) the number of salmons that swim into the river?
Is there a specific time where they all enter at once and swim past
the person counting them? How many were males? females? Jacks? I'm truly
intrigued by this! Vince
Vince, (If that IS your real name?:)
I'm not sure where I claimed to be +/-5 accuracy, if I
was THAT good, I wouldn't be sitting here typing all day loooong,
for you! ;) I'd be playing the lottery! Ha!
Are you ribbing me? (he-he) I think so, but in any case
I get this question every year and am more than happy to answer it
again for you and others who are curious.
The King Salmon tend to run the main channels and depressions
that make up their road map in the river. When running the shallow
ledge or rapids they are easy to see and count. I normally count the King
Salmon by the # of rooster tails (splashes) I see coming up the shallow
rapids below me.
Because the Coho Salmon tend to run at the same time as
the kings they sometimes get pushed out of these same channels and
pockets and run shallower. They also are not as big so they need less
water to navigate. This basically puts them at your feet and you can
see them shooting up all around you. These Coho Salmon are a little harder
to count as sometimes they sneak up with out rooster tailing like the King
Another simple way to determine approx. numbers of fish
are by when the run end's. If it ends early then it's fewer fish that
ran than if the run lasts all day. Simple. Species is also determined
by what I see most other anglers catching.
Mid-Sept. 2 years ago
From the minute their lines touched the water this early
AM. until late morning, we were into Coho heaven.
Very good # of Cohos moving today. 80 % were Cohos with
the balance mostly Kings. I would guess 500 or more Cohos with 100
or so Kings were running up the lower end today. Action was almost non-stop.
I looked in the rapids below the hole at 9:30 and saw a line of fish
working their way up. Hardly a splash was made with the higher water.
Several people thought they had hooked Steelhead but as
it turned out they were Coho. It’s very common at this time of the
year for anglers who normally do not see such fresh Cohos to think
they have a Steelhead. They are dime bright and fight just like a Steelhead.
The easiest way I know of how to tell a Salmon from a Steelhead is to
look at the color of the inside of the mouth. Cohos (all salmon) will
have a grayish, blackness on the gums or inside of mouth. Steelies will
not, it is white, just like any trout's mouth would be.
Please wear your corkers. Watched the same person fall
in 3 times up to his chin! Its understandable as my friend had put
him in a real good spot and he was hooking up almost every cast. He
was excited to say the least. Each time he fell he had a fish on. He
was only wearing felts. It truly is a battle to fight these fish. Not
only do you have a 10-40 lb. fish on screaming in every other direction
in a blink of an eye, but you also have to fight the river and its many
slippery rocks. If anybody can find me just 1 flat rock in this river
Id like to know.
Watched a 14 year old hook up a bit. Some of the grown
men could not believe he actually released a 20 lb. Steelhead. Id
like to shake his fathers hand for instilling something other than,
This report comes from me personally studying fish movement
and species while guiding my guests. Anglers and guides who fish below
and above me from sun -up until sun- down. Past years observations
and a host of other factors.
Please keep in mind that some do come in during the evening
and at night, so my estimates are only what I see during the days run.
How many came in at night? ----- I guess you'd have
to ask the night watchman, that's not my shift. Best Fish's,
Salmon River NY Salmon Fishing Forecast:
Presently approx. 100-150 Salmon are entering the Salmon
River in every 24 hour period. Soon you will start to see 150-250
each day. Then---look out! (1,000’s)
Few fish are scattered through out the river in small #’s
in my opinion. You have to work for them and cover water in most areas.
Very few structural changes in the river bottom this year.
Its all pretty much the same as last year.
Please take some extra time reviving these monsters. Typically,
it is not uncommon to see several half dead fish float by that was
released by well-meaning sportsman up river. Several times I have been
able to grab and work with them until they were able to swim off strongly.
They need a lot of extra time, maybe 5-10 minutes or more to regain their
strength. Especially after a hard fight and these warm water temp's.
Please keep in mind that when you read other reports and
they say the "www.Yankee hole" was good or the "angler.com spot”
produced fish that these are some of the more popular (crowded) areas
on the river. Normally the more hooks in the water, the more hook-ups.
Some folks I know get turned off by the crowds when visiting these spots
and rightly so. Please don’t think that you HAVE to fish shoulder to shoulder.
I rarely if ever do it and even on the busiest day during Salmon season
you shouldn't either. If you are unfamiliar with the river, think about
taking a walk downstream of these famous holes during the busy Salmon season.
Below these spots there are rapids. Look for the pockets and slots that
create the deepest road map for the fish to follow. Find a nice pocket during
the A.M.. run and you will be surprised by the # of fresh fish you will
see, hook and have all to yourself. Spend a little time scouting and I’m
sure you will be rewarded.
I sincerely hope that this
information will help you in planning your trip to the Salmon River
and make it a safe, fun and most importantly, a memorable experience!
Fish long & prosper! Randy Jones
10/2 - Salmon River Report: Scheduled Day Off - Time to do my laundry! ;)
10/1 - Salmon River NY Steelhead Salmon Drift Boat Guide
Small push of chrome moved by us mid-day. As well as Coho's
and Kings. I heard the upper DSR was very slow, but where we were down
river it was a little better. The first hour of the AM was the best
and then it turned into hooking up one here and there. Most anglers had
a very slooowwww day.
Once again we held our own with about 15 hook-ups through
out the day. The upper river is holding a good number of fish,
so I am told.
A 12 lb.Steelhead was caught by a friend fishing across
from us. There was very happy angler who fished hard all day and landed
a King, headed for the smoker. Congrats to you all!
Next post : Morgan Lyle's "Guide Profile" article will
be reprinted soon. It appeared in the Schenectady Gazette
Look for my interview in the "National" Fly Fishing in
Saltwater Magazine on the use of 2 handed fly rods on the flats
and surf. In May look for my "go to" fly for Trophy Spring Stripers
on the Flats and Beyond.
Let's switch gears and
Jump to some Winter Steelhead Fishing on the "Salmon River"
12/20 Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing
I will be away for the holidays, Dec. 22 until Dec.
28. When I return I will continue to update my reports. See you then!
Water flow at 900 cfs until Friday Dec. 22.
Today was Brents first time ever fishing the Salmon River.
He hails from Texas so fishing in the blowing lake effect snow and
wind chills in the single numbers was a new experience. His friends
thought he was absolutely crazy to be fishing at this time of year.
( I'd have to agree, He-he)
Brent hooked 7 steelhead (8-12lb) and lost all,
until the below 8th Steelhead cooperated. This all happened by 10:30.A.M.
!!! 1 for 8 in 3 1/2 hours of fishing! Yikes, this guy is good.
We ended the day early as the wind chill got continually
worse. I bet this day will never end, in Brents memories.
12/19 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide
Scheduled day off - River is running 1200 cfs, but is higher
below Orwell brook, Trout and town due to run-off. Here
12/18 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide
Canceled today's trip due to high winds and dangerous wind
chills. Water flow is at 900 cfs until 7 P.M. today. Then going to
1200 cfs until Friday. River is fishable with good number of fresh
fish between 2A and the D.S.R. area.
12/17 Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing
Scheduled day off. Major run-off happening
presently. D.S.R. is about 800 cfs due to recent rains and snow melt.
Visibility this A.M. was about 12 inches in this area. Very good #
of fresh Steelhead in that area presently! More on the way with the
expected water flow increase from Niagara Mohawk. Up river water flow
is still 335 cfs with very good visibility..
12/16 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide
With the weather forecast for warm temp's and rain I would
look for the creeks to open up and flood and possibly produce some
good fishing. Also, I would guess higher water flows for the Salmon
River. This will only help to continue to bring in fresh Steelhead.
And move some of the most recent fish further upriver to prepare to
spawn. To soon to tell.
After yesterday's steelhead guide drift boat trip,
I was not sure if Dave was going to be a willing participant for
another adventure aboard the .com drift boat with new oars.
(See 12/15 report below if you can't wait that long ;)
He came along with me at 6:00 A.M. with out much fuss.
We left earlier than planned after yesterdays success's. We wanted
to lock-up the HOT spot by getting there early and staking our claim
to some PRIME Chrome hold'n real-estate! It worked in spades
as Dave out did himself from the previous 2 days of fishing. He was 5
for 13 today! We lost most fish to the currents, my bad knots, rubber
hooks (he-he) and log jams, but enjoyed the incredible fight of these
Dave only fell in once today, but boy was it a good
one. He went up to his ears while fighting a Steelhead in the 32 degree
water. He came out of it sounding like a choir boy, but with the biggest
grin from ear to ear.
That's steelhead fishing for you, it can be addicting.
Why else would people brave sub- freezing temp's, near death experiences
(he-he ) aboard the .com drift boat to catch a fish? (Beats me)
Best Fish's, Randy
12/15 Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing
Dave joined me again, for another incredible non-stop adventure
filled day aboard the .com drift boat. Where do I begin.
Well, how about the very first cast of the morning resulting
in the steelhead pictured below. We had a fresh 25 lb. King Salmon
on, that took us under a log jam and broke us off. The Brown pictured
below was an unexpected treat. It was a female and full of eggs.
Dave was in Chrome heaven by landing 6 out of 12 steelhead
Ya-hoo! We spent 6 hours working just one hole. I guess all that
learn'n yesterday, paid off for today's feast of jumps,
runs, bent rods and scream'in reel's.
There is only 1 thing better than a day like today.
(Come on, your not that old, you do remember, don't you?)
The other highlight (?) of the day will be one
I will not forget nor hope to repeat anytime soon. Remember the
old saying, up a creek with out a paddle? How about up a creek with out
There is a spot in the river called the trestle hole. You
drift and drop through a slot of fast white water rapids before digging
heavy on your oars to miss an intimidating 20 foot high by 6 foot wide
cement pillar dead ahead. As we made the drop I was on my second BIG
dig on the oars when snap went my left oar blade.
With the white water rapids taking control of our fate,
I YELLED (politely-yukyuk) hold on, were going to hit the trestle!
I noticed a slight jump in Dave's normally calm disposition. (I've
never seen 300 pounds jump that high out of the drift boat chair -
With about 1 second before impact!! I jumped
into a phone booth, spun and turned into "Super Guide Man."
I used my right oar blade to fend off and break the impact of an aluminum
boat crunching into a solid pillar of "I hope my life insurance
policy is paid up" cement.
Yup, you guessed it, there went my second oar blade
with a snap. Whew! I dropped anchor and retrieved the broken
blades from the water. The balance of the boat ride down was one of
positioning the drift boat at the top of the runs and then drifting
with the current w/ my anchor slightly tapping bottom and me poling
the boat with my 10 foot net handle safely to the ramp. All that practice
of poling my friends flats boats on the crystal clear water flats on
Monomoy Island, Cape Cod paid off.
Today was just another dull day
in this never ending boring virtual ho-hum adventure aboard the .com
P.S. I no longer use wooden oar blades. I went to those
nice expensive light high modular graphite ones, in case you were worried
about your next drift boat trip with me ;) They say they will out live
( See Photo )
Fresh 10 lb. Steelhead and a beautiful 7 lb. Brown. Congrats
again Dave! ( All Fish Released )
12/14 Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide
Guiding Dave brought found memories of my best day of Steelheading
ever. Last March we started out the morning fishing through the slush.
I think it was Pucker Brush Creek? Anyway, by days end we had landed
10 out of 22 fresh Steelhead!
Today was a combination of re-learning, (it only took him
all morning) , fishing, catching and having a lot of laughs.
I kept reminding Dave that 12 O'clock was straight across
the river and not up river. I think he must a been on West coast time,
forgot to turn his clock back or flunked "when the big hand is on the
Dave hooked an even combination of fresh and older Steelhead
off the .com drift boat today. Dave ended the day with a great
1 for 7 steelhead count. I kept reminding him I needed a photo for
my web site and all day long we came close, but no cigar. Finally in
the last hole, on the last fish we managed one. It did not come easy as
Dave took a nice fall into the water (we call it a Salmon River Baptism
and I "proudly" get mine every single year) while he fought it. He managed
to keep his tip up and was rewarded with a nice male steelhead. Thanks !
Hardly anyone fishing of late. Fish are in just about every
spot. Not a lot in any one place. Still having to work for them. This
weekend should be good to most of you coming up. Good Luck and Happy
( See Photo ) Nice bright Iron head of 9 lb's. Congrats
Dave! (Fish Released)
12/13 Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing
Mike and Jim wanted to go fishing, but today we did not
fish, we went catching!
They hit fish in 3 out of 4 spots today with a 8 for
13 steelhead tally by days end. The fish below were the smaller
of the bunch we had on. Mike had the biggest one on, that was at
least all of 15 lb's. For a fresh December fish, it gave us a show more
like a November fish. 6 jumps, several torpedo runs and a couple of real
nice water spraying head shakes on the surface. Four minutes later it
finally rolled on the line and broke us off.
Most fish were bright fresh with only a few darker ones.
The air temperature rose to a balmy 24 degrees. With no wind, sun
and a good number of Chromers it was actually very pleasant. My BIG
heater in the drift boat helped also.
The first victory cigar was lit by 11 A.M. with noon
time kicking off the cocktail hour. (I only had coffee-hehe)
I thought I had Clark Kent on the drift boat today after
Mike did his Superman imitation before diving - falling into the
water! (That happened before cocktails ?? ) ( See Photo ) Congrats
Trip canceled for today - HIGH WIND WARNING AND WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY TODAY
Yup, time for another commercial ;)
Guest Steelhead Fishing Testimonial:
I'm home & recuperated from our grueling 1 1/2 day
drift boat trip. All joking aside I wanted to tell you it was a very
good learning experience. I have caught steelhead before, usually
while salmon fishing. A person can read all the books & watch all
the videos, but until a knowledgeable person like yourself shows you the
intricate subtleties it's hit or miss. I will be applying the methods
you taught me in ALL of my future fishing. I want to thank you for your
patience, for sharing your knowledge & your good sense of humor.
I look forward to fishing w/ you in the near future. Ted
P.S. Carl asked me to pass on the same for him & to
tell you to stop buying your equipment at the Dollar store. Gotcha.
Ted, Thanks very much! I had a blast and look forwards
to doing it again. Tell Carl I have already started to collect mono
off the river side and am cutting flies out of the trees for his next
trip. I only use the good stuff with people I like. ;) Best,
I have a question that I hope you might answer. On Sunday,Dec.10,
I caught and released a coho in the 13-15 pound range. It was in great
shape and looked like he was going on an a** kicking binge with
that fierce kype. My question is, was this an unusual fish or are there
stragglers in the river this late in other years as well. The fish
was beautiful as he was about 70% pink and no fungus evident.
Great fun. Also landed a large laker. These fish were in
the fly zone. I know you are busy but I thought this fish kind of
irregular and thought you may shed some light on its late arrival.
I suspect a female was lurking about as well or this guy was looking
mean because none were available!
Thanks for any input if you are able.
It is not uncommon to see a FEW "stragglers" Kings, Cohos
or a laker at this time of year. There biological clock is messed up
or ? We landed a 30 lb. Salmon last December around x-mas time in the
- hole last year and also landed a 20 lb. Spring King Salmon last April
while fishing for steelhead. My first one. I thought my clients had a
new world record steelhead when it first jumped!
(Earl-Fish Cleaner and Owner of the Steelhead lodge told
me he usually sees 6-7 of these each Spring. Very rare. We call'm
Best, Randy ( See Photo ) A rare Spring King taken while
Steelhead fishing on 6 lb. test leader!
12/11 Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing
Ron worked the waters today like a distance runner attacking
the Boston Marathon. Ron is not new to this fishery and knows what
its like to go catching and to go fishing. Today he fished hard
for a respectable 1 for 3. I thought we would of done a bit better,
but the fish that were their yesterday were gone today. I checked with
2 friends who were running their drift boats on the river today.
Both were either fly or spin fishing between Altmar and 2A, with 2 clients
each. They were 1 for 3 and 0 for 7. So if you look at the overall picture,
Ron did pretty good. I still felt as though we should of done better
so Ron was kind enough to allow me to discount his trip a bit. That
made me feel a lil better!
The D.S.R. was given 2 thumbs up today by Rob Adamski who
manages and owns Whitakers. He spank'd'm on the Blue goo.
Weather for Tues. is to be cold and wind gusts 20-30 knots
and higher. May cancel or just do a half day.
For those of you that have a nice heated office desk job
and would like to switch job's for a day or two. Please e-mail me.
( See Photo ) Ron lands one in the bottom of the
ninth! Congrats ( Fish was released )
12/10 Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing
2nd trip in a row with me - Ted and Carl enjoyed
what should of been a whole day of FISHING. But I spent 1/2 the day
retying their flies, untangling their knots, pulling them out of the
trees, turning the heater on for them only when they behaved, giving
them a "time out" and making them sit in the corner of the drift boat
when they mis-behaved, untangling their knots, pulling them out of the
trees, retying their flies, well you get it....................
So in a 8 hour day and really only fishing half of it,
they were a respectable 2 for 8. Not bad for a couple of goof balls
who were just happy to be out enjoying themselves. And enjoy we did!
Both gent's landed a fish each, with 4 hook-ups apiece.
Not bad for a river that has no fish in it, or so I've read. ;).
( See Photo ) Carl with a male Steelhead of about
10 lb's. Ted with a very bright, fresh chromer. ( All Fish Released
Lil Steelhead Fishing Tip:
If you have not heard, below 2A is the place to be. All
those fish that came in with the high water have NOT moved. They are
starving hungry! Numerous hook-ups was the norm for the seasoned Steelhead
angler that I spoke with. They are eating eggs and egg imitation's like
there is no tomorrow. (Orange, pink) Eating anything that looks
edible. They are remaining in this section of river due to cold water
temperatures and low water levels.
12/9 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide
Ted and Carl were my guests aboard the .com drift boat
today. Due to cold temp's we decided to do a 1/2 day trip. In 3
hours of fishing we were 1 for 3 on steelhead.
Noticed several other anglers having success today, which
is always nice to see, throughout the entire upper river. In only 3
hours it was tuff to get a feel for fish movement. Should know better
Sunday as both will be joining me again. Major heat wave will push through
Sunday with temperatures to rise above freezing by a couple of degrees.
Break out the suntan lotion!
I was surprised at all the hardy soles out fishing today.
With sun and no wind it made the 25 degree air temp's feel enjoyably
Carl explained to me that he had made 3 previous trips
up here for Steelhead with no success. That made today extra special
for both of us! Landing an 11 lb. Steelhead helped put us into the
spirit. Congrats Carl! ( Fish Released ) Best Fish's, Randy
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Pulaski N.Y. using fly/spin and floats
for Steelhead, Brown Trout, Coho, Atlantic's
and King Salmon.
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Salmon River, where Memories
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Trips are 8-9 hours from the time we meet
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