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Old 12-26-2011, 07:10 PM
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I have had better fights from snags in the river. However, i caught it on a swung leach and is my fist salmon on a fly.

My cousin, who lives in WA, a friend of his and i went fishing on the north fork of the Lewis river in Washington. He knows the river well and has a drift boat. It was a nice way to spend the day after X-Mas and i got a chance to finally use the Redington Crosswater 8wt outfit i picked up for $45 on clearance at Dick's Sporting goods. My opinion is that it casts a lot better than the Cabelas 3 Forks i have.

Anyway, here the poor thing is. My cousins friend asked to keep it for smoking. Dont hold it against me please....

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Old 12-26-2011, 07:18 PM
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That's a beauty of a salmon buddy!

I bet it'll taste very good I've caught hatchery fish in Ship Creek right in downtown Anchorage and they were great. Not every king salmon has the heart of a Pacific Sailfish so you learn to take the hard fighters along with those who don't put up much of a fuss. Truth be told, if I'm fishing salmon for the table I would prefer those who just swim to shore so I can dispatch them over those who make me follow them 200 yards down the river thinking all the while I'm gonna lose the fish.....................

Congratulations on a fine catch!

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lol, thanks Ard.

It was a fun day for sure, if a bit on the cold side at about 40 degrees most of the day. I really liked the stretch of the Lewis we drifted.
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Nothing wrong with that fish...Congratulations

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smoked salmon.... yum
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Default Re: My ugly, small, fin clipped hatchery Chinook Salmon...

I don't know.................... If you only have 1 fish I would be either steaking or filleting that one and then get into the broiled salmon recipes. You gotta remember that's a Pacific Salmon with not too much color, very tasty stuff. We smoke some fish because I bring home somewhere around 200 or more pounds of fillets each season. When you smoke, it's like making Maple Syrup, it takes a lot of raw material to make a nice batch.

I used to have a little Farm-et piece of land back in the Mountains of Pennsylvania and sold Maple Syrup, Poultry, and Eggs. That's how I made the correlation between smoking salmon and sapping the grove
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That's got to be a h** of a breakfast Ard.
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Vans: Congrats on a fine catch! Ard is correct, some salmon are very hard fighters and others don't seem to ever wake up and come in without much effort, but they taste great!

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I tryed honey glazed baked salmon a few weeks ago, store bought but hey,, its my only option in kentucky.. but the honey glazed salmon was AWSOME. been awhile since I had one smoked. maybe someday Ill fish waters I can take and feast on one I caught. fine fish you got there, no reason to complain.
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