Chum Fry?

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by miyawaki, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. Excerpted from the WDFW Chum Salmon Life Cycle

    Migration to Sea - The newly emerged fry immediately begin downstream migration to marine waters. A very small number of chum fry may reside in freshwater until the end of summer. When the fry first enter saltwater they assemble in small schools and reside close to shore to avoid predators. As the young fish grow, they gradually move to deeper waters and generally migrate towards open ocean waters. Mortalities during this early marine life period are primarily the result of predation by birds and other fish species. By mid- to-late summer the juvenile chum have reached ocean waters. At this time they are approximately 4 to 6 inches long. Some chum salmon juveniles will remain in nearshore marine waters until late in their second year before migrating to the open ocean.

    Hence: Bob Triggs' infamous "Chum Baby"


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  2. Leland, thanks for posting this.

    A couple of additional thoughts: Puget Sound is supposed to get, what, 6.2 MILLION pinks this summer? All the aurviving fry from the pink spawn will rocket downstream into Puget Sound next spring. We saw lots of pink fry in the late winter/spring and summer of 2012 from the 2011 run (remember that pinks return in odd years and their fry drop into Puget Sound in even years). We found just as much pink fry -- if not more -- than chum fry during the beach seining during Doug Rose's Cutts and Chum Seminar in 2012.

    So, if all goes well, we will have huge numbers of chum AND pink fry in 2014.

    Second, Bob Triggs' Chum Baby is an extraordinary fly! It is also a very decent sand lance imitation, and it is a killer minnow fly in many other places. Smallmouth on the Columbia River are silly for it, as are redside rainbows on Oregon's Deschutes. I've caught these fish on Triggs' Chum Baby:

    Smallmouth bass
    Largemouth bass
    Yellow perch
    Rainbow trout
    Brown trout
    Brook trout
    White bass
    Jack Crevalle
    Mangrove snapper
    Pacific Mackerel
    Schoolie dorado

    It's an amazing, easy-to-tie fly.
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  3. Absolutely Chester. After the seining at at Doug Rose's Cutts and Chums, I thought it should be renamed Cutt's and Pinks every odd-numbered year - but then, of course, you would lose the alliteration. Here is the pink fry we tied up at the shop based on what I saw. All silver mylar on a #6 hook with a couple turns of peacock herl just past the silver bead. Those pink fry positively glowed silver!


  4. Those sure look simple enough to tie, thanks for sharing.

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