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Salmon Misunderstandings
Posted by Michael Strahan on Apr 28 2006
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I respectfully submit that none of the five species of Pacific salmon indigenous to Alaska feed at all once they make it up into fresh water.  Feeding is different from striking, however, and the entire freshwater salmon fishing industry is built on the fact that salmon do indeed strike a variety of lures, flies and baits, as the mood takes them.  Anyone who wants to debate whether striking and feeding are the same, start by performing a few post-mortems on salmon and you'll find empty stomachs.  Salmon will frequently lash out, actively pursue, bite, pick up and move objects with their mouths.  Some are more aggressive about it than others as a species, and in some areas those known to be less responsive may strike.  I've heard lots of stories of reds striking flies, and just last summer saw one caught on a Pixee spoon.  It actually chased the spoon and struck it.  I've heard of them striking floating flies even.

So... when it comes to reds, all bets are off!

Good luck on your upcoming summer... will you be fishing up here?

-Mike

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