So how about chum...

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by doublebluff, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. Chucker

    Chucker Active Member

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    Sometimes those will be too small, sometimes they will be just right. I have caught chum on flies from that size up to 5 or 6" bunny leeches.
     
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    I see both Seahawk and Husky (at least purple) colors in those flies! I think our local chums are going to love them!!
     
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  3. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    Good to hear! I'll start tying my way up the hook sizes.
     
  4. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    I like small and sparse for the salt Keta or Silver Brites, big and gaudy for the river Dogs.
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  5. PT

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    Chum fishing was fun before the runs got netted into oblivion. One more fishery for me that has gone by the wayside...... Used to fish the Sky, Stilly, Skagit a few years ago and had a blast. Now, they get intercepted in the salt and roe sold overseas. It's a downward spiral that has a bigger affect than most people think. Without those carcasses in the river systems there isn't the feed juveniles need to thrive. It affects all the runs and is like a snowball rolling down a sand dune.
     
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  6. Dave Boyle

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    It's truly sad and I wholly agree, as a newb to the NW/USA 10 yrs ago and first going chum fishing on the Sky and Skagit I was stunned by the sheer numbers of fish and a lot of big ones, my first fish was huge (to me, ~15 lbs) and took off on one of the most memorable runs I still remember, I couldn't remotely stop it for the first 50-60 ft, the reel burned my hand palming it and generally left me beat up thinking "wow!! what an amazing fight!!". In the past 4 yrs the numbers I've seen are a lot less. The big loss of biomass to the rivers will no doubt be eventually reflected. It's really sad that they're now a revenue fish for the fleets, they're done for.

    As for a kickin' and a snaggin' over redds, forget pinks. Take a peek at an infamous river confluence at peak chumly time, it's really, really brutal and not for the faint of heart. Lots of mainly snagged, always nuked fish "great for the smoker", commonly kicked and on occasion punched to F as they're dragged onto the bank; the odd bit of hardware openly shown by the carrying/bear care community for a bit of space...It's totally mental in truest yet most truly depressing sense of the word...Why there's not a warden permanently parked there for 2-3 weeks is beyond me. They'd have ton of tickets or optimistically there'd be the best unmolested spawn there in decades.

    I've fished past this spot most yrs and so always stop and look in amazement and occasionally ask why or try to point out the redds, fish f'ing at folks feet but they don't care or don't want to be reminded that it's wrong. It's like trying to moralize at a brothel, folks are fixed pretty much on one thing by then and it's not morality...

    For being the 'lowest' of the salmonids, they really do bring out the very worst in a fair few folks, some fly fishers included, at this 'spot' anyway from what I've seen. There'll be some 'belters' as this yrs run goes on from salt to spawn.

    Dave
     
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  7. James Harrington

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    SopFF nailed it with his gracious brevity. The most deeply forked tail of all Pacific salmonids=big fight. Large average size= large biomass nutrient payloads from carcasses. Offspring that jet to the salt shortly after emerging as fry and after nearly every heavy spring rain =less competition with coho and steelhead smolts. Offspring that jet to the salt as fry after every heavy spring rain also=salty cutthroat calorie load ups. Try not to dance on the polished gravel. They're in there.