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Machete’s Guide Gear Talk – SAFARI Fly Rods

09.21.20

The preferred rod weight is a 6 wt. This is an excellent choice especially when considering that you will in all likelihood be targeting larger salmon at some point during your upriver excursion.

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Machete’s Guide Gear Talk – SAFARI Fly Rods


Seven Species Series: Silver Salmon

09.14.20

Silver salmon are known among anglers as being especially good sport on light tackle. They are belligerent fighters once hooked, often exploding out of the water in a melee of acrobatic summersaults and line ripping runs.

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Seven Species Series: Silver Salmon


Seven Species Series: Pink Salmon

09.07.20

We crawled forward, slowly moving against the ceaseless torrent of fish that swam en masse underneath the waters surface. It didn’t stop. The further we drove up into the creek, the more fish spooked and passed alongside the boat. Finally it reached its zenith.

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Seven Species Series: Pink Salmon


Seven Species Series: King Salmon (cont’d)

08.24.20

It is hard to express how much physical effort is expended fighting king salmon until you’ve experienced it for yourself. They are stubborn customers, making you fight a give and take game of inches when doing battle with them.

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Seven Species Series: King Salmon (cont’d)


Seven Species Series: King Salmon

08.17.20

King salmon are incredibly powerful fish. Once you’ve hooked one, you’re in for it. Be ready to invest some time, blood and sweat when you cast a line to a pod of holding kings. They will take it all from you and more.

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Seven Species Series: King Salmon


Seven Species Series: Dolly Varden (cont’d)

08.10.20

Before we dive into a conversation discussing the variables in different Dolly Varden populations, let’s resolve to answer an earlier posed question: are Dolly Varden and Arctic Char the same thing? The answer is no, they’re not.

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Seven Species Series: Dolly Varden (cont’d)


Seven Species Series: Dolly Varden

08.03.20

Suddenly it burst into a fit of short erratic runs before abruptly stopping again to resume its arrhythmic convulsions. Finally I saw it writhing below us, a brilliant streak of silver flashing in the black tea stained water. It was a Dolly Varden! And it was big.

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Seven Species Series: Dolly Varden


Seven Species Series: Arctic Grayling

07.27.20

This is the epitome of fly fishing distilled down to its finest form. To use light tackle, to fish a dry on the water’s surface, sighting fish, making a precise cast to the one you want and watching as it comes willingly to your fly.

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Seven Species Series: Arctic Grayling


Seven Species Series: Rainbow Trout

07.20.20

I have a hundred memories of rainbow trout that were fooled by the mouse, so many now that it is hard to select one that stands out in my mind. I’ve seen days when the trout fishing was so good we all lost count before breaking for lunch.

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Seven Species Series: Rainbow Trout


Seven Species Series: Chum Salmon

07.13.20

Chum salmon are truly bare-knuckle brawlers when hooked, testing the limits of any rod in the 6 – 8wt range. I’ve seen more rods snap when the unwitting angler underestimated just how powerful these fish are, the second largest of all Pacific Salmon.

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Seven Species Series: Chum Salmon