The thrill of salmon fishing is in the air for fly anglers as chum salmon have officially made their way to the waters of Southwest Washington. This is the moment some anglers including ourselves have been waiting for, and if you're itching for some heart-pounding action, now's the time to grab your gear and head out to the rivers.
When it comes to chum salmon, it's all about the fight. These powerful fish are known for their incredible strength and ferocity, making every hookset an adrenaline-pumping experience. To tackle these mighty fish, we highly recommended to use an 8wt or larger fly rod. The heavier weight will give you the necessary backbone to handle these muscular fish without breaking a sweat.
Chum salmon can be picky and today on the water was a testament to that. So far, pink and chartreuse flies have been the ticket to success. These vibrant, eye-catching colors seem to trigger a strong reaction from the chum, making them irresistible. The flies that got in done were all about 1-2 inches in length. Sparse flies we've historically loved were simply not getting the job done. Having a selection of flies in these colors can significantly boost your chances of a successful day on the water.
The increased water flow and cooler temperatures this week have enticed more chum salmon into the system. It's a promising sign for a fantastic season ahead. With more rain on the horizon early this week, we can expect even more chum salmon to make their way into the rivers, offering you more opportunities to hook into these remarkable fish.
Fishing for chum salmon is an experience unlike any other. Their aggressive strikes, powerful runs, and sheer determination make them a formidable opponent. If you haven't yet had the chance to tangle with chum, now is the perfect time to get out there and give it a try. You won't be disappointed!
Whether you're a seasoned angler or someone looking to try something new, don't miss out on the opportunity to reel in these hard-fighting chum salmon. Get out there, cast your pink and chartreuse flies, and let the adventure begin.