We see strong numbers of chum salmon (a.k.a. “tiger salmon“) in this watershed and they consistently take a fly. These hard fighting fish have been overlooked by fly anglers for many years and now have a reputation for knuckle-pounding battles… and we’ve seen reels nearly spooled when these guys find heavy current. (We actually recovered an entire fly line, 4 hours later and a mile upstream, still attached to the chum salmon that broke it off!)
Also know as a “tiger salmon” for their eye-catching and unique red striping, catching these fish are sure to put a BIG smile on your face (and a burn in your bicep)!
Fish range from 6 – 14 pounds, average 8 – 10 pounds.
Rod7 to 8 weight rods with medium-fast to fast action
ReelDurable reels with medium to strong disc drag and 150 yards of 20 pound backing
LineA floating line works well in most conditions. One sink tip in the 5 to 15 foot range with a medium to fast sink rate can be helpful at times, but not mandatory.