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2017

Salmon River: 09/30/2017

( All is as it should be )

Water Temp: 59ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Hi All,The Salmon are making their push into the tributaries Of Lake Ontario at a descent pace now. Water temperatures are heading in a positive direction. Extended forecast for another warmup next week, not great, but mother nature now, will no longer play a factor, Salmon are at the stage of their journey,where nothing but the urge to spawn is important, the life span soon to be over. The tenacity of some of these fish being so aggressive to a fly post spawn, leads be to believe, the early arrival of Salmon were wild fish, born of the river. Once they start competing for females ,the same will be said,for hatchery reared Salmon. Scary note ,No Summer Run Steelhead, thus far, not good.
Anyway! ( Hope to see you all on the water )
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/10/2017

( Still Early in the run )

Water Temp: 64ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
Many of you know through years of experience what you are reading is hype or real. At the same time we have many newcomers coming into the world of fly fishing who do not. For this reason I write these early reports. In my perspective it is not time yet for Salmon fishing. Water temperatures are not even close to where they need to be. Still early in the Salmon run,If you can only afford to come for a few days a year, you should wait.Every year Salmon runs have early fish, most of which never reach their destination, water temperature is terrible for these fish. Low to mid 50 degree water, will make for happy fish.
( Hope to see you all on the water! )
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/02/2017

( Happy Labor Day Weekend )

Water Temp: 64ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Minimum flows on the River now will be 335 cfs. At the moment bumped to 750 cfs. Small numbers of Salmon trickling into the River.Nothing out of the norm.Loving these cooler temperatures,I hope the trend continues.Next week looks like more rain which is also good to get these water temperatures down quickly. What is they're not to like about this report. #FishSalmononthefly-#SageFlyFishing-#Redington
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( Hope to see you all on the water! )

Tight Lines,joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 08/26/2017

( This was by far wettest Summer I can remember )

Water Temp: 67ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
Summer was wet and went by fast. Depending on the species you were targeting this spring and summer you had to deal with bad to worse water conditions. For this reason we targeted a lot of bass, Pike,Pickerel.Fun on a fly rod.Soon fall will be on the horizon, with all of are fisheries in great shape water wise, we should have an unbelievable fall.Already there is chatter of earl Salmon.If you have a lot of free time to waste that is fine, but if you are saving your pennies for the best time to go ,then I would suggest you wait at least until mid to late September.Water temperatures are not even close to where they need to be along with water levels for a steady push of fish.With the Steelhead fishery needing some time to recover, we will be targeting Atlantic Salmon & Steelhead on Lake Champlain tributaries starting late in the season.I am pretty excited about that.If we see strong numbers of chrome on the Salmon we will change our plans.Just do not see it happening, they need some time!
As always,
( Hope to see you all on the water )
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

2016

Salmon River: 11/27/2016

( More of the same )

Water Temp: 38ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Nothing new,barometric pressure has not changed. Covering a lot of water,looking for an active feeder.Life is good.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/26/2016

( Some fresh Steelhead on the move )

Water Temp: 38ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
As we speak small,but descent numbers of Steelhead and Domestic Rainbows are on the move. Very little sign of Brown Trout as far as we can tell. Recent big snowfall, 38 inches for us,are melting quickly melting with the rain and air temperatures in the forties,cooling the river temperatures quickly.The weather pattern has been consistent for a while,putting the fish on the bite.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/17/2016

( Hard work pays off )

Water Temp: 44ºF     Flow: 3 cfs
 
Working hard to get fish to play, sometimes is very hard work.
Having the Chesapeake's on the river,will make that effort,so much more fun.And as you can see persistence, can pay off.
The last few days,we have seen more fresh fish moving into the river,hopefully that trend will continue.
Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/13/2016

( Working hard For Fish )

Water Temp: 45ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
So far we have not seen many Steelhead.Working hard covering a lot of water.Results getting a few fish,,size is also been a factor,6-8 lb. Steelhead for the most part.That in itself makes me want to believe, that the Steelhead population is on the a healthy recovery.I also believe bigger fish will soon be entering the tributaries.In the mean time, we are very thankful for what we have.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/04/2016

( Slow start for Steelhead and Brown Trout Fall run )

Water Temp: 46ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
The fall season is starting out slow. Being worried for some, would be unjustified,Although the Salmon run started out slow,let us assume the rest of the fall fish migration is just a slow start.After election day we will be making a strong presence on the river.We will keep you all, well informed.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/29/2016

( What About The Steelhead )

Water Temp: 44ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
Douglaston had a noteworthy report about the Alewaves being hit hard in 2014-2015 winters ,due to extreme cold killing the young one and two year old age class. The article was well written and right on target. Due the math,not hard to figure out.2014 was by far the worst Steelhead death I and others have ever witnessed,Lack of vitamin-B,equal not enough thiamine.Lowering Salmon stockings are a great start,but what do we really know about how well the Steelhead have rebounded.Very concerned but hopeful.In a few days we will be fishing them hard,If anything is bad you know from your hearts,we will tell it like it is.Let me say this one more time,we are extremely hopeful.Final note,Salmon were slow to come,let us assume the Steelhead are also taking their time.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 10/25/2016

( Well we got the rain )

Water Temp: 50ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
Turns out Mother Nature gave us the much needed rain,quite a bit actually.Resevoirs are full,Rivers have some badly needed water flow.Also looks like the Salmon will be around for a while. As for Steelhead and Brown Trout the big water releases,and significant drops in flow, along with big swings in Barometric pressure,will have had and effect on them.They will need some time to acclimate.Also the numbers of Steelhead especially,will be interesting if there numbers have improved ,like the present Salmon run.When the river gets to about 43 degrees,I will start taking this all real serious.All we can do is,wait and see how this all plays out.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/20/2016

( November Steelhead )

Water Temp: 59ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
Light Rain,cool breeze,forecast for a chance of rain,sleet or snow in the next five days or so.We need the rain ,and lots of it.It would be reasonable to assume if the River stays at this flow,higher concentrations of fish will be limited to smaller areas of the river,such as we are seeing now, with the Salmon Run.
No matter,mother nature sooner or later will undo the drought
Conditions that have plagued the North east.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/14/2016

( Getting Close )

Water Temp: 56ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
Soon my friends,we are getting close to my favorite time of year. The Great Lakes produce a species of fish that quite frankly, I will live and die for. Steelhead in all of their beauty,tenacity,and brute strength,always make me come back for more.Like a small child waiting to open his Christmas presents.Sound foolish,not to anyone that has experienced what I am talking about first hand. It will also be a time to spend with great Steelhead friends,my Steelhead family you might call them.The Fly patterns are tied,sink tips made ready,Spey rods ready to play with the great one.I can only hope in all of yours lifetime,you get a chance to feel the adrenaline rush from wetting a line with the magnificent Steelhead!
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/09/2016

( No lack of fish )

Water Temp: 59ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
King Salmon & Coho Salmon are still streaming into the river.
Steelhead ,Brown Trout,& Atlantic Salmon,are also making their presence,sounds great, but we still desperately need more rain,and lots of it.This could be a magical season for all.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/04/2016

( Desperately need rain )

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
Low water,fish holding in deep pools.Translation many fishermen on top of each other in limited areas to access fish.
We opted for three days to fish alone,the outcome peace of mind,line shy fish,an occasional small mouth.To be honest to be alone,with minimal intrusion was worth the solitude.Still fish staging in the lake,as well as the estuary.Need rain,lots of it! P.S. Meet Hunter our new 14 month old Chesapeake Bay Retriever!
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/26/2016

( It is Time )

Water Temp: 61ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The next nine day forecast has seven of the nine days,showing winds east south east, south east, east. These wind directions plus the coming rains will move many fish to the mouth of the Salmon River basin.This is the perfect setup.The water temperature as well is heading in the right direction.Book your trips folks ,if you have not already done so!
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/24/2016

( Slower day on the river today )

Water Temp: 65ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Well, folks that is why we call it fishing.It slowed down quite a bit today.The weather temperatures though, are heading in really good direction.Now we need some good rain.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad!

Salmon River: 09/22/2016

( Good things are about to happen )

Water Temp: 68ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
AsI last reported the early Salmon will be anxious to move up river now.With cooling temperatures starting Saturday,soon more fish will follow.As I stated a while ago,when we hit that 50-55 degree threshold,you will not believe how aggressive these spawning territorial males are going to be.If this is something you have never experienced on the fly,you do not even have a clue of what you are missing!
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/20/2016

( What will be we will soon know )

Water Temp: 68ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Water temperature edged up again.Douglaston and the lower end of the river have had some success.No serious movement of fish as of yet.A few hundred Salmon at best,plus night time runners.The boys checked out the upper end of the river.The opener of the lower fly stretch on the 15th was a joke.Very soon the Salmon will have no choice,but to make their final journey.As for now, the number of fishermen, far outweigh the number of spawning fish.Cross your fingers my friends.Thursday will be the official start of fall,weekend forecast has cooler air temperatures on the way!
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/15/2016

( Heading in the right direction )

Water Temp: 65ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Today was the opener of the lower fly zone,I am sure that was a zoo.Water temperature is coming down,some small numbers of fish are moving up the river.Soon we will be able to know how strong the run will be or not be.We can only hope things have turned around.Sorry to be a bummer to some ,I am a realist who believes in what I see an not what I hear!
Hope to see you all on the water
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 09/12/2016

(Cooler Nights)

Water Temp: 71ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The forecast has some very nice,night time temperatures for the next four to five days.Cross your fingers folks,we need this pattern to persist to get the river temp to a more suitable environment for the spawning fish!
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/09/2016

(Nothing new to report)

Water Temp: 74ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Same old news friends,we need some real changes in the weather patterns.As of now the National weather service is predicting above normal temperatures for a long while.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/08/2016

( Yes the water temperature is up a few degrees )

Water Temp: 74ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We cannot change the weather,but we can prepare for what is about to come. When the Salmon first move into the river systems,they have never seen a fly,which leads to some very good takes on the fly. By the time they reach the Staircase,Town Pool,ballpark,these fish are well educated and line shy.Do not give up,the next part of their journey will require more finesse in your choice of fly patterns.What ever is natural to the rivers are best Stone Fly's,Caddis,etc.The end game is the most important.As a rule, when Salmon make their migration,they no longer eat.This is a fact,but when the Salmon get to where they are going,Spawning mode goes to high gear,That my friends is when these huge fish get very territorial. When fishing for these fish during this period,you cannot believe the takes,very aggressive and heart pumping.
Giving me the goose bumps thinking about it. My favorite style of fishing this time frame is on the swing,who I am kidding ,I like everything on the swing!
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/07/2016

( Nothing new to report )

Water Temp: 72ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
As we discussed yesterday,we need water and cooler temperatures. For those of you that cannot wait,or have already taken your vacation time to fish.Night time fish movement is already happening,during the daylight hours,these fish will rest up in the deepest,coolest water they can find,add some shade and a steady current, game on.Best I can tell you ,if you are already on the water.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/06/2016

Relax this is the nothing new!

Water Temp: 72ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Sitting here I am thinking back to when it all started for me on the Salmon River. Fall of 1973. This is not meant to be a Daniele Boon story,just stating I have seen a lot,my point my friends, just take a deep breath and relax. Water flow and temperature are not where they need to be for a strong run of fish.Pray for rain and cooler weather,mother nature will do the rest.Why would you even consider fishing in water temperatures only suitable for Bass,(Seriously!) As for me I am fly fishing for Bass.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/05/2016

No Changes

Water Temp: 71ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Other then what we have already reported,the fish are still staging.One worthy note,the King Salmon are carrying some hefty weights this year,which would lend one to believe, they have had a healthy food base this year. Cross your fingers!
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/04/2016

( Happy Labor day weekend )

Water Temp: 70ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Hope everyone had a great summer.Soon the fall will be upon us with great expectations of having a better year. Most of us have seen the decline with Salmon runs being poor. Steelhead being sick for lack of vitamin B.We will have to wait and see how the Steelhead fishing will play out.The Salmon on the other hand seem to be in descent numbers.We will not fish until the water temperatures reach the low fifties ,These fish have enough to deal with,rivers are hot,with this weeks forecast river temperatures will be edging up again not down.We will see you all soon enough,we have a young Chesapeake waiting to meet you all.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

2015

Salmon River: 11/16/2015

Tough Fishing

Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Tough weekend,worked hard for these,also the people who slashed that guides tires,will be caught.He maybe a born again Christian I am not. I also have had notes left on my windshield,telling me to stop guiding. My tires next.
Want to play I am your ( Huckleberry ) Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/05/2015

Truly Humbled

Water Temp: 53ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
People if I have not reached out to tell you all, how blessed and thankful I am, to have helped mentor some of you,your children, and friends. Yesterday I got to sit on the banks of the Salmon River,after a day of guiding speaking with a young man we will just call Brian,I have known and fished with since about 12 years of age. He is now a young man in College hoping to become a forest ranger. I never gave it much thought,until last night. If in life, I even played a small role in his path,then I am on the right path,in a job I love so much.Not a bad day on the water by the way,The Steelhead are healthy and eager to play!
Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/03/2015

Getting Better

Water Temp: 50ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
We played a bit this morning,we were pleasantly surprised with some good Steelhead action. Starting to show up in descent numbers now.On the swing,nice!
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 10/16/2015

Crazy Weather

Water Temp: 50ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
Rain,Sleet Snow,Cold,but the fish did not seem to mind. We had a busy day with many excuses of what happened. The Salmon run from my perspective is all but lousy. The dime bright Steelhead on the other hand were impressive,add a few Brown Trout,nice.Tough day for beginners to play with fresh Steelhead,but I wish when I started out I had a few days like that.Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/04/2015

( Almost Time )

Water Temp: 53ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Hello,We hope you all have had a great summer! As for me it has been to hot,and very busy.I am sure everyone is excited to do some great fall fly fishing. In a few more weeks, we should see the numbers of fish in the river to become more numerous,making for a great time for all. As always be courteous to others,and lend a helping hand to the beginners.
Looking forward to another great season.
We hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

2014

Salmon River: 11/17/2014

( Lots of Chrome )

Water Temp: 40ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
It has been quite a while,since I have seen such an amazing run of Steelhead in the Salmon River. Our clients have ranged from beginners,to descent fly fishermen,to guys that wanted to be introduced to switch and two handed fly rods. Each group has had great success nymph fishing,swinging tubes,intruders,marabou Spey,the list goes on.Feel a little bit blessed to be part of all this.Looking forward to the rest of the winter, like a little boy anticipating Christmas to see how the rest of the Steelhead season all plays out!
Hope to see you all on the water
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/02/2014

Another Good Day for Steelhead

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
I was worried about the steelhead season,with the lack of Salmon. I am getting a pretty good feeling that I should believe what we are seeing. Good numbers of dime bright Steelhead. Life is good
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/01/2014

Another Season

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
As many of you already know,the Salmon season is way off. The most reasonable school of thought,would be the floodwaters,from that devastating hurricane. Nature has also played a major role in many other places this year,withy very late runs of fish. Either way fishing has been tuff for Salmon.
On the flip side we have been doing fairly well with the Steelhead and Brown Trout.
Hope to see you all on the water!
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad














Salmon River: 04/06/2014

Still a month behind

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 1200 cfs
 
The Salmon River is still a good month behind, with all the cold weather late into March. Stream temperature, a bone chilling 34 degrees. The Steelhead for the most part are eager to spawn.Not a lot of spawned out fish yet, in the way of drop backs.Look for some great fishing action when the River approaches the 42 degree water temperatures. God and mother nature willing, the water level does not go through roof. Easier said than done. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 01/01/2014

( Happy New Year )

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
We did a double float on Sunday,worked very hard for fish. Fishing aside ,and the heavy afternoon soaking rain,the River was very peaceful, and breath taking with the snow laden back ground, Looking forward to a new season of fishing with great friends,old friends,and most definitely making new ones. This should also be a year for new Hopes & Dreams for all of us.I would also like to make mention of good friends,the Lodge owners of At The Trestle Pool Lodge. They never cease to amaze me with their generosity. The picture in my home away from home,at the end of this blog ,says it all.
From all of us at River Run Troutfitters,to all of you have a wonderful and joyous New Year.
Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad


2013

Salmon River: 12/09/2013

( Winters Breath )

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
Can you feel it,seriously . Close your eyes for a moment and dream about it. Can you feel it? Winters Breath will be taking over the Northeast, and brining with it a chance to fish for the great one, in all of there beauty,tenacity,and down right the only way it should be. Fresh snow falling,snow capped banks along the Rivers edge,bone chilling temperatures. For me Steelhead,Winter,and Spey Rods bring words like,goosebumps,freezing hands,and a chance to play with a beautiful Steelhead in a Winter Wonderland. For many of you this may sound like insanity,but for those of us who know better,sweet dreams.Adding a few November J-Pegs. Be safe.Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/26/2013

As it should be

Water Temp: 50ºF     Flow: 1200 cfs
 
The Steelhead action on the Salmon River is really starting to heat up. Whether you choose to swing your favorite Spey fly,nymph fishing with egg patterns or stone fly s,,the fresh Steelhead are eager to play. The water level being at 1200 c.f.s. is definitely a challenge to say the least. If there is anything good that will come out of this,it would be the fact so many fresh fish are running the river without difficulty. Another good note to all of this,would be the fact that a lot of dead Salmon will wash out of the river. November and December will be on fire for Steelhead, and let us not forget those hefty Brown Trout that are in spawning mode as we speak.
Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/05/2013

The Decline of Moral values

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Well, what can I say,the title says it all. We fished the Salmon River with some delightful guest. The Romanian women were especially a treat,just ask the snaggers they greeted with stern tones of disapproval,and a curiosity why such a great fishery was being ignored by our State Government. Seriously everyone we saw,other than our group was ripping at a pace that one would only have to wonder why? How did we do, quite well,I even have to say most of the offenders were quite polite to the fact we were truly fishing. Some of the guys I speak of, especially the oriental guys,chinese whatever took great disdain to our candid remarks,like they play by their own rules,like our culture was for the raping. You disgust me,especially the fact you think this is so funny. Anyway the Salmon are definitely in the spawning mode which means swinging to aggressive territorial fish is fast approaching prime time. Water temperature is still terrible. A good mix of Steelhead and Brown Trout are traveling with the Salmon migration. The Steelhead came on all naturals,Brown Stonefly s,3-D caddis fly s..
Hope to see you all on the water,
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 09/12/2013

The opening of the lower fly zone

Water Temp: 67ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The opening of the lower fly stretch is fast approaching.Many of you are counting the minutes,waiting to play with summer run,Steelhead,Brown Trout,Atlantic's, etc. I know years back I was one of you .In my last post I was reminded by someone I care about deeply,that I was wrong boycotting the Salmon River until early October,can you imagine the sleepless nights that has caused me . The mentor being told I was hurting everything I stood for,because I was not up their educating people on how to properly fish,and handling fish in horrendous to say the least,water temperatures. For this reason even if I only make one of you understand the reality of what the day will mean. In a lot of respects, I have a lot of personal responsibility for the circus it has become,through web site photos,& social media for site traffic purposes. That is a cross I will have to bear for the rest of my life. If it were up to me,the lower end of the fly zone would be closed forever,or a least until November first. Let us deal with the regulations number one,in the catch & release areas of the river 1/8 ounce of attached weight is the law. Yes at the moment you can also add a sink tip. That is another matter entirely wrong,but anyway,that weight limit represents a maximum of a #5 split shot. Do you need that in 335 c.f.s.,not even close,not even half of that ,this fish will come up for a proper presentation. Handling of these fish in warm water,poses a 90% mortality rate for those of you who actually care. Not taking time to revive fish,taking them out of the water for prolonged time waiting fir your buddy to find the camera,laying them on the ,beach,grass,grave,will take off some of there natural enzyme,which is a protective coating all fish carry. When you really think about all this,and if you truly understand the mistakes you are making,then I just done my job to the best of my knowledge. Let us preserve together the quality of the great fishing we have for future generations.

Salmon River: 09/08/2013

Days of the King Salmon

Water Temp: 67ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The run is starting ,no doubt.Do you pick up your gear and go? That would depend on your point of view. Let us start with the facts. When the fish hit the DSR they are hot and fresh. When these giants ,spend a few days in this warm water environment,the game quickly changes. If you are truly looking to take one of these magnificent fish on the fly,hard taking, head shaking,and very territorial,than we need to get the water temperatures into the mid fifties to start. The rest of you have fun ,we will wait. Fly boxes full,and Spey rods ready to go.Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/02/2013

Labor Day Weekend

Water Temp: 72ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We fished the river this weekend with clients,which by the way is three weeks earlier then we normally would start guiding the Salmon River. We were horrified at the amount of white bellied King salmon floating past us endlessly. The few live fish we saw were clinging on for dear life. Hooking one of these giants in these water conditions i like pulling in a dead log,no joke. We will not be back on the river until late September,we have better things to do then harass dying fish.Special note,I stated in my last report I was ill . Well for snaggers,lifters,rippers,lippers,you have awoke a sleeping Tiger. Feeling real good. Wall of shame is back in business. We will take you're picture ,follow you to your vehicles ,Identify makes,models,license plate numbers,you get my drift. Best for last ,if you intrude upon us working with clients,and we ask you to leave,the question will only be asked once. After that you are ( Done) What does that word mean,think of it as you're worst possible nightmare.
I am not kidding. New York State has lost its way with you lowlifes. They would rather keep fining you then punishing you..Look for the man with the big snagger staff,.As far as the Salmon River,the local hype is nothing more than the word itself. The Salmon run is far from being over,take it easy watch the water temperatures,when you see them start getting into to the mid fifties,pack your gear. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

salmon River: 08/30/2013

Looking Forward to seeing good friends

Water Temp: 67ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Hello All,yep a ghost from the past. I am here and doing well. As for those of you who did not know. I had some serious health issues to deal with over the winter. The good news ,have not felt this good in quite a while. Anyway we are back with a vengeance. Looking forward to a great season on the Salmon River,meeting new people,fishing with our regular clients,and well sharing a story or two..Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 08/09/2013

The Salmon Run

Water Temp: 67ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The run is starting ,no doubt.Do you pick up your gear and go? That would depend on your point of view. Let us start with the facts. When the fish hit the DSR they are hot and fresh. When these giants ,spend a few days in this warm water environment,the game quickly changes. If you are truly looking to take one of these magnificent fish on the fly,hard taking, head shaking,and very territorial,than we need to get the water temperatures into the mid fifties to start. The rest of you have fun ,we will wait. Fly boxes full,and Spey rods ready to go.Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/31/2013

Happy Easter

Water Temp: 35ºF     Flow: 285 cfs
 
Hope everyone is enjoying the day,with friends,family,and all of our loved ones. Tomorrow will be the first of the month,April Fools' Day . I have to say it has been quite a while, that the Salmon River going into the spring opener of trout season was flowing at 285 c.f.s.
(Simply Amazing.) The Steelhead fishing is very good at the moment. The Steelhead in the river are in all stages of pre & post spawn,which equals great fishing opportunities for all.
Hope to see you all on the water,
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad







Salmon River: 03/24/2013

Back to normal,I hope

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
2011 -2012 proved to be anything other than normal, when it came to March & April air temperatures that made it feel like mid June & July. Lethal water temperatures to say the least.Now mind you, a little fifty degree weather would be nice for a change.The point I am trying to make is ,if the spring continues along our, present weather patterns for a while, Steelhead fishing,will be good well into late April-through mid May. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/09/2013

Spring Steelhead

Water Temp: 35ºF     Flow: 900 cfs
 
Hi All,the winter has been boring to say the least. Prime time spring is on the Horizon. Get the water temperature to about 43 degrees, oh yeah. As always fish safe,spring water can be unpredictable. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 01/10/2013

The numbers are good

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 285 cfs
 
This time of year we have the best of both worlds. With spawned out Brown Trout & Atlantic Salmon in the mix. Wintering Steelhead, waiting for late winter and spring spawn. Fresh Steelhead entering the river as we speak,one can only smile. The numbers are good. Hope to see you all on the water.Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

2012

Salmon River: 12/25/2012

Merry Christmas

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
From my family to your family,have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy new year. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 12/04/2012

Is it really December

Water Temp: 35ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
With the weather as of late, it is hard to believe we are in early December. We will take it ,the long slumbering winter is just around the corner.The River is holding good numbers of Steelhead, with fresh fish coming every day. There are no magic rocks, the fishing is good from top to bottom. The warmer temperatures will be bringing in ,a lot of fair weather fishermen. Not to worry,if you do not mind the cold, the river will offer solitude for the die hard fly fishermen,this winter. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad




Salmon River: 11/23/2012

Good Fishing All

Water Temp: 39ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
If you do your homework,you will find Silver dancing on the end of your line. Consider the fact a fresh Steelheads metabolism in conditions of the rivers temperatures and barometric pressure, is more likely than not to put them on the bite. Add to that taking them on the swing,do I need to say more. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/13/2012

Busy River

Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Lots of folks out,with the warm temperatures.Had another trip with salt water fly fishermen. Too my surprise two of them are guides on Nantucket . Everything on the fly if you prefer. I personally will join them this year for some, Bluefin tuna if possible. We hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Simnbad

Salmon River: 11/06/2012

Cold day but good fishing

Water Temp: 43ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
I fished today with a salt water fly fishermen. To say I had a lot of fun,would not be enough to say how much I enjoyed the day. Cold ,felt like mid january. The good news the fish wanted to play. And that we did. Swinging Olive Woolybuggers,was the ticket today. We hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/02/2012

Shaping up to be a great Steelhead season

Water Temp: 50ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
With the recent changes in some of the regulations on the Salmon River,I personally believe it will be a benefit to all. Especially, if you like fair chase for Steelhead.We have been patiently waiting for prime time,we are close.No style of fly fishing pumps me up like taking fish on the swing. The takes are incredible,to say the least. The Brown Trout fishing as well is outstanding ,in November _ December. A lot to look forward to. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/22/2012

Problems for the Hatchery

Water Temp: 52ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
With the record amounts of King Salmon swimming up the Salmon River this fall,one would think they have all the eggs they need. Wrong answer, 7 of every 10 fish at the hatchery are males. The reason behind this, is even more alarming,but easy to guess. Most of the hens never made it? Poaching has hit an all time high,mostly for the eggs ,not even the meat. This in not mere conjecture ,this is the absolute fact. A note about the fishing,Steelhead are taking their time,you need to fish the bottom of the river. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/11/2012

Crazy Fishing

Water Temp: 54ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
The water will go up to 285 c.f.s. tomorrow night. Does not sound like much,but I will tell you this,it is badly needed.Looking forward to some Steelhead & Brown Trout, fishing. The Salmon will wear you out. Not to say they are going to be done anytime soon.Taking these fish on the swing is without a doubt the only way to go. For us anyway. We hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/29/2012

Fish Everywhere

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
Wall to wall fish, no kidding. Fishermen, with lots of bad habits. People it is not rocket science,it you take a fly and get rid of all the excess weight,then let the fly move through the water naturally,you will catch fish. I know some do not care ,but I believe some, if they thought this could work they would try.Anyway swinging streamers,is the way to go.Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/23/2012

Good Fishing

Water Temp: 65ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
Fished With William Anderson Today,with 9 year old Tyler and 7 year old James. Tough weather raw and rain,but as you can see the boys toughed it out with some nice king Salmon.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/21/2012

No water but lots of fish

Water Temp: 65ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
With water levels at a terrible flow,water temperatures coming down,but still way too warm. Mother nature without a doubt, has triggered their biological clocks to finish the journey that began the moment they were born. Swinging traditional fly s has been on fire, to say the least. Yesterday we were left in aug h .The Coho salmon were more than a handful to deal with. Not complaining mind you.Just stating the fact . Round that off with huge Kings,I think you get the idea. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 09/11/2012

There are Kings

Water Temp: 67ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
From 2A down there are a a good number of Kings. Our boys had a great day swinging hot pink,or pink with purple Spey fly s.The fish subdued very easily after the first big run, due to warm water temperatures. The boys did some recon up the rest of the river to the Altmar area. They were very depressed to see the amount of dead King salmon throughout the river, that would not complete their journey due to the warm water temperatures. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/04/2012

Be Patient

Water Temp: 70ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
Hi All, we hope you enjoyed your, Labor Day weekend. We have been dealing with an exceptional dry year. In short, no water. We have also been dealing with a really warm year, daily temperatures this time of year are running four to eight degrees warmer than usual. Put this all together, you will realize we are at least three to four weeks out, before we have any significant runs of fish. Not trying to be a spoiler but,if you have limited days to fish and you are pinching your pennies like most,that would be my advice. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 07/20/2012

Summer is going by quick

Water Temp: 75ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Yes, I know everybody thinks I have given up fishing. To tell you the truth,it has been a tough year for loss of people close to me. Good friend and brother guide Gregg Boyd first past away after a long illness. By best friend and hunting partner Pat Kieper passed away recently after a long battle with cancer. Fishing was not a priority for me.Now that i have time to reflect, and remember the good times, my attention is focused on the passion that we held, and that I will hold to my death (Chasing Chrome ) September is right around the corner people. Hope to see you all on the water.
P.S. Sinbad is in good company with Gregg & Pat
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

2011

Salmon River: 12/01/2011

Good Fishing

Water Temp: 39ºF     Flow: 1000 cfs
 
A few days of steady rain, turned on the Steelhead nicely. Egg patterns in the morning to mid afternoon,then swinging big buggers when the action slowed down, was a good choice for us anyway. There are some god numbers of fresh Steelhead in the river. Dime bright. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/23/2011

Have a nice Thanksgiving

Water Temp: 43ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving spent with friends and family . For me this will be a very thankful one.
The Steelhead fishing, as well as the spawning Brown Trout & Atlantic Salmon is a very sacred time of year for us. Simply put magical to say the least. WE are fast approaching water temperatures associated with old man winter. This will separate the men from the boys ,no pun intended to the ladies. For me ,winter Steel-heading is my favorite,solitude and the chess-match between me and the ghost. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/18/2011

Magical time of year

Water Temp: 51ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Hard to believe next week is Thanksgiving already. A little bit of snow, Christmas around the corner, you have to love it. Big difference in temperatures of the water from this time last year . Big difference,even if the air temperature says otherwise. The rest of November through December will be some au-some Steelhead & Brown Trout action. Let us not forget the ever present Atlantic Salmon. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/15/2011

Tough

Water Temp: 53ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Working really hard to get the Steelhead to turn on. Little flurries of action ,then lock jaw for an hour. On days like these do not second guess yourself. Do what you know works and be persistent. We would also recommend showing them a lot of different fly patterns. In the end you will be successful.
It does make for a long day of Steelhead fishing,but lets face it ,if it was easy we would be bored. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/12/2011

Chess Match

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Steelhead fishing today was like a chess match. We worked hard for the fish. Some days Steelhead fishing is not a good game if you lack the patience, and persistence to be successful . I guess that is why we love it so much. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/11/2011

Thank You

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
This is a tribute to our military, past and present on Veterans Day 2011. While we are here enjoying great Steelhead fishing ,let us not forget the young men and women who serve this countries honor,many with loss of life. To you ,your families,and friends ,we truly love you. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/08/2011

Great weather for fly fishing

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
It does not get any better than this for early November. Yeah there are a lot of people. The fishing though, is incredible to say the least. Steelhead fishing has picked up again. Brown Trout & Atlantic Salmon are also taking the fly well. Quite a few Coho Salmon in the mix as well. What can I say, Life is good. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 11/06/2011

So many people

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The warming day time temperatures forecast as of late, has put many people on the Salmon River. If you want some quiet time at all, we would suggest fishing the weekdays if at all possible. With this amount of crowding, you usually can expect some bizarre behavior. We are in some hard times as a nation, but being rude to young children or harassing a young guide trying to do his job is uncalled for. This River as for all waters, are a place of of enjoyment,not bull crap. The
Steelhead fishing has been tough the last few days. The Brown Trout & Atlantic Salmon numbers are growing steadily.
We hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salon River: 11/02/2011

Eggs

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The Steelhead fishing is really starting to shape up.There is a ton of eggs in the river so the fish are enjoying life.Any day now the pre spawn Browns and Atlantic's will be showing up and they will definitely take some time to munch some eggs as well.All is good.Hope to see you all on the river.
Tight lines, Joe and Sinbad.

Salmon River: 11/01/2011

Season of change

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
There are still quite a few King & Coho Salmon present in the river. Soon pre spawn Atlantic Salmon & Brown Trout will be doing they're yearly ritual.The Steelhead are loving life. A River system rich in food sources from eggs, to soon decomposing salmon. Water temperatures are in really good shape as well. Looking forward to an unbelievable November through December hot ,hot, action on the fly. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/27/2011

A nice float on the river

Water Temp: 58ºF     Flow: 1000 cfs
 
Today we did a double float from Altmar to 2A. Nice to fish the river with some mobility. Less people using bank access makes the drift boats a much more viable tool. The fishing was not great,but worth the scenery. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/25/2011

Higher water equal chrome

Water Temp: 56ºF     Flow: 1000 cfs
 
The Steelhead fishing was on fire today. Chrome missiles on a fly rod,oh yeah Steelhead on the swing,my favorite style of fishing the great ones. We hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/23/2011

A nice day

Water Temp: 58ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Cooler air temperatures ,cloud cover equal playful fish. Take your pick the grand slam of fly fishing, are out there awaiting you're fly. Life is good . Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/22/2011

Lots of fresh fish

Water Temp: 39ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Why we are all excited about fresh chrome Steelhead. The river is also full of fresh King & Coho Salmon. No kidding, fresh fish are still coming in. Add spawning Brown Trout to the list soon, will make this a fall to remember. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/21/2011

The chrome is home

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Steelhead again today showed they are here and ready to dance on the end of your line.The fish are suspended in fast water,man what a great time of year.Hope to see you all on the river.

Tight lines,Joe and Sinbad

salmon River: 10/18/2011

Beautiful Day

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The Steelhead fishing is picking up again. Bright chrome on the swing is a beautiful thing. Mix it up with you're fly selections. This is looking to be gearing up for great Steelhead season.Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/16/2011

A nice day on the river

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
A little rain, overcast skies, and playful fish. What more could you ask for. I will tell you the Salmon are so territorial right now, getting a fly to a a Steelhead & Brown Trout is hard to do. They are whacking everything we swing. The Steelhead we are seeing are fresh,the Brown Trout as well. Atlantic Salmon are also in the mix. Hope to see you all on the water
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 10/15/2011

Project Healing Waters Finale

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We finished what i can only say was a beautiful experience for me. I cannot say enough about all the volunteers of the event, from the excellence performance from the guide team, to the ladies who prepared top shelf lunches everyday, to the VFW in Pulaski who prepared a lasagna dinner with the help of the local Boy Scouts and the fire department in Altmar who prepared a wonderful chicken banquet to honor the troops.We hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/13/2011

Project Healing Waters

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We have a great group of guides,Doc, and veterans of our armed forces out on the river for the next few days. This has been a lot of fun, I expect today will be much of the same. Take a moment to reflect, when you see one of these fine individuals, and thank them for a they have done to protect this country from those who hate what America stands for.We hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/12/2011

Welcome Relief

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We have some rain and cooler temperatures rolling in as we discussed yesterday. Just the slight cloud cover and intermittent drizzle today was a plus for fishing. Hopefully this pattern stick around for a while. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/11/2011

Dog days

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
It sure feels like the dog days of summer. O.K. not quite, but warm enough. The fishing today was much slower with the high warm sun,we worked hard for fish. With the forecast calling for cooler temperatures and rain for the near future. we expect the water will become cooler, thus more ambient for all species of the river. Hope to see you all on the water, Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

salmon River: 10/10/2011

Please let it rain

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Another hot, lazy day on the river. Water temperatures going up instead of down. We need some relief, and soon. King Salmon again today took front and center stage. Some nice Coho Salmon ass well.Brown Trout seem to be moving up the river at a very good pace. We hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/09/2011

Days of the King Salmon

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Finding King Salmon to take a fly on the swing, child's play to say the least. They are very territorial fish. Most of the King Salmon we are seeing are very fresh fish, and more than willing to play.Big streamers on a short sink tip and it will be game on. Time to get bank to work. Hope to see you all on the river.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/08/2011

Way to hot

Water Temp: 6ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The weather is still to warm for any significant water cooling.
The fishing for King Salmon on the swing is in high gear. Other than that ,crazy weekend of Columbus Day. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/07/2011

The nuts are out in force

Water Temp: 57ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
You can tell it is Columbus Day week end. Here they come, Simms gear from head to toe. $1000.00 Fly /Rod combo. But wait look a snagger, with taste for expensive toys. Any one thats knows me, gets the fact that this is disgusting. So todays pictures will be a testimony of taking fish on the swing, and on the tongue. Am I not I guy you love to hate. You people sicken me. Wrong is wrong, you need to take up a new hobby. For, starters put away the big boy toys, meaning fly rods and go back to your ugly stick and mooch reels. Leave the big boy toys to real men and women. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/04/2011

Rain,Drizzle and fog

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
More of the same,although it was more of drizzle and fog. It sure looks more like Steelhead weather.The only problem is, the water is still much to warm. The fishing was tougher today ,worked real hard for fish. I think November and December are going to be on fire for Steelhead. Mix that with late season Coho Salmon and spawning Brown Trout. Life is good. We hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/03/2011

Let it rain

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
It is still unusually warm, the rain is welcome relief to low water conditions,as well as warm water temperatures . You ned to take care of your released fish, there is much stress on the fish being played out; The size of the Coho Salmon on average is still amazing. The food source in the lake, must be incredible to say the least. More good numbers of Brown Trout,Steelhead, and King Salmon are showing up on a daily basis. We hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 10/02/2011

Full swing

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The Kings are in, and more are coming each day.The fishing for the Coho Salmon and Steelhead, is awesome as well.The water temps are still warm so if you want to take advantage of catching Steelhead without freezing cold feet, now is the time. Cold weather and more rain are in the forecast so thing should be getting even better. Hope to see you all on the river.
Tight lines,Joe and Sinbad.

Salmon River: 10/01/2011

Raw weather

Water Temp: 61ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Bone chilling rain today. Mind you, I am not complaining. It did catch some of our clients off guard. This is a good thing for the fish. Fishing slowed down a bit today,we still managed some nice fish. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad




Salmon River: 09/30/2011

The Kings have made their presence

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We had a good day with big Coho Salmon again. The King Salmon though, have made their presence in a big way. Tough fish on the fly. Worth the pain and shear excitement of doing battle with the great ones. Sorry about missing a report
last night,we are spending a tremendous amount of time on the water We hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/28/2011

What a day

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Today was another great day of fishing.Rain and cooler air temperatures are in the forecast meaning a greater chance for another puss of fish.The amount of Steelhead and Coho Salmon we are seeing is incredible , also we are seeing a higher concentration of kings every day ,and with these weather predictions it's only gonna get better.We hope to see you all on the water.

Tight lines, Joe and Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/27/2011

To hot for Steelhead

Water Temp: 65ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The report is going to be a bit different today. Maybe even a little bit indifferent, but I do not care for idiots. I hate watching a moron ,idiot, if you feel this is personal when I am done, too bad. Steelhead are a wondrous species,so when I watch people drag them up out of 65 degree water and beach them, and take two minute photo sessions, then make a ridiculous attempt to revive that fish,you disgust me. Let us start with the fact by taking that fish out of water and damaging the natural enzyme that coats their body in itself is
bad. Coupled with unnecessary long periods of time on the line because they are to coo to use a net. Do I sound frustrated,in my world you would have to pass an exam to fish. Wow ,imagine that, a School for morons and people who absolutely do not care. To the rest of the world ,Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/26/2011

Nice things happen to nice people

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We had a guy named Jeff, do a last minute Commando run to fish with us today. He is on his way home as we speak. The pictures will say it all. Steelhead and Coho Salmon again take center stage. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/25/2011

Can you say we got spanked

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Every one in a while you get a lesson in humility. Today was one of those days. Finding Coho Salmon & Steelhead to take the fly was not the problem. What they did after the set, or lack of what I could do to keep them on the line,tail walking across the river was a hilarious to say the least. I guess we need a little humility from time to time. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/24/2011

More of the same Coho & Steelhead

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The steady rain brought us a fresh batch of Steelhead and Coho salmon.A great day of fishing, not bad for three beginners, one of which i do believe is going to definitely be a life long fly fisherman ,good job Shawn.This is really shaping up to be another great season on the Salmon River Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight lines, Joe and Sinbad.
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Salmon River: 09/23/2011

Good Day

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 33 cfs
 
Sounds like yesterday, but what can I say, it is fishing like yesterday. Steelhead,Coho Salmon ,Brown Trout, Life is good. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

salmon River: 09/22/2011

Unbelievable

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Another big day for dime bright Steelhead,huge fresh Coho Salmon,add in some fresh Brown Trout. If it continues like this ,the fall fishing will be shaping up for nothing less then, unbelievable. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 09/21/2011

Cohos & Steelhead

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We have see many Steelhead the last few days, along with some hefty Coho Salmon. Days like the last few ,let you know how good things are yet to come. Take about ten more degrees off the water temperature and watch out. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/19/2011

Lots of chrome

Water Temp: 59ºF     Flow: 3 cfs
 
What a surprise we had today. Dime bright Steelhead, and what I can only say are startling numbers. Many Kings and Coho Salmon as well. To my dismay I bought a $3000.oo Mac Book Pro to be more efficient with daily reports ,only to find out it does not handle older models of memory cards. Pictures to follow soon. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/16/2011

Slow Start

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Working for fish at the moment is an understatement. Most of the fresh fish are still from the black hole down. At the present time Coho Salmon are the major player. We are getting a few nice Steelhead everyday as well. As I said we are working for every fish. There are some nice King salmon in the mix, but not in big numbers as of yet. I would expect things will improve nicely in the next few days. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/15/2011

Fresh Fish Any Day Now!

Water Temp: 68ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Don't you love all the hype the Salmon cause? Reports have the fish staging in 10 feet of water at the river mouth. Will they come in today? tomorrow? How long will they be in the estuary? What's the forecast? Give us more water, that'll bring them in.

All of these predictors can only raise the hopes of the fisherman and seasonal population of Pulaski. Don't get me wrong, I want to be there as much as the next fisherman when they do run.. it's why we do it. I'm just not sold how well we can predict the next run.. though, higher water is an easier predictor and say rain.

Each of us use weather patterns, water levels, over night temperatures to gauge the next run - it might be worth it to keep a journal of these things when the fish DO run, so that we can predict better in the future.

In any event, the only way you can hope to have a good chance at catching a run, is being there often - putting in your time and walking and looking. We'll be on the river, looking for these fish and watching the skies, water, and wind trying to predict the next push of fish..

You got to love this time of year - the anticipation is awesome.

Salmon River: 09/12/2011

More to Come - It's Early

Water Temp: 69ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The bump in water on 9/7/2011 brought in the majority of fish in the river. Those fish have spread out and moved mostly into the deep holding lies and there a bunch of salmon in the Lower Fly Zone.

A couple of decent days followed Wednesday, with each day getting better or worse depending on where you were on the river.

The bright sun and warm temperatures are not doing anything to help the salmon enter the river. We need some rain, a cold spell or something to drive more fish in. Other than those things, time is the only other thing on our side. The fish will eventually run when they are ready. It's still early, and water still really warm, to expect anything other than what we have in the river right now.

The fish that did enter were a mixed bag of chinooks, coho and even some trout, steelhead and browns. In the warm water, if you are releasing your fish, take the extra minute get them revived properly. I saw quite a few fish floating downstream struggling to right themselves. They will surely die. A few extra minutes could mean someone else can appreciate that fish further upstream.

We will be on the river for the next few weeks - so be sure to check out our reports and if you want to book a trip, be sure to give us a call - (518) 527-7104.

Salmon River: 09/11/2011

Never Forget

Water Temp: 65ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
On this 10 year anniversary of 9/11 we as Americans should never forget how all of our lives have been changed forever. Do you remember what you were doing that day? I can, like it was yesterday. Many innocent lives were taken that day. And many more have been lost, defending our freedom since that day. Do something special today, even in the smallest of things, being grateful to the men & women who serve this country in such great honor,for those in the past and in the presence ( Honor Them ) Never Forget
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/10/2011

Mother nature is calling

Water Temp: 65ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Soon no matter what the water temperatures, nor the water level,will make much of a difference to the Chinook or the Coho Salmon. There biological clocks are ticking. They will have a sense of urgencies, to complete the life cycle that is in their genetics. The next seven to ten days should show major fish movement . Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad







Salmon River: 09/07/2011

Welcome Rain

Water Temp: 68ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
The rain is desperately needed in the area. This front will move fish up the river quickly. Hopefully this is not a scenario that we get more rain than the reservoirs can handle. As the water temperatures come down, fly fishing on the swing will be game on. This is giving me goose pimples even thinking about it. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/05/2011

Soon it will be time

Water Temp: 72ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
With the water temperatures still at 72 degrees, not good for trout species.Not being very aggressive, and if you are lucky enough to hook one ,fish mortality is very high. Some of you may say who cares, the rest of us no better The Salmon on the other hand ,Mother nature will make her calling, no matter what the conditions. Hopefully in a few more weeks things should improve for what should be another great year on the Salmon River. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 08/15/2011

Where did the summer go

Water Temp: 76ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
Hi all, the summer seems to be flying by. No complaints though, love the fall ,winter & spring In a few weeks it will be the beginning of another great year of fishing my favorite. The Salmon River in upstate New York, unbelievable to say the least sport fishing on a fly rod & reel. For all you novices,it does not get any better than this in the Northeast. For all my regular clients & friends,soon we will be enjoying great fishing. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 05/16/2011

Last report for spring

Water Temp: 58ºF     Flow: 900 cfs
 
Getting geared up for stripers. The Steelhead are still in good numbers in the upper reaches of the river. Getting them to take a fly on the other hand has been a lot of work. Black woolly buggers with crystal flash have been working well. Articulating leeches in black have also performed well. Like I said it has been tough to get them to eat,but when they turn on for a few hours it is all worth it. Did I mention that their are some huge Atlantic's as well. We will not start fishing the river again until late August. Many people call us for the summer fishery here for summer Steelhead & Atlantic's . We choose to avoid that because of very warm water temperatures, mid seventies generally. With that in mind, the chance of fish mortality is very high.We want to thank everyone for the great year we have had. We will start reporting on the Salmon again around mis August. We hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 05/08/2011

Happy Mothers Day

Water Temp: 52ºF     Flow: 900 cfs
 
I want to wish all the mothers of the world, a very happy and wonderful day. We do not want to take the day away from ladies, so on a short note,the Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River is still in very good shape.The fish are from top to bottom of the river system. If you have never swung big fly s on Spey rods,you have no idea what you are missing . The Unbelievable thrill of a Steelhead, head shaking & tail walking the river. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 05/03/2011

More Rain

Water Temp: 49ºF     Flow: 1500 cfs
 
It seems like most of the spring has been rain,snow ,or rain mixed with snow. The Steelhead sure do love it. There are still good numbers of Steelhead in the river system. We are still catching fresh hens, full of eggs. Take advantage of the descent water temperatures, and willing Steelhead to get one last crack at the prize, before it is over until fall, for the most part. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad


Salmon River: 04/30/2011

Fishing on the swing

Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
There is no better feeling ,than an aggressive take on the swing. At the moment, game on. We had some personnel from Afghanistan,with us today. Along with clients, good friends,and fellow guides, life is good. A variety of Wooly Buggers & Spey fly, s worked well today. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight LInes, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/29/2011

Practice what you preach

Water Temp: 46ºF     Flow: 4000 cfs
 
I have been doing this a long time. What I did today baffles me ,practice what you preach. Got up this morning,do what I do every morning, called the waterline. The report says river running at 2500 c.f.s. Decided to fish a little while, in a special place Sinbad loved to be. Went to Nice & Easy my morning ritual. Did all my wifi on the lap top, headed out. Dark morning, heavy rain. My wading belt and staff were in my Simms dry bag back pack,decided to wait until later to dig them out. Bad plan. When I looked at the river in the dusky light I knew the diversion I was crossing looked different. Again bad plan,never second guess your self when you are not sure. As I stared to wade across my back pack took me right off my feet like a bobber. I will leave the rest to your imagination. Moral story of this,when in doubt be safe . Never wade alone in high water. Never access big water without a staff, a wading belt. In the future I will practice what I preach. In the end no one is truly invincible.Brighter note, the Steelhead are hitting hard. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/27/2011

Crazy Weather

Water Temp: 44ºF     Flow: 1500 cfs
 
Started out the morning with the river running at 3250c.f.s.
By 11:00 A.M. down to 1900 c.f.s. Along with torrential thunderstorms, I would say quite the adventure. The Steelhead are hitting hard. Lots of fish people .Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/24/2011

Happy Easter

Water Temp: 42ºF     Flow: 1500 cfs
 
The fly fishing for Steelhead, is getting better on a daily basis. The Steelhead are getting very aggressive to taking the fly s on the swing. Can anybody say,this is what we live for. I hope and pray with the warming temperatures mid-week, that this is short term. We do not want a repeat of last year,if you know what I mean. I hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/22/2011

Great Day

Water Temp: 39ºF     Flow: 1500 cfs
 
Every once in a while,you get a chance to do something very special. Today we guided a single father with four sons,ages ranging from 19-11 years old. It is special moments like this, that make me want to thank you all, for the opportunity I have been given to do this great job I have. Hope to see you all on the water.Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/21/2011

Water is still on the high side

Water Temp: 40ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
The river is still running on the high side. Rest assured though ,fishing switch rods, and two handed Spey,with an assortment of your favorite streamers and Spey fly s will get the job done. The Steelhead will take on the swing,very aggressively. The best part ,it is only going to get better. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/18/2011

Living on the wild side

Water Temp: 40ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
Water,water,everywhere. For working guides, an absolute disaster. First day we fished, after the water dropped to 1800. Which is still a substantial flow. Swinging big buggers was the answer.We are hoping the river drops again this evening,cross your fingers. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 04/12/2011

River is now 2500

Water Temp: 40ºF     Flow: 1250 cfs
 
Sorry for the delay in the reports the last few days. Wifi sometimes is unpredictable. With the present flow we are searching for other waters to pursue, until the Salmon River comes down to a fishable flow. The fishing has been getting hotter everyday for the Steelhead. When the river comes back down,and soon I hope, Steelhead fishing will be at peak levels. We are having some camera issues, due to all the rain. For that reason we are short on pictures. Sorry about that. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/10/2011

Water is going up

Water Temp: 39ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
The Salmon River is going up to 1200 c.f.s. The river is fishing steadily better everyday, as the water warms, the fish are getting much more aggressive. If we continue with the weather patterns, and night time cool downs, this will carry well into late May. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/07/2011

A break in the weather

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Looks like we are in a pattern of nice weather for the near future. The Steelhead fishing was a bit slower today. Looks like the fish are also getting more aggressive to swinging streamers. All our fish came on the swing today. We also had and even number of Steelhead and Browns today. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/06/2011

Looks like some descent weather for a while

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
The bite was a little off today. That happens a lot with the flip flop in weather, and barometric pressure changes. In a few days they will acclimate. Mixed bag of Steelhead and Brown Trout today,some real nice fish. With the water steadily warming, the Steelhead are taking the fly s much more on the swing. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad


Salmon River: 04/05/2011

If I sound like a broken record

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
If you can believe it ,more of the same weather. I feel like Bill Murray in the movie groundhog day. Snow,sleet ,hail,rain,high wind . The Steelhead sure do like the weather.
Working the two handed Spey rods, has been a big plus in these conditions. Got to get back to the river.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/04/2011

Cold wet rain

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Cold,wind,rain,sure feels like Steelhead weather. The hatchery started milking fish yesterday. The River is showing more signs of life, with the water slowly warming up a bit.
Each day will get progressively better. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/02/2011

Slowly Improving

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
As we spoke about in the last report. Plenty of Steelhead in the river, top to bottom. The Steelhead are in prime time spawning mode. There are also a good number of Brown trout as well. The cold mornings have made mid-day fishing the best part of the day at this time. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/27/2011

Fishing will slowly improve

Water Temp: 32ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Cold winter,low water conditions for most of it. The high water has brought in lots of fresh fish.Finding them will produce some spectacular fishing. The Steelhead that,
Are in the river at pre spawn stage, go into lock down,for a period of time,meaning they will not feed. Fresh fish or drop backs are the best chance of success during this period. As we explained in our last report, as the water temperatures increase conditions for fishing spring Steelhead will really start heating up.We still anticipate at present conditions the Steelhead should stay in the river, well into the month of May.I hope to see you all on the water
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Lake Ontario Tributaries: 03/23/2011

Cold Water,Slush Ice

Water Temp: 32ºF     Flow: 1500 cfs
 
Started out later than normal. Slush ice on the river, for the first hour and a half. Thought about giving up, and moving to another river. My partner and I decided to give it another hour. Good move! Two nice female Steelhead,and a small domestic rainbow in the next hour. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/21/2011

Typical Salmon River Spring

Water Temp: 32ºF     Flow: 1500 cfs
 
Windy,Sleet,Snow,Rain,yeah feels like life is back to normal.
The high water levels have moved in some good numbers of fresh Steelhead. Conditions on the other hand tough. At these water temperatures, your presentation has to be precise.We have been covering some great water with the boat, 1500 is primo for a drift boat. Especially when you can target water that is typically to low to fish, that are now prime holding areas for migrating fish. Look for the river temperatures to get around 38-42 degrees and fishing for Steel Head on the swing will be in high gear
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 03/05/2011

Bring it on

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 1250 cfs
 
Winter held a long tight grip this year. With the heavy rains,snow pack,snow melt, and warming temperatures. The river going up, is natural and a good thing. Fresh chrome will be migrating the river system.Hopefully the temperatures will allow the the dam to generate the water to be run at reasonable flows. Yeah I know a lot to ask for. look at it this way, running high flow releases at this time will be a good thing for the fish and the fishermen in the long run.
Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

2010

Salmon River: 12/31/2010

Last Report of the Year!

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
First the report. The fishing in the upper river is consistent, because, well there's fish up there. We hit them on speys, buggers, flesh flies, nymphs, san juans, you name it. The name of the game was changing tactics, and there's a reason for this. The lower section of the river was dead. Put 2 and 2 together and you see that the fish in the upper needed constant changing because they are stale and have been seeing a lot of presentations, so yours better be good. A push of new fish will help things out.

Next, we want to thank every one who chose River Run Troutfitters this year as their guide service and visited our web site for information. We update our site for our regular visitors and prospective clients. Hopefully the information is helpful and pictures entertaining.

New for 2011, we now have Facebook page. This will allow us to reach more people through social networking and using Facebook's technology you can subscribe to our Facebook Wall updates via SMS, and the updates will be texted to you. Further, we will be able to update our Wall while on the river, giving you more timely reports. Facebook also allows discussions among our Friends and you can post your pictures and leave comments on our Wall as well. So spread the word to your friends and help us build a large River Run Troutfitters following.

Happy New Year.

Salmon River: 12/13/2010

Let It snow

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Winter has set in with an early vengeance. Water temperatures already in the mid thirties. From hear on out until spring, will be a game of speed and presentation.
No matter what you're fly choices, speed and presentation go hand in hand. By far this is the hardest steel head fishing you can approach,but also the most rewarding.Think of it as the ultimate game of chess. Christmas and the New Year are close, cherish the holidays & Merry Christmas to all
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/28/2010

Get ready for big water

Water Temp: 40ºF     Flow: 1500 cfs
 
Well this morning was quite the surprise. Fishing at 750 c.f.s. is fine,today will definitely present some challenges. After that looks like a little r & R . Anyway fishing has been and will stay productive. The river has changed quite a bit since the big floods. If you look hard enough at what you see it has created a whole new environment for the fish. Some in a bad way , mostly better. Doing really well at the moment fishing flesh fly's .When the water comes back down,give it a few days. You should have a great time.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/21/2010

A Great Day

Water Temp: 40ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
We fished lower river, finding a lot of open space and places to stretch out and get into a good rhythm. We found some nice big browns and fresh steelhead. The takes were aggressive and fish had the energy for long runs and strong battles.

Egg patterns and streamers worked well. We stuck with light tippets and soft presentations in a low, clear water. Fish were found in broken water, more so than pools.

The water temperature has dropped quite a bit in the past week. Look for the fishing to continue to change into the winter patterns once the water gets in the upper 30's.

West Branch Delaware River: 11/16/2010

A Change of Pace

Water Temp: 41ºF     Flow: 400 cfs
 
Fished the West Branch River, at the PA Game Lands over the weekend. The Game Lands are open year-round.

I wanted a change of pace from the face-paced crowded banks of the Salmon River and found just that.. a river left alone, I was the sole angler.

I was fortunate to be part of brief BWO hatch. The water was stained, but a few fish were found taking the size 24 olives. I caught some nice fish and was really happy to catch trout on Dry Flies in November. The peace and quiet of the river prepared me for another trip to the Salmon River, where peace and quiet aren't always easily found.

The Salmon continues to fish well. The steelhead are top to bottom. Advice depends on your point of view. Want to be over large numbers of fish?, you know you go up, less concentrated fish, less concentrated people, go low. Eggs, streamers, nymphs, everything is working when presented right.

No matter where you fish, enjoy and respect the river.

Salmon River: 11/03/2010

Life is good

Water Temp: 50ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Hi All,the Steel Head are abundant. Great numbers of dime bright fish are throughout the river system. Add in spawning Brown trout. Life is good. As usual most days you will find us swinging streamers. I had a chance to float with a multitude of fishing styles going on between three drift boats . Keep in mind no competition ,just friends choosing different styles they like to fish. By far swinging an array of streamers was what the Steel Head were looking for. It does not always work out like this,but it did this day.By the way we have added a new web-page for our beloved Sinbad.If any of you had a special moment with our boy send us you,re picture we will put it up in his memory. Hope to see you all on the water
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/27/2010

Good Fishing Continues

Water Temp: 50ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
The steelhead fishing continues to be good pretty much everywhere on the river. You decide where you want to be, you'll find fish. From top to bottom, there are fresh steelhead to be found.

Salmon are in full spawn mode, so finding redding females will usually result in finding steelhead behind them. You can target them with eggs or nymphs. Fishing transition water, you can target fish with big streamers and buggers. Mix it up, the fish are happy.

See you on the river. Give us a call for trip information. We can't always get to email as quickly.

Salmon River: 10/24/2010

MORE Steelhead and Other Trout

Water Temp: 52ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
The Lower end of the river is seeing more and more Brown Trout, Domestic Rainbows, and Steelhead entering the river each day. Up river, the salmon are in spawn mode and have trout behind them picking off eggs and nymphs being dug up from the female salmon making redds.

Egg patterns continue to work well and streamers of different styles are getting attention too.

Lot of the trees are dropping their leaves, so the river will have those floating down and can mess with your drift. When there are a lot of leaves in the water, move to eggs in different colors than oranges, try chartreuse, blues, and pinks. Purple has been working really well too.

Salmon River: 10/20/2010

Trophy Brown

Water Temp: 53ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Well, the lower end of the river is clearing up and the crowds have thinned a bit. The upper part of the river is where all of the people still chasing salmon are fishing.

Steelhead down low are taking streamers and egg patterns, with orange being a good go-to color. Don't count out pink and blue as well.

We'll be on the river a lot over the next couple weeks. We'll be updating reports as often as we can. Thanks for your support and we hope you're having as good of a time fishing as we are.

Interested in booking a trip? Give us a call over an email, we'll be able to respond sooner.



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Salmon River: 10/15/2010

Tough Water

Water Temp: 53ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Hi All,as you all know the Salmon River has experienced devastating flooding,that even now still lingers with less than ideal water visibility,tough on a fly fishermen.It has cleared up a bunch,but still not perfect. Fish the soft edges of the river, the visibility is much better. We have been working hard to bring you the best information and the real facts.This week-end should be interesting with this latest round of heavy rain,hold your breath .Other than that we ave seen some nice,Atlantic's,and Steel head,even a nice domestic rainbow. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/06/2010

Yo-Yo or Yoo-Hoo

Water Temp: 54ºF     Flow: 1500 cfs
 
Well, the water has been going up and down and really playing havoc with the fishing. The water is really stained, like the old-time drink Yoo-Hoo, which makes the fishing really tough. Fish the softer edges with BIG patterns and hopefully you'll be rewarded.

Not sure how long these conditions are going to last. We'll keep you posted. That being said, we ARE catching fresh fish on each trip, with fresh salmon and DIME bright steelhead in the mix. You have to know where to fish in these conditions. Some secrets are better left unsaid. Book a trip and we'll show you around. ;)

Be safe and enjoy the fishing.

Salmon River: 10/04/2010

Water has Receeded

Water Temp: 56ºF     Flow: 2000 cfs
 
Well, after much damage and press, the Salmon River has come back down to a manageable level. The water is still high and dangerous, but is fishable.

Be careful and fish the softer edges, inside seams and pockets where fish have an easier lie.

Salmon River: 10/01/2010

Heavy Rains = 17000 CFS

Water Temp: 56ºF     Flow: 17000 cfs
 
OK, this is not a typo, the Salmon RIver is running at 17000 CFS this morning. Obviously, the river is raging and very dangerous. No fishing should be attempted. Now is the time to replenish those lost flies and tie up some patterns for when the water subsides. Tie BIG streamers, San Juan Worms, and egg patterns larger than normal. When the water becomes fishable again, the fish will have been un-pressured for several days and aggressive.

Watch the tribs for flow as they will get their fish runs now.

Be safe, see ya soon. Take some pictures of the river if your going there, it's a historic flow.

Salmon River: 09/29/2010

Water Going to 1500

Water Temp: 57ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
With heavy rains forecasted over night, the Waterline is showing water releases pushing to 1500 cfs. This will definitely bring in a LARGE push of fish. The problem is, getting the fish will more of a challenge, and at some areas of the river, extremely dangerous. The crowds will bunch together in the wadable areas and drift boats will have more room to work.

Be extra careful wading and prepare yourself for some difficult fishing. Also, fighting a salmon in this flow will certainly be a harder.

Fish the softer areas, inside bends, and tailouts where you can. Big bright flies are in order. Forget the light tippet and make damn sure you have studded boots.




Salmon River: 09/27/2010

Fishing is Good, Will Get Better

Water Temp: 57ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
The past few days saw more fish entering the lower river, with fish spread out through out the system. The crowds are concentrated in the likely spots and there's not too many areas where you can find solitude. But it's the Salmon River, this is the busiest time of year.

Kings, cohos, steelhead and brown trout are on the move.

You can target these fish with egg patterns, buggers, egg sucking leeches, etc.

The forecast is for rain, lots of rain. I suspect any rise in water levels will trigger the next run of fish. Reports have the estuary literally full of fish and more and more fish moving in. Pack your stuff and be ready.

Enjoy your time of the water. Be courteous to fellow anglers, yeah it's crowded, try not to make it feel that way.

Salmon River: 09/23/2010

Sinbad Passed Away Today

Water Temp: 64ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
Our beloved pal, Sinbad passed away today.

He was our good friend on the water, and true member of the Vivenzio family. Sinbad was always there on the water with us, napping, chasing sticks, swimming, or just being the curious, playful dog he was.

Everyone say a prayer for our friend, and our family. His loss is very difficult.

Salmon River: 09/22/2010

Pineville Bridge Destroyed

Water Temp: 64ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
Today, the removal of the Pineville Bridge begins. The expectation is that the removal of the bridge will only take one day. The near-100 year old bridge is being replaced due to safety concerns for those driving over the bridge those fishing near it. Steel sheeting and turbidity control measures are being taken to prevent run off and debris entering the water. The new bridge is expected to completed by the end of next summer.

Other than that, the fishing has been hot and cold in the lower end and consistent in the fly zones. Waves of fish have been coming in on different days of the week, using weather and water patterns will better your chance at being there when the time is right, but it's never a sure thing. The only way to guarantee success is to have your fly in the water often.

Now is great time to book your Fall/Winter/Spring steelhead trips. Yeah, we are still targeting salmon this time of year, but everyone knows catching chrome is better. :)

Salmon River: 09/20/2010

More fish each day

Water Temp: 64ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The fishing continues to improve, especially with the cooler nights and increased water. The Cohos are running and being their usual aggressive selves. Tackle busting runs with leaps and tail walks are the Cohos' traits. Chinook will give you a couple washing machine head shakes on the take, then run either up or down and bull dog you in a battle into who gives in first. Usually the chinook wins.

Speaking of which, the Chinook are HUGE this year. We heard from sources that 41 and 42 pound chinooks were caught at the Ball Park last week. Those are HUGE fish, especially in the river where they have room to run and get your gear caught around rocks, other anglers and such.

More steelhead are being caught as well. We saw some smaller fish as well as a few nicer ones over the weekend. The talk of brown trout in the lower end has quieted a bit.

Well, there's fish from top to bottom. Get to the river and fish for them. The season isn't that long, don't wait until it's too late.

Salmon River: 09/17/2010

Weather - Fish

Water Temp: 64ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The last week has seen an increase of fish entering the river. Chinook, some cohos, and trout are on the move. That big push of cohos that normally runs early has yet to be seen. Will you be there when it happens? I hope we are. Cohos are bad ass fish.

There is still a lot of Fall fishing left, the best is yet to come. Continue to look for cool winds from the West with rains and crummy weather. Bright sun and hot days are typically not the best days for fish, but we all know, when the fish want to come in, they will. We've seen hot fishing days = hot weather days too.

Give us a call to book a trip, we have some dates left and are looking toward for a great year. Don't forget steelhead fishing later in the year and early 2011 will be hot, always is. We are targeting them more with Spey techniques. If you are interested in learning some basics or trying your hand with the long rod, we can arrange that too.



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Salmon River: 09/06/2010

First Good Run of Fish

Water Temp: 66ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
We had a good end to the Labor Day weekend with a solid push of fish at first light and carrying through the morning.

There were Kings, Cohos, and some trout in the mix.

These fish will be moving up river through out the week, find them and be rewarded with some bright fish.

The cooler nights have started and so has the run. It's a great time to be on the water, getting into the first fish that move it. The weather is always warmer and you can even wet wade if you're doing a lot of walking or bouncing from spot to spot.

Just be careful reviving any fish you set free. The warmer temps make it harder for them to "catch their breath" after a good fight.

Give us a call for some Fall or Winter fishing.

Salmon River: 08/23/2010

Be Patient

Water Temp: 72ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
We have been getting many calls & e-mails about when is the best time of year to fish for Salmon, Steelhead etc.

There is no question you can fish the Salmon River and be successful in the summer months for summer-run Steelhead (Skamania), Atlantic's, & Brown trout. What you may not realize is, most of those fish stand a greater chance of mortality due to the stress of water temperatures and not being handled properly. As a rule we like to wait at least until mid-September. Generally speaking, there are much better minimum river flows, which in turn equal better conditions to enjoy a great resource. The survival of any salmon migrating in these water temperatures is ridiculous to even think about. Be patient in another month all will be great.

Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 07/19/2010

( Summer going by like a blink of youre eye )

Water Temp: 71ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
Hi all, we hope the summer, so far finds all of you well. We have bounced around the state quite a bit this summer,searching out good fly water. For the most part tough fishing ,too hot. Believe it or not our attentions, have already have us gearing up for Steel Head, yes before you know it beautiful chrome Steel Head,huge Brown trout,Atlantic,Coho,& King Salmon will be dancing on our fly rods. Bet you can,t wait. With the addition of the new regulations fishing the DSR, this will be a very good thing for the fall runs. We hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/23/2010

"Too Crowded"

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 1600 cfs
 
Hi all,due to the high volume of fishermen on the Salmon River. We decided in late January, not to do anymore fishing reports for winter through spring. We do not wish to offend anyone,we realize many of you trust the reports we do to be accurate. We are very passionate about the Salmon River, and feel there is way to much fishing pressure. When and if things get back to normal, we will start reporting again
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 02/10/2010

Cold, Slow

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 285 cfs
 
The river has been pretty slow lately.. a good day here and good day there, but on average, the fish in the river are stale.

The lower river is locked up with ice, so not many new fish are really entering. We need a bump in water to get another push.

Oddly, there has been a buzz about some fresh cohos in the river. We haven't personally witnessed any, but there's been chat about it.

We've been getting the fish on a mixed bag of flies; brown stones, spey flies, eggs, etc.

Stay warm.

Salmon River: 01/17/2010

January Cohos

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 285 cfs
 
You heard it right. Small pods of Cohos mixed in with the Steelhead. The fishing at the moment is as good as it gets. Lots of people up and down the river. I would suspect, with the warmer temperatures and the Monday Holiday. This is going to be a good spring again this year, good numbers of Steelhead. You have to tip you're hat, to Fran and his team they are doing a great job with this fishery.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

2009

Salmon River: 12/11/2009

Winter Wonderland

Water Temp: 37ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Well for those of us who have patiently waited for Lake Ontario to bless us with her magic,the time has come. Lots of snow ,wind,cold (Perfect) that is, if you are a die hard Steelhead fishermen.Crazy you say, not in the least.
Beautiful scenery, not many people on the water,and a river full of beautiful Chrome Steelhead. This by far is my favorite time of year to play with what we believe is the best Steelhead fishing has to offer. See you all on the water. Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 12/04/2009

Life is good

Water Temp: 38ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We have been blessed with some really nice people to fish with. I love my job. When people come to relax,enjoy nature, and above all have a profound respect for the fish and there safety. My clients this past week, witnessed a lot of unnecessary fish mortality, due to stupidity. I will be writing an article on this subject soon,going right to the heart of the matter. Anyway fishing is good ,lots of Steelhead,& Brown Trout ,and yes believe it or not, some nice Coho are still in the river. See you all on the River
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/28/2009

Starting to fell like real Steelhead weather

Water Temp: 41ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The fishing action is hot.Many Steelhead and Brown Trout to greet you're favorite pattern. In this case the selection is easy. Egg imitations are hot,not my favorite selection, now and again you have to go with the flow. Meaning give them what they want. During some lows in the action Caddis & Nymphs have produced some fish as well, Soon we will be back to the basics ,match the hatch so to speak. See you all on the water
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/23/2009

Closing out November, Welcome December

Water Temp: 40ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
November continues to fish really well. The number of steelhead in the river is really good. The unseasonably warm temperatures have let many anglers who normally hang up their gear for the season, continue to fish. That means, the river is busy, especially up river.

The bright skies and low water, not typical for this time of year, has kept the lower river fishing a little less productive. Reports have steelhead in the estuary. So hopefully the rains or snow will come and a fresh batch or fish will enter.

December is shaping up to be awesome. The water temperature is staying up keeping the fish in the faster water. When the temps drop, the fish will pool up in the deeper runs.

Give us a call. Were have been on the water a lot this Fall and enjoying the time with our clients. The warmer temps, if they continue, will make December fishing on fire.



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Salmon River: 11/16/2009

Good Fishing

Water Temp: 42ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The fishing for Steel Head is unbelievable. Add in Spawning Brown Trout,Coho Salmon that are in unbelievable size and shape for this late in the season ,what more could you ask for. At the moment egg patterns are doing very well for us. The weather has been all over the board,so some days are tougher than others to produce fish. Work hard ,be thorough,. you will be successful. See you all on the river
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/09/2009

Good Fishing Depends on Where You Are

Water Temp: 43ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The river has plenty of steelhead and browns in it right now. The top half of the river has the highest concentration of fish and anglers. Fish upstream are hitting eggs, stone flies, flesh flies, and streamers. You may have to work harder for these fish, especially with the high sun, low water, and numerous people.

Down low, you have a better chance at solitude, but there are fewer fish too. It's a trade off, fresh chrome with little crowds or more fish, heavier pressured fish, and lots more people.

This weekend, the weather was amazing for November, which brought out lots of people. We're looking forward to some nastier weather.. :)

November is shaping up to really productive. We've been catching good numbers of fish, some days are better than others, but we'll consistently doing well.

See you on the water.

Salmon River: 11/02/2009

Whats to say, Good Fishing

Water Temp: 47ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
November is magical,Great water temperatures for the fish.Fresh Steelhead,great numbers of spawning Brown Trout. Some late Coho action. I would have to say, we are all a little blessed. I know for sure me & Sinbad are.We have the best job in the world. See you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/30/2009

Good Fishing

Water Temp: 49ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The Steelhead & Brown Trout fishing is awesome. Mix in some late run Cohos, that are absolutely gorgeous. What more could you ask for. The river is fishing very well ,especially in the mid -section. The Steelhead have been very aggressive to egg and nymph patterns, at the moment. We are still getting ,are bigger fish ,swinging streamers.just not the Numbers of fish we were enjoying on just streamer fishing. The months of November & December should be hot for Steelhead & Brown Trout action.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/27/2009

Lots of Steelhead

Water Temp: 49ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Steelhead are in the river,top to bottom. At the moment, the middle to lower end of the Salmon River is fishing great. Steelhead are hot to swinging streamers people,With the water flow at 335 c.f.s. it does not get any better than this. I have to keep this short,the river is calling me
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/23/2009

Fish the Faster Water

Water Temp: 49ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
With lower water, and the temps in the prime range for steelhead, these fish are hovering in the fast water chutes and runs. Later in the year, when the water gets colder and the fish's metabolism slows, target the slower pools, where the fish can live easier.

Take advantage of this flow, temperature, and relatively smaller crowds, depending on where you fish, and hit some fresh chrome.

We have a few prime dates left in November, some of our favorite weeks to be on the water, targeting steelhead. Give us a call to book your trip.

Salmon River: 10/22/2009

Two weeks behind

Water Temp: 49ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
The run was without a doubt ,late for the most part. Many Salmon both King & Coho are in very good shape. Steelhead and Browns are numerous as well. Depending on where you fish you can have it all. I am still amazed how big, both species of Salmon, are running this year, on average.A workout to say the least. If you really enjoy swinging streamers, the water is at a perfect flow. I please ask some of you, who enjoy the rivers beauty and wonder to learn a little more respect for the fish.Five minute picture secessions out of the water,and the out and out way you put them back into the river is alarming. Please do not make it discus-ting for others to have to witness such crap. See you all on the water
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/18/2009

A Split Personality

Water Temp: 49ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
The river right now has a split personality.

If you fish the lower end, most of the salmon are gone and you'll be targeting fresh steelhead, migrating up river to feed on all those salmon eggs and flesh. The crowds aren't too bad and you can find relative peace on the river. The steelhead are aggressive, taking egg patterns and streamers.

The mid to upper end of the river, is loaded with spawning salmon, with browns and steelhead mixed in. The crowds are thick... lots of people are getting their last shot at salmon and some lucky enough to get into steelhead as a by product. The salmon are on redds and frankly, once this happens, you'll be targeting the fresher males competing for the female. The females have zero interest in flies and will likely be lined by accident, or for some intentional. If you see spawning fish, target the fish behind the female, you could be surprised with a steelhead or brown that has been cleaning up the eggs or nymphs dislodged by the spawning activity.

The major tribs have seen some runs of fish, but without some more rain, they are running a little thin and clear.

We still have dates available, but November is booking fast. Prime steelhead season is some of the best time to be on the river. We are on the river nearly every day, so give us a call to book your trip. (518) 527-7104


Salmon River: 10/16/2009

A Better Flow - Steelhead Focus

Water Temp: 51ºF     Flow: 75 cfs
 
The river has come back into a better fly-fishing flow. People do fish well at higher flows, but it becomes more of a challenge with a fly rod above 1000 cfs. Center pin guys eat that high water up.

Anyway, as fresh Salmon runs wind down, the majority of Salmon are on their redds, which means STEELHEAD. The steelhead and browns will be feasting on the eggs this time of year. Fish those patterns for next weeks with determination and you'll pick up chrome. As time goes on, you can move to big flesh type flies as the salmon die off and become rotting carcasses in the river.

We excel at steelhead fishing. Their size and willingness to take a fly makes them more enjoyable on the fly rod and we have some amazing weeks ahead of us. From now, until the end of November, before the water really cools down, the steelhead fishing will be prime.

We have some good days left to book, so give us a call, (518) 527-7104. We are on the river nearly every day, so dropping an email doesn't get to us as fast. Don't forget we offer paypal for trip deposits and are offering our Military and TU discount.


Salmon River: 10/09/2009

Tough Water

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 1150 cfs
 
Hi All, sorry the reports are not coming out faster. I have been on the river for quite a while. Time to invest in a lap top . Mac Book Pro to be exact. Any way we have caught and released some gorgeous fish .We have also made many to friends. The river is holding some bigger than average sized Coho this year,many in the 12-14 lb. class. (Nice Fish) We have also put at least several Brown Trout over 31 inches to the net. More and more chrome Steelhead have been showing up this week we got one 34 inches ,another nice fish. King Salmon fishing has been some knuckle busting,back aching,cannot feel you're arms, they are so tired kind of action. All in All I would say that is why we love this so much.There is no better feeling than swinging big streamer patterns to big fish

Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 09/30/2009

In Full Swing

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We've been spending every day on the water and are having good success. There are plenty of fish in the river and our clients and friends are into fish every day.

With these colder temperatures, and recent rain, the river has been getting fresh runs of chinook and coho salmon nearly every day. Over the weekend, tremendous runs of chinook and cohos came in. With those fish, a few steelhead were mixed in too. Be on the look out for more chrome as the Fall progresses.

Give us a call to schedule your trip.. target salmon, steelhead? Whatever you want. This time of year, is the best time to get a Salmon River grand slam.. chinook, coho, steelhead, and brown. Every once in a while, you can get into an Atlantic as well!


Salmon River: 09/24/2009

It's on Fire

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The Salmon River has come into its own this week. The lower river has been having amazing days and these fish are on the move, so you can find fresh fish from top to bottom.

The browns, steelhead and cohos are mixed in with the kings. Egg patterns, buggers, and streamers are always in our boxes. Aggressive fish will take bright colors, and staler fish up river are more likely to take naturals.

Give us a call for a trip. The time is now. (518) 527-7104

Salmon River: 09/20/2009

Slow, but getting much better

Water Temp: 64ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Before things really get into full swing, hitting the run just fresh runs of fish is always a gamble. Sometimes you get it right, other times, you cast and cast, looking for those fish.

Early last week, the fishing was decent, then it got real slow, but today, DSR is reporting a lot of activity, so it picked up again. Being there for the right days, make it memorable, but so does being there when nothing happens.

Expect the fishing only to improve as the colder night set in and the water temperatures drop. A couple days of rain would also help get things going.

That being said, the Lower Fly Zone opened, and there were mixed reports: Big Browns, Steelhead, Cohos, and Salmon are in the mix. But, these fish see a lot of pressure, so first and last light will be your best bet.

We are on the water most of the time now, but still have some dates open. Give us a call at (518) 527-7104 to reserve your trip.

Salmon River: 09/13/2009

A Slow Weekend

Water Temp: 64ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Yesterday, 9/12/2009, was slow down low. We fished a lot of water and didn't really see too much movement.

We eventually got up into the Upper Fly and saw several fish porpoising in Paradise Pool, but we didn't get anything to take. We did witness a snake swallowing a catfish.. that was pretty cool. See the picture attached.

While the Lower Fly is still closed, we took a look at that and noticed a large tree down the middle of the Cemetery Pool. Also the tree on the corner, going up toward the Wire is down as well. These changes will make fishing a bit more challenging and I suspect a lot more lost fish and flies. There were some fish in there, but not exactly were most people would expect them.

Now it's anyone's guess when the next run of fish will happen. We need some rain or a cold front to push through. Look for NW winds coming in off the lake or a rise in water. I hear the Estuary is full of fish, yet captains are reporting fish still out in the Lake.

Give us a call to Book your trip. We still good dates available. Also don't forget about our Trout Unlimited and Military Discount.

Salmon River: 09/08/2009

Family Weekend

Water Temp: 64ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Took my wife Karen,and my three Chesapeake Bay retrievers on a float trip Saturday & Sunday. Water Flow 750c.f.s. Saturday we fished Altmar to 2A. Sunday Altmar to Pine-ville.We stayed with good friends Phil & Ranee at the School House Inn.Very gracious in every way possible.We had a barbecue Sunday night,She is whiz at making even the smallest of appetizers elegant and very tasty.Fishing was not a priority this trip,But we did manage a few Steel Head,some Small Mouth Bass. Sundays float was quite impressive,from the very start on the launch near the unemployment line we found fresh,fresh Kings.By the time we hit Trestle more of the same.From the Trestle to Pine-ville, we saw lots and lots of Cohos screaming up the river.All in All let the games begin
Tight Lines,Joe& Sinbad

West Branch Delaware River: 08/24/2009

Seems like the End

Water Temp: 52ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
Thunderstorms and high water continue to make the West Branch fishing difficult. The season is winding down as hatches become less frequent and intense. The water is stained and running high. My last trip there, saw little activity with a couple risers out in the main current.

On the other hand, the Salmon River is coming into view. Lake fisherman are reporting quality days near the Salmon River mouth and the fishing continues to improve. I've heard reports of lots of fish being caught and with all of this water, the season ought to be good.

We're preparing our gear, working the vise and taking reservations for this Fall and Winter. Ideally mid September through October will be your best opportunity for Salmon with steelhead mixed in through this time. October and November are traditionally better for steelhead and then throughout the winter, steelhead is our target.

We still have great dates available.. so contact us for a trip.

West Branch Delaware: 06/29/2009

High Water

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 1900 cfs
 
The Catskills have been receiving more than average rainfall this year, which has kept the trout streams in the region high.

A couple weeks ago, a strong thunderstorm cell moved through the area dropping nearly 3 inches of rain. This event brought the river to historically high levels, near 6000 cfs, and heavily stained.

We are stilling watching the water daily, waiting for it to become advantageous to fish again.

With all of the water coming over the top of the dam, reports indicate streamer fishing has been productive, with little hatch activity. Basically turn your clock back to April and try those tactics.

The bright side? The hatches may last longer or come on stronger when the time comes. Be on the look out once the river hits the 1500-1200 cfs mark. If you go, be careful wading.

West Branch Delaware River: 05/28/2009

Hatches of all Kinds

Water Temp: 52ºF     Flow: 900 cfs
 
The West Branch continues to be an amazing fishery. Lingering Hendricksons, newly arrived sulfurs, caddis, green drakes, Iso's, BWOs.. better have a good variety of flies in your arsenal.

Emerger patterns continue to be our bread and butter with spinners in the evening.



Salmon River: 05/05/2009

So many Steel Head

Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 1050 cfs
 
We are now on the summer regulations on the Salmon River Fly fishing only areas of the river. (Sweet) Their is nothing like taking a Steel Head on a Swinging Streamer,watching them go airborne like a little kid. I get goose bumbs, just thinking about it There are still many Steel Head in the river. We are still seeing fresh silver hens, that are full of eggs. Unless we get some extreme heat again, this should last at least a few more weeks. (No Kidding) I hope to see you all on the river.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/19/2009

So Grateful

Water Temp: 39ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
Some days you feel truly blessed to have such an awesome job.My last report I mentioned huge numbers of Steel Head,Today in the afternoon with the sun high in the sky,I stood on the hill side looking down throughout the run.It looked like fall Salmon season. Without exaggeration there had to be, a rough estimate 500 Steel Head, "no kidding". Spawning has kicked into high gear. Many different stages of Steel Head in the river system.See you all on the river
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 04/17/2009

Warming Water equal aggressive fish

Water Temp: 37ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
With the river temperatures slowly on the rise, the Steel Head are getting much more aggressive to swinging streamers. For me there is no more effective style of fishing foe Steel Head. "Big Nasty s". Did I also mention the huge numbers of Steel Head. When this water comes down another 750 c.f.s. or so, this river is going to be simply put,amazing.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/09/2009

Great Day

Water Temp: 37ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
Well the water has finally come down a bit,,the sun is shining, air temperature 50 degrees. Feels like summer after this past week. Did I mention the Steel Head are very aggressive today. Woolly Buggers crushing them. I have seen my first drop back today. Most hens we have seen are full of eggs. By the looks of things ,unless we go to real warm temperatures for a while, this will last well into May. I cannot get over how many Steel Head are in this river right now. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/07/2009

Let it snow

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 3800 cfs
 
I do not think, I have seen the sun in the last six days.But today I have the pleasure of fishing with a young (Navy Seal), home on leave from Guantanamo Bay .His name is Jeremy,he along with father Lenny dealt with harsh winds,snow,bitter cold. Working with strike indicators, has and will be our only style of fishing until the water comes down. We have talked to many fishermen in the last few days, telling us how bad the fishing is. I guess, unless you are out there practicing you're casting ability, and nothing else ,I could except that. As Jeremy & father Lenny learned today, even under the harshest of conditions good things happen to those that are patient.

Salmon River: 04/04/2009

Crazy Water

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 3800 cfs
 
Some times you have to make the best of bad situations.That happens a lot in spring Steel Head fishing.Rain,sleet,snow ,we have seen it all.My clients were pretty depressed,I would not say it, but so was I. With a bit of hiking,targeting soft edges on the inside bends of the river, we were able to manage some nice fish.Strike indicator fishing, becomes a big advantage to making proper presentations with you're fly, through these havens for fish pushing off to the sides of the rivers to rest and conserve energy. It is actually a no brain er. Keeping them out of big water is a whole other issue.When you are stuck in a similar situation, when you cannot rearrange you're schedule try it you will be glad you did.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/22/2009

Lots of Chrome

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 1500 cfs
 
Steelhead are everywhere on the Salmon River. They are fast and furious, swinging streamers into the zone. By far I am amazed at the numbers and size we have consistently seen in the river, so far this spring. Streamers and buggers have been hot fly's for us this time of year. As always in spring flows ,wade safe,read the water,get a good angle for you're presentation,then hang on for a Steelhead will be dancing on your line.

Salmon River: 03/20/2009

No Time Like Spring Time

Water Temp: 35ºF     Flow: 1150 cfs
 
Hopefully this spring will be blessed with consistent flows and mild weather. So far this season has been unbelievable. The river is full of fish and they will be coming into the spawn mode soon.

Also, don't forget, the Upper Fly Zone opens April 1. All of the steelhead up there have had the luxury of no anglers since November and will be on the bite. Of course being there and getting your line over these fish will be the difference between reading about it and doing it.

Historically, we do really well in the spring, so if you are looking to get on the water, give a call or drop an email. First time fishermen are always welcome, as on the river instruction is one of our strong suits. Seasoned anglers can always benefit from our many years of Salmon River experience too.

Eggs, stone flies, and steamers continue to out fish other patterns.


Salmon River: 03/10/2009

Good Weekend

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 1150 cfs
 
Spring is on the horizon,a good indicator is the ratio of fresh hens, to male Steel Head we saw the past few days.
About a 3 to 1 ratio. We floated from Altmar to 2A on Saturday and walk waded on Sunday. The fish are all over the river system,so if you choose to get away from the crowds ,take a little hike ,the river is full of good holding water to make you're Steel Head trip a memorable one. See you on the water
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 02/26/2009

Good Winter

Water Temp: 32ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
This winter has proved to be really productive. Most anglers are catching doing well, and the river has fish in from top to bottom. Seasoned anglers are finding fish in normal holding water for this time of year.

We are finding the fish to bigger than average, just like the salmon were. A lot of males in the river right now, with more females showing up. This time of year, a lot of males start their transformation into color shows, with bright gill plates and red stripes. Females get deep in the belly and are real brutes too.

Of course, now is the time to book for amazing steelhead fishing. It's only going to get better as we get closer to warming temps and active fish begin to spawn.

For a little more seclusion, now is better than later.

Glo bugs, estaz, buggers, and nymphs continue to be good flies to choose.

Salmon River: 01/24/2009

Below Zero

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
This report is on the Salmon River for this past weekend January 24 & 25. With the approaching weekend a cold front also came with it, and when we say cold, believe us it was very cold. Ambient temperatures being in the single digits combined with wind chill equated to below zero conditions which made for some really interesting fishing conditions.

Albeit the weather conditions were tough, the fishing was red hot! The steelhead were on fire attacking big speys & streamers on the swing. Of course we fished the usual patterns including both egg and natural imitations which also brought results. But the real fun was fishing those big patterns that we usually save for fall and spring when the fish are more active.

We recommend taking a trip soon before the action slows down!! One last note, please take extra caution when handling fish in these conditions. When taking pictures, please keep them in the water until absolutely ready, so we don't hurt them (ie. flash freeze gills). Best of luck to all and tight lines........

2008

Salmon River: 12/14/2008

Rising Waters

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 1125 cfs
 
This report encompasses Thursday the 11th and Sunday the 14th. We experienced average flows of 500 cfs on Thursday with the water levels on the rise coming into the weekend. By the time we finished the day on Sunday Brookfield Renewable already had the releases up to 1800 cfs, which they are currently at now.

Despite the fact that a good portion of wadeable water decreases at these flows, the fish on the other hand seem to gain comfort by the increased cfs. Overall conditions on Sunday were cloudy, but as soon as the cloud cover broke and the sun illuminated the water, those fish did exactly the opposite of what we normally would think. Instead of becoming shy and sulking for cover; they came out, chased swinging flies, and struck them with authority!

Come up and fish those seams and "soft water" areas between main currents and we think you'll be pleasantly rewarded. The fish are there, give them a chance to take your flies! One final note----don't be afraid to fish big flies in big water...... tight lines to all.



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Salmon River: 12/01/2008

Good Fishing

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
The fishing is still very good for the Steelhead & Brown Trout. Tough weather like a roller coaster ride. Fresh chrome can be found through out the river. Egg patterns,Streamers & nymphs will keep your line tight with some nice Steelhead action. I would plan a week day trip, there are still many fishermen on the water. Hope to see you all on the river.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/30/2008

Wintry Mix

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
Today started out innocently enough with the temperatures hovering around 30 degrees f and no wind. But by the time early afternoon rolled around, so did a storm front from out of the east. With it came large snowflakes that eventually transitioned into sleet and freezing rain, but to our delight this storm also brought some aggressive and solid takes from some happy steelhead.

With the river currently at 500 cfs our party was able to try numerous locations and fish a variety of different holding water. Since our last report the amount of fishable water has increased and has allowed more of the anglers to spread out, with larger concentrations of anglers from Pineville and up. Trust us there is no location that is better than another right now, steelhead are still on the move and the faster riffles and runs are producing results.

The patterns/flies we had success with are your mainstream attractor & egg patterns, surprisingly these bright and flashy flies are still receiving positive responses from the fish. Wooly buggers and egg-sucking leaches were also greeted by a few happy browns and steel as well.

On a final note: today is (was) the last day to spend in the Upper Fly Zone. Hopefully if any of you enjoy that water with it's classic pools and runs, you all got one final cast/drift/swing in there that was met with positive results!! Tight lines to all.........

Salmon River: 11/05/2008

Higher Water

Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
Higher Water, love it or hate it. We took a drift and waded several spots over the course of the weekend, and found fish in the usual high water spots.

Be on the look out for fish in close, like where you want to stand, and on the softer tail outs and seams. We found larger patterns in pink, olive, black, and chartruese to work best. Eggs, buggers, and our patterns produced the most fish. Nymphs didn't work as well as when in lower water conditions. Down low we're fishing huge streamers in size 2 and 4 and up river, obviously, fly selection becomes more natural, smaller.

Tuesday, the water came down at noon and in 45 minutes, the river went from 1800 to 700 cfs. For us, the fished turned on during the drop in flow, but once it receded completely, the bite was off.

Now is a great time to be on the water. Fresh fish are coming in every day and the upper portion of the river is begining to hold more fish. Give us a call or drop us an email to schedule your Fall trip.




Salmon River: 10/29/2008

Bump in Flow, Leaves

Water Temp: 52ºF     Flow: 1150 cfs
 
High winds and water brought more leaves into the river, making for some difficult times. However, the river is clearing and we are back on the steelhead.

The increased water called more steelhead in from the lake, bringing with them more fun and bent rods for those lucky anglers who happened to hit it just right.

The lower and mid river anglers have been doing really well on fresh chrome, while upper river anglers are finding earlier chrome and some darker steelhead mixed in. Salmon are lingering, but for the most part done.

Big egg patterns, woolly buggers, and larger soft hackles have been producing. Rubber legged stone flies are always a good bet too.

We are currently taking reservation for late Fall and Winter steelheading. This is the time of the year when the crowds thin, and the river becomes more intimate. Enjoy a great day on the river with us.



Salmon River: 10/13/2008

Salmon, Steelhead, Browns, ATLANTICS

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
This report covers several days of quality fishing.

We are in the heat of the salmon spawn. Find spawning salmon, and you'll come across trout picking up the eggs and nymphs behind them. We are doing very well on all Salmon River species, from chinooks and cohos, to steelhead and browns. We have even caught two good sized Atlantic Salmon.

Egg patterns, woolly buggers, and natural nymph patterns have all worked well over the past week. We expect with more salmon on redds, the egg pattern to take an even more important role in fly selection.

Whether on foot or in the boat, we are catching fish and having a lot of fun. Here are a couple photos, look for more in our gallery coming soon. There just isn't enough time to post them all, time to sleep and be ready for tomorrow.

Salmon River: 10/08/2008

Steelhead and Browns Make a Showing

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
As we progress through the season, steelhead and browns begin to come into play. There are increasing numbers of trout being caught in the lower river and still to an extent in the Fly Zones.

There are a lot of salmon digging redds, which means the steelhead will be setting up behind the spawners picking up eggs and loose nymphs.

Down river, the steelhead take egg patterns (glo bugs and estaz), rubber legged stone flies, and swung buggers and streamers.

We are targeting all species of fish right now and doing well on foot and in the boat. The higher flows have given us greater access to more sections of river than last year, and our clients are doing well.

We still have a some dates for Fall Steelhead and now would be a great time to get into the action of bright chrome.

Salmon River: 10/01/2008

Timing is Everything

Water Temp: 58ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
We are closing in on the height of the salmon season, where the fish really start entering the river in droves, mixed with steelhead, browns, and even some Atlantics mixed in.

The cold evenings, rain, and overcast skies that come with the change of seasons really gets the river full of fish. Now is the peak time of excitement for salmon fisherman.

Woolly Buggers, glo bugs, estaz patterns, and stone flies will continue to be our favorite flies. As you move up river, change your flies to be more natural and a size smaller. If you fish the Lower Fly or Upper Fly Zones, nymph and caddis patterns become important. Once the fish really start digging their redds, move back to egg patterns.

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We are taking reservations for steelhead season, so give us a call for an amazing day on the water. We guarantee your success with our "No Fish, No Pay Guarantee."

Salmon River: 09/27/2008

Higher Water moving fish

Water Temp: 59ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
The higher flow is moving good numbers Kings,Cohos,Steelhead & Brown Trout out of the estuary and up river . This means very good fishing action for novice and hard core fly fishermen alike. Their seems to be a terrible misconception that the Salmon can only be caught by less than ethical practices. I can assure you,Salmon are very territorial and when in the spawning mode very aggressive to any fly in its zone. Have some fun, but be mindful of proper fishing etiquette and fair play. We are blessed to have such great fishing opportunity here in upstate N.Y.

Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/21/2008

Fishing is Looking Pretty Good from Here

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Take your hats off to Fran and the rest of the team at the N.Y.S. Altmar Hatchery system. We are going to have another banner year. Along with the new regulations going into effect, I see great things happening. The Salmon River is holding nice numbers of Steelhead & Brown trout along with the spawning Chinook & Coho Salmon making there fall run. Let us not forget the Atlantic Salmon who also make home to the river this time of year. Time to break out those fly rods. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/18/2008

Chinooks, Cohos, and Steelhead

Water Temp: 65ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Well, the time is now. The estuary is full of fish, the Lake charters are reporting a slow down, and river anglers are getting their share of fish. From here on out, it's the river fisherman's time. We have been waiting for this all year.

The Lower river is hot right now. Each morning more and more fish come through the Douglaston Salmon Run into the public fishing areas. Target these fish with big streamers, bright estaz patterns or glo bugs. You really can't be too off, once you find a hot color, stick with it, until the catch rate drops or the conditions change... sun up, clouds? rain? Tackle busting salmon are sooo fun.

Unexpectedly, through a typo in the regulations book, the Lower Fly Fishing Zone in Altmar opened on September 15th. Our anglers did very well, catching steelhead and browns. There still isn't a ton of salmon up there, so you'll be targeting trout most of the time, until the latest pods of fish from earlier this week move up.

The Upper Fly Zone does have salmon and steelhead mixed in. So, if you like fishing that water, your odds are good as well.

In the fly zones, use egg patterns and natural nymphs. Some of these fish have been up there a few weeks, so your presentation will have to be more natural, especially mid-day, high sun.




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Salmon River: 09/12/2008

Slow Start Fall Run

Water Temp: 66ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The Salmon are taking their time, you can find fish though. The Pineville area of the river is holding some Kings & Coho at the present time. look for them to be at Ellis Cove or the School House area in the next day or so.

The lower river continues to see fresh salmon, cohos, and the occassional steelhead each day. The runs continue to be consistent and decent enough to keep anglers interested. Buggers and pink glo bugs were hot flies when the cohos made their way past us.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/07/2008

First Salmon of the Year

Water Temp: 66ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We fished the Salmon River this weekend, for about half a day on Saturday and Sunday. In the early morning, a few fish would come in, but not many and in small numbers, one here, two there. By 9:30 a.m., the sun was up and the fish were off. I'm sure some more fish came through during the day, but they were so few and far between, we lost ambition and called it a day.

We visited several fly shops to get the skinny on what's happening in the lake. We got mixed reports, from some fish in the estuary to nothing substantial staging at the mouth. I'm guessing the fish are just starting to organize and migrate to the mouth. The next weather or water event could get this rolling. One report said the fish were up near Sandy Pond.

We are still taking reservations for this Fall and Spring. So give us a call to arrange a trip. Thanks.. we'll see you on the river.

(518) 527-7104

Salmon River: 08/31/2008

Got Our Feet Wet

Water Temp: 66ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
As promised, I got out this weekend to do a little recon on the lower Salmon River to see what the story is.

My report is basically the same report you've been hearing, a few fish, here and there, but nothing to get your heart rate going. DSR is reporting pods of 2-5 fish throughout the day, which I don't doubt, but at 750, the fish has room to spread out and honestly, they didn't seem all that aggressive.

The water is definitely 750+ and slightly stained. Tonight at midnight, the water will drop to seasonal a 350 cfs, and we can only wait and see what that brings.

We'll be on and off the water during the early season, and providing reports as we go.

We still have some dates in September and October, so give us a call to schedule your trip. (518) 527-7104

Salmon River: 08/26/2008

Still Early - But Anxious

Water Temp: 70ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Well, the count down has begun. With the high water and cooler nights forecasted, it could be any day an early run hits the river.

Each morning a few strangler fish come into the lower river, but nothing major as of yet. That doesn't mean it hurts to be in the lower river, searching for those few fish. Throwing big streamers this time of year is a good bet for those aggressive first fish.

We've been spending our free time, prep-ing gear, tying leaders, and filling those fly boxes to the max. We are ready and anxious to hit the water. Check out our Contact Us page to give us a call or email to book your Fall trip.
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For those anglers who fish the West Branch Delaware, and other rivers where didymo or rock snot is prevalent, be certain to wash your boots and waders before fishing the Salmon River, to prevent spread of this evasive algae.

"Soak and scrub all items for at least one minute in either hot (60°C) water, a 2% solution of household bleach or a 5% solution of salt, antiseptic hand cleaner or dishwashing detergent." wikipedia.


Salmon River: 08/21/2008

Early Fish, High Water

Water Temp: 70ºF     Flow: 1150 cfs
 
Reports from the lower Salmon River have a few fish moving through.

The high stained water may cause some fish to stage at the mouth with a chance of a salmon run coming soon. If you are eager to find some early salmon, even a steelhead, with thin crowds, now is a good time to scope out the area.

Being there for that first early push of fish is always exciting. Getting there a day or two late is never the same, and you'll always hear, "You shoulda been here yesterday!" Back in 2006, we were there for those couple ridiculous days of Coho. Will it happen again? You have to be there to find out for yourself, or check the reports and play arm chair quarterback.

Of course, we are still taking reservations for the Fall and Winter seasons. We now take paypal.com money transfers for booking your reservations. So check out our bookings page and give us a call, (518) 527-7104.

West Branch Delaware: 08/15/2008

BWOs and Algae

Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 775 cfs
 
The West Branch got a bump in flow, which brought colder water and lots of floating algae downstream with it. As usual, the fish were a little off, but some BWOs and Sulfurs came up to save the day.

I fished in a couple different spots to find working fish. Although smaller than average, these fish provided ample entertainment and were still selective in their feeding. Small BWOs in size 20-22 were in order on 7x tippet. I lost quite a few fish during the fight, due to algae clinging to knots and leader. Awe well, the long distance release didn't hurt my fun.

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Couple more weekends and I'll be scoping out the lower Salmon River for early salmon. Can hardly wait to look around and see those big fish finning in the summer waters. For now, I am content chasing browns on tiny flies.

Salmon River: 08/04/2008

Check out the Flow!

Water Temp: 0ºF     Flow: 1000 cfs
 
Well, as promised the Salmon River received her white water release over the weekend. Based on the USGS chart, the water ran high for more than 2 days, which is good way to bring in some skamania steelhead.

Releases like these are the true opportunities to get into a bright summer chrome or super-elusive Atlantic salmon. Hit the lower water with big bright streamers, buggers, or leeches.

FOUR weeks and counting! We will be on the water the last weekend of August searching for a few early fish on the next white water release.

How cool would it be for there to be another early massive COHO run like in 09/2006? Man that was a day to remember. Hundreds of Coho blasting up and down all day. That was prehaps one of the best days ever on the river. A picture from back then... ah, chrome coho!


Be sure to call (518) 355-8454 to reserve your Fall trip.

West Branch Delaware: 07/26/2008

Patience is a Virtue

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 360 cfs
 
I fished the West Branch yesterday and have to say I was disappointed with the hatch. My previous trip, a week prior at the same time of day, rewarded me with plenty of fish rising and a steady 4 hour sulfur hatch.

Not this time. Bright sun may have held off the hatch, so I basically stalked the few risers up and down the pool, looking for a player fish... one that rises more than once.

I worked a few fish, here and there for a couple hours, but remained fishless, as did the rest of the anglers in sight. Around 2:30-3p a BWO emergence started with a few fish starting the rise. I worked a small pod of two or three fish for about an hour, until I finally got this big brown to take a size 20 CDC BWO dun.

The hatch died down in about an hour to an hour and half.

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Fast forward 5 weeks and I'll be spending my first day on the SR scouting out what's what. The flow will be 700 cfs and I'll be in the lower river hoping to get into an early salmon.

West Branch Delaware: 07/20/2008

Sulfurs - Big Browns

Water Temp: 54ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
It's summer. Mid-day sulfur hatches and finicky brown trout taking god-knows-what flies. After a couple months of seeing flies, the brown trout of the Delaware have become wary old men... they've seen it all and it takes a perfect presentation with an usual fly to get their bite. Nothing is better than seeing that big brown slowly come up and take that fly.

Well, almost nothing..

That being said, the first runs of salmon are only a month away. Those summer releases we mentioned in our last report will get some fish in the lower river and some anglers will be lucky enough to be there when it happens. Fishing BIG streamers, with really light weight and you can see the salmon come up behind the fly and mash it.. now that is cool.

Of course, we are taking reservations for Fall fishing and you should book now to guarantee the best dates. The calendar is filling up, be sure to Contact Us now.

Salmon River: 07/13/2008

Chance At Summer Steelhead

Water Temp: 70ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
The scheduled releases on the Salmon River for the remainder of the 2008 Summer are as follows:
· July 19-20
· August 2-3
· August 30-3i

These dates offer a release of 700 cfs traditionally used by white water rafters. However the higher water, always brings in a few skamania steelhead and possibly the elusive Atlantic Salmon.

Ever wonder how the Lower Fly Zone is loaded with fish come September 15th? It is these summer releases that bring the majority of those fish into the river.

Fish the lower river with large streamers this time of year for the chance at solitude and a bright steelhead.

Of course, we are already booking trips for Fall 2008 and Winter 2009. Book your Trip with us now to reserve your date during prime salmon and steelhead runs.

Don't forget, we now offer paypal for down payments.




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West Branch Delaware River: 05/26/2008

Wind, Happy Memorial Day

Water Temp: 58ºF     Flow: 323 cfs
 
With a couple hours to spare before Memorial Day festivities, I headed down the West Branch in search of a few risers. Bright sun, gusty wind and little bug activity reduced my chances. However, I found some bank-sippers cleaning up the wind-swept bugs along the shallows.

I tried spinners of different sizes, caddis emergers and spent, Duns of parachutes and comparaduns, without a so much as a glance. Finally, a generic CDC emerger got one fish to take. With help with a fellow angler, I forgot my net, this big brown saved the trip.

A little conversation with my new friend, and I was heading back home to be with family. A short day on the water, brought my biggest brown of the season.

I look forward to the next trip.

West Branch Delaware River: 05/13/2008

Hendrickson Spinners

Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 370 cfs
 
For our first trip down to the West Branch this year, we found several fish sipping lazily in the soft currents. Size 16 and 14 Rusty Spinners fooled a couple nice sized browns. Caddis were fluttering here and there, but the fish weren't too focused on them. The Hendricksons are all but over, but Mahagany Duns in 18-16 were were in decent numbers as well.

This is the latest we have ever started down on the Delaware. Why? Well, the steelhead fishing this spring was unbelievable. As of Thursday and Friday of last week, fish are still in the hatchery and there are still fish on redds in the fly zones. That means.. there is still time for drop backs. If you still have the steelhead bug, this is the time, to swing BIG streamers and buggers in obvious tail outs mid to down river.

We look forward to another great year on the Salmon this fall. You can always book your trip now for prime September and October dates. Don't forget about our new paypal.com service.

Salmon River: 04/30/2008

Steelhead in Huge Numbers

Water Temp: 54ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
The Salmon River is completely loaded with Steelhead right now. We can not recall a time when there were so many fish from top to bottom.

Steelhead are in all all three stages of spring time activity: pre-spawn, spawn, and post-spawn (drop backs). There are fresh, BRIGHT, fish still moving in and preparing to spawn, while others are grouping and fighting for dominance. Then of course, there are a few post-spawn fish around, but in all honestly, the spawn is just getting under way.

An added bonus is the thousands of fish still in the hatchery. These fish are able to leave when they decide. Water temperatures and biological clocks will indicate when the migration down stream begins.

For us, bright buggers, streamers, woolly worms, egg patterns and nymphs have been producing. We are targeting fresh fish on the move and aggressive males fighting for dominance. The fish in actual spawn mode, are being left to do their deed. :)

Contact Us for an amazing trip... spring time steelheading is awesome. Warming temps, big aggressive fish.. It's a nice break from the harsh conditions winter brings to the Salmon River.

Photos coming soon.. check back.

Salmon River: 04/06/2008

Slow Start To Spring

Water Temp: 35ºF     Flow: 1150 cfs
 
Friday we fished in heavy rain ,with the action slow. Saturday showed much better action, with Steelhead & Browns receptive to big spring wigglers. Chartreuse/Black Chartreuse/Blue were working real well. By afternoon and all of Sunday Steelhead were all over stonefly nymphs. Again finding soft edges on seams is all you need to locate and get into some good Steelhead action.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/29/2008

Colder than it Looked

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
Due to cold temperatures, we fished up river focusing on the transitional water and riffles. As usual for this flow, we fished with conventional floating 7-8 wt lines.

Good success on bright patterns ie. eggs flies, glow bugs, spawn flies, estaz. The naturals & buggers didn't bring any strikes.

The water temps are still low, but we feel within a week or so those temperatures will be coming up & the steelhead will become more aggressive. Pray for moderate ambient temps for a gradual thaw and fishable water levels.

The upper fly zone is now open and reporting good catches of steelhead. Pick your water depending on flow.. you'll find the fish.

Salmon River: 03/06/2008

Are You Ready?!

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 900 cfs
 
Old man winter will soon be loosing his grip, at least for sub-zero temperatures for the most part.You think so what. I think lots of chrome Steelhead making their spring journey along with their winter counterparts who have been in the river since fall waiting to do what nature beckons of them. Yes, spawning season for Steelhead is near, a great time of year to to dust off the fly rods and enjoy what spring has to offer in the way of great Steelhead action in the the northeast. From fresh chrome to hungry drop backs, who are very receptive to the fly, what more could you ask for? The action should stay good to around mid-May. Then we have summer run Steelhead, along with Atlantic Salmon, some resident Browns and of course smallmouth bass. All to look forward to. Hope to see you all on the water.

P.S. one of these pictures could be you this spring.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 02/26/2008

(Patience Will Payoff)

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 900 cfs
 
We stepped into a 49 inch snowstorm on Wednesday,the weather into Sunday afternoon was not ,much better.We worked hard, managed fish every day.I was surprised to see the amount of fishermen around with all the snow.Without a drift boat getting around was not easy.Caddis,Woolly Buggers,were all we needed to fish with,be patient and you will be rewarded.
Tight Lines,Joe& Sinbad

Salmon River: 02/18/2008

President's Day Steelhead

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
With all of the recent snow in the Pulaski and Altmar areas, we fished convenient access points and basically had to work hard for fish. The banks are covered in soft snow which makes treking along slow and tiresome.

There are fish in the river, but they seem stale and worked over. We worked hard and found several fish wiling to play.

We changed flies often and worked riffles and pools to find fish. Hot flies continue to be buggers and egg patterns. Keep at them, and you will be rewarded.


Salmon River: 02/10/2008

Dropping Temps, Steelhead Still Active

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
We fished through a falling barometer, and whether you believe it makes a difference or not, we saw a marked change in steelhead activity as the temps plummeted over the weekend.

Saturday and Sunday morning, the weather was OK, and we caught steelhead, here and there, on large bright buggers and spring wigglers. Egg patterns and estaz flies also worked.

But once the temperatures started to drop, and the wind picked up, everything shut off. We stuck it out through some of the worst of it, and managed a couple sporadic hits, but nothing like the action we saw of the previous 1 1/2 days.

We targeted the softer eddies and pockets adjacent to riffles and stayed out of the heavy water. In the high water, always look for resting and holding water, the fish will be out of the main current and taking refuge in the lighter currents.

Dress warm in multiple layers and be careful. Fish with a buddy if you can.

Salmon River: 01/27/2008

Lower Water, Still Good Fish

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
Fished the upper portion of the river, with success. Got into a few steelhead, around 6-8 lbs and a nice brown around 21 inches.

Estaz flies seemed to be the best ticket, chartruese was our hot color. We tried buggers, stone flies, but the eggs just kept on the lines.

Camera batteries died this time. Nice fish too.



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Salmon River: 01/13/2008

Big Water, Big Flies, Steelhead

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 2000 cfs
 
With the high water we were forced to find soft pockets and accessible portions of the river with seams and eddies close to the main current. Inside bends and current breaks were the best ticket.

We found steelhead in several spots, with big woolybuggers in bright colors and egg patters being the best flies. Caddis also worked well.

Be extra careful in the cold, high water. Fish with a partner if you can.

Salmon River: 01/02/2008

Steelhead, Glorious Steelhead

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 1000 cfs
 
The Salmon River is fishing well right now. We are having successful days each day on the water. The fish are aggressive, taking large buggers and spring wigglers. A lot of bright fish continue to enter the river. Egg patterns continue to do well too.

On warmer days, we are focusing down river and when the slush ice is a problem, obviously start up top and work down.

Be cautious wading and dress warm.

See you on the river.

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Salmon River: 11/27/2007

Good numbers oF spawning Browns

Water Temp: 39ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
The weather was a definite challenge,But the boys from Ohio came to fish.Browns were numerous, mixed in with an occasional steelie. Sucker spawn was the dominate fly for the day,mixing in some streamer action with greenish /black woolly buggers.The following day played out with the same results.I am including a picture of two Syracuse fellows about 80 years young in age who grace me with their presence on the river yearly about this time.Love you guys.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/23/2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Water Temp: 41ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
What more can you ask for.Spawning Brown Trout,majestic Steel Head.No crowds,no kidding.Many places to fish now without someone standing on your shoulder.A great time to fish with your best friend in a quiet back drop of beauty.In my case that friend would be Sinbad.No disrespect intended, we have made many friends on the river.Egg patterns,Sucker spawn,some Nymphs & Buggers
will be all you need for an enjoyable outing.Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe& Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/02/2007

Strong Numbers Of Steelhead

Water Temp: 53ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
This year is turning out to be unbelievable,with the numbers of steel head in the Salmon River.Most of the snaggers have departed, leaving a picturesque beauty of fall and screaming steel head on the line. Cream delight egg patterns with red or pale yellow blood spots have been on fire.Some luck with Oregon cheese.Target the seams & foam lines along hard white water.I would recommend fishing with at lest #8wt.rods,Tough to move these fish out of the current into softer water without some backbone to work with.See you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/16/2007

Steelhead Make a Move

Water Temp: 56ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
Sunday, we were happy to get into a few steelhead. These ballastic missles of chrome took black woolly buggers on the swing. Look for these fish to be in the heavier currents at heads of pools or swifter currents. Not until the water cools for the winter, will steelhead take refuge in the deeper pools. For now, be ready for a massive take followed by a long run, or two, tail walking and head shaking the whole way. Don't forget about egg patterns. Glo Bugs in Oregon cheese, pink, blue and chartruese will work behind redding salmon.

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Steelhead season is our favorite time of the year. Fewer people, with the majority of them there to fish, not snag stuff as it swims by. Get in on a great trip for bright steelhead this fall. Check out our Bookings page or call us, (518) 527-7104, to reserve your trip.


Salmon River: 10/15/2007

Does Not get Any Better Then This

Water Temp: 53ºF     Flow: 100 cfs
 
Still good numbers of Kings pushing up the river,with descent numbers,of Coho,Steel Head & Browns in the mix.
Streamer fishing has finally kicked into high gear for all of these species.Egg patterns are also a must in your fly box at this time.This is going to be a unbelievable year for Steelies & Brown Trout.I also see a big change in the amount of fishermen banding together for a common goal in eliminating snaggers on our precious resources.If you are of the latter be ashamed.Keep up the good work people soon all you will see is good fishermen with good intentions for the future of what we all hold dear. Great Fishing to all
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/07/2007

Lots of Kings Means Sore Arms

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 100 cfs
 
Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, were awesome days on the water. The fish just kept coming. Large aggressive Kings were taking egg patterns in Oregon Cheese and Golden Blood Spots, plus large black streamers.

By days end, our arms were sore and our faces wore smiles from ear to ear.

Last week, the Lower river was amazing. Steelhead, cohos, Kings, and some browns continue in the run. Now is the time.

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Don't forget, we specialize in fly fishing for these lake run fish. We are so confident we you will get into fish, we guarantee it. Check out our Bookings page for more information about our trips and how to get one of your own.

Also, late Octiober and November are PRIME steelhead time. Get in on the action with River Run Troutfitters.


Salmon River: 10/03/2007

Well, The Chinooks Came

Water Temp: 58ºF     Flow: 100 cfs
 
If you remember our last report, I said the the Chinooks were on their way. This week, they came and they kept coming. Not only did the chinooks enter, more cohos and steelhead were in the mix.

We continue to fish the lower river. Nymphs, egg patterns, and buggers on the swing are working for our clients. The low water has keep us on light tippets and roll casting from the shallows. Standing near the run plunking a lot of split shot will give these fish lock jaw.

Still, the crowds are difficult at best and uncharacteristically aggressive. We've said it before, people are crazy for salmon. We have to step back and consider what's at stake. We are f i s h i n g. This isn't an aggressive sport. Let's try to all get along on the crowded waters. Be civil, considerate, and a sportsman.

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Don't forget, we still have some dates in October. If you are interested in learning how to target these Lake Ontario species on the fly rod, in a civil and respective manner, give us a call, (518) 527-7104.

Salmon River: 09/29/2007

Chinooks Still to Come

Water Temp: 58ºF     Flow: 100 cfs
 
The salmon came in, but in smaller pods than earlier in the week. We guess it has something to do with the enormous number of people fishing the lower river. With the low flow and lower fly zone still closed, a lot of people who normally fish up river are migrating to the lower end in search of salmon and steelhead.

We are not accustomed to so many people using such heavy weight, standing in the middle of run, snagging fish. With the low flow, anglers need to stand away from the fish, use the BB Shot, and small flies or eggs to keep the fish from being spooked. Heavy split shot and lines whipping through the water, makes the salmon skittish and bolt all over the pool or blow by so fast, there is not time to make a proper presentation.

The low-light mornings and evenings continue to be the best time for "happy" fish. We expect a lot more fish to come in. There really hasn't been any huge runs of chinooks yet. When they come in, especially in October, steelhead will be more of a target. You can't beat chrome steelhead blasting your flies in October.

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We are still taking reservations for October. If you are interested in fishing the proper way for salmon, steelhead, brown trout, and even atlantics, give us a call. (518) 527-7104. We are currently on the water daily, and not able to check email regularly.




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Salmon River: 09/27/2007

Chinook, Cohos, Atlantics, Browns, Steelhead

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 100 cfs
 
The title says it all. Our clients are currently catching every anadromous species in Lake Ontario. Every day, more fish enter the river. Some days are better than others. Wednesday we saw more coho come into the river, then ever. It was amazing, one of those, "You shoulda been here!" days.

The water is still really low and clear, so LIGHT WEIGHT (BB shot) and light tippets are on the order. We are using natural fly patterns: stone flies, stimulators, and other dark nymph patterns. The occasional bugger has worked for us too.

Pulaski is getting busy, but our clients are understanding and grateful we are taking the river etiquette seriously. Snaggers, you know who you are, will be called out. We are not tolerating it this year.

If you fish with us, we guarantee you will CATCH a fish. Want to learn how to actually fish for salmon? Give us a call, (518) 527-7104. We are currently guiding each day and are not always available to reach our email. For fastest responses, leave a message with your name, phone number, the date for which you are looking for a trip, and how many anglers will be in your party. Thank you, and sorry for the inconvenience. We are working for a solution to remotely gain email access in Pulaski.



Salmon River: 09/20/2007

Unethical Practices

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 100 cfs
 
I don't know what Salmon fishing does to people, but it seems the sight of large fish in shallow water causes anglers to lose control of themselves.

The low river flow and continued stream of fresh kings and cohos has caused quite the lifting-snagging-lining craze recently. The low water makes seeing the fish easier and groups them in tighter pods. Of course, lining these fish becomes easier. "Anglers" are chasing fish in shallow water, lifting them in clear pools, and keeping fish illegally caught.

While River Run Troutfitters promotes catch and release fishing, we understand the need/desire to keep your catch. Let's at the very least, be ethical in our fishing practices, so that the fish we kept are the ones you caught legally, not snagged.

If you fish with us, we guarantee you will CATCH a fish, the right way. Want to learn how to actually fish for salmon? Give us a call, (518) 527-7104. We'll teach you how to ethically fish for migrating chinook, coho, steelhead, and brown trout.

Updated: 09/25/2007:
Please call us to book your trip! We are currently guiding each day and are not always available to reach our email. For fastest responses, leave a message with your name, phone number, the date for which you are looking for a trip, and how many anglers will be in your party. Thank you, and sorry for the inconvenience. We are working for a solution to remotely gain email access in Pulaski.

Salmon River: 09/16/2007

Lower Fly Zone Closed til Oct 15

Water Temp: 64ºF     Flow: 100 cfs
 
The Lower Fly Zone has been closed until October 15th, to protect the skaminia and salmon taking thermal refuge there. It's a good thing too, judging from the flow up there, the fish need all the help they can get.

Low water has kept a lot of the fish in the estuary, which as reported, is full of fish. The fish that do enter the river are having a tough go moving up river, there's just not enough water.

Do your rain dances, the area needs water, bad.

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There are a couple dates still available in October. Drop us an email to reserve your trip.

Salmon River: 09/07/2007

Low Water, Here Come the Fish

Water Temp: 69ºF     Flow: 100 cfs
 
The lower river is seeing runs of fish for the past three days. Bright cohos, kings, and browns have the few lucky anglers gambling on an early run, enjoying themselves under lite fishing pressure.

If you are one of the lucky anglers to get up there, while the early runs continue, be sure to revive the fish well. These warm temps take a toll on the fish and can be deadly if ther are fought to exhaustion, without proper handling.

With the water so low, finding the fish shouldn't be a problem. Just being there at the right time seems to be the early season reward.

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We have just a few days left for the Fall Run. Give us a call at (518) 527-7104 or drop us an email to book your trip.

Salmon River: 08/31/2007

Recon on the Salmon River

Water Temp: 69ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
The first day of the season. What can you do, but walk the river and look for fish? We weren't guiding, just out and about.

The morning was chilly, 46 degrees, but quickly warmed up. We targeted the lower river, below Pulaski, in search of a some early salmon. We saw a couple fish on stringers, a dead one here and there, but not enough fish to keep us interested for a full day. The bright sun and warming temps sealed the deal by 2p.

Nonetheless, it was nice to go out and see the river. The Salmon River is an old friend, and seeing her after the summer break, is like coming home to an old friend.

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We have some days still available for this Fall's Salmon and Steelhead season. Also, don't forget about the big browns that come in as well. Call us @ (518) 355-8454 or drop us an email to reserve your trip. Don't forget about our No Fish, No Pay Guarantee! (See above.)

West Branch Delaware River: 08/11/2007

Difficult Fishing

Water Temp: 56ºF     Flow: 320 cfs
 
The West Branch proved to be another difficult battle. A hatch never got going in earnest, so fish rose here and there, off and on, without much rhythm. We did manage to get a couple fish each, on size 20 CDC tan caddis emergers, and size 18 CDC Sulfur Duns. One fish was taken on a BWO emerger as well.

The river had a lot of green, thick algae in the water which got caught on the fly often. It made for some trying times, when a fish would begin to rise, and your fly would come back with slime on it, time and time again.

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We are gearing up for the Salmon River, busy at the vise and preparing our supplies for the Fall. Its an anxious time of the year for everyone, as they wait for that first run.

We have some days left this Fall, give us a call at (518) 527-7104 to schedule a trip, or drop us an email.

West Branch Delaware River: 08/06/2007

Bad Luck in Threes

Water Temp: 52ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
Ever have one of those days? Well, today was one of them. Forgot the camera, fried the cellphone, and found, unexpectedly, a hole in the waders.

Other than the day of misfortune, we were able to catch quite a few browns. Nothing huge, but plenty of hard fighting, healthy 10-14 inch fish. A lot of them were uncharacteristically jumping several times, lots of leaps out of these spunky fish.

Small sulfur emergers and duns were the ticket. Toward evening, a sulfur spinner worked as well. CDC flies worked better than the poly wing counterparts.

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Time is getting close for the Salmon River. Reports have some skamania steelhead in the river and the ever elusive Atlantics. There are a few more summer releases planned.

August 4, 5 750cfs
September 1st & 2nd (Labor Day Weekend) 750cfs

These ought to bring in a few more steelhead. Last year, we got our first summer fish the last weekend of August. It's not too late to book your Fall trip.

West Branch Delaware River: 07/07/2007

Rising Water, Big Hatch

Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 300 cfs
 
In anticipation of the Sunday/Monday 90 degree heat, the water master began releasing water, mid-day Saturday. The water began rising in height and dropping in temperature. Although the air temps were near 80, the ice cold river brought on shivers and block feet by dusk.

The sulfurs came off around 2 and then 7. The 7p hatch was thick, too thick actually. Your fly was one of thousands on the water and the fish were real picky, taking the emerger nymphs, over the duns. We did manage several nice fish over 18 inches.

As usual for this river, keep your flies in the film and have good drifts. We witnessed several refusals yesterday, where the trout would follow the fly for several inches to a foot, and then turn away.

The net in the picture is 22 inches long. Nice fish.
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Don't forget, Fall is just around the corner. Take advantage of our special rates. Reserve your fishing trip.




West Branch Delaware: 07/01/2007

Bright Sun, Wind, Sulfurs

Water Temp: 50ºF     Flow: 410 cfs
 
We went out for a two day stint, hitting the upper West Branch again. This time the sun was out, BRIGHT, with intermittent wind gusts. The sulfurs came off without a hitch and we managed several nice browns.

The hatch wasn't thick, but there were enough bugs to keep the fish happy for about 2 hours. We caught most fish on the emerger, with a pair taken on the duns. We have been using CDC Emergers in size 18 and Poly Wing comparaduns. Later in the day, toward evening, another round of sulfurs came off, bringing the fish to the surface again.

Just before dark, a nice spinner fall materialized. A lot of fish were working steadily, and we got a few more on size 18 Rusty Spinners.

Keep the tippets light and your presentations in the water's surface film. When the spinners fall, try to time your drift with the rising rhythm of the fish.


West Branch Delaware: 06/17/2007

Sulfurs in Full Swing

Water Temp: 53ºF     Flow: 420 cfs
 
With cold water releases now in effect, the West Branch of the Delaware, from Stilesville to Hale Eddy, is fishing quite well. Sulfurs, Caddis, and BWOs are the primary insects on the water.

Fish are selective, taking floating nymphs, emergers, and spinners over the duns. In softer water and eddies, look for fish "garbage collecting" last night's hatch or drowned insects.

The water is cold, so dress appropriately if you are wading. Your feet and legs get cold toward the evening. With scattered thunderstorms inevitable, packing a rain jacket is also a good idea.




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West Branch Delaware: 06/03/2007

Sulfurs and Caddis

Water Temp: 54ºF     Flow: 420 cfs
 
Heavy thunderstorms had turned the water off-color, but caddis and sulfurs still came off. Between intermittent showers and storms, some sulfurs and caddis were coming off. Not a great hatch, but enough bugs to keep the fish and fisherman interested. A lot of splashy risers, with a few browns working regularly.

The water was cold enough to create a dense fog blanket over the upper West Branch. By 6pm, seeing your fly was a real challenge.

Caddis emegers and sulfur parachutes, both in size 16, worked well.

West Branch Delaware: 05/28/2007

Caddis and Hendrickson Spinners

Water Temp: 54ºF     Flow: 310 cfs
 
The river was up a bit, from our previous outing. The bugs weren't coming off thick, but some caddis action had a few fish splashy-rising across the river.

We found some trout quietly taking "something" in back eddies and close to shore in shaded, soft pockets. Size 18 green caddis emergers took a couple nice fish.

At dusk, a great Hendrickson Spinner fall came through. It seemed all the fish in the river were on top, gulping the huge spinners. We managed a couple nice fish on size 14 Rusty Spinners, tied with poly wings. The fish stayed up, after dark and we kept on them, getting one more in complete darkness. That is always a welcome surprise.

I'd say we have a couple more spinner falls, but look to caddis and olives in the coming days for the action.

West Branch Delaware: 05/08/2007

Hendricksons Still Poppin'

Water Temp: 52ºF     Flow: 280 cfs
 
Went back to the West Branch, in search of more risers.

Luckily, the Hendricksons are still coming off and the fish are on them. Lower water, means lighter tippet, 6x, and more stealth approach, but the fish are there, feeding regularly.

Again, the emergers did better, but that might be because we tend to fish them more often. We did a few fish on comparaduns as well.

Spinners fell at dusk. Nothing better than casting to sipping browns at dusk!

West Branch Delaware: 05/06/2007

Hendrickson's Are in Full Swing

Water Temp: 50ºF     Flow: 600 cfs
 
We waded this trip and fished a small section of the Upper West Branch Delaware River, near Deposit New York.

The Hendricksons were coming off around 2:30-3p and were in full swing by 4p. Lots of fish rising, but were finicky. Energers worked better than duns.

Hopefully the bugs will continue to be heavy.

Salmon River: 04/27/2007

( Crazy Water Conditions )

Water Temp: 44ºF     Flow: 3600 cfs
 
Well as you all know ,this has been one crazy year for water.We were lucky enough to get out of town, while still at 1100 c.f.s.Plenty of fish around ,tough to get to.Woolly Buggers & Egg Sucking Leeches still working well.Bright colors are also important at this time.If and when this water comes back down to a reasonable flow,you will be able to have some fun with drop backs ,as well as fresh steelies that are in good numbers in and around beaver dam brook.The steel head seem to be in no hurry to leave at the present.Cross your fingers the water comes down, and the water temperatures stay in or around there present conditions.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sindbad

Salmon River: 04/17/2007

Tough Fishing Conditions

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
Seems like all I have to report for April is: cold ,rain or snow, and high water.

We have managed some happy faces for our clients, but the price is high. Cold blue fingers, bone shivering water temperatures & steelhead, most of the day, reluctant to take your offering. As usual, pressure played a big part.

Again Chartreuse & Orange egg sucking leeches, Chartreuse & Blue spring wigglers sz. 6 got the steelheads attention when they were presented perfectly.
Tight lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/09/2007

( In time things will get better)

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
The river is still running high at 1800 cfs and should remain at that level or higher with the recent snow that fell from the low pressure system that settled over the region late last week. The river remains fishable at this flow although the fishing has slowed from this low pressure system. Concentrate on softer water closer to shore for holding fish. Most of the fish are starting to settle on redds, if not already, although there are also a few drop backs who have finished their spring ritual. As the ambient temps and water temps rise, the fish should become more active. Keep an eye on water levels and long range weather forecasts as well as barometric pressure. With the river running high, exploring other tribs around the region provide a secondary option. Timing is critical as the water levels fluctuate on these tribs with greater variation over a shorter period of time. If you time it right, you can find phenomenal fishing opportunities. Try calling some of the local fly shops for the up to date levels and reports to plan around the best time and maximize your possibilities for success. Bright colored streamers have worked well but don't be afraid to throw large nymphs or egg patterns.


Salmon River: 04/08/2007

(Happy Easter)

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
Feels more like winter then spring steel head fishing.The good news it can only improve. The way things are unfolding we should see good fishing well into may.My vice has been busy for what comes next.Steamers should be your fly of choice for these high water conditions.For those of you who have not seen Sindbad, he is getting back into shape.He will be back in action this week.Got to go see my granddaughter for easter,enjoy your day.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sindbad

Salmon River: 04/01/2007

( Slow start to Spring )

Water Temp: 35ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
High water,Cold rain,just a typical day in steel head fishing.Finding the soft edges to current lines & breaks was all that was needed to provide some action.Spring wigglers,Chartreuse & Orange egg sucking leeches,Rubber legged stone fly all in sz.#6.A few more weeks should be all we need for some great spring steel head action.Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight lines,Joe&Sindbad

Salmon River: 01/28/2007

Cold, but Worth It

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
The steelhead action, for late January, was as expected. The cold temperatures slow everything down, and you need to adjust your presentation and locations to catch fish. Some fish are wintering over, others are still moving into the river.

We caught a mix of bright and dark fish. We focused our efforts mid-river, trying to stay away from the staler fish up river.

Dark, natural nymph patterns worked best: stone flies and caddis. Keep the tippets light, and your presentation, a tad slower than the current. We hit fish in the current breaks, closer to deeper water.

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Salmon River: 12/21/2006

Fresh Fish Down Low

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
The lower river is the place to be to find fish. Recently the upper river, while still holding fish, is stale and the fish are not on the bite. Going lower in the river, targets fresher, more aggressive fish. We hit fish from Pineville down.

Egg patterns, in glo bugs or estaz were the ticket and buggers continued to produce over the outting.

The up and down water levels make the fishing difficult to predict, however, the warmer weather makes fishing enjoyable. It was nearly 50 degrees this late in the season! Unbelieveable.


Salmon River: 11/26/2006

Mix of Steelhead and Browns

Water Temp: 41ºF     Flow: 900 cfs
 
The lower flow made fishing easier for most people on the river. We saw numerous people fighting fish and did well ourselves.

Unseasonably warm temperatures, combined with a Holiday Weekend, brought out the anglers. The river was a busy place this weekend, but most people we talked to, had success and enjoyed being out.

The busy weekend had to be a good shot in the arm for local businesses, after over 30 days of 1800 cfs kept many anglers away.

We found a mix of chrome and darker steelhead, plus brown trout. Best flies, remain woolly buggers and egg patterns, with stone flies working here and there as well.

Even at 900 cfs, you have to work the current breaks and softer pockets to find resting fish, willing to take. Don't be afraid to work water right off shore before wading in. We saw lots of people wading where they should have been casting. Broken water, knee deep, will hold fish.

See you on the water.
Tight Lines,
Joe and Sinbad

Salmon River, Tribs: 10/25/2006

High Water

Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
The recent rains, and snow!, has pushed the release to 1800 cfs. With the latest changes to the upper river, places where we used to be able to fish in this flow are now difficult to reach and fish safely.

The Upper Fly Zone and local tributaries are receiving the most pressure. The Salmon River, below the tributaries, the river is pushing a lot of water, over 2200 cfs. Please be safe and use common sense near the river. It is dangerous at this level.

The Salmon are actively spawning and are prone to being lined, snagged, lifted, whatever you call it. Be careful and fish ethically. There is no reason, to target fish in shallow water, on reeds. You could pick up some steelhead behind the spawning Kings, drifting nymphs and egg patterns, in areas where there is gravel near deeper water.

Tight Lines,
Joe and Sinbad.


Salmon River: 10/16/2006

Steelhead Action

Water Temp: 49ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Fly Fishing for steelhead is one of the joys of life. Swinging streamers and woolly buggers in this flow is one our favorite things. The fish are aggressive, heading up river and willing to run and run and run. Targeting steelhead on the move, not the ones feeding behind the spawning Kings upriver, will get you away from the crowds.

We hit numerous chrome in the lower part of the Salmon River, below Pulaski. While egg patterns will draw fish, we used big, size 4 and 6 streamers and woolly buggers in black, olive, purple, and brown. Using just a small #7 split shot and swinging the buggers brought massive hits and long runs. These fish are hot.

Now is the perfect time to fish low for bright fish on the move.
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If you are targeting chinooks, the middle to upper river, from Pineville and Altmar, will offer you the best chance. The salmon are starting to spawn and will be active for the next few weeks. You can also pick up steelhead behind the spawning salmon by drifting egg patterns and nymphs.

Tight Lines,
Joe and Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/09/2006

Good Fishing, Will it Last?

Water Temp: 54ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
This report spans the days of October 3-9.

Fly fishermen targeting salmon are finding the most action between Pineville and Altmar. The last few days, the lower river is seeing some decent movement of fish, but not in huge numbers. Each day, more and more salmon enter the river and make their way to the spawning grounds above Ellis Cove. The fish are still aggressive and "tight." Eggs have not started dropping yet. Sure, some here and there, but the fish just aren't on the redds yet.

Anglers targeting steelhead have been doing really well in the lower river. Chromers are entering the Salmon each day, target them with egg patterns and streamers. As the salmon get on the redds, fish below them with nymphs and eggs to pick up steelhead.

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We will be posting photos here and in our Gallery soon.

Tight Lines,
Joe and Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/02/2006

Now is the Time

Water Temp: 57ºF     Flow: 1000 cfs
 
This report spans several days of fishing the Salmon River, from Pulaski to Altmar.

We have been out guiding each day, fly fishing for chinook and coho salmon, steelhead, and brown trout. The fishing has been tremendous. Our clients are getting into early steelhead and BIG browns, as well as, numerous Kings and Cohos. The action has been consistent.

The higher water has made the fish aggressive. Swinging Woolly Buggers in natural olive, brown and black, as well as, Woolly Worms in chartruese with red tails, have been productive.

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We are still have a few dates left in October. The Steelhead fishing ought to be great. Contact us to book a trip.

We will be on the water for the rest of the week. Sinbad and I hope to run into you.

Tight Lines,
Joe and Sinbad


Salmon River: 09/29/2006

King Salmon All Day

Water Temp: 57ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
The increase in water, plus the added run-off, caused the river to go up and off color. This brought in the first solid push of Kings into the lower river. Some big browns and a few steelhead were also in the mix.

It started from day break until dusk, the fish never stopped coming. They slowed down for a while, but even when it was slow, it was even better than most days we've had this fall. Multiple hook-ups were the norm, with everyone getting into countless fish. Looking up river and down, all we saw were bent rods.

The off-colored water, made bright flies the hot ticket. Chartruese, orangle, and pink glo bugs and estaz patterns were consistence winners.

Tight Lines,
Joe and Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/17/2006

Patience

Water Temp: 64ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Many of you had high hopes of an early run, like last September.

Last year we had high water due in part to an abundance of hurricanes. This is more of a normal year, when fishing should become hot by late Sept. & early Oct.

Some will say, "What about the early run of coho?" Well, they are at the hatchey already. (See pictures)

Every year late August or early September you get some fish. Like any speices you have early, the norm & late runs. Mother nature has a way of giving them a suttle hint, when they cannot wait any longer. This time is fast approaching.

Cooler temperatures and maintained water flows will be enough for this to happen. I expect this coming week will be the beginning, of a more steady flow of fish. For those of you who have neither the time to wait, or want to beat the crowds of October, swing streamers upper to mid river. You will be more productive at this time. Steelies, Browns, Atlantics, Kings, Cohos: they will all readily take these with the right presentation. My choices would be: Black & Red or Brown & Red Sculpins and Black or Peacock bodied Woolly Buggers.

Hope to see you all on the water.

Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/12/2006

Getting Closer

Water Temp: 66ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
The estuary on the Salmon is full of fish. Expect night time, till early morning runs of fish pushing into Douglaston. As the sun warms the day in to the afternoon, I expect most fish will push back to the estuary. Cooler water temperatures, and more water will be all that is needed to get them running the river.

A large number of Cohos, mixed with Kings, Browns, and Steelhead are lingering in the Lower DSR. Woolly Buggers provided the most consistent action, with stone flies and other nymphs getting the occasional bite when the action slowed due to high sun. For some reason, egg patterns were ineffectual.

Rain and lower temperatures will help bring in more fish and move the ones in the river up.

Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/04/2006

All Is As it Should Be

Water Temp: 66ºF     Flow: 285 cfs
 
Unlike last year with water flows of 2000 c.f.s in early September, the resevoir is low. Water flow is at a minimum and the fish are in no hurry to spawn.

This is a very good thing. If this plays out as I hope it will, we will have a normal migration of healthy Salmon in much better shape with cooler water temperatues as we close in on October. Good fishing to all.

Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 08/26/2006

Getting Closer

Water Temp: 70ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
The Lower River is seeing a few more fish each day. The lake is reporting fish in the 80-150 ft range. With the lower night time temperatures, be ready any day for a push of early fish.

Don't forget, Labor Day weekend is the last of the scheduled Recreational White Water releases. The Water Line hasn't reported the proposed flow yet, but usually it is 700 cfs. This extra water, could pull some more fish in.. especially the skamina.

Now is great time to swing big streamers or buggers on a short leader and sink tip. These early fish are aggressive and will move to hit your fly.

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We have a few days left in September and some dates in October available. Use our Contacts page to get hold of us to secure your date. We guarantee your fishing trip, so you have nothing to lose!

Salmon River: 08/26/2006

Getting Closer

Water Temp: 70ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
Updated!!!

The Water Line has posted 335 cfs for Sept 1st through Monday the 4th.

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The Lower River is seeing a few more fish each day. The lake is reporting fish in the 80-150 ft range. With the lower night time temperatures, be ready any day for a push of early fish.

Don't forget, Labor Day weekend is the last of the scheduled Recreational White Water releases. The Water Line hasn't reported the proposed flow yet, but usually it is 700 cfs. This extra water, could pull some more fish in.. especially the skamina.

Now is great time to swing big streamers or buggers on a short leader and sink tip. These early fish are aggressive and will move to hit your fly.

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We have a few days left in September and some dates in October available. Use our Contacts page to get hold of us to secure your date. We guarantee your fishing trip, so you have nothing to lose!

Salmon River: 08/16/2006

Looking Forward to a Good Fall

Water Temp: 70ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the Salmon River this fall! Wow, the summer went fast.

Lake reports have the fish moving in and rumors of fish caught in the lake are, on average, a little larger than last year!

According to Whitaker's site, the Lower Fly Zone, has changed dramatically. From the pictures, it appears at Cemetery Pool the bank has collapsed and several trees are down. Plus the flow coming from behind island above the Bridge pool has changed. The DEC has placed large stones above the island to direct more water back toward the main river.

Only time will tell how it will affect the fishing.

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We are still taking reservations for this fall. Use the "Contacts" page to get a hold of us and set a date! Don't forget about our exclusive No Fish, No Pay Guarantee!

Check out our "Photo Gallery" and "Testimonals" pages if you have never fished with us. You'll like what you see.

Tight Lines,
Joe and Sinbad

West Branch Delware: 07/13/2006

Flood Update

Water Temp: 65ºF     Flow: 1310 cfs
 
The recent flooding has changed the face of the West Branch. Local businesses and resorts are drying out and trying to rebuild. The River has changed its face, with a lot of stream bed scouring and a redefinition of the stream bed. When the river is ready to be fished, it will be a learning experience.

The Broome County Department of Health reports the Deposit Sewage Plant is still releasing RAW sewage into the West Branch and contact with the water should be avoided.

Until the sewage plant is operational and river clears, we will be off the river. We will keep you posted of any new developments.

We look forward to seeing you on the river, whether it's the WB or the Salmon River this fall.

Deposit Image Gallery From PressConnects.com

Tight Lines,
Joe and Sinbad.

West Branch Delaware: 05/17/2006

Hendricksons and Caddis

Water Temp: 58ºF     Flow: 600 cfs
 
Fished the evening, from about 6p until dark. Lots of fish working small black caddis (18s) and then, as the night progressed, they turned on to the Hendrickson spinners, 14s and 16s. Water was at a good level and the mid-week trip made for a pleasurable evening.

I had several pods of fish working within casting range and managed to fool a couple fish. A small spat of rain interrupted the otherwise calm night.

I know it is blurry, but check out the picture of my leg... it's crawling with Caddis!

Salmon River: 04/20/2006

(Steelhead fishing in high gear)

Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 285 cfs
 
If you love swinging streamers to steelies,pack your bags.The fishing is at peak conditions to do some of the best spring fishing for the great one.Wooly Buggers,Egg Sucking Leeches,Sculpins,Muddlers,they will all work.I hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/10/2006

( Not a great start to spring fishing)

Water Temp: 46ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
The last five days have been tough fishing. With ever changing water levels, and air temperatures & a barometer that has been all over the map, Steelhead fishing has been a lot of work. Late afternoons have produced our best fishing for our efforts. The good news the air and water temperatures are heading in the right direction. With a hatchery full of drop backs, a river with some nice chrome top to bottom, fishing will improve. Our best fly pattern for the week (Olive Flashback Wooly Bugger)
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/03/2006

(Slow Day)

Water Temp: 43ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
With the big front that pushed through on Saturday, Sunday started without much action until late afternoon.We were able to get into a few nice Steelies, Brown Trout, & one decent Atlantic Salmon. (Black Rubber Leg Nymphs) sz. 12.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/01/2006

Working Hard for Fish

Water Temp: 38ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
We fished a lot of water and were rewarded with several nice chrome. Staying away from the crowds is becoming more and more difficult as the weather is getting better and better.

The hatchery is loaded with fish, so be on the look out for more and more drop backs.

Best flies continue to be woolly buggers.

Tight Lines, Joe and Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/31/2006

Spring Fever

Water Temp: 42ºF     Flow: 285 cfs
 
This report is for March 30-31, 2006.

Recently, the upper river has been most productive. A mix of fresh fish and drop backs have been caught from Pineville to Altmar. Caddis and stone fly patterns have been very productive.

With the increase in flow forecasted for April 1, this should help continue to bring more fresh fish into the river.

The opening of the Upper Fly Zone will increase the fishable water, providing more opportunity to catch these magnificent fish.

Tight Lines,
Joe and Sinbad.

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Salmon River: 10/26/2005

Water Water Everywhere

Water Temp: 50ºF     Flow: 1500 cfs
 
This report is for 10/17 - 10/25/05. Again this trip fishing the soft edges produced some beautiful Steelhead & Brown Trout.Some descent looking Salmon are also still to be found with the cooler water temperatures. "Chartreuse egg patterns" as well as "Chartreuse wooly buggers" were our best patterns for the Steelies & Browns.Egg Sucking leeches in " Chartreuse & Orange" also produced well early morning and late in the day.Many chrome Steel Head are migrating the river at this time.Enjoy yourselves,Hope to see you on the water.

Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Samon River: 10/15/2005

Tough Water Conditions

Water Temp: 58ºF     Flow: 2000 cfs
 
This report is for Oct. 2nd. - Oct. 15. At 750 c.f.s. we caught some gorgeous Brown Trout again. One tipping around 15 - 17 pounds.A few more in the double digit class. Steel Head were also very easy to fish for, before the water went up. Coho & King Salmon as well as a few more Browns were tough to handle at 1500 c.f.s. This is not fun water to fly fish,But I can tell you with some thought on the kind of water you need to look for, and then fishing the soft edges of the current lines, "it can be very productive "

Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/25/2005

( King & Coho Salmon on the move )

Water Temp: 66ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
King & Coho Salmon are running the river in good numbers now. The fish are healthy in size. many King Salmon 30 lbs. and up. Some nice "Cohos"15 lbs. "nice fish" Many people are hooking on egg patterns. I say swinging streamers can be more fun and more lethal. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/20/2005

( Nice Browns )

Water Temp: 68ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
This report is for Sept. 14 - 18. We drifted the river for the first three days, the fish were just about every where. When the water flow dropped back to 335, what fish were in the lower river seemed to have made a massive push up river. The week end showed little sign of fish coming up through the estuary.There are still many fish in the lake,This has all the makings of a tremendous fall run of fish. This year again I was plesantly surprised to see the amount of hefty Browns,among the Summer Steel Head population. Our best luck came to swinging streamers. ( See ya on the water)
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/10/2005

( Fall Fly Fishing )

Water Temp: 71ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
I hope everyone had a good summer. As all of you well know,Fly fishing the Delaware this summer with poor water level and temperatue conditions did not allow for much time spent to pursue our passion. The West Canada did not fair much better. Enough about that,the Salmon River has begun to show some signs of life,Kings,Cohos,and some descent Browns,have begun to migrate the river.With some good numbers of Skemania already lazing away the summer,this should take off the edge we have all been feeling about this poor fishing condions thus far.I am looking forward to seeing you all on the water.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/15/2005

( Nice Water Level )

Water Temp: 39ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
This report is for 3/11-/3/15. Nice water level. We did some not great, but descent fishing,with a mixed bag of Browns,Atlantics,& Steelies. The two flys we only used an needed were ( Chartreuse Blood Spots, ) ( And Crystal Buggers,in Black & Olive )Drop backs can be found througout the river top to bottom.I would recommend fishing low around Douglaston,there are a lot of fishemen in the upper fly stretch.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/09/2005

( Playing The Water Level Game )

Water Temp: 43ºF     Flow: 900 cfs
 
This report is for( March 5th. 2005 - April th.2005 ) Water levels have had a dramatic inpact on the quality of fishing for more traditional methods of fly fishing.I can tell you this ,when the water goes to a more fishable level,you will find plenty of chrome & nice browns to make you happy. Pins eggs with pale yellow blood spots ,Have been very affective for the Steelies, Cream colored sucker spawn has been good for the Browns and Steel Head both.Hope to see you on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon river: 02/21/2005

Lots of fish,Tough to finess

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
This stream up-date is for Feb.19th, 2005-March 2nd. 2005 At 750 c.f.s.the water is perfect for drift boat fishing.But for those of us who like to fish traditional lines ,it is hard work. the water flow is 750c.f.s. Water temp at 33 deg.I love water flows at 350-500 c.f.s.The guys most productive on the water at the moment are useing slinkys and running lines.I prefer more traditinal styles of fishing,But the down side is tough getting down to the fish.All in all it makes it more of a challenge,and much more of a reward when you feel that pulse at the end of the line.The fish are showing signs of spawn so work with the color Red & Black seem to be the most productive at the moment.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 02/07/2005

( Tough To Find A place To Fish )

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
This report is for Friday the 4th. - Sunday the 6th.of Febuary.The fly stretch looked like the peak of Salmon Season. We decided to take our chances beating up the boat at 350 c.f.s. to get away from the crowds.We were lucky enough to find a few Fresh Chrome & a couple of Browns.It was worth the solitude.Best patterns this trip,Black Stone Fly;s sz.12 Brown rubber leg nymphs sz.12.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon river: 02/07/2005

( Time to Rock the Boat )

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
I generally live and let live, but I'm infuriated and I can't just sit back without saying anything.


I am referring to a popular Pulaski fishing establishment whose guides have been bringing their clients up to the no-kill section of the river with complete disregard for ethical fishing practices. They must not have a conscience and it disgusts me.


What I saw this past weekend in the fly -stretch is shameless and this local establishment is the culprit with their stream reports. Sending clients to the no-kill section of the water where the lethargic fish are easily snagged on other parts of their body ? instead of the mouth - is plain WRONG!!


Encouraging clients to fish this section of the water with running lines and slinky?s and stealth flies at 350 c.f.s, which at that level is very traditional fly water - is despicable. Do you feel any remorse when the lethargic Steelhead dies because your clients are snagging and dragging the fish backwards out of the water? Their gills fill-up and they die. But hey, you got your picture or video and something to write about.


Don?t get me wrong, we fish this section of the river heavily, but we fish it using traditional methods, traditional flies and traditional sizes. River Run Troutfitters rarely goes below a size 12 fly so you guys out there fishing with 18-22 size flies, in this water - who do you think you?re kidding? We fish streamers in size 8-12, nymphs in size 10-12, and in rare occasion we fish caddis flies and nymphs in size 14.


So my message to this once respected establishment is this: STOP ABUSING THE FISH for the sake of your stream report. It?s not just a numbers game. You are giving people the wrong impression about our great natural resource. There is a lot of fishable water on the Salmon, but you have to be the best of the best to work it. That is why we are the only guide service to offer a no fish no pay guarantee. No gimmicks.


Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad




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Salmon River: 01/29/2005

( Real Good Fishing )

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
Saturday & Sunday ,The steelies were very active up & down the river from Pineville to Altmar.Flashback Pheasant Tails, sz.12.Brown Rubber leg nymphs sz.12.Stone flys with red or blue in the flash backs,and even some action on sucker spawn.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

2004

Salmon River: 10/18/2004

Wow what a difference a week can make!

Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Greetings,
How are all of you? Hope all your fishing adventures have been successful ones. Well the Salmon river is still fishing good. The last week we were still seeing a number of of Kings and Cohos continuing to come into the Salmon river with sporadic groups of Steelhead and Brown trout mixing in. The word is that there is still a number of fish continuing to hold in the estuary, so it could be any day now and the Steelhead and Brown trout could really take off. For those of you who are targeting the trout, don't fret there are fish all over the river it is just a matter of moving around until you find them. All your basic patterns will work(sucker spawn,wooly buggers,stone flys, glo bugs)just keep in mind that the trout are looking for eggs and more eggs. Well once again its time for me to prepare for the next trip,good luck and great fishing and remember lets try release all our trout to fight again another day.

Tight Lines Joe and Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/16/2004

( Great Fishing )

Water Temp: 53ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
This report is for 9/28/04-10/15/04. If you have not got a chance to fish the Salmon this year,you are missing out on a great time. King & Coho Salmon,Brown Trout,Steel Head. All in the river in good numbers. We have been doing doing well with " Peacock Crystal Buggers" ,Egg sucking Leeches " Chartreuse/Black,Red/Black,Sucker Spawn "Cream Delight", " Oregon Cheese".The fish are all up & down the river.Hope to see you on the water. Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/18/2004

( What a Surprise )

Water Temp: 63ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
This report is for Sat. the 18th. of Sept.- Wed. the 22nd. To my surprise Sat. morning,the Salmon River was producing some hefty if not fascinating numbers of Lake Ontario Brown trout,yes you heard it right Brown Trout. Sizes ranged from 8-15 lbs. This occurence went on Sun.-Wed. as far as I can tell these fish were being caught all up and down the Salmon River.
Good numbers of Steelies & Coho,s added to our delight.We all manage to hook a couple of King,s,no matter this was a delight.Fly:s of note this trip,Muddlers Minnows,Brown Rubber Leg Nymphs,Flash Back Pheasant Tails,Copper Johns.
Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/06/2004

( You neeed to wait a little longer )

Water Temp: 63ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
I am sure you have all heard the buzz of all the Salmon, that had migrated the river the last week of August, with the high water. Most of those fish were lucky enough to make it to Altmar, where they should be safe and happy.I fished the lower end Fri. afternoon and was not impressed with the amount of fish in the river. Sat. & Sun. we were lucky enough to get into some nice Atlantic,s & a coupe of Skemania,s. I would recommend waiting at least until the weekend of Sept. 25 if not until the 2nd. or third of Oct. Fishing should be well under way by then for the Salmon.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/19/2004

( Water Hotline Be Careful With The Info )

Water Temp: 40ºF     Flow: 2500 cfs
 
This report is for Thurs. the 15th. - Mon. the 19th. As for the " Headline ", I am not sure how Reliant energy is coming up with the math that predicts the flows they are telling us, But I can tell you the salmon river is running at 2500 c.f.s. ( Not 1000) If anything the flow went up from the 1500 c.f.s. forecast as of last Thursday. For those of you who might say, that must include run-off, their is no run-off where I spent my time on the water. Be careful in spring flows, to look at what you see, an not just what you hear the water is suppose to be. As for the fishing. Lots of drop-backs are entering the river from beaver dam brook as we speak. There are also good numbers of un-molested, fresh Steelies moving up to spawn. We also managed a few nice Brownies. Best Fly;s Wooly Buggers, in black & olive. Egg patterns in red & white.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/03/2004

( April Fools )

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 4500 cfs
 
This report is for Wed. Mar. 31st. - Sat. April 3rd. Well I have to tell you since Wed. we managed to fish about 3 and a half hrs., and a 1000 miles later, no joke. Thursday morning I was shocked at the rise in the Salmon River with no warning. Within two hrs. we were packed and prepared to go in search of some descent fly water. Two and a half hrs. later we stopped to look at Sandy, then Oak Orchard not good.45 min. later we stopped by 18 mile took a look, decided it was worth fishing. We started to fish about 12.30 p.m.. It did not take long to get into some nice chrome,and boy was their lots of chrome fish going about their spring business. About 3 p.m. I ripped by new simms waders & mother nature started her latest round of down pours. Decided to get some material to repair my waders and check in for the night, the fishing was worth it. Well mother nature had different ideas for us, Fri. came, 18 mile had risen, and had an awful color to it. More driving no place to fish looks like ( April Fools ) got the best of this trip. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/23/2004

( Is It Spring ? )

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
This report is for Sat. the 21st.- Sun. the 22nd. This trip was a disaster from the word go. The first day of spring was on the calendar Saturday. Not a bad day, Barometer 30.33,Air temp. around 40 in the afternoon. Managed a couple of nice steelies in the early afternoon, sound;s good right. By Sunday morning the Barometer had dropped to 29.66 not good,The wind was gusting to 50 m.p.h.,the 3-6 in. snow fall for the day they were pedicting was side- way, and blindig to say the least. The one bright spot, the huge chrome steelie who could care less about me or the weather.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/01/2004

( A Test Of Patience & Reward )

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
This report is for Fri. the 27th.- Mon. the 1st. of March. The spring Steel-Head fishing is a month off stride, for what it should be at the moment. That will change quickly though, with the lower river opening it;s gate to awaiting Steel Head. Winters hold are her are close to being old news. The fish this trip came tough,& not with-out dues to be paid. Yesterday I swear the first thing I did, when I left the river was pop three advil. If I did not ( roll cast ) a few thousand times from 7.a.m till 4 p.m. to produce two steelies, And I am not kidding. Believe it or not I was one of the lucky ones. Black was the predominant color in all my "Fly" selections this trip.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 02/23/2004

( Time to think about Spring Steelhead )

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
This report is for Fri. the 20th.- Sun. the 22nd. Not as many people on the water as I anticipated, with the warm temperatures expected over the week-end. Friday & Saturday I would rate at C+ with some moderate action on ( Olive & Lime Z-Winged Caddis Pupa sz.14 ) I expect fishing should steadily improve as we head into March.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

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Salmon River: 12/22/2003

( Tough Water )

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 900 cfs
 
This report is for Fri. the 19th. - Mon. the 22nd. With the warmer temps. melting snow,& water flows with run-off fishing for Steel-Head was not easy. The term Steel-Head being the fish of a thousand cast came well into play on this trip.I would recommend waiting till mid. January before planning a trip. Fys;s of note on this trip ( Caddis Pupa,Lime green sz.12-14 ) ( Black Flash -Back stone fly;s sz.12-14 ) ( Black Flash-Back Hare;s ears sz. 12-14 ) P.S. we lost a Nicon cool pix 995 digital camera. If any one finds, it would be greatly appreciated if you let me know.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Oak Orchard: 11/25/2003

( Good Fishing )

Water Temp: 43ºF     Flow: 0 cfs
 
This rerport is For Fri. the 21st.-Mon. the 24th. of Nov. I heard a lot of complaining on the Oak of high stained water. Well I guess coming from the Salmon River, and fighting high water most of the fall,this was a treat. Running about 600 c.f.s.,slightly off colored,& fish receptive to your offerings. We managed a Domestic Rainbow, Some Steelies,Lots of Browns,a 15lb. & 8lb. Lake trout & three honest to goodness Chinooks,one of which did not even have a trace of white color yet.Top fly;s on this trip. ( Pink/Chartreuse Wooly Worms Sz. 12 ) These flys also worked well. ( Chartreuse egg patterns Sz.14, Cream delight blood spots Sz.14, Sucker spawn peach Sz.14. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/24/2003

(Spring Water Conditions Again)

Water Temp: 41ºF     Flow: 1700 cfs
 
This report Is for the 17th - 20th. of Nov. Starting out fishing Mon.-Wed. at 700 c.f.s. Worked very hard to locate fish. As usual with the sharp rises & drops of water levels,their delicate metabolism need time to acclimate. Egg patterns & Wooly Buggers were top choices for the Steelies & Browns. Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/17/2003

( What More Could You Ask For )

Water Temp: 40ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Hello everyone,It has been a while. No I did not drop off the face of the earth.For those of you who are interested I was in Illinois. I come from a long line of bowhunters in my family.Sitting all day in a tree obsreving nature is quite stimulating.Even more so when all you shoot at, you do with a camera,I never said I was sane.Back to fishing,The Steelies,& Browns,are plentiful.The water is pefect for traditional fly fishing,what more could you ask for. Sz.14 sucker spawn is fishing well in peach. Do not hesitate to mix it up with some nymph,s,caddis pupa, & last but not least Buggers,& Leeches. See ya on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 11/08/2003

( Happy Holidays Everyone )

Water Temp: 35ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
This time of year is my favorite, for the mighty SteelHead.From here on till spring,These majestic fish will test your ability and patience to the breaking point. This alone will make many people stay home.For those of you who venture forth, in this time of beauty and peace of mind, I can only smile & say ( Happy Holidays Everyone ) See ya on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/28/2003

( A Season Of Change )

Water Temp: 47ºF     Flow: 1700 cfs
 
This report is for Wed.the 23rd.-Tues. the 28th. of Oct. The Salmon are on the last part of their great journey. Sad as it may seem,they bring new life to themselves and to all of the of the rivers & steams they swim in to. As the majestic ones prepare for the end of their life cycle, Already the Browns,& Steelies,have arrived in good numbers. Yes you heard it right.The last three days on the river we have caught and released good numbers of Browns,& Steelies, we have even caught a lake trout.Browns have been very receptive to ( Chartreuse Wooly Buggers ) Steelhead have been hot on Orange Egg Patterns sz. 14-16. We seem to be doing better on eggs tied with orange yarn, or micro chenille with angora goat collars imitating stands of skane then with estaz patterns.Correct size of eggs are very important.

Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/20/2003

( Tough Water )

Water Temp: 49ºF     Flow: 1700 cfs
 
This report is for Thurs. the 9th. - Sun. the 19th. of Oct. The fishing has been steady but difficult at best, once the water surpassed 750 c.f.s. We have been doing a great deal of hiking to fish some of the softer edges the river creates at these flows.The last few days have produced some gorgeous ( Coho;s as well as some nice Browns. Egg sucking Leeches, & Crystal buggers are still my number one choice in the fly selection. The western tribs are fishing very well at the moment, recommend you make the trip. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/07/2003

( Great Fishing )

Water Temp: 51ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
This report is for Fri.Oct.3rd. - Monday Oct. 6th. The fishing is unbeliveable to say the least. Their are fresh fish everwhere. The are thriving in these water conditions. I would also like to add ( En-Con ) has really turned up the heat on snaggers. I tip my hat to you gentlemen and ladies. Again this week Egg Sucking Leeches ( Red Head ) & Olive Flash Back Wooly-Buggers took center stage. Final note on this snagging fish problem, River Run Troutfitters will on site with-out even thinking twice turn you in. You people are a menace to all descent law abiding fishermen & women alike. What is really sad, my clients with no excperience out -fish you people each and every day we see you on the water. Pretty sad, maybe that should tell you something.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/01/2003

( Fishing Is Heating Up )

Water Temp: 59ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
This report is for Thurs. the 26th.-Tues. the 30th. The cold front and heavy rains of late, Have kick started the Salmon fishing into high gear. Chinooks,Cohos,& a good number of fresh Steelhead are on the move. Egg-sucking Leeches,& Flash Back wooly Buggers have done quite well for my clients. If these weather patterns continue, conditions for fall fishing will be outstanding. See you on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/23/2003

( Slow Start for Many of You )

Water Temp: 67ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Fishing thus far has become a guessing game.The fish that are already in the river system are moving up the river at a rapid pace.The good news is the air temperatures are cooling a bit, And if we get the amount of rain this week that is predicted, This week-end should show considerable improvement. Egg sucking leeches are still my first choice in fly selection.P.S. Their are some real nice ( Coho,s ) in the upper stretches at the moment.

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Salmon River: 09/16/2003

( Welcome To Fall Fishing )

Water Temp: 72ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
This reprt is for Friday the 12th. - Monday the 15th. Friday fished from 4 p.m. till dark , Was very pleased with the action, Looking forward to Saturday morning. Egg sucking leeches sizes 8-10 in red & chartreuse were steadily taken. Saturday we never touched a fish which makes for a very long day.Sunday made up for Saturday,lots of Kings all day long with a few Cohos also in the mix. Egg sucking leeches are the top fly again today. Monday opener of the lower fly stretch, we caught some real nice Steel Head,a few Browns , And one Atlantic. Size 12 rust colored pheasant tail nymphs with a little bit of peacock took first place in the fly selection today.Thats all for now.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 05/05/2003

( Playing The Water Level Yo- Yo )

Water Temp: 47ºF     Flow: 900 cfs
 
This report is for Thur.May 1, - Sun. May 4th.This will be my last report for spring fishing on the Salmon River.Time for Sripers.Understanding the relatioship between ( Reliant Energy ) and the Salmon River leaves a lot to be desired. The fall minimum flows for Salmon migration never materialized. The spring water hot line information given to people was poor to bad at best, over flowing water sheds, not hardly. Spring kayakers maybe. The simple truth is a lot of people from out of state pay good money to use our resources. They need better assurances the reports they are given do not change by the minute for no valid reason. This is very frustrating from a guides stand point.Very hard to makeup for all the trips we need to cancel. Even harder to be productive with the clients who could not cancel. I ask each and every one of you to contact you local ( Trout Unlimited Chapter ) to put pressure on Govenor George Patakis administration to try to find some kind of happy medium to this madness.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/15/2003

( Quiet Time On The River )

Water Temp: 39ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
This stream report is for Mon. the 14th. - Tues. the 15th.The water will be going back up tonight.And again higher tomorrow night.Watch for the water to get back down to 700 or less.Not many fishemen around which could make for great steelie fishing.The fish are here ,What about you? Tight Lines,Joe & Sinbad. P.S. "This guy is something special"

Salmon River: 04/13/2003

( Fishing Will Keep Getting Better )

Water Temp: 39ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
This report is for Apr. 3,03-April 13 th. Not many people on the river. Fishing has been up and down like the weather. If you are willing to work,you will catch some nice steelies.Sucker spawn and egg patterns have been working well the last couple of days. Egg sucking leeches have been my bread and butter flys for all of the last 11 days. Not a lot of people catching fish, I guess we should feel blessed we have been into the fish pretty good.I have many new pictures to post,It will have to wait till I get back.Heading back up tomorrow .Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Samon River: 03/16/2003

Steelies On The Move

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
This report is for Thur. the 12th.-Mon. the 16th. Fresh fish can be found throughout the river. They are moving up quickly with the urgency to spawn. Fishing has been in spurts. A few good hours in the morning, and a few good hours mid-afternoon. If you have not had a run in with some of the winter steelies spring brothers and sisters, be prepared they will leave you tired and amazed at how quickly they can make you look and feel like a rookie. These warmer temperatures have also brought out some bad people, I do not even consider them fishermen, because the rest of us have a code of ethics. You can always spot the usual crowd of thugs, travel in packs of six, start drinking at 7 a.m. and bully people much smaller than them. One guy asked one of these inviduals why he walked in on his fishing spot why he was taking a picture of someones fish, the idiots response was (It is what it is) If any of you tough guys on the river that day read my site, give me a call I would love to give you a lesson in manners. Enough about that, why are you not on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/10/2003

Time to plan that steelhead trip.

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
This report is for Thurs. the 6th.- Mon. the 10th.Well the weather was incediblly bad,but the steelhead for the most part did not seem to mind.They have spawning on their minds.Caddis and nymphs were my flys of choice, for the moment.Egg patterns will be very effective in the not to distant future.Two of my most productive patterns of this trip were a peacock nymph sz. 12. And a crawler nymph sz. 12. Hope to see ya on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/01/2003

Keep the Warming Trends Coming

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
It seems each time there is a warming trend the fish go on the bite. No surprise here. Keep informed on the weather and plan your trips accordingly. Fish during the week to avoid the growing crowds.

Fish were active for most of the day, but seemed to be the most active at first light and in the mid afternoon after the cloud cover moved in. During the brightest part of the day, the fish seemed to hold in the deeper pools. These fish were still able to be caught, but smaller and more natural patterns are what were needed.

The best patterns still are pheasant tails, hares ears, stoneflies, and egg patterns. Don't forget to tie your tradtional patterns with and without some flash.

Be sure to fully revive your catch. I have seen lots of fish been released with minimal revival. Cold hands are a little price to pay for the assurance that the fish will survive to fight again.

Tight Lines,
Joe and Sinbad

Salmon River: 02/27/2003

Warmer Temps Equals Hotter Fishing

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
The latest warming trend and higher water levels have brought in some fresh fish and activated the fish already in the river. The bright sun warmed the water and put the steelhead on the bite. Productive patterns were flashbacks in pheasant tail and hares ear, different stonefly patterns, sucker spawn and glo bugs and caddis of various patterns. The key to catching these fish is constantly changing patterns and finding them in transitional and holding water.

Tight lines,
Joe and Sinbad

Salmon River: 01/07/2003

( Tough Fishing )

Water Temp: 33ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
This report is for Thu. the 2nd.-Sun. the 5th.Getting Steelhead to bite has been hard work on this trip,But not without it;s rewards.Friday during the storm they were very aggressive. Sat.& Sun. were a test of patience and resolve.I think Sinbad enjoyed all of this more than anyone. We also produced a couple of nice browns on Sun. One about 10lbs.My best patterns were stone flys,black sz.12.Egg sucking leech,black and red sz.10 4x long.Olive flash-back pheasant tails.Good luck hope to see you on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

2002

Salmon River: 12/24/2002

( Tough Conditions )

Water Temp: 34ºF     Flow: 750 cfs
 
This report is for Thu. the 19th.-Sun. the 23rd. Other than Fri. the weather played havoc with getting the steelies to take any offerings.Mid morning thru early afternoon was about it, every day.Deep slow moving pools were the place to be.But very difficult to fish with traditional tackle,which leaves a lot of us unsucessful in our pursuits.Black stones were the top choice on this trip.We need about 3-4 days of steady weather patterns to get these fish more active.I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a happy New Year.Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad



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Salmon River: 12/07/2002

( You Know Who You Are )

Water Temp: 35ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
This report is for Sat. the 7th. - Sun. the 8th. The fishing is hard at the moment, But also rewarding.Caddis,and some sucker spawn worked well.If you are wondering about the headlines,let me explain.We will be doing a lot of work with 911 firefighters this winter.If any of you plan on making fools of youselves like what happened on Sat.( You will pay the consequences for you actions ) If you think this is a threat believe it. I do not play. I take the time I spend on the water with my clients very serious.Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 10/20/2002

( Unbeliveable Fishing )

Water Temp: 48ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
( This report is for Oct. 10 th.- Oct. 20 th. 2002 )I have been on the water for a while, I apologize for the lack of up-dates. ( But )in my defense I just got away from the water late yesterday Oct. 20 th.I have many pictures, and some nice testimonials from clients who are still in shock of what are fisheries have to offer. We have had Atlantics, Steelies, Cohos, Browns, and last but not least Chinooks dancing on are lines in the last ten days. Spent two of those days on the Oak, Sat, some nice browns starting showing up mid-day. Water flow is terrible out there.Atlantics, and Browns, were hot on buggers, Steelies, cream delight sz. 12 blood spots, and flasback pheasant tails. For the record, The Salmon River without a doubt in my mind is a fishemens paradise right now. I will try to get my fishing pictures posted as quickly as I can. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/24/2002

( Hold your breath for what comes next. )

Water Temp: 68ºF     Flow: 110 cfs
 
Let me tell you folks 110 is not easy to fish. We produced some nice fish the first two hours of the morning.When the sun gets high in the sky,fish are not taking much of anything.Early evening they turn on fairly well.I know for a lot of you, Your fishing dates have been planned for a while.Make the best of the situation. Flys that have been working fairly well, Caddis,Blood Spots,Stone Flys,Pheasant Tails,Muskrats. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 09/17/2002

( Water Is a big problem for these fish )

Water Temp: 70ºF     Flow: 185 cfs
 
This report is for Fri. the 13th.-Tue. the 17th. Fri. the 13th. Water level 385 lots of Kings, and a few Cohos keeping us very happy, and very busy. Sat. the 14th. Same as yesterday
lots of fish and lots of people. Sun. the 15th. this is what I have been waiting for lots of Steelies landed today. One Brown, and a few Atlantics. Mon. the 16th. Water level down to 285 things look bad for the near future water wise hope the fish survive this crisis.Fishing was not to bad today, but I think things will be different tomorrow. Tue. the 17th. Water level 185 c.f.s. till at least Sun. the 22nd. If you are planning a trip at this time try to hold off. We need some cooler temperatures, and some heavy rains.What else is new with the crazy summer we have experienced in the (North East) Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Hudson River: 05/09/2002

Prime Fishing

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 0 cfs
 
The action on the Hudson River is now in high gear. Stripers abound. And my favorite pound for pound, the Shad, are really putting on a show. I've got to tell you, Stripers may have size, but Shad in the 6-8 lb. range are very exciting to deal with. Using a fly rod or noodle rod if you prefer, fighting upward of thirty fish a day is not uncommon in the peak parts of the run. If you have never done this you need to have your head examined. This is awesome to say the least. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 05/01/2002

Good Bye Salmon River, Hello Hudson River

Water Temp: 46ºF     Flow: 1000 cfs
 
It has been a great spring! But it is now time to move on. The Steelhead fishing on the Salmon should all but be a memory in the next few weeks. My wife and I fished her yesterday. Had a few steelies, nothing spectacular. We had a great time together with Sinbad. This will be my last report of the spring on the Salmon River, until Sept. 16th, 2002. I will be reporting on the Striper & Shad action on the Hudson River in Albany, N.Y. until some time in mid-June. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/28/2002

( To New Adventures )

Water Temp: 46ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
With the coming of 50 degree water temperatures in the ( Salmon River )in the not so distant future,The steelhead fishing will all but be a memory.The good news is The ( Hudson River ) in Albany, N.Y. has been very productive with ( Stripers ) the past few days.The river is full of ( Herring ). This is going to be a great spring. Some ( Shad ) have also been reported in small numbers.If you have never tried fishing for spawning stripers, I suggest you try it,They are unbelieveable to say the least.And by about June 1st,the shad will amaze you with there power and grace, And numbers that will keep you busy all day long. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/26/2002

( Perfect Conditions )

Water Temp: 43ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
Every thing is in play , Now where are the players ( Meaning You )You have drop-backs,you have fresh fish on beds,you have fish still migrating up-river. ( Time To Go Fishing Don;t You Think ) Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: 04/24/2002

Can This Be Real?

Water Temp: 43ºF     Flow: 285 cfs
 
Well either people are not reading these reports, or they just do not want to fish for steelies at the most perfect time.
Fished the River Tues. April 23rd at 500 c.f.s. For the day, between four of us, we landed close to 50 steelies. If you find this hard to believe, all I can say is that is why I am sitting here (happy as a lark) and you are still figuring out what you should do.


If the number of fish has amazed you, the next statistic will give you heart failure. For the day, we estimated at least 150 rock solid hook-ups, keep in mind I only count fish that are held for at least two minutes or more.
If you are not packing right now, shame on you.


Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad


Salmon River: 04/22/2002

Perfect Conditions for Steelhead!

Water Temp: 41ºF     Flow: 500 cfs
 
The water level dropped from 750 at noon today, to 500 c.f.s. until midnight Tuesday the 23rd. This is it people, go for it.


Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad




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Salmon River: 04/21/2002

This Must Be Heaven

Water Temp: 40ºF     Flow: 2000 cfs
 
Has everyone lost their minds? Did a stream clean-up on Sat. out to Oak Orchard Creek with other members of L.O.S.A. Water temp. out there is a horrible 65 deg. Anyway, got back to to the Salmon at 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning and never saw another fisherman. By 11:30 a.m., I had already landed 11 steelies, don't think my heart could have taken much more excitement. For all you last minute decision makers now is the time. It does not get any better than this (trust me).


Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad


Salmon River: 04/14/2002

Wild River

Water Temp: 38ºF     Flow: 5000 cfs
 
This report is for Wed. the 10th. thru Fri. the 13th. Fishing for steelhead was hard but not without reward at 1800 c.f.m.
My clients had a pretty good time, even under those conditions.
Had a chance to do some walking and looking around the river, the steelhead are plentiful and the spawn is in full swing. Wed. wooly buggers took center stage. Thu.-Fri. Hot orange estaz egg patterns as well as oregon chez blood spots ruled the day. Friday night came the bad news, insanity was about to change the natural beauty and wonder what was happening in the upper fly-area. That amount of water can play havoc with drop-backs, as well as destroy many spawning beds. The only good news, the hatchery is full of steelhead, (thank God). But what about the natural way of life up-river? It makes my blood boil that greed comes before life.


For anyone interested the (Herring) have already shown up at the Hudson River in the Troy dam area. They are also picking up a few Shad.


Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad


Salmon River: 03/29/2002

Crazy Spring Wild Steelhead

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 1000 cfs
 
This report is for Fri. the 29th. of Mar. thru Tue. the 2nd. of Apr. From my point of view, the Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River couldn't be much better than it is right now. My clients are leaving the river very exhausted and happy. Rod pumping steelhead can do that sort of thing to you.


Sunday was a little slower with the drop in pressure, but my Mon. Apr. 1st. opener of the upper fly-stretch the Browns and Steelies were anxious to put on a show. The water went up tp 1800 cfm Mon. night many people did not fish Tues. for the few of us who did we were well rewarded. We did not land many fish in the higher flow, but any fish you can fight and get within tippet reach in that kind of flow is reward in it-self. Top flys for me were Flash- back wooly buggers, Chartreuse and red backed shrimp patterns,also pearl bodies and red backed shrimp patterns.


By the way if any-one finds a brand new simms wading staff in it's sheath in the river it belongs to me, I would appreciate getting it back. People get on some water and bring your best bud.


Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad


Salmon River: 03/21/2002

Sping Brings In Winter Wonderland

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
This report is for Thur. the 21st.-Sat. the 23rd. Well seeing is believeing. If the(High Water)was not bad enough, Mother Nature decided to spice things up a bit more. Thursday, the afternoon rains and sleet made for tough fishing conditions. Friday morning started out with sunshine, steelhead on the bite, perfect you say. By 3 P.M. it started to snow, and by Saturday morning my clients arrived to 14 inches of fresh snow. Saturday was what I think, the dampest coldest days I fished this winter. I even put on a pair of gloves, any body that knows me will tell you I never wear gloves.


By the time I left, there were another 6 inches of snow. We did manage some fish through it all, but I have to tell you, I would rather be reading this report than writing it.


A fly I feel note worthy to write about. I tied some mustad 4X 6-8 flash-back wooly buggers that the steelhead were very aggressive for. Tail Black Marabou, Body Black Green sparkle chenille med., Flash back, salt water opal, finished with no.1 black saddle hackle. Easy to tie and will be a great addition to your fly box.


Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad


Salmon River: 03/08/2002

( Bring On The Steelies)

Water Temp: 37ºF     Flow: 1200 cfs
 
This report is for Fri.the 8th.- Sat. the 9th.Well it is hard to believe with temp. nearing 60 degrees and SteelHead fishing seemingly to be in high gear on the Salmon River,the fishing pressure is very light to say the least. If you were not one of the chosen few, who showed up for this strange and unseasonable weather this weekend all I can say is shame on you.These fish were very agressive to stone flys in various colors and sizes.Some limited action on peach sucker spawn also.Many of the fish I saw were dime bright,and putting on a show.It is very important to remember, at this water flow even a 8lb. Steelhead can fight like nothing you can imagine.Tight lines,Joe&Sinbad

Salmon River: 03/02/2002

( Weather key factor to good and bad)

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 900 cfs
 
This report is for Sat. mar. 3rd. and Sun.mar.4th. And if you already did not have enough to worry about when it comes to planning those fishing trips.Severe changes in weather patterns can and will put those steelhead in an inactive mode very quickly,this week-end was no exception.Saturday was one of the most productive days of the late winter for us,bright colored flys taking center stage.Sunday who turned the light switch off.From 7a.m.-10 a.m. we managed to handle five fish,The rest of the day was wondering why I didn,t heed my own advice, and headed home.You know the old saying,Do as I say and not as I do. Before planning your next outing be sure to get a good look at local weather patterns, and plan your trips accordingly.Tight Lines, Joe&Sinbad

Salmon River: 02/21/2002

If it is not broke,Why fix it?

Water Temp: 36ºF     Flow: 700 cfs
 
This report is for Thu.Feb.21st.-Sun.Feb.24th.The water is at 700 but depending on where you are on the river,there is quite a bit of run-off from snow melt and heavy rains.Well lets get to the head-liner.For years I have been a mustad hook believer,and after this trip I just experienced I am even more so.I tried some of Cabela's chemically sharpened hooks,With only a 4lb. tippet, I found out the hard way a steelhead could straighten out this hook with very little effort.Think about it the hook straightened out before the tippet broke.I would also add, when you experiment like this,don,t tye 350 flys like this dummy did to realize that you made a mistake.Well about the fishing,we caught some nice fish and also had many hours of of work to find these fish.The spawn is definetly a problem, as well as a need to push the water level back up to bring fresh fish into the river system.When we were on fish,sucker spawn in peach sz.14 worked well.My personal choice was a sz.!2 peacock hurl flash back pheasant tail.Tight Lines,Joe&Sinbad


Salmon River: //

Eggs

Water Temp: 55ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The Steelhead fishing is really starting to shape up.There is a ton of eggs in the river so the fish are loving life.Anytime now the pre spawn Browns and Atlantic's will start showing up
and they will definitely be taking some time to munch down some eggs as well.More warm weather is in the forecast so we wont have to be freezing our butts off to catch fish witch is an additional plus.Hope to see you all on the river.
Tight lines,Joe and Sinbad

Salmon River: //

Good fishing

Water Temp: 60ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
The Steelhead and Brown Trout numbers are getting better each day.Egg patterns under a strike indicator has been the best method as of lately.The trout are gorging themselves with eggs ,witch makes for good fishing ,and it's only gonna get better.Sorry no pics we are having camera problems,but we are working on it.Hope to see you all on the river.

Tight lines,Joe and Sinbad

Salmon River: //

full swing

Water Temp: 63ºF     Flow: 350 cfs
 
The Kings are in and more are coming each day.The fishing for the Coho salmon and the Steelhead is awesome as well.
The water temps are still pretty warm so if you want to take advantage of catching Steelhead without freezing cold feet now is the time.Cold weather and more rain is in the forecast
so things should just be getting even better.

Hope to see you all on the river Tight lines, Joe and Sinbad.



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Salmon River: //

Got Spanked

Water Temp: 62ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
Two Guides on a day off. A few new found friends. The Coho Salmon and Steelhead today lit up the boards. The score per say ( the fish spanked us to say the least). That is why we do it,if it were easy we would be bored. Hope to see you all on the water. Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: //

(Tough Conditions)

Water Temp: 35ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
Hi All,This trip was as expected.High water,Cold rain, and clients looking to fulfill a dream.This trip as always we fished the soft edges of any little pockets, and seam edges that looked to hold fish.I would say we are still a few weeks away from any great spring steel head action.We were able to produce some fish on sz.6 rubber legged stone fly & egg sucking leeches chartreuse & orange.We also had some success with spring wigglers.Hope to see you all on the water
Tight Lines,Joe & Sindbad

Salmon River: //

(Slow start to Spring)

Water Temp: 35ºF     Flow: 1800 cfs
 
High water,Cold rain & clients looking to fulfill a dream.I think we are still a few weeks off to good steel head fishing.Finding the soft edges of current lines,& breaks is the key to high water conditions.We managed a few fish on rubber legged stone fly sz.6.Chartreuse & orange egg sucking leeches,Also some action on spring wigglers. Hope to see you all on the water
Tight Lines,Joe&Sindbad


Salmon River: //

Labor Day Weekend

Water Temp: 72ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We fished the river this weekend with clients,which by the way is three weeks earlier then we normally would start guiding the Salmon River. We were horrified at the amount of white bellied King salmon floating past us endlessly. The few live fish we saw were clinging on for dear life. Hooking one of these giants in these water conditions i like pulling in a dead log,no joke. We will not be back on the river until late September,we have better things to do then harass dying fish.Special note,I stated in my last report I was ill . Well for snaggers,lifters,rippers,lippers,you have awoke a sleeping Tiger. Feeling real good. Wall of shame is back in business. We will take you're picture ,follow you to your vehicles ,Identify makes,models,license plate numbers,you get my drift. Best for last ,if you intrude upon us working with clients,and we ask you to leave,the question will only be asked once. After that you are ( Done) What does that word mean,think of it as you're worst possible nightmare.
I am not kidding. New York State has lost its way with you lowlifes. They would rather keep fining you then punishing you..Look for the man with the big snagger staff,.As far as the Salmon River,the local hype is nothing more than the word itself. The Salmon run is far from being over,take it easy watch the water temperatures,when you see them start getting into to the mid fifties,pack your gear. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: //

Labor Day Weekend

Water Temp: 72ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We fished the river this weekend with clients,which by the way is three weeks earlier then we normally would start guiding the Salmon River. We were horrified at the amount of white bellied King salmon floating past us endlessly. The few live fish we saw were clinging on for dear life. Hooking one of these giants in these water conditions i like pulling in a dead log,no joke. We will not be back on the river until late September,we have better things to do then harass dying fish.Special note,I stated in my last report I was ill . Well for snaggers,lifters,rippers,lippers,you have awoke a sleeping Tiger. Feeling real good. Wall of shame is back in business. We will take you're picture ,follow you to your vehicles ,Identify makes,models,license plate numbers,you get my drift. Best for last ,if you intrude upon us working with clients,and we ask you to leave,the question will only be asked once. After that you are ( Done) What does that word mean,think of it as you're worst possible nightmare.
I am not kidding. New York State has lost its way with you lowlifes. They would rather keep fining you then punishing you..Look for the man with the big snagger staff,.As far as the Salmon River,the local hype is nothing more than the word itself. The Salmon run is far from being over,take it easy watch the water temperatures,when you see them start getting into to the mid fifties,pack your gear. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: //

Labor Day Weekend

Water Temp: 72ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We fished the river this weekend with clients,which by the way is three weeks earlier then we normally would start guiding the Salmon River. We were horrified at the amount of white bellied King salmon floating past us endlessly. The few live fish we saw were clinging on for dear life. Hooking one of these giants in these water conditions i like pulling in a dead log,no joke. We will not be back on the river until late September,we have better things to do then harass dying fish.Special note,I stated in my last report I was ill . Well for snaggers,lifters,rippers,lippers,you have awoke a sleeping Tiger. Feeling real good. Wall of shame is back in business. We will take you're picture ,follow you to your vehicles ,Identify makes,models,license plate numbers,you get my drift. Best for last ,if you intrude upon us working with clients,and we ask you to leave,the question will only be asked once. After that you are ( Done) What does that word mean,think of it as you're worst possible nightmare.
I am not kidding. New York State has lost its way with you lowlifes. They would rather keep fining you then punishing you..Look for the man with the big snagger staff,.As far as the Salmon River,the local hype is nothing more than the word itself. The Salmon run is far from being over,take it easy watch the water temperatures,when you see them start getting into to the mid fifties,pack your gear. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

Salmon River: //

Labor Day Weekend

Water Temp: 72ºF     Flow: 335 cfs
 
We fished the river this weekend with clients,which by the way is three weeks earlier then we normally would start guiding the Salmon River. We were horrified at the amount of white bellied King salmon floating past us endlessly. The few live fish we saw were clinging on for dear life. Hooking one of these giants in these water conditions i like pulling in a dead log,no joke. We will not be back on the river until late September,we have better things to do then harass dying fish.Special note,I stated in my last report I was ill . Well for snaggers,lifters,rippers,lippers,you have awoke a sleeping Tiger. Feeling real good. Wall of shame is back in business. We will take you're picture ,follow you to your vehicles ,Identify makes,models,license plate numbers,you get my drift. Best for last ,if you intrude upon us working with clients,and we ask you to leave,the question will only be asked once. After that you are ( Done) What does that word mean,think of it as you're worst possible nightmare.
I am not kidding. New York State has lost its way with you lowlifes. They would rather keep fining you then punishing you..Look for the man with the big snagger staff,.As far as the Salmon River,the local hype is nothing more than the word itself. The Salmon run is far from being over,take it easy watch the water temperatures,when you see them start getting into to the mid fifties,pack your gear. Hope to see you all on the water.
Tight Lines, Joe & Sinbad

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