FISHING | The Reynolds explore the Salmon River

steelies Outdoor Correspondent Steve Reynolds poses with his father and a brown on Tuesday in the Salmon River near Pulaski, New York.

I had a pleasant surprise just a few hours ago when Outdoor Correspondent Steve Reynolds ended a drought of correspondence about his exploits with a some photos and a note.

Winter still lingers in the Adirondacks, but fishing is under way. Reynolds and his father, J.D., set out for the Salmon River in search of steelheads on Tuesday. It’s an annual ritual, as we’ve noted before.

Conditions were fantastic, Steve reports, though the river was rushing at about 750 cubic feet per second. The water’s temperature hovered at a balmy 38 degrees. With the Reynolds was Walt Geryk, a guide who is a leading guide along the Salmon.

“The spawning of the steelhead has just begun,” Steve tells me, adding that while they had a few on the line, they did manage to land one. “It was a great day.”

Here’s a gallery:

FISHING | Grouper and sea bass off the Carolina coast

GrouperBrooks Reynolds displays a 20-pound grouper she landed off North Carolina.

The Reynolds clan dispatched a report this morning from North Carolina, where they’re spending the holiday.

Taking a break from their fall hunting campaign, our outdoor correspondent and his wife took to the Atlantic to pursue their other sporting passion: fishing. In addition to their real estate and concierge businesses, the Reynolds are also accomplished hunting and fishing guides. Indeed, before their marriage, they spent parts of their years in the south working as fishing guides.

Brooks Reynolds — a native Tar heel — landed a 20-pound Grouper about 20 miles off the North Carolina coast. Steve reports that the take also included some sea bass.

Hope they keep fishing all week long.

FISHING | Shubert lands 11-pound laker on Memorial Day

ShuFishBen Shubert displays the 11-pound lake trout he landed last night on Placid Lake. outdoor correspondent Steve Reynolds lends a hand.

Ben Shubert, a great Placidian and longtime reader and supporter of, wrote last night with a little news: He landed the largest fish of his life, an 11-pound lake trout, on his native Placid Lake.

With the help of outdoor correspondent Steve Reynolds and sometime contributor Jamie Welsh, Shubert brought the fish in after an hour-long struggle. He told me he hooked the fish at 8:50 p.m. last night and had it landed by 9:50 p.m.

“Welsh took care of the boat,” Shubert wrote, “[while] Reynolds helped land the fish.

After photographing the impressive fish, the trio returned it to its native waters.

Here’s a little gallery of photos, all courtesy of Shubert. I gather that Welsh was the photographer.

FISHING| Salmon River redux: The Reynolds clan returns

MrsRBrooks Reynolds, the lovely wife of outdoor correspondent Steve, displays a steelhead she landed during an outing on the Salmon River earlier this month.

If spring is in the air, you can be sure the fishing duo of Brooks and Steve Reynolds are casting a line somewhere in their beloved Adirondacks.

The world-renowned steelhead fishing along the waters of the Salmon River in Pulaski, N.Y., which we chronicled earlier this month, is the Reynolds’ destination of the moment. From what I can gather, Brooks, who’s just an expert at angling as her husband, wanted to try her own hand along the shores of the fabled fishery.

And how. In a recent dispatch, Steve reports that Brooks had a very successful outing.

“Brooks caught a bunch,” Reynolds wrote. “It was another incredible journey. (She) hooked about 10 and landed two or three. It was about the same for me.”

The photos above and below represent the best catches of the day.


FISHING| Landing steelheads in the Salmon River

steelhead1Outdoor correspondent Steve Reynolds displays a 14-pound steelhead hen he landed during a recent expedition to the Salmon River near Pulaski, N.Y.

“It’s 152 miles door to river,” quipped Steve Reynolds, our outdoor correspondent, about the distance from his Lake Placid home to the Salmon River near Pulaski, N.Y., which is famed around the world for its trophy salmon and steelhead fishing. “We started out at 3 a.m.”

With Reynolds on this recent late winter expedition was sometime contributor Jamie Welsh, another son of the north who holds a St. Lawrence degree and harbors a passion for outdoor sports. Welsh, who also lives in Lake Placid, is a frequent visitor to the Salmon and enjoyed a successful day there in the middle of last month. With the Lake Placid pair in the water were fisherman not only from the North Country, Reynolds said, but from around the world.

They were all there for the steelheads.

“Your next bet is Russia or out west,” Reynolds said. “It’s a world-class fishery.”

And, it seems, Reynolds proved that point. He reports nearly 30 hook-ups and about a dozen landings. The highlight of the day was a 14-pound hen, which Reynolds displays in the photo above. Welsh had a decent catch, too; he estimates the fish pictured below was about six pounds.

Reynolds was impressed with the spirit of community displayed along the stream.

“Everyone was really friendly,” he said, “and everyone was adhering to catch-and-release, which is so important.”

Welsh says the steelhead season in the Salmon is just now starting to get going.

“It gets really good in March and April,” he explained.

I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these guys and their spring fishing exploits.
Jamie Welsh displays a steelhead he landed during the expedition to the Salmon River.

FISHING| Hooking yellowfins off Cabo San Lucas

YellowfinBryan Barker, a member of the St. Lawrence Class of 2000, displays a yellowfin tuna he landed last week off Cabo San Lucas.

Steve Reynolds, our sporting correspondent, sent me a dispatch yesterday with photos from a fishing trip he took last week off Cabo San Lucas with his St. Lawrence classmate Bryan Barker. The pair were down in the warmer Mexican climes for Barker’s wedding. Reynolds described the weekend as a six on a scale of five.

At any rate, the yellowfins were apparently aplenty, as Reynolds writes that they “hooked one over 200 and a few others that broke off.”

UPDATE: The fish Barker is displaying weighed in at about 65, according to Reynolds. As I’d suspected, it was not the 200. Still, a very, very fine catch.

FISHING| Reynolds family casts spring lines

Brooks Reynolds displays an 8-pound pike she landed in waters near the Tri-Lakes earlier this month.

Thanks to Steve Reynolds for submitting these photos. Steve and his wife, Brooks, are consummate anglers (They still do a bit of guiding from time to time.), and when spring rolls around, you can be sure that they and their black Labrador, Finn, are out on the water some place.

Aside from the usual spring forays on lakes and streams in and around Lake Placid, they always try to south for a bit of fishing in April. This year, they made it down to the Exumas, where the next two shots were taken. Those are bonefish.

Stay tuned for more Reynolds adventures.

Himself and a catch.

Brooks got one too.

And back to the Adirondacks, with a parting shot of Finn inspecting a pike:
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