9/23 Ramblings from this Salmon River NY Steelhead Fishing Drift Boat Guide:
1,000's of Salmon have entered the Salmon River NY over the last month and are spread out from the top all the way to the bottom of the Slam'n Salmon River Altmar - Pulaski NY. Our last BIG Salmon Run was from Sept. 4-7. Everything is early this year. Everyday in the lower river we have had either a slow, ok, steady, reeeeeelly good # of Salmon (w/ a few Trout) entering, running and holding thru out the entire River. Everyday over the entire length of the Slam'n Salmon River these King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Brown Trout are in 3 specific places.
This just in!
Rare Migratory Whales and Seals have been sighted off the mouth of the Salmon River in Pulaski NY on Lake Ontario eating our Steelhead and Salmon! (Associated Peeeess)
(Please see photo's Fishing Report link below)
Biggest complaint from ALL anglers presently fishing on the Salmon River NY!
1 experienced angler hooked up 30 and landed 1. This is the 1 common denominator amongst all anglers presently. Everyone is telling me, Randy, we played w/ a few and lost them all. Randy, we hooked up a lot, but could only land a couple of them. Randy, I hooked up a lot today, and only landed 1 or none.
Getting one of these fish on, is sometimes the easy part. Fighting and trying to land a big'ol powerful freight train pulling bus well keep you on your toes and hopefully not on your back! These fish are big and powerful and well put even the most experienced angler and equipment to the test. Thats why we love these Slam'n Salmon River Kings and Cohos!
Today's Fishing Tip:
Please re-read my complementary fishing reports, Tips, Articles as they relate to Salmon. They all have relevant info. that is still pertinent now :) (Such a nice guide - yukyuk)
Crystal Ball Fishing Forecast:
We will continue to see many more 1,000's of Salmon enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY. These #'s well increase the closer we get to Oct. and after.
(After 30 years of guiding, things never reeeeelly change that much :)
From the Row'rs Seat:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Wed. Thurs., off the drift boat I counted over 200 in 1 area, next spot 50, then a couple, then 5-6, then 1 or 2, then another 100 and then approx. 75 or so in the last spot, etc... etc... over 3 miles of River.
Some of these were packed in like sardines. You could have walked across there back's (seriously) Most were sprinkled about in all the usual places over our 3 mile drift boat trip. Not many anglers out mid-week, (this has all changed) we fished all by ourselves all day. In 3 spots fished we could not see a single other angler fishing the River :)
I'd highly recommend to come up and fish now!! Ye-Haaaaa - Fish On, Baby!!!!
Definition of fishing habitat term's - as it relates to all species of fish in the Salmon River NY:
Transitional resting - Where the fish rest at temporarily while in a transitional mode. (running the river)
Prime transitional holding - Where the fish will hold for the entire day (usually mid-day) after they have stopped running that morning.
Prime non-transitional holding - Where they will sit for an extended period of time (days and sometimes an entire month) before there biological clock tells them to find a mate and special rock.
Up river presently, there are a few here and there, trickling up into the temporary transitional resting spots. More are in the prime transitional holding waters. And as usual for this time of year, most are in the "prime non-transitional holding area's.
Transitional resting - some here and there sprinkled about everyday running.
Prime transitional holding - Im seeing more fish in these, mid-day, everyday.
Prime non-transitional holding - Most of the Salmon are in these, along with most of the anglers.
If you dont like crowds over the next few weeks, avoid these easily accessible Prime non-transitional holding spots. Instead, go for a lil walk up or down the river from these area's and you'll be pleasantly surprised at all the fish you will have all to yourself. Thats how I do it, ssssshhh! :)
Guide Humor and lil Tip:
When I see these, easily accessible Prime non-transitional holding spots loaded up with fish and anglers. I sometimes think that maybe some fishing folks think these fish are air lifted by a helicopter in a BIG net and then dropped into these places.
They actually have to run from the bottom of the river to the top. They use the depth of water and current to navigate there way up river. So by going for a lil walk above or below these popular and crowded area's during "prime time" and finding there route and resting locations.
You can have a reeeeeel nice fishing time all by yourself on even the busiest day up here. Thats how I do it :)
I sincerely hope this helps you to understand the movement of fish a lil better and hopefully catch'a bunch!
These fish are BIG!
On a funny net note - Up here, if you fish here long enouph, you will see anglers useing a small net. The netter usually takes 20 swipes at the fish before they get it into the net and thats ONLY if they dont fall in the water while trying. (sound familiar?)
Then, the nets are soooo small and our fish are sooooo big, that normally they can only fit the head of the fish in the net.
Then, sometimes the fish will break the mess netting and fall completely thru it back into the water, losing it and then you get to listen to the angler curse out his fishing buddy for -------- it all up (this site is rated pg ;)
Or, what I find even funnier is when they do finally scoop up that fish and are as proud as a peacock, due to the weight of the fish, the net handle breaks in two.
Never a dull moment on this river!
(I was new once too and the above was written in fun. I use Cumming Nets)
On a funny note from last week:
My celebrity guest new ever pebble in the river. I anchored in a spot called the - hole. My friend didn't know about it so I figured I'd explain it to him and why it was such a nice lil hole. See that long stretch of rapids below us? Those fish get tired running those rapids and this is the first spot they come to, to rest. The hole is the first current break. See all those BIG boulders above this hole breaking the current? Thats your second current break. I then rowed over to the hole so we could take a peek into it, to see how many Salmon were in it. Would you believe we didn't see one!
I had to chuckle to myself after I just went thru how good this lil hole was. Guess its like a box of chocolates out there sometimes ;)
Salmon Q. Mail Bag:
HI Randy: Carl and I are scheduled to fish with you and we wanted to get some tippet to fish the day after guiding with you ahead of time. What tippet would you suggest. Thanks! Steve
Great Question and one that I find many angler's don't fully understand and or understand the incredible importance of it all. It took me many years to understand and "implement with success" all of the below. One of the simplest part's of rigging can sometimes be the most overlooked (important) which can easily cause no fish or very few. :) The average angler never ever realizes this because they do not see what the fish are doing under the water. Or, they never experiment (like I have) when they are ON fish or have a presence of fish to determine the correct answer. I've written many times about this subject due to the importance of it all.
You can use mono or floro. I normally use mono for Salmon and Floro. for Steel.
Mono tippet- leader 8, 10, 12 and 15. Pound test used is determined by many factors. Since I like to be prepared for any and all variables or factors, I like to carry all of these pound test's. :) If I knew exactly where you were going to fish, the speed, depth, clarity of water, # of fish present, major run, lil run or just the odd fish here and there, weather, education level of fish during all hours of the day, # of anglers fishing around you, etc.. I would know better what pound test to recommend to you. Since I dont and you may not either than I'd get a lil of all.
Floro. - In the same pound test.
Most anglers dont realize all of the factors I use to determine the proper pd. test. We can go into this much further on our day out to simplify it all. :)
Being off by just a few pound's or MUCH less can make a BIG difference. Believe or not. :)
****Anytime you can disguise what your fly/bait or lure is tied too, any species of fish, anywhere in the world, the fish are normally easier to fool and catch. This can be done in many ways. But first, I ask myself about 10 questions to determine tippet (leader) strength. By this one single incorrect or correct determining factor it could mean no fish, 1 fish or a dozen fish. :)******
If you like fishing for steelhead during the Winter, (Nov. thru April) please stop back.
• Winter Steelhead On The Salmon River
By Randy Jones - The Salmon River is located in Pulaski, New York on Lake Ontario's Eastern Shore. Its reputation for large runs of fish of incredible average size is unsurpassed by any other fishery in New England.
• Gearing Up For Winter Steelhead
By Randy Jones - The Fall Steelhead comes into the river for one reason.
• Angling Tactics For Winter Steelhead
By Randy Jones - Besides all the other pieces of the puzzle we have covered and will cover, hopefully these tips will help you to be more in tune with your fishing. Putting all of this together consistently will put you into the 10% of anglers that catch 90% of the fish!
• Factors To Consider When Fishing For Salmon River Steelhead during the Fall, Winter and Spring.
By Randy Jones
More Steelhead Rambling's for your complimentary viewing pleasure coming this season:
Fly Presentation Technique, Detecting the Take and Proper Weighting
The Perfect Drift - Drift Fishing Correctly with Fly Rod:
Visual and non-visual characteristics of line:
Common causes to common concerns:
My 3 main suggestions:
Fishing in Jan. and Feb.? Are you nuts? -Yup:
Slush - Planning your fishing day around it:
Creeks, Streams, Diversions, Brooks:
Fish Fighting Techniques: I guarantee you'll learn some new stuff, and may not want to try. If you're afraid to experiment and try something new, then please, do not read on.
If I only had 1 fly to use all season that works for all species of fish that run the Salmon River, this would be it
Winter tying tips:
The above and a hole lot more coming to your virtual fishing computer screen this season, complements of Salmon River NY Guide - Randy Jones, so please stop back :)
I'd like to send a shout out to all of our service men and women over sea's who come here for a lil escape. Keep up the good work, be safe, we will leave a few fish in the river for you.
Fishing you all a safe return home!
Thank you all for your words of encouragement, kind words and continued support. Ill continue to do my best in sharing what I've learned through experience, experimentation, borrowed ideas and taught techniques.
Stay tuned for more entertainingly informative and mildly educational reports and articles on this never-ending virtual fishing trip with your host Randy "The Yankee Angler" and friends.
I sincerely hope that what little I've been able to share with you will help you along the path to more enjoyable, safe, knowledgeable fishing.
Thanks for stopping in and spending your valuable internet fishing time here :)
Hope your all enjoying this great fishing!
May all your door knobs smell of fish
The fishing of your dreams...... ............ we'll make it reeeeeeeeeeeeeel.
Best Steelhead and Salmon Fish's,
Salmon River NY Guide and Author Randy Jones
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