No, we’re not talking about you Michael.. We’re talking about that massive, swung-up, chum salmon from Alaska West.
Photographic awesomeness courtesy of Tosh Brown.
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Along with our good friends at Simms, they put together a pretty killer video, that we think explains what makes the early season on our river so special, and today we share that video with you.
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We like grip and grins as much as the next guy, but we see a lot of them over the course of a season. That’s why we really like fish photos with a little bit different perspective.
So, today we’re coming at you with a few interesting photos (none of which are typical hero shots) of some of the critters we catch in Alaska.
Not what you were thinking? You’re not alone.
During the early part of our season, many of our first time guests at Alaska West are pleasantly surprised to find out that many of the chum salmon we target look just like this; big, bright, and covered in sea lice. Not exactly the dark, barred up, goblins often pictured in magazines.
Located only 6 miles from the ocean, our river boasts unbelievable numbers of chrome bright chums. In fact, some are so bright that they are often difficult to distinguish between other species of salmon at first glance.
They’re also super aggressive, pull really hard, and tend to break more rods than any other species we encounter. And in a twisted way, we think that’s pretty cool.
Big, bright, aggressive fish that bend an 8-weight deep into the cork.. That’s why we love chum salmon.
The idea of a ‘zombie apocalypse’ is all the rage these days. Its taken over movies, books, T.V. and so on. Some overly ambitious individuals have even gone as far as to prepare for the potential of a real-life zombie apocalypse.
Well, we’re here to tell you DON’T WORRY, everything’s going to be okay! How do we know? Because each year in Alaska we’re overrun by a massive population of zombies.. Thousands of flesh peeling, half dead, goblins and guess what.. We’re still here to tell you about it!
Okay, we’re talking about spawned out chum salmon, and although they might not be as dangerous as a possessed human corpse, they still smell pretty bad!
We haven’t thrown any love towards the underdogs (pun intended) of the Northwest in a while. So, today we’re coming at you with nothing more than a cool photo of our good friend, John Wilkin, releasing a swung up chum salmon from Alaska West.
Thanks to Dr. Oncorhynchus keta for the aggression and willingness to eat that made this post possible.
It might not look like ideal weather to most, but when we’re chasing salmon in Western Alaska, we long for days like this..
Bright sunny days can make for epic trout fishing, but dark, gloomy, and down right miserable looking days means happy salmon, and we like that.