This is Alex,
This was what was happening at the end of the line.
Here he is with the fish after hoisting it from the water for a quick shot.
And the fish, a male Pacific Silver Salmon ready to continue his journey up the river.
All of the customers on this recent trip were from France but 2 were Spey casters and it was with them that I spent most of my time. On some days I took a single hand fly fisherman along also but always the 2 hand casters.
The French were a terrific group to work with, all were catch & release fishermen and everyone was thrilled with catching the Silvers.
During a pause in the action I took the opportunity to cast a size 4 Skykomish Sunrise using my ever faithful Orvis 7'9" Far & Fine rod which has been serving me since 1979. I've caught everything from sun fish to 5 species of salmon using it. I've never cast it when King Salmon are present because I don't want to have that happen, I really like the rod. Because the silvers are likely to run pretty strong I used a CFO IV rather than my Hardy Featherweight as the reel this time around. Not that you can't get it done with the Featherweight, but the palming rim on the CFO made short work of these fish.
The net has a 18 inch long hoop and the fish was perhaps a 8.5 pound male or so. I did have a larger net for the bigger salmon but the Nomad was handy and I saw that a silver would fit
I did catch some salmon using the 13' Hardy Marksman 2 rod and had great results with the Skykomish and the Freight Train as my 2 best producers for flies.
As time allows I will be posting about the 2013 season both here and on the blog I keep here on the forum. There will be much to report and I promise to get to it. There is the fall trout and grayling fishing still to come so it will be awhile until I write and post the pictures.