Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
Well here we go again... Anytime the word "Ethics" is used in a topic we can be sure there will be a stampede of responses. The question was pretty clear in it's intent, and there was mention of not wading on or near the redds too. The intent, I believe, was to ask about trout fishing near salmon redds.Am I correct on this? I don't know why people "go-off" on these "ethical" issues, especially when they don't read the question. The guy said nothing about chum fishing, snagging, damaging redds etc. Just about every guide in Alaska knows you have to drift eggs, egg flys, near or behind salmon redds if you want to hook up on trout with any regularity. This can be done without snagging salmon, wading in redds or doing anything else you shouldnt. It's simply good predatorial practise to hunt for TROUT where they are feeding, offer them a plausible imitation in a plausable way, and maybe catch a few.If and when they are eating eggs, which is much of the Alaska season, then it makes sense to give them what they want. Maybe not exactly match-the-hatch fishing for some, but when the salmon are digging, let the trout eat eggs.Drifting flies over fish that are spawning, trying to catch the spawning fish, is, I feel, unethical.