Most folks that have fished for sockeye salmon are aware that sockeye are extremely reluctant to take a fly. However, at Alaska West we’ve honed in our sockeye program to catch them on mouse flies. Just check out the photo of our buddy, Kasey Halcro, above!
Okay, okay, we’re totally kidding. However, the sockeye above did indeed smash a mouse fly off of the surface. That’s a pretty rare thing, so we thought we’d share it with you.
Contrary to popular belief, unlike when first entering freshwater, sockeye that have begun to spawn can actually become extremely aggressive. We don’t target them at this point however. We want as many eggs in the river as possible. But while fishing for trout, we’ve seen colored up sockeye hammer anything from flesh flies, to beads, to sculpins, and now mouse patterns.
“Sockeye don’t eat flies..” We beg to differ.