Chum Salmon Fly Fishing on Hood Canal Estruary

 Posted by on November 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Nov 042014
 
Hood Canal chum salmon fly fishing

Hood Canal chum salmon fly fishing

 

The deluge of rain in the past couple of weeks has swollen rivers that are now overflowing into Puget Sound. As if on cue, chum salmon, having amassed in huge numbers in the waters of the Hood Canal, are now running up rivers and creeks to spawn and die. The annual chum run is one of the hallmark events for Northwest fly fishermen. Chums (or dog salmon) are a favorite sport fish because they readily take a fly and are full of fight once hooked.

In the past few days, my friends and I have been getting our chum “fix” casting to pods of feisty fish as they aggregate in estuaries along the Hood Canal. These aggressive fish don’t hesitate to take your line to the backing and are a challenge to land. Each time I come back from a chum fishing trip, I am so grateful to live in such an amazing area.

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Chum Salmon Spawning in Puget Sound Creeks

 Posted by on November 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm  Outdoors  No Responses »
Nov 282012
 
Chum salmon returning to Puget Sound creeks

Chum salmon returning to Puget Sound creeks

I was at a small creek that feeds the Puget Sound the other day to check out the chum salmon run. It was quite a sight to see hundreds of “dog” salmon running up the creek to spawn. When they are in spawning mode, chum salmon develop their characteristic purple and black bars and the males will grow big canine teeth (which is why they are also called “dog” salmon). In the next few weeks, local streams will be littered with moldy salmon carcasses to the delight of the fish, birds and mammals that are fattening up on them for the winter.

Chum salmon with large canine teeth and purple-black bars

Chum salmon with large canine teeth and purple-black bars

Puget Sound chum salmon will return to their native streams anywhere from August to as late as January depending on the stream. When I see chum salmon spawning I know that winter is around the corner.

 

 

 

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