What would you say if we told you that there are a whole bunch of salmon in the Kanektok that are chrome bright and tackle-busting strong, peel off line, jump high, crush flies and even like poppers every now and then? You’d say you’re in, right? Now what if we told you those salmon were chums? Yeah, we thought so.
Chums are the Rodney Dangerfield of salmon.
Chum salmon at Alaska West benefit from the same great situation that makes our fishery for silvers and kings so popular. The lower Kanektok River lends itself to salmon fishing on a fly like no other place we know. Right down to the river’s mouth, we can cover holding water with flies extremely effectively. Since we’re located just 6 miles from the mouth, we catch an awful lot of chrome salmon, chums included.
Bright fish, fresh out of the salt, tend to hammer flies. They haven’t lost any of their fat reserves, so they fight great and have impressive endurance. And if you’d like to take advantage of our healthy, productive fishery and take a few to eat, bright salmon are the creme de la creme.
So why not have a bunch of fun hooking and fighting some chrome chums? And show a little respect, will ya?
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