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Default Today's Fishing Report Salmon River Pulaski NY

On the Salmon River Pulaski NY we have mostly Coho Salmon, King Salmon and a few Steelhead, Brown Trout, Atlantic Salmon and lot's of those TROPHY Chub's!
If I was fishing the river this weekend or next week. I would fish the largest, deepest, major holes from the top of the river to the bottom and try to stay in the fast water.
Or, I might fish the lower river and hope - pray for a good run of fresh Salmon entering it. Sometimes its like a box of chocolates down there, never know.

Look for more fresh fish to enter and run the river this come'n week, guaranteed!

Lower River - Over the last week, we have seen a trickle of fresh King and Coho Salmon entering the lower Salmon River daily.

Lake O. - Larger #'s of Salmon staging closer to the mouth of the Salmon River in the Lake.

Estuary - Drift boats in the Estuary are doing good on Salmon, especially at night. A few more Salmon being spotted in the Estuary as it is loading up.

Entire River, top to bottom - All the Salmon that entered the river over the last 1-1/2 mo's. are spread out, top to bottom of the river and are in the major pools. Minor pools have a few in them, top to bottom of the river. We have a sprinkling of Salmon that are Transitioning up the river also.
Lil bit of everything. Look for things to improve on a weekly basis, sometimes daily.
Nice time to fish if you are not concerned about #'s. (Jus my opionion and yours may differ) Presently, over all, most river anglers (but not all are finding the fishing slooow. Primarily, it depends on where you set your expectation level at, as it relates to the #'s of fish we have in the river, presently.
When are we going to get our first BIG run? With the way this month is going, I guess you'd have to ask the fish that.

Recent River Work - They filled in a lot of the pot holes in the angler fishing lots, they bull dozed out the river rocks at the bottom of the drift boat ramp and pushed it around in the lower fly zone.
The town of Pulaski and the surrounding area is all prepped and ready for our first big run of Salmon and also our first BIG run of anglers! Tent's are out, open sign's are up, all the fish cleaning stations are operating, tackle shops are all stocked up for you, fresh coat's of paint and your favorite beer is on ice.
We'll leave a light on for ya!
Randy

Complementary Guide Tip: (specific places)
Approx. % of fish we are visually seeing and counting in each type of Habitat, over most of the river, almost daily, off my drift boat and others. (Disclaimer - yukyuk - Your % may differ)

10% Transitional Stage - Transitional Resting - Where the fish rest at temporarily while in a transitional mode (running the river) and also Prime Transitional Holding - Where the fish will hold for the entire day (usually mid-day) after they have stopped running that morning.
90% 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.
0% on that special rock.

90% of the fish are caught by 10% of the anglers.
90% of the fish go through 10% of the river.
As Lou Tabory once said, there is a lot of empty water out there.

Water is forecast @ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know.
Weather - Sat. night thru Mon. chance of rain. This low-light always help's to get some more Salmon moving into the river.

Week in Review:
Sat. - Lot's of rain! Sometimes we have more anglers than fish, for this early and on a weekend. But yer never know! Hopefully you all got to play with some! Sprinkling of Salmon entered the lower river.

Sun. - With a lot of rain, the run-off caused the river to rise 40 cfs @ Pineville. Friends fishing the bottom of the river off their boat didn't see to many. They each played with 3-4 and landed 1 King (15 to 20 lb. average) and 3 dime bright feisty fresh Coho's. (8 to 12 lb. average)
Sprinkling of Salmon entered the lower river.

Mon. - Those fish that entered the river last week have spread out on the river and some will be in the middle section of the river. Lower end of river, 1 here, one there, trickle, had to work for them.
Upper end of the estuary there were pods of Salmon pushing water (wave) up and down and around. Not many biters today, played with a couple, my buddy got skunked. From the Rt. 3 bridge down to the Lake (approx. 1-1/2 miles) in the Estuary there was a consistent number of Salmon rolling and splashing on the surface.

Tuesday - For the last coupl'a weeks, we have pretty much had a sprinkling of Salmon entering the lower river daily. These #'s will increase. Add in the ones that have entered the river over the last month or so and we pretty much have a sprinkling of Salmon from the top of the river to the bottom.
A seasoned, well respected, credible guide friend reported in that his guest's played with 4-5 Salmon in the lower river this morning early, then it died fast. He grabbed his drift boat and floated the upper - middle section of the river and found some more Salmon for his very happy clients to play with.
It's always nice to have options and move around presently. That's what I would recommend if your fishing here now and want to increase your success rate. My guide friend was in a spot that gets the fish that entered the river last night, running by him in the morning. So there weren't enouph fish to hold there interest's. These Salmon normally travel 2 to 3 miles per day.
With some rain and low light this morning, I'd guess those anglers fishing closer to the mouth of the Salmon River probably saw more fish?

Today's lil Trick: Some of us and the more seasoned Salmon River anglers communicate with each other with walkee talkee's when fishing a mile or so apart. Many times after communicating with your fishing friends, you can walk up or down the river by a mile where your friends are fishing and find a nice group - run of Salmon. Neat lil trick!

It's funny and interesting how being 1 mile in 1 direction or another can make a difference sometimes with fish that are in a transitional or holding stage for the day.

Todays interesting tid bit: Normally by approx. 10 am. on a sunny day is when those transitional Salmon will slide into there transitional holding locations until the next low light period. As an angler, you should do the same.

Wed. Morning Report - Same'ol same hole Very few Salmon entered the lower river yesterday. 20% chance of some rain and sprinkles for tonight into Thursday morning. It wont cause any run-off, but the low light in the morning might get a few more Salmon committing to entering the river from the Estuary. Whir's that crystal ball of mine

Credible Guide's Wed. Afternoon Report - Lower River - First hour in the morning it was dead in this particular spot. Then for the next 3 hour's it was one here, 1 there, steady trickle until the run ended. Approx. 8 Salmon were played with during this time period between his 2 clients. Occasionally you would see a bent rod up or down the river during this time.

Thurs. - Those fish that entered the river last week have spread out on the river and some will be arriving in the upper section of the river. Sat. night thru Mon. chance of rain. This low-light always help's to get some more Salmon moving into the river.
Lower End - A credible source fishing the lower river said it was the slowest day all week down there, where he was at. He was in his drift boat in the upper river by 11am. Few fish entering the lower river.
Upper - Middle section of river - A couple of friends joined me for a day's drift boat trip down the river. Nice relaxing day with a few fish played with.
It was great to get an incredible view of all habitat's over a 6 mile section of the river as we floated down it in the drift boat, to report back to you.
Hope your chair is comfortable, while I do ALL this work for you. - yukyuk
Presently - Approx. - Upper - Middle - Lower River:
90% in the major pool's
10% in a transitional stage
0% on that special rock
Estuary: The boats are finding some players.
My friends who fished with me today off the drift boat ended up fishing on there own until dark and got to play with a few more fish in one of the Major Pool's up river.

Fri. - In the lower river, it was the slowest day all week for fresh Salmon entering the river. Played with a couple. Slooooow.

Sat. - I Couldn't go fishing today because of YOU! (yukyuk) Its my scheduled day off the water to work in the home office to post all this fish porn for you. (Feel'n guilty? Didn't think soooooo......

What encourages the fish to decide to enter the river? - Clues on how to forecast or possibly predict your best fishing in the lower end.

Mother Natures Signature Clues:
Wind direction - Very Strong Wind out of the West - This can push the water in and make it a lil deeper, causing the fish to feel more comfortable and enter the River.
Low light, morning and evening's and stormy weather (cloudy, rainy, a very very small or nonexistent moon over night and early morning)
Higher water levels - natural rain and snow run-off. If natural run off causes the river to just rise 50-100 cfs, that might be all that it would take.

Man made Incentives to Enter and Run:
Those "Dam People" (yukyuk) releasing more water. Dam water releases normally coinciding with Mother Nature or following her.

Fish's Biological Clock - tick tick
As the days grow short'r, it helps!
Bottom Line - They will run when they are darn good and ready, so STOP sending me all those emails!! - yukyuk

Example - (FYI - sometimes none of the above-below happens and just like last August, we had some fish enter the river and run it)
USGS Current Conditions for USGS 04250200 SALMON RIVER AT PINEVILLE NY
410 cfs at "live" Pineville before the rain to 470 cfs "live" Pineville after the rain. Thats a 60 cfs rise in the water level at Pineville caused by run-off.
Then, figure more water entering the river further down thru run-off and Trout Brook, which would bring the water level up even more. Probably over 100 cfs.
Then figure this into the equation - West wind around 20 mph.
Soooo, combine the wind direction and higher water flow and suzzam!!! major run or good run entering the lower end.
Now, stick with me...... lets also add into the above the fishes biological clock that is ticking daily, suggesting that they make there run into and up the river.
Next step is "low light". There are 2 low light periods everyday - yukyuk. Now add in an overcast, drizzly, rainy day and sometimes they will run all day.

If you get a combination of a couple, few or all of the above, usually (not always) it will mean a nice fresh run entering the lower end. Sometimes you roll the dice in the lower end and its just like a "Box of Chocolates".
I sincerely hope this helps you a lil more in understanding what encourages them to "first" enter the river and help you to catch a BUNCH of fish!!

Today's Mail Bag:
Another techie question, any thought on what to do when the fish just goes to the bottom and sits there? I had one that started a run and then decided to sit in the bottom of a pool, since I am using 10-lb. leader you cannot horse it. Thanks, Jay

Hi Jay, Briefly, If the Salmon gave you a good head shake on the surface when first hooked, normally itís in the mouth and itís a waiting game. I always get even or below the fish and bend my rod down stream (The down and dirty) This puts the maximum amt. of side pressure on fish and helps tire it sooner. If the fish is accidentally hooked in the dorsal fin it will sit there forever and not move. Itís like your hooked to a rock. These fish are big, so if its in the mouth its a waiting game.

Randy me and a couple of guys are coming up Oct 5, from Pa. They want to take a boat out in the estuary to avoid some of the crowds on the river. I am undecided about the whole boat thing. I enjoy wading the river and the ability to move around and chase the fish. Maybe you can ease my mind on this matter. Is it an effective way to fish for the salmon or would we be better off fishing the river. they think it will be better since the fish will be fresh from the lake and not pressured like mid river salmon. Iím afraid they will mostly be past the estuary by the time we get there. Any input and techniques would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the report I look forward to reading what's going on and cant wait to get there. Fish On! Tim

Hi Tim, GREAT Q's!
(You jus made my fishing report page as others will enjoy your Q's also)
I personally enjoy the river more, like you. But, the boats in the Estuary are fun and productive also. Yes, your dates are considered "prime-time" so the river is always crowded, unless you go for a lil walk, like I do or use the drift boat. It's hard to forecast or predict fish movement, biological clock, etc...
But, normally (my opionion and others may differ Oct. 5 is when we are normally seeing our last BIG runs of Salmon or jus a lil before your date. There will still be Salmon in the Estuary, but #'s?
By Oct. 5 the entire river will be alive and loaded with Salmon from the top to the bottom. From one side of the river to the other, within reason. All habitat's will be producing. The Salmon will be in all stages of the run. Transitional resting, transitional holding, non-transitional prime holding and also on that special rock. On your day, there will be more fish in the river than the Estuary.
BUT, here in lyes the catch - More fish in the river, but also more anglers. Less fish in the Estuary, but also less anglers. I feel your pain- yukyuk
If I was fishing on your date, (only my personal preference) I'd fish the river. Go for a walk and get on a "good spot" in the dark.
Great Q. Tim and Im flattered that you enjoy the report's! Randy

Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast:
We will continue to see more Salmon enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY. These #'s well increase the closer we get to Oct.

Today's Humor

W.C. Fields Quote on Death: (you youngsters may need to google his name)
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.

When he was asked what he spent all his money on?
Broads, Booze and Gambling, the rest I wasted.

Quote on Prejudice:
I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.

Quote on Trust:
Trust everybody, but cut the cards yourself.

Hello to all the armed forces that read my reports from around the world. Fishing you a safe stay and return home. Thanks for your service!
May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Randy


9/13- 17 Salmon River Pulaski NY Guide Fishing Report's

Over the last few days we have seen an increase of Salmon entering the Salmon River Pulaski NY. Looks like its finally beginning to happen with larger #'s of Salmon staging closer to the mouth of the Salmon River in the Lake. Drift boats in the Estuary finding a few more players. A few more Salmon being spotted in the Estuary. A few more Salmon entering the lower river, running it and spreading out. (Transitional resting and Transitional holding) Few more fish transitioning up into the mid-upper river. Besides the ones that already entered and have spread out on the river, top to bottom that are in the major pools. Minor pools have a few more in them, top to bottom of the river. Lil bit of everything. Look for things to improve on a weekly basis, sometimes daily. Nice time to fish if you are not concerned about #'s. Presently the fishing is on the slow side. But, yer never know.

For the Salmon that have just entered the river over these last few days, fishing anywhere from the 2A bridge down, might get yer a bite or two.

My friends and I played with approx. 13 Salmon on Monday off the drift boat in 1 spot where we spent most of the day knowing this would be the largest concentration of fish we would find on this day. Didn't touch a fish anywhere else we fished.
Spotted one here, few over there, but mostly none.
I'd have to give our day an A+ for the numbers of fish that are around presently! On my first drift, Fish ON! My buddy had 4 on in about 1/2 hour off the drift boat, then we fished the bank and played with some more until the spot went dead.
We could have played with more in this spot if we had moved a lil and covered some new and exciting water, but we wanted a change of scenery. We almost had the entire river to ourselves, Great fun! Great weather! (But, the company could have been better - yukyuk)
Wed. - We played with 3-4 Salmon in the lower river during the mornings run. Then used the drift boat to hit a specific prime lye that has plenty of Salmon in it, that are not going anywhere soon. Played with another 5-6 Salmon before calling it a day and hitting the drift boat ramp.
Thurs. - First reeeeeel noticeable run of ok numbers of Salmon entering the lower river, not a major run, yet...... tick - tick.
We fished the middle section of the river and found some Kings and a Brown Trout. (Transitional resting, transitional holding and most were in the major non-transitional holding spot's) We played with 7 or 8 of'm Ye-haa!

Water is forecast @ 350 cfs, dont see much of a change coming up, but yer never know.

Week in Review:
Sunday - The low light and rain we recieved Sat. didn't produce anything major down low, as we all had hoped it might. A few more Salmon entered the river and are on there way up it.

Mon. - Took the drift boat down the river to take a peek and do a lil fishing. Largest concentrations were in the major pool's, few in the minor pool's and even fewer in a transitional stage.
My 2 friends and I played with approx. 13 Kings and Coho's out of a major pool. Didn't see much to get excited about in all the other habitat's. Few other anglers out enjoying the beautiful weather, with some having success while most other's not.

Tues. - Small improvement of #'s of Salmon entering the lower river from the Estuary. Improvement of #'s of Salmon being seen in the Estuary.

Wed. - We played with 3-4 Salmon in the lower river during the mornings run. Then used the drift boat up river to hit a specific prime lye that has plenty of Salmon in it. Played with another 5-6 Salmon before calling it a day and hitting the drift boat ramp.

Thurs. - Few more Salmon in the Estuary and entering the river. Few more Salmon being landed in the Town area that entered the river yesterday. Few Brown Trout and Steelhead around, besides a few Atlantic Salmon and TROPHY chub's!
First reeel noticeable run of descent numbers of Salmon entering the lower river, not a major run, yet.
We fished the middle section of the river and found some Kings and a Brown Trout. (Transitional resting, transitional holding and most were in the major non-transitional holding spot's) We played with 7 or 8 of'm Ye-haa!

Fri. - Fishing is still on the sloooow side, over all, but you never know..... Few around. From the Town area down river produced the most action unless you were in one of the major pools up river or caught a push of fish running by you during low light periods, top to bottom of river.
Nice trickle of fresh Salmon entered the river.

Sat. - I Couldn't go fishing today because of YOU! (yukyuk) Its my scheduled day off the water to work in the home office to post all this fish porn for you. (Feel'n guilty? Didn't think soooooo......
Lot's of rain! Sometimes we have more anglers than fish, for this early and on a weekend. But yer never know! Hopefully you all got to play with some! Sprinkling of Salmon entered the lower river.

Sun. - With a lot of rain, the run-off caused the river to rise 40 cfs @ Pineville. Friends fishing the bottom of the river off their boat didn't see to many. They each played with 3-4 and landed 1 King (15 to 20 lb. average) and 3 dime bright feisty fresh Coho's. (8 to 12 lb. average)
Sprinkling of Salmon entered the lower river.

Mon. - Those fish that entered the river last week have spread out on the river and some will be in the middle section of the river. Lower end of river today, 1 here - one there, trickle, had to work for them.
Upper end of the estuary there were pods of Salmon pushing water (wave) up and down and around. Not many biters today, played with a couple, my buddy got skunked. From the Rt. 3 bridge down to the Lake (approx. 1-1/2 miles) in the Estuary there was a consistent number of Salmon rolling and splashing on the surface.

Tuesday - For the last coupl'a weeks, we have pretty much had a sprinkling of Salmon entering the lower river daily. These #'s will increase. Add in the ones that have entered the river over the last month or so and we pretty much have a sprinkling of Salmon from the top of the river to the bottom.
A seasoned, well respected, credible guide friend reported in that there were so few fish running in the lower river (where he was at) this morning that he grabbed his drift boat and floated the upper - middle section of the river and found some Salmon for his very happy clients to play with.
It's always nice to have options and move around presently. That's what I would recommend if your fishing here now and want to increase your success rate. My guide friend was in a spot that gets the fish that entered the river last night, running by him in the morning. So there weren't enouph fish to hold there interest's. These Salmon normally travel 1 to 3 miles per day.
With some rain and low light this morning, I'd guess those anglers fishing closer to the mouth of the Salmon River probably saw a few more fish.
Today's lil Trick: Some of us and the more seasoned Salmon River anglers communicate with each other with walkee talkee's when fishing a mile or so apart. Many times after communicating with your fishing friends, you can walk up or down the river by a mile where your friends are fishing and find a nice group - run of Salmon. Neat lil trick!!
It's funny and interesting how being 1 mile in 1 direction or another can make difference sometimes with fish that are in a transitional or holding stage for the day.
Todays interesting tid bit: Normally by approx. 10 am. on a sunny day is when those transitional Salmon will slide into there transitional holding locations until the next low light period.

Wed. - Same'ol same hole Very few Salmon entered the lower river yesterday. 20% chance of some rain and sprinkles for tonight into Thursday morning. It wont cause any run-off, but the low light in the morning might get a few more Salmon committing to entering the river from the Estuary. Whir's that crystal ball of mine

Today's Mail Bag:
Randy me and a couple of guys are coming up Oct 5, from Pa. They want to take a boat out in the estuary to avoid some of the crowds on the river. I am undecided about the whole boat thing. I enjoy wading the river and the ability to move around and chase the fish. Maybe you can ease my mind on this matter. Is it an effective way to fish for the salmon or would we be better off fishing the river. they think it will be better since the fish will be fresh from the lake and not pressured like mid river salmon. Iím afraid they will mostly be past the estuary by the time we get there. Any input and techniques would be greatly appreciated.
Keep up the report I look forward to reading what's going on and cant wait to get there. Fish On! Tim

Hi Tim, GREAT Q's!
(You jus made my fishing report page as others will enjoy your Q's also)
I personally enjoy the river more, like you. But, the boats in the Estuary are fun and productive also. Yes, your dates are considered "prime-time" so the river is always crowded, unless you go for a lil walk, like I do or use the drift boat. It's hard to forecast or predict fish movement, biological clock, etc...
But, normally (my opionion and others may differ Oct. 5 is when we are normally seeing our last BIG runs of Salmon or jus a lil before your date. There will still be Salmon in the Estuary, but #'s?
By Oct. 5 the entire river will be alive and loaded with Salmon from the top to the bottom. From one side of the river to the other, within reason. All habitat's will be producing. The Salmon will be in all stages of the run. Transitional resting, transitional holding, non-transitional prime holding and also on that special rock. On your day, there will be more fish in the river than the Estuary.
BUT, here in lyes the catch - More fish in the river, but also more anglers. Less fish in the Estuary, but also less anglers. I feel your pain- yukyuk
If I was fishing on your date, (only my personal preference) I'd fish the river. Go for a walk and get on a "good spot" in the dark.
Great Q. Tim and Im flattered that you enjoy the report's! Randy

The Post-Standard
Salmon are suckers for fly fishers' wares. They'll hit on all types of flies right now.
By J. Michael Kelly - Staff writer

Fly fishing for Pacific salmon in Lake Ontario tributaries isn't as difficult as it appears to non-practicioners. In fact, there are at least three effective ways to go about it you can chuck and duck, rely on a strike indicator or swing a few coneheads through your favorite riffle.
And don't worry about that burst of jargon; translations are just a few sentences away.
Keep in mind that the 10- to 30-pound chinook salmon and the smaller but equally feisty coho salmon that swim up the Salmon River and other Great Lakes feeder streams this time of year to spawn can be caught on many things. They are especially vulnerable to artificial flies made of real fur and feathers or synthetic materials such as tinsel and fake hair.

"They'll hit all sorts of flies," said Fran Verdoliva, the former tributary fishing guide who is now the Department of Environmental Conservation's Salmon River program coordinator.
Verdoliva is partial to neon-bright, weighted streamer flies, himself. But Mike DeTomaso, the manager of the White River fly fishing department at the Auburn Bass Pro Shops store, takes his share of salmon on small artificial nymphs and fingernail-size yarn puffs called glo bugs. And Pulaski guide Randy Jones generally uses simple flies, made of Estaz tinsel chenille, that closely resemble nothing in nature but seem to irritate salmon into hitting them.

The three anglers employ different methods and tackle, as well as radically diverse fly patterns.
Jones' bread-and-butter method is the running line. A running-line expert uses one or more split shot to quickly sink a fly in swift, deep water. Instead of a thick fly line that would retard the sinking rate, the method calls for a thin-diameter line that knifes through the water with minimal drag.
The running-line method is sometimes referred to as "chuck and duck" because its aficionados have to watch out for the split-shot missiles they're slinging past their own ears.
Jones contends the rig is perfect for the tumbling, white-water pools and pockets that are common throughout the Salmon River and often ringed tightly by anglers.
"The quicker your fly gets to the strike zone, any species of fish, anywhere in the world, which is about a foot to two feet above the bottom, and the longer it stays there, the better your odds of catching some fish," said Jones.
He hands his clients long rods, and instructs them to raise the sticks high immediately after completing a cast. The angler should then follow the line with rod tip held high.
To facilitate a long drift and improve the odds of landing a hooked salmon, Jones employs either a standard 9-foot, 9- or 10-weight fly rod or a two-handed, 13-foot spey-style fly rod. His leaders usually have 2- to 4-foot-long tippets rated at 10-pound test or lighter.

DeTomaso likes spey rods, too, but he attaches a bright orange plastic foam bobber onto the butt segment of his tapered leader, and uses only one or two small split shot, either BBs or 3/0-size weights, to dangle the fly directly beneath the float, which is called a "strike indicator."
With the marble-size indicators he uses, DeTomaso can recognize the most subtle interference with his drifting fly. Any sudden wiggle or wobble of the float may mean that the fly is merely stuck between two rocks, or it could be the start of an epic battle with a biting salmon.
To put the fly in the spots where salmon rest, DeTomaso relies on a spey rod or a 9-foot-long fly rod and a floating, tapered fly line. Typically, only the lower half of his leader is allowed to sink during the drift; the leader butt and fly line are usually at the surface, making for a smooth pick-up and a quick repeat cast.
"I get a more natural drift with a strike indicator and I also like the fact that I can use less weight than you do with the running line," DeTomaso said.

Verdoliva has used both the indicator and running-line tactics to take salmon but now is more apt to employ a weighted fly, a sinker-less leader and a floating line, especially when he's fishing water of medium depths and speeds.
Traditionally, salmon flies were weighted with wraps of lead or copper wire around their shanks, but Verdoliva now has boxes full of streamers which sport barbell-shaped "lead eyes" or tungsten cones "coneheads" secured just behind the eyes of the size 2 or 4 hooks. These flies sink quickly but are more streamlined and easier to cast than the lead-wrapped patterns of yore.
"I guess you could say they're fly fishing's version of a jig," said Verdoliva. If he has trouble getting one of his weighted flies to the bottom in a given spot, Verdoliva either pinches a small BB shot on his leader, which is usually tapered to about a 12-pound tippet, or puts a short, quick-sinking piece of line called a "shooting head" between his fly line and the leader butt.
Reprinted with permission, The Post - Standard

Crystal Ball Salmon River NY Fishing Forecast:
We will continue to see more Salmon enter, run, spread out and hold in the Salmon River NY. These #'s well increase the closer we get to Oct.

"Kids" Salmon River NY Fishing Test: (Ok, you adults can play too. Smarter than a kid? Don't feel tooooooo... bad if your not, I got some wrong too
What cfs water flow do we call "a gate"?
What do you call it when a fish smokes you and you lose it?
When can you legally start to fish in the morning?
How many Steelhead are you allowed to keep per-day, per person and what size does it need to be?
If someone is a reeeeeeally bad fisherman and never catches any fish, what fishing joke can you tell them to make them feel better?
What do you call a fishing guide who gives you a test, when ALL you reeeelly wanted was a fishing report? (No foul language, please!
Answers:
750 cfs
Getting Spanked!!!!!!
1/2 hour before sunrise
1 steelhead per-person per-day, 21 inch's or bigger. By releasing your Steelhead, it may be a gift to another angler as your fish may have been a gift to you. Lee Wulff
The way you fish, you'd have a better chance of catching a fish if you took took up golf!
Salmon River Pulaski NY Fishing Guide - Randy Jones with over 30 years guiding experince

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 - yukyuk. 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!

Today's Humor

Town Pool
This is a popular crowded spot during "Prime Time" Salmon Season on the Salmon River I've never fished. If your new to the river and want to view The Salmon River Circus Walk over and stand on the short bridge in the town of Pulaski. It's a must see!
Fish Tail:
I was told a funny story about this spot. 2 anglers were fishing across from each other and they both hooked the same fish. They started yelling at each other that it was HIS fish, the other angler would yell back, NO, its mine. (On this river, who ever has the stongest line usually wins) They both pulled soooo hard, that they clotheslined that poor Salmon. Meaning that the Salmon was elevated out over the water while they both pulled as hard as they could from both sides of the river. Never a dull moment on this river and the guy with the strongest line won! - yukyuk

The lights go out but the river does not sleep. There be monsters in there, and I'll try again tomorrow.

Thats it for this week's Rambling's...... I think I covered all the important stuff.
May all your door knobs smell of BIG fish!
Randy Jones

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