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Old 11-30-2012, 09:43 AM
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The Winter lyes are all with fish. I noticed today that some of the MANY Steelhead that had been holding in this Winter lye had moved to a lil slower water. Spreading out. Preparing for the long Winter, wanting to conserve energy.
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Altmar recieved approx. 14-16 inch's of heavy wet snow Sunday night. It's all shoveled and compressed down. Monday-Sunny skies, no wind (chill), no lake effect snow, temp's around 36 degrees, no ice in the guides, roads in great shape, fresh snow on all the trees, very very few anglers around, could fish anywhere I wanted. It's hammer Time!
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Monday Guide Fishing Report:
We were a respectable 3 for 13 today off the drift boat with 2 experienced anglers. A couple broke off at the net. First spot was a combined Transitional holding and Winter holding location. Played with 9 Steelhead! Pulled anchor and visited another normally productive combined Transitional holding and Winter holding lye. Within a short 1/2 hour we had played with 4 Steelhead. Ye-Haa! Largest fish landed was a nice Winter resident 12 lb. Steelhead. We had a larger (approx. 14 lb. Male) on, that gave us one hell of a show before being lost. It jumped 4-5 times, 3-4 feet out of the water, sounding like a cinder block upon splash down and some reeeeel smok'n torpedo runs.
The Salmon River, where memories are made!
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Tues. Guide Friends Fishing Report:
His first spot they played with 5-6 Steelhead. Next spot they hit another 4-5 Steelhead. First and second spots were a combined Transitional holding and Winter holding location. Last spot was a Transitional holding location. No fish were surprisingly played with here.
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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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One of the most common questions I'm asked:
Where should I fish?
I always recommend that you fish the water that you know the best. Otherwise, here is a lil tip - trick to finding new and exciting Steelhead spots in the Winter time.
After it snow's is one of the best times to explore and try new and exciting water. Just follow the compressed snow trails to the waters edge.
These trails are not made by new angler's. They are made by anglers who know the spots. Who is going to walk in a foot of fresh snow for any distance unless there is a solid shot of a pot of Silver waiting at the end of the trail? I wouldn't.
One time I wanted to scout out a new location. I waited a couple of days after a good snow fall. All I had to do was follow the compressed snow on the trails and it led me to exactly the correct spots to fish. Sa-Zaam!
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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 Fish's,
Randy Jones
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Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Report:
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Steelhead top to bottom of river. Middle to lower has very few anglers and lot's of uneducated Steelhead. Water level is a nice comfortable 335cfs. I'd recommend fishing the Transitional Holding and also the Winter Holding spot's. Noticing more Steelhead moving deeper into their Winter homes.
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Prime Time for Steelhead?
Most anglers would say Nov. Yes, it's a nice time. The fish fight the hardest.
I personally prefer to target Dec., Jan. and Feb. The reason why is great'r opportunity. More places to fish, less fishing pressure from guides and shore anglers.
Presently and Normally, what we are seeing:
1. Less angler fishing pressure do the normal colder temp's. You normally only find the serious Steelheader out in these temp's. Opening up a lot of prime Steelhead real-estate for you to enjoy. Sometimes all by yourself.
2. With Brown Tout fishing being productive out West around the Rochester area, this takes some of the guides and anglers from around here out of the picture.
3. Hunting season is upon us. This also takes anglers out and off the river. Opening it up to other's.
4. Some of the retired - elderly locals dont like the cold and snow, so some of the "Old Fart's" will be hibernating this Winter.
5. Last but not least. With the holidays just around the corner, many people are doing the family, work related holiday stuff.
All in all, less fishing pressure for the above reasons means more fishing opportunity for you. Can you say, Fish ON!! Ye-Haa!
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Monday Fishing Report my 1 experienced guest was 3 for 9 off the drift boat. Hit'm in 2 out of 3 spots. I was able to get the spot's
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Tuesday Fishing Report I had 1 guest, was not able to get the best spots and only fished for 2 hours before we called it a day due to him being cold, holiday - wife - kids responsibilities, wanted to get on the road for a long drive home. Only played in 2 places, passed up 5-6 hot spots on the way to the ramp. I guess I zigged when I should have zagged. Skunk!
Most guides hate reporting a slow day, skunk. I find that it only add's credibility to my Reports and Biz. Thankfully, I only get these a few times every 12 month's after guiding 100's of anglers. Glad to get that one out of the way, only 2 more to go. (harhar)
Approx. 50 or more Steelhead holding in the first spot. Mostly same boats and anglers as the previous day. The previous day was amazing with almost everyone playing w/ steelhead and some multiple times. Today, I only saw 3 steelhead played with. Colder water temp's., fishing pressure, maybe more fresh fish holding the day before that had moved, maybe these residents are getting a lil fussy, etc... would be my guess. Most anglers I spoke with were having a slooow day on Tuesday.
The 3 Steelhead we landed on Monday out of 9 played with were all bright as a dime. 2 were those many 10-12 lb'rs.
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Friday Fishing Report - 2 anglers - Drift Boat - Got the Spot!
What a day! Landing 3 out of 13!
3 came reeeel close to the net, but as we lifted it's head to reach underneath it with the net, they broke off. This is normal as fish dont breath air and when you force them too, they dont like it. Ending in there teeth slicing the leader - tippet. Or violent head shakes combined with extremely fast and forceful runs. This is exactly what I wrote about in a previous post - article about "Steelhead Fish Fighting Techniques."
All Steelhead were dark that I saw. Smart educated residents. We even landed a nice 3lb. Brown Trout. Incredible warm air temp's were a bonus for today. My guest's were extremely happy with todays outing. Noticed a few other Steelhead being played with in our area.
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Two guide friend's fished the middle river off their drift boat and reported only 1 angler seen, over an approx. 3-4 mile stretch. They played with no less than 30 Steelhead! They were useing Eggs off floats and bottom bouncing eggs. (hint-hint
Glow Bug Egg Flies in Cream. Stones and Caddis, Wolly Buggers in Black and Purple.
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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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Thanks to all of you who have used my Drift Boat, Steelhead, Guide services. Also to the many of you who refer anglers to me and to any who may want to use my services in the future. Hello to all the armed forces that read my reports around the world. We will try to save a few fish for you all upon your safe return. Thanks for your service!
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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 Fish's,
Randy Jones
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Salmon River Guide Pulaski NY Drift Boat Steelhead Guide Fishing Report Salmon River NY Fly Spin Fish:
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2,000 to 4,000 Steelhead over 12 miles of the Salmon River Pulaski NY with more arriving daily.
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Steelhead top to bottom of river with fresh Chrome entering daily. Running the river spreading out. All Fall Spots still producing.
With the water temperature around 40 degrees, we are seeing some of the residents transferring into their Winter lyes.
It's approx. 30% Fall spots, 30% Winter spots and 30% inbetween. All Transitional holding, resting and Prime holding water is hold'n.
Every type of habitat is producing. The entire river is producing. You can find them almost anywhere presently.
Even heard reports of a few fresh Kings and Coho Salmon in the river.
Best of luck to you all!
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This last week we played with on average 8 to 12 Steelhead daily. On 1 day, my one guest w/ a fly rod hit 18 Steelhead!
Another day my 2 very experienced clients played w/ over 20!! Ye-Haa!
Had what I call a DAY for KINGS!
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For the first 2 hour's skunk, nothing, nada, not even a sucker in a spot where the Steelhead had been loaded the day before. I started to chain smoke, chew tobacco and put on a nicotine patch. Glad I gave up drinking. (har-har) I was getting nervous. I knew that most of these Steelhead were residents who had set up shop in this prime lye. But, where were they? I pulled anchor and guessed with the water temperature dropping they were all just a lil lower in the deeper, less current habitat. I was right!
We HAMMERED over 20 Steelhead with my 2 very experienced Steelhead guest's! One after the other in a short 4 hour period! Dam, I love this job!
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The previous day I had the luxury to be able to move the driftboat around freely and fish different prime area's. We had approx. 18 Steelhead on that day with 1 guest useing a fly rod!
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Egg sack's, hot shoting (plugging w/ drift boat), beads and flies are all producing daily. The wade - shore anglers are having a lot of success also. It's always nice to share the fish, water and see other's out enjoying this incredible fishery w/ success!
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I would highly recommend coming up to do some Steelhead fishing.
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From the Mail Bag:
Randy I would appreciate your thoughts regarding what is the appropriate "line" to use for the butt section of the fly leader when fishing for steelhead. I use 12 pound clear mono between the floating fly line and barrel swivel and then fluorocarbon for a tippet. But I also observe others using a dark brown line for this section and referred to as "chameleon". Not sure if it makes a difference, but the darker color leader is claimed to be an advantage during bright sunny days; less reflection off the line. Thus the late day activity I experienced Wednesday may not be the result of warmer water temperature, but less sunlight to reduce the reflection (or it could have been a push of steelhead entering the tailout). Thanks. Dick.
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HI Dick,
The brown mono is Maxima. Some guides use it exclusively, even for leaders or tippets to fly, bait.
It breaks approx. 1 -1/2 lb/s more than what it is rated for. (Please see my Links-The Very Best page for the best in Mono and Fluorocarbon, it all breaks at what its rated for and is also what most of the tournament anglers use around the world for all species. Its also used by many for any local, regional, national, world record hold'rs)
Blends in with a dark bottom river. Never thought about reflective qualities, hmmm.
For traditional fly casting a tapered leader transfer's the energy the best.
I just use clear 10-12 lb. straight mono for butt.
An 8 lb. mono straight butt is less current - water resistance than heavier - Diameter, so you will get into the strike zone quick'r and stay longer. Also feel the bottom better.
But, a good snag will sometimes break it, so keep an eye on it. Thats why I use a 10-12 lb. Less knot tying and lost total rig's.
Clients spend more time fishing and less time waiting on me to tie all those knots. Also, my hands stay warmer when its cold
Best Fish's,
Randy
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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 Fish's,
Randy Jones

Last edited by randy jones; 12-01-2012 at 06:29 AM. Reason: mistake correction
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