Sunday, October 06, 2013
Salmon Camp 2013
Arn and Red were more than eager to do battle with some giant kings in pursuit of our yearly supply of Roe for the Steelhead season. I have mixed feelings about the Salmon Run. On one hand one of the greatest spectacles of nature unfolds before us.
The "evening bite" as many will tell you is where its at. The river sees more traffic at night and under the cover of darkness non stop splashing and tail slapping can be heard for miles. A surreal spectacle of headlamps line both sides of the river for as far as the eye can see. The Salmon stand little to no chance as they get winched in backwards and sideways under fouled intent.
This fishery means a lot to these people. It means a lot to this community, and it certainly means a lot to the local economy. They travel from as far away as Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, and the list goes on and on...Who am I to judge. This is a put and take fishery. These fish will die and line the banks of the river rotting once they do their deeds.
For us the King Salmon provide an opportunity to harvest a small amount of Roe to keep us fishing throughout the season without having to harvest any Steelhead. Salmon Camp has always been about camaraderie and tom foolery with a little bit of fishing thrown in for good measure. It's always good times and an event I look forward to annually.
Salmon camp officially kicks off the Fall fishing season as well and the Season is officially before us. The Rains have come and the Steelhead are entering our rivers. As I type this the rain is falling hard on my roof. It certainly is going to get interesting in the coming weeks. If the rains and river levels dictate I hope to be chasing my first fall Steelhead of 2013 this coming week. It's game time and my fishing is going to kick into high gear. Keep checking in as the blog should be updated regularly with fresh photography and writing.