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Old 12-20-2012, 01:07 PM
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Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat

Dec. 17 and 20 Fishing Report
Salmon River NY Steelhead Drift Boat
Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Reports for the Salmon River in Pulaski NY:
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Steelhead are top to bottom. 70% Winter Spots and approx. 30% Transitional. Water level is presently 750 cfs, or what we call a gate. Plus run-off. Pineville is approx. 900 cfs and below Trout Brook its approx. 1,050 cfs. Perfect flow. With the higher - very normal flow means more current which can sometimes make it a lil harder to land or follow your fish. With the combined colder water temp's. and lil higher water flow it tends to move the fish a lil deep'r into there prime Winter locations. Some of the places where you might cross the river are uncrossable. Please be careful. All presentational techniques are working, some better than other's.
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On my last Drift Boat Trip:
Dad Tim, brought his 14 year old son Jason out to play. They had fished here before, but with limited result's. So today was a fresh and new beginning.
We landed 3 out of 7 Steelhead while useing the heated drift boat. One bright (freshie) and the rest a lil dark'r. We fished 2 places and were 100% in both spots!
One spot was a combined Winter - Transitional Holding. The other was purely prime Transitional holding. We were approx. 50-50 on numbers from each location.
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After covering 100% of this habitat and hitting a couple Steelhead in the first spot, I asked a couple of regular's who were fishing below us, if they felt like rotating. Both area's in this run hold's'm. Kind'a like a box of chocolates, never know Everyone happily rotated. Shortly there after my guest yells "Fish On!"
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Sometimes my guest's will rotate there spots if one is doing better than the other. It's nice to share. It has to be one of the worst feeling's when your having a slow day, you rotate to get into the "hot spot" and your buddy immediatly hook's one up in the spot you just left. Grrrrr!
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Next location, young Jason ties into a Skipper that gave us all a nice show, jumping around. We call a 1 year old Steelhead a Skipper and call a 1 year old Salmon a Jack.
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The second spot was interesting. I pointed out to Tim the tree that was on the far bank. I suggested that he stand even with it, not below it and no more than a foot above it. Now land your offering 2-3 feet this side of the far seem. This would put your offering thru the deepest part of the tail of the funnel-run. It's a prime lye for fish that are in a transitional stage. Sometimes they bunch up here. Sometimes the shadow they create looks the size of a car, there can be that many.
It wasn't long after, that Tim was tight to another Steelhead! Then another and another. (I secretly patted myself on the back, not that Im bragging or anything, guess we just got lucky.
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3 current breaks in this one spot helped us:
1. Normally, the tail of a run or pool is where the water moves slower and is a natural place where the fish can hold and rest without exerting much energy while in a transitional holding stage.
2. Most runs are primarily made up of a channel. This channel is a depression, like a hole and is a common current break.
3. The tail of this run - funnel has a slight depression in it. Ever heard of the "hole within the hole?" Its like a magnet for all species of fish that run and hold in this river.
Ssssh, lets keep that one our lil secret.
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The 3 most important aspect's of our success were:
1. Correct Habitat for the water flow, temperature of water, current break's and fish's stage of migration or life.
2. Rigging
3. Most important - Presentation: You can always have both of the above, but without presentation, its not very productive.
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One of the funnier things that happened this day was when Jason reminded his dad that we should only hold the fish out of the water for a picture as long as you can hold your breath.
One of the many lil tips I suggest thru out the day is after you've enjoyed a spectacular battle with these Trophy Steelhead, that when holding them out of the water for a picture, you should only keep them out of the water for as long as you can hold your breath. Otherwise, the fish is exhausted, in some sort of shock and is simply suffocating. When releasing it, its survival rate goes way down. Even if it appears to swim off strongly.
A reeeel simple way for me to make my point to you non believer's is get your heart rate up then put YOUR head subsurface. How long is safe?
These are Trophy fish and should be treated as such. With Respect.
So when Dad's camera batteries were dead from the cold and a picture was not going to happen. I got a reeeel kick when Jason had repeated my lil tip from earlier in the day to his Dad.
Need to put it back Dad, we should only hold it out of the water for as long as you can hold your breath
At days end, they had both made me proud to be there guide!
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Now that its Winter Tip:
I see this happen a lot with my guest's who bring a camera on there trip. Dead Batteries. I've never had a problem with this as Ive learned to keep my camera or cell phone in an inside pocket of my jacket which is on the inside of my waders. Your body heat keeps your batteries in working order all day, even on the coldest.
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Humor
Fishing Quote
May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it. ~Irish Blessing
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Fishfinder,
Ive seen how you fish. I'd recommend going to McDonalds and ordering a fish sandwich Or, take up golf, you might catch more
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RNA,
Good luck on your next trip!
Transitional and Winter holding spots all producing.
Lot's of room at those round circular cement pools at the Hatchery.
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My wife said, either give up your fish'n pole or I want a divorce. I'm sure gon'a miss that gal.
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No fish were hurt in the writing of this report.
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Did you know?
If you look at all the license plates in all the angler parking lot's along the Salmon River. You will, on any given day see more out of State plates then NY plates. Also, you will see more NY plates around all of the other local Steelhead and Salmon streams and creeks that are not publicized that much.
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Did you know?
Approx. 10 years ago when the DEC did a creel survey, 80% of anglers were keeping these steelhead and not practicing C and R. 20% of our Steelhead anglers were.
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Approx. 3 years ago when the DEC did a creel survey the above percentages were reversed. Only 20% of anglers were keeping these Steelhead while 80% were putting them all back and practicing C and R. Hmmm!
A good ol'timer freind and guide jokingly say's that there is one bad side effect to keeping and eating these fish. Genital Shrinkage!
He told that to one of my clients a few weeks back when he decided to keep one. My guest replied, I know all about that, I've been married for 30 years (harhar)
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Ever wonder why we have sooo mannnny morrrre Steelhead around now, compared to 8-10 years ago?
I'm no fish biologist. But, I'd guess its for numerous reason's.
1. Genetically stronger Strains?
2. Creel limit of 1 Steelhead per day per angler.
3. Size restriction to keep.
4. Mild Winter's.
5. Pen rearing project's. Letting the fish get larger before being released. Less predation?
6. More anglers practicing C and R. Nobody likes Shrinkage!
7. More bait in the lake?
8. The hatchery folks are putting steroids in the water?
I'd have to guess that its a lil of all of the above, plus some I missed.
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On a personal note:
I've been sick for the last week and 1/2 which delayed this report. Had to cancel several trips. Im feeling better now and will be back out on the water guiding shortly thru the Holidays. Give me a ring if your intrested! I am now working weekends thru out the rest of the Winter.
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Hello to all the armed forces that read my reports from around the world. We will try to save a few fish for you all appon your safe return. Thanks for your service!
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Thats it for this week's Steelhead Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report, Etc... I think I covered all the important stuff.
I'll be updating things next week and will be adding my normal educational articles, Tips, Pics, Humor, Mail Bag stuff. So stop back.
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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!
Best Holiday Fish's,
Randy Jones
www.yankeeangler.com - Fishing Report (More Tips, Articles, Pic's and my usual Ramblings)
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Dec. 20, 2012
Salmon River NY Drift Boat
Steelhead Drift Boat Guide Spin Fly Fishing Reports for the Salmon River in Pulaski NY:
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Dec. 18 - Fresh and older Steelhead are top to bottom of the Salmon River in Pulaski NY. All spots producing. Winter holding and Transitional holding. You will find some spots 'HOT" one day and cold the very next day. Some spots will be neither, but instead, normally consistent. Over my last 3 trips we have found this to be true. Water level has dropped to 335 cfs. More rain and snow in the forecast, so we may see the water come back up?
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As of today Dec. 20, at 9am. the water is forecast to be 900 cfs plus run-off. We did get some rain and am forecast to get possibly 1/2 inch tonight into Friday. Turning to all snow later on Friday. Windy and temp's in the mid. 30's. Sounds like a cold soaking rain with wind chills in the 20's. More snow, some lake effect in the forecast. Fishing should be reeeel good! We might even see a higher water flow with the forecast? Sounds like reeel Steelhead weather!
Best of Holiday Luck to you all!
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On my last several Drift Boat Trips:
This was Stans first time fishing for Steelhead on the Salmon River NY. Stan was 4 (landed) for 9 (Steelhead on) off the drift boat. We fished 2 different spots and found Steelhead in both. As a drift boat-wade guide, I love it when I'm 100% on my spots! Congrats Stan!
Skip was with me the next 2 days. He played with 9 Steelhead the first day. We found Steelhead in 3 out of 5 spots fished. Both Transitional and Winter holding locations. The hot spot today was a lil hole in the middle of the river that most drift boats and anglers walk past. We found a pod of Steelhead! We played with 7 total in this one lil place over a short period of time! Ye-haa!
The second day while slower, we still were consistent on finding a Steelhead, two or even 3 in each spot fished. We were once again 100% on finding Steelhead in each location fished off the drift boat. I think we played with 6. Had to work for'm. We fished the same hole as the day previous where we had hit 7 Steelhead. Today we could only manage 1. Guess the fish heard about Skip's superior angler ability level and headed for the hills! Skip was one of those anglers who could land it on a dime. I'd suggest casting side arm, land it a couple feet off the far bank at around 11:30, so we could land our offering under the over hanging tree branch's. Each time it was perfectly placed and fished. We were rewarded with 3 Steelhead from this one fishing location without moving the boat.
Each day of the above 3 was a combined team effort. All striving for the same fun, enjoyment and rewards of hitting all 3 of the most important key parts of fishing consistently. I'd have to say we succeeded! Outstanding!! Congrats again gentleman!
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All of the above fish were released for your, your friends and your children's future fishing fun!
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(To see all photo's please visit www.yankeeangler.com - Fishing Report's)
Guess who was fishing for Steelhead in old farts pool this weekend on the river? Yup, even Santa takes time off to wet a line and tangle with some Silver Bullets on the Salmon River. Ol' Saint Nick was 1 for 3 using a combination of glow bugs and Stones. Santa was last seen chasing a rocketing, somersaulting, speeding bullet, tail walking Steelhead down the river steady on his feet, bellowing Ho-ho-ho.
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Where the land ends LIFE begins

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This article first appeared in the February 2002 issue of the NY Conservationist magazine and is being reprinted with their permission. Article and most photo's by Mike Cavanaugh. Mike works in DEC's Division of Public Affairs and Education.

You may enjoy reading Mikes article on a day on the Salmon River with his son. For me, certain days stand out among other's. Sometimes its the big fish, numbers of fish or the camaraderie we share. Today was different, it was not about numbers or size, but mostly about dad sharing his love for the great outdoors with his son and spending quality time together.

May devoted anglers read these words and relive the simple pleasures of finding - and landing - the big one.
( The fisherman's book of wisdom )

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A Fish for X-Mas:

Thomas looked a little puzzled as he picked the brightly wrapped package from under the tree; it wasn't heavy, it didn't rattle or anything. In fact, it felt like an empty box. A cruel trick to play on a 12-year old boy, but the sudden appearance of cameras as he unwrapped it meant that this would be something special. He was even more perplexed, however, when the box contained only a single fishing fly and a note that said January 5th.

Fly Fishing in January?

The drive up to the Salmon River was filled with questions. What kind of fish will we be after? What's a steelhead? How will we get to the river in all the snow? What's a drift boat? What if I get cold? Why are we going with a guide, Dad?

The answer to the last question really shed light on all the others. My experience with winter steelhead fishing was limited, to say the least. A guide would help us be safe, comfortable and most of all, he'd share his knowledge on the river. After a quick dinner in Pulaski, we settled in.

I had met Randy Jones at an outdoor show the previous spring while helping with the fly casting demonstrations near Randy's booth. After a few friendly exchanges about my technique, or lack thereof, we started talking about the Salmon River. This guy seemed to have a compatible personality, the right approach to fishing and a good attitude about protection of the resource and ethical behavior on the river-all important considerations that I wanted to share with my son. More importantly, he really seemed to enjoy what he did, a quality I've found to be contagious. I had wanted to get Thomas out during the winter run of steelhead, but had never ventured into the cold and ice to try. A chat with Randy made up my mind.

That night, I dreamt of dancing steelhead and the excited smiles of a boy who is growing up too quickly. We hopped out of bed in the pre-dawn darkness to find 4 inches of fresh snow and a temperature of about 20 degrees. Promptly at 6 AM, Randy, with his drift boat in tow, pulled up. We got Thomas outfitted with some 5 mm Neoprene waders, korkers (safety spikes for the slippery bottom) and grabbed a bite to eat on our way to the drift boat launch in Altmar, just downstream from the DEC's Salmon River Hatchery.

Before launching the boat, Randy and I talked about my objectives for the day. I told Randy that this was Thomas's trip and, with that in mind, to devote most of his attention to making sure my son learned a bit of technique, and how to be a courteous and ethical angler. While catching a fish was important, a good day on the water was the goal.

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We fished for a while in the fly-only area upstream of the Altmar bridge, using a fly rod. My third cast-WHAM! A silver rocket took the fly and gave me the fight of my life-for all of about 30 seconds, that is, 'til I got too aggressive and it broke the tippet. Oh well! Under our guide's tutelage, Thomas was doing much better; getting the hang of casting to the right spot, feeling the drift and cooperating with the handful of other anglers in the pool. After 45 minutes, Randy decided it was time to move downstream a bit.

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Riding in the big drift boat was quite an experience for both of us. Randy steered and poled us around some rocks; we bumped over others. The fresh snow, combined with the steam rising off the river and the bright gray of January overcast made it a surreal picture. Other anglers shivered in their waders as we drifted past and warmed our hands in the red glow of the propane heater on the boat. While drifting Randy spoke to Thomas about his experiences fishing the Salmon River and his love of fishing.

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We drifted for a few minutes and landed at a hole just upstream from the popular trestle pool. We got out of the boat and waded into the icy water (thank goodness for our insulated Neoprene waders). There were a few other anglers and some real promising water. The promise was kept within a few minutes as Thomas hooked into a large and very energetic steelhead. I put down my rod, picked up the camera and enjoyed watching my son get dragged around 100 yards of Salmon River real estate, with Randy running close behind! The big fish was netted and Thomas got a close look at a 16-pound silver beauty. High-fives all around, a picture or two from the proud dad, and the fish was released unharmed to hopefully brighten the day of another angler.

As we drifted and fished for the rest of the day, we learned about the river, we visited with other anglers, we talked about the steelhead we were seeing, we had a lot of laughs and , oh, by the way, Thomas caught another fish or two. Randy felt bad that the "old man" hadn't caught any fish, but I assured him it didn't matter. After all, that wasn't the objective of the trip. Just look at that smile!
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I'm often asked, "What was your best day on the water? After 20 plus years of guiding in Vermont, on Cape Cod and the Salmon River in New York, many best days flash across my mind. As I searched deep for my best fish story, it suddenly hit me. It wasn't my fish, my day or even my story that gave me the most rewarding experience!

Any guide will tell you, we are teachers and our true satisfaction comes in a way that any teacher feels when their students do well on a test. When I guide I feel my guest's are fishing through me. As a partnership striving for the same goal.

Today, more than ever I felt a part of Mike and Thomas's hopes, desires and dreams. We shared laughter and the
excitement in each other's voices. The look of total satisfaction and awe as we revived, released and watched a keeper swim away, savoring its beauty and gracefulness. Released to produce more offspring for your children's pleasure.

Subscriptions can be purchased by either mailing a check, or via a "Hot Button" from the opening page of the DEC's website link below and subscribing on line.

The Conservationist
PO Box 1500
Latham, NY 12110
or call: 1-800-678-6399
Visit the Department's website at:
http://www.dec.state.ny.us
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12 year old ("Hot Rod" for the day) Tom's Holiday present from his Dad, Mike.
Tom was all smiles after fighting this big (approx. 16lb Steelhead). This was his first time ever fishing for them. The second one even though smaller, still gave him a great fight and both will last in his memory for a life time. Congrats Tom! I have a feeling it will be a long ride home for his father Mike! ( Both fish released )
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Hello to all the armed forces that read my reports from around the world. We will try to save a few fish for you all appon your safe return. Thanks for your service!
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Thats it for this week's Steelhead Salmon River Pulaski NY Drift Boat Guide Fishing Report, Etc... I think I covered all the important stuff.
I'll be updating things next week and will be adding my normal educational articles, Tips, Pics, Humor, Mail Bag stuff. So stop back.
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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!
Best Holiday Fish's,
Randy Jones
www.yankeeangler.com - Fishing Report (More Tips, Articles, Pic's and my usual Ramblings)
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South Beach has not opened, (Monomoy Island Ferry)

Hello everyone,
Just got the latest report about South Beach. Two of my freinds, Capt. Josh and Frank who owns Outermost Harbor and Marina in Chatham said that as they flew over South Beach that it had not opened up. There was some run-over at the high, but no new solid openings, yet. (Fingers crossed there will be
Unfortunatly, Josh told me that they probably wont be running the shuttle over to South Beach or Monomoy Island again this summer.
I probably, unfortunatly wont be back this summer without the shuttle boat. I may still do a short visit and fish from shore?
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