Coho Tricks

Five Wacky Tricks for Finicky Coho

by Greg Brush

If you’ve fished silvers before, you likely know that they can be one of the most unpredictable salmon around. These great gamefish can try to rip the rod out of your hand one minute then refuse to acknowledge your offering the next.

Sometimes catching silvers seems almost too easy: child’s play offering little challenge for a serious Alaska angler. Enjoy it, because next thing you know, the proverbial switch gets flipped and that same fish gets a bad case of lockjaw, taking you from hero to zero in the blink of an eye. Like a Hollywood diva, coho are often described as finicky, unpredictable and downright moody.

Most experienced silver anglers know to try a different color spinner or to vary their presentation a bit when the action starts to wane. Often, that’s all that’s needed to inspire another hookup, but what do you do when the fish totally shut down, going from aggressive to lethargic, totally refusing to bite? This content is available for subscribers only.

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