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Strictly Sockeye...
Posted by AlaskanAuthor on Apr 26 2006
I continue to run into varied opinions relative to this fish feeding or not feeding on the way to the spawn. Most data says no, but experience says to enhance that answer.

I have witnessed sockeye chase egg patterns in placid pools and get caught. Literally, the lure was chased several yards and then inhaled by the fish. I have witnessed this numerous times, but generally in areas devoid of swift current.

I am aware that this salmon will instictvely strike what is in front of its nose as a non-feedeer just to get it out the way, but this behavior seem to support that it ocassianaly will feed under certain conditions.

ADF&G regulations for fly shank size in designated areas (like the Keanai/Russian confluence)for sockeye are very specific. Yet in unregulated areas anglers toss whatever they want at these fish and catch them. And for the life of me I have caught more sockeye on a shank with just a simple piece of tied yarn more than anything I have ever tossed their way.

Sockeye can be legally snagged right in the mouth. You learn that sensation through trial and error as you line them until the point of impact. That so, it seems like it doesn't make a difference what you throw at them.

Those are simply just my observations. I tossed them out because I follow this forum professionaly, and am aware that many first-time anglers are asking questions about what is the right fly to catch these species.

Seems to me, all of them are right...

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