Outside of perhaps colorful maple trees and falling leaves, there’s not a stronger signal of autumn for me than the fall chum salmon run. The chums have returned to many rivers in Puget Sound in good numbers in the past week.
For Northwest fishermen, the chum run signals the end of the salmon season. And while fishing for chums can be great fun, it’s also disheartening for fishermen who must wait until next summer before they can feel the tug of a salmon again.
The chum in the picture above was caught in the Hood Canal and took a red chocolate and chartreuse “turd” fly. It took me about 100 yards into my backing!