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Guide drift boat fishing report for steelhead or salmon on the Salmon River NY

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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 Reports"

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Fishing report drift boat guide for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River NY


"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 Jim"

Driftboat fishing report for steelhead and salmon on the guide Salmon River NY

"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."

Drift boat fishing report for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River NY with guide
Brown Trout

"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.

Fishing report for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River NY with guide

"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!"

Fishing report for salmon and steelhead on the Salmon River NY

"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 Bug Flys."

Fishing report for salmon on the Salmon River NY

Brown Trout

"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."

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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 days.

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

Enjoy amazing Fishing  on the Salmon River Pulaski NY w/ Drift Boat Guide Randy Jones
for Steelhead or Salmon Spin or Fly on the Salmon River NY
Hello Guys!
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.
Steelhead Salmon river guide fly fishing reports for the Salmon River NY off the drift boat for Steelhead

I was fishing with 8 pound tippet when I hooked into the Coho salmon of a lifeEnjoy Steelhead Salmon river guide fly fishing the Salmon River NY from the drift boat for Steelhead reports 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.

 Best fishes
 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 were fishing.
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.
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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 Fishing Report:

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 it.
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.
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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 Report:

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, great fun!
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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 fish around.
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 break ;)

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 "Fish On"!
Regards, Jim
Guided Drift boat steelhead or salmon with guide on the Salmon River Pulaski NY
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. (Interested?)

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 for life.
Drift boat guide fishing for steelhead and salmon on the Salmon River Pulaski NY Until the next fish bites, Garry
Come and enjoy the Salmon River in Pulaski NY with fishing reports for steelhead and salmon with this drift boat guide
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 Mail Bag:

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 Salmon.
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, kill everything!
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, Randy

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 " 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 Fishing Report:
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 Report:
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 Fishing Report:
Scheduled day off - River is running 1200 cfs, but is higher below Orwell brook, Trout and town due to run-off.   Here they come!!

12/18 Salmon River Pulaski NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
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 Report:
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 Fishing Report:
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 magnificent fish.
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 Report:
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 2 paddles.
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 - yukyuk)
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 drift boat.;)
Best, Randy
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 me!
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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 Fishing Report:
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 12."

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 Hookin!
( See Photo  ) Nice bright Iron head of 9 lb's. Congrats Dave! (Fish Released)

12/13 Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report:
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 to Both!

12/12 Report

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 C.
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, Randy

Mail Bag:
Hi Randy,
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.

Hi Rick,
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 Spring Kings)
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 Report:
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 Report:
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 Fishing Report:
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 warm.
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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