A little over a week from now is what is known in Alaska as the Opener and essentially kick starts combat fishing for sockeye salmon [or reds]. What you don’t see plastered on the Internet, magazines, or brochures is the ugly side of fishing in Alaska. Salmon brings out the crowds. If you think the crowds at the last after Thanksgiving Day Sale was big you’ve never been to one of the salmon hot spots in Alaska at the peak of a run. The crowds and the attitude would be on par with a free day at Disneyland.
I hate crowds and avoid them whenever I can. For some reason though [maybe it’s my craving for Omega-3 fats], when it comes to filling the freezer or putting one on the grill, I can put aside my disdain for company and mix it up with the other salmon crazies. Not necessarily in the heart of the combat zone but on the outskirts of the battlefield. Besides, no matter what anyone says, catching reds is fun!
The only fly I use and pure magic in my book is this little beauty right here.
Highstick this fly through a good looking run and you’re guaranteed some fillets on the grill for sure. Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.