Salmon

by Fly Fisherman

Salmon
Among anglers, salmon is a name to conjure with. Salmon are easily the most mysterious and aristocratic of all our American fresh water game fish. Fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon from a canoe in the Restigouche, with virgin forests of pine and spruce coming down to the edge of crystal clear water, is the acme of any fisherman’s pleasure. And clear across the continent there is the romance of the great Chinook salmon run in the Umpqua in Oregon—fishing in the misty morning between dawn and sunrise in a tumultuous trout river with rushing rapids and gin-clear pools between mountain sides of deep green cathedral stands of Douglas Fir. The Pacific salmon, the Chinook or King salmon anyway, are much larger than the Atlantic variety; but you have to take the Pacific fish by trolling, even though it is done in a white-water trout river, while the Atlantic salmon is taken on a fly.
From a fisherman’s standpoint, the Pacific Coast furnishes “salmon fly fishing” of just about the same calibre as that for Atlantic salmon in the wonderful Steelhead fishing of the Rogue, Klamath, Umpqua and many other streams of the Pacific Coast. Steelhead for a time were considered to be salmon; they are nearly as large, on the average, as many runs of Atlantic salmon. The scientists tell us, too, that structurally Atlantic salmon and Steelhead are very similar; and finally, many students of the subject believe that both fish derived from the same common ancestor, which probably originally lived in the Arctic Sea. The Steelhead and Atlantic salmon are much closer allied than are the Pacific and Atlantic salmon.

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