Sport fishing for chrome-bright, ocean-fresh chum salmon (a.k.a “tiger salmon” when colored up) is rapidly gaining a reputation for knuckle-pounding, drag peeling action, and they are considered a first-rate sport fish when caught in or near the salt water. Fish range from 6 – 18 pounds, average about 10 pounds, and can be absolutely jaw-dropping explosive when caught off the beaches. They are not as aerial as the silvers, but their freight train like runs leave a lasting impression.
It is a little known fact that in this coastal environment chums are hungry for top water flies, and at first glance to the untrained eye, these ocean-fresh chums are difficult to distinguish from their silver salmon cousins.
And it’s very common for our guides to hear, “I’ve never caught a chum salmon that bright before….or fought that hard!” Again, the reason they are so bright and fight so well is our close proximity to the ocean.
Rod8 to 9 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.