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About Us

New York State Fully Licensed and Insured Professional Guide Service

We are a Salmon River Fishing Guide service based in Central NY that offers drift boat, as well as walk and wade trips, for salmon, steelhead and brown trout. We mainly float the Salmon River, but will also focus our efforts on other Lake Ontario Tributaries, depending on the conditions. 

During the fall (September-October), Persuasion Fishing offers guided fly fishing, spin fishing, plug fishing and centerpin fishing trips on the Salmon River for Chinook (King) Salmon and Coho Salmon. These two fish are some of the hardest fighting freshwater fish in the world. Our goal is to give you a memorable experience that will last forever. To learn more about our guided salmon fishing trips on the Salmon River and other Lake Ontario tributaries, click here

Once November arrives, Persuasion Fishing shifts our focus to drift boat trips on the Salmon River for Steelhead and to walk and wade Brown Trout trips. Brown Trout trips on the Lake Ontario Tributaries are limited in availability, but are best done from Halloween, until Thanksgiving. To learn more about our guided brown trout walk and wades, click here.

From November until May, we also run steelhead drift boat trips on the Salmon River for all skill levels and types of fishing. Steelhead are one of the hardest fighting freshwater fish and can only be targeted on the West Coast or in the Great Lakes states, such as New York and on the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY. To learn more about our fall, winter, and spring steelhead drift boat trips, click here


Our Story

Persuasion Fishing is owned and operated by NYS fully licensed and insured fishing guide Joshua "Josh" Collette. Josh is a graduate of State University of New York College at Oswego, where he graduated in 2017, with a B.A. in Zoology, for the purpose of studying fisheries. Josh spent his college days fishing the Salmon River constantly to the point where he realized he would rather be helping people catch fish over going to class. Josh's passion for guiding could be seen, as he started the SUNY Oswego fishing club, where he helped students learn to steelhead fish. In addition to spending every spare moment fishing, Josh has worked in fisheries for the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, the Fort Drum Natural Resources department and the Utah Department of Natural Resources.

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