Chum Chum Chum Chum

#16
I agree with Les. I like to save the cohos for the bbq and the oven, and I happen to like chum for the smoker. I have a homemade smoker that I made out of an old metal fridge, and prefer the "cold" smoked method, but usually it takes a few days, but worth it, in my opinion. Nothing like a good piece of smoked fish with a nice winter ale, yum!
 

SmokinAces

Keepin' It Reel
#17
i forget who asked if "people actually eat chum" however, i know personally that if you catch them nice and chrome, bleed em, and put em on ice right away, they arent too bad smoked. but holy cow, after looking at some of those pictures of those chum, it look like they already spawned and bit your fly on their death bed. when they get like that the meat is complete mush and no good to eat no matter how your prepare it. save yourself the waste of time to clean those fish and just let them go and spawn. you're not doing yourself or the fish a favor.

tight lines
 
#18
Chum salmon workes well in smoked salmon sausage and spicy kippered salmon sticks if you get chrome ones. Goes wonderfull with a little bit of 4 alarm german honey mustard and a frosty ale.
 
#20
Mmmmm.... smoked chum and winter ale. I just picked up a sixer of my favorite winter ale last night, and am headed to Silverdale tomorrow to fish with my old man where we will try to complete the magic duo. I haven't hit the salt for Chum on flies before, so this will be a first. I have been a pure 4 wt flyfisher, alpine lakes and mountain streams only. In the salt, I have only used gear. Wish me luck on my transition.
Also, any protocol for obtaining these special "permits" I have been hearing about? Is it obvkous where to go? I heard there is a sign...
Send me a personal email or PM if need be.

I LOVE Sierra's celebration ale,
-MiddleForker
 
#21
getting the permit is fairly intuitive- it's the Killpatricks house - before you would cross the creek - light green paint, signs are down on the trail as well. The front door is the door by the weeping willow (not the side door with concrete steps). They are VERY obliging people so please be sure to thank them for access to this special fishery, and pick up any garbage you may find. I bet Joyce would appreciate some flowers! I forgot to take her some when I got my permit.

As you know, these fish run hard and should be chased with an 8wt and above minimum - there is not enough room to mess around letting them run into your backing and create havoc among the rest of the fisherman. Work them fast and hard for a safe release. These fish will strike flies agressively- do not set up everytime you feel a bump- if you do feel pressure slowly raise your rod and see what's what...there are so many fish that accidental bumps from swimming fish are common.
 
#22
Fly Fishing For Sailfish/Unorthodox Method
Posted Nov-09-07 17:26:07 PSTWe were down in Key West a while back during a real cold spell. It seemed all the fish turned off. We could read them deep and stacked-up! How to catch them on a fly? We happened to have a downrigger on board so I hooked a blue and silver Streamer on, let it down 20 ft. and guess what?? We started to catch Sailfish from 16 " long up to 50 lbs. What a surprise and a delightful day! I'm curious to know if anyone else has had a similar experience. Please comment if you have. Thanks, Capt. Bob
Oh my! The folks who think nymphing is not fly fishing will shit a brick on this down rigger technique :eek:
 

Dave Hartman

Strip'n Flywear
#24
Man, I would LOVE to catch a 16 inch sailfish!!!
I'd get it stuffed (it's all I could probably afford) and hang it above my desk at work.
You don't think that would make my prized University of Montana diploma :rolleyes: look too insignificant, do you?

Just kidding. I don't have a desk.
I don't even really work. . .
:rofl:
 
#25
I've smoked some awful looking chums - they taste great. MiddleForker hit the nail on the head. All he forgot was the roaring fire and a hottie that likes to fish as much as me.

Can it get better than that??
 
#26
Hi Everyone,
Have to brag just a little. This 11/03 was my B-day. A friend of mine, my Nine year old son, and I were out fishing for Steel head, when my son hooked into his first fish on a fly rod. The fish took off like it was shot out of a gun, the reel handle slammed my sons fingers hard. He had to fight back the tears, but did so and landed the fish with the hook in the fishes mouth, after about a Five minute fight on his 5wt. The fish was about 13-15lb. chrome bright Chum Salmon. Talk about a B-day present that I will always remember!!! VM.
 

chadk

Be the guide...
#28
Hi Everyone,
Have to brag just a little. This 11/03 was my B-day. A friend of mine, my Nine year old son, and I were out fishing for Steel head, when my son hooked into his first fish on a fly rod. The fish took off like it was shot out of a gun, the reel handle slammed my sons fingers hard. He had to fight back the tears, but did so and landed the fish with the hook in the fishes mouth, after about a Five minute fight on his 5wt. The fish was about 13-15lb. chrome bright Chum Salmon. Talk about a B-day present that I will always remember!!! VM.
:beer2:
 
#29
Nice job!! You don't look 69!!!:)


I went to the same well know fishery this morning with my new fly rod. I am also a 69 year old fly fishing novice. Yep I got a couple pictures and if it works right I am adding them for proof. First salmon, first time used a personnaly tied fly.

Mike L