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  • 2016 Salmon River -- Fish and Flies -- and lots of water

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    Nate and I had many hook-ups each day and landed a good number of fish. It rained Friday and all day Saturday. Sunday was a mix of sun and cloud cover. River level went from maybe 385 on Friday, to 1800 on Friday night. Friday night, Nate realized that we crossed the river just in time, as they raised the water level at about 7pm on Friday night. Middle to lower river was blown out and DSR was CLOSED on Saturday and Sunday. With all that being said, there were still many areas that could be fished and fished safely. There were Salmon in front of us the entire trip. All King Salmon. We didn't see a Coho, Atlantic nor a Steelhead. The first fish of the trip was a small brown trout with a belly full of eggs. Not many pics taken Friday or Saturday. Video is from Sunday, just condensed fish hook-ups. Battle length ranged from 10-20 minutes, depending on the size of the fish. Flies in the video are the flies we used the entire weekend with great success. The Death Stonefly has been ticking off salmon since around 2004. The DSS streamer was put into action around 2010. Squiggler was launched around 2012. All 3 flies worked this weekend. But mostly, we used the Death Stonefly and DSS Streamer. Eggs were not much of a factor. I had 2 salmon whack an egg pattern. Normally egg patterns play a big role in Pulaski, this year, not so much. We didn't have an area to beach the salmon and we took the handle off the net to keep the traveling weight down. Won't do that again, need that long handle net if there is no area available to beach the Salmon. We landed a few fish that were true 30+ pounders. But most were 20-25 pounds. Nate tagged one that was probably 40 pounds. It was a hoss. Feller downstream said it was foul-hooked, so Nate broke it off. It was a great Salmon Fishing weekend, aside from the fact that the river was blown out and that I annihilated my friend Bob's 10 weight Fly Rod and lost his neoprene Lamson reel case. Sorry Bob !!! Fish were bigger on Sunday, but nothing fresh as we were way upstream. Watch for the photo in the video that shows 2 flies in the fishes mouth. Nate landed the fish and it hammered a Black/Blue Death Stonefly. When we got the fish to the shoreline, we noticed a Chartreuse and Black DSS Streamer inside the fishes mouth. The fly was lost the previous day. So, not only did the salmon hammer a Death Stonefly, it hammered a DSS Streamer the day before. Show less
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