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Pounding Pinks

Pink Salmon

Story and photo by Scott Haugen

For many anglers around the world, their dream trip consists of nothing more than landing high numbers of salmon in a single day. If this is your goal, pink salmon are a worthy target.

The river was loaded with pink salmon, or humpies, as they are often called. The question wasn’t a matter of if we were going to catch fish, but how many. Starting off with bobber and jig, the action began on the first cast. Nearly every cast produced a fish, and if one wasn’t landed and released, one was at least hooked and lost.

Swapping out the jig for a spinner setup, the scrappy salmon continued to pound our offerings. Then came time for the fly rod, where bright streamer patterns proved to be the ticket, followed by micro-jigs nymphed along current seams. This content is available for subscribers only.

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