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Salmon Slow in U.S., Better Fishing in Canada

Sockcess! I had to make a list and check it twice to make sure this was really a sockeye. No spot's on tail...large gold eye...lack of teeth in a white gum line...check, check, check...Bonk! Oh, and it cut the most beautiful red meat you've ever seen, and ate pretty darn good as well. It is distinctive from chinook in a side by side taste test. We caught it on a Coho Killer, 120' down, trolling for Chinook, of course.
Sockcess! I had to make a list and check it twice to make sure this was really a sockeye. No spot’s on tail…large gold eye…lack of teeth in a white gum line…check, check, check…Bonk! Oh, and it cut the most beautiful red meat you’ve ever seen, and ate pretty darn good as well. It is distinctive from chinook in a side by side taste test. We caught it on a Coho Killer, 120′ down, trolling for Chinook, of course.

Salmon fishing continues to be fairly slow in the San Juan’s. However, it sounds like there are fish across the border in Canada in pretty good numbers. Hopefully we’ll see some big schools show up soon.

Crabbing is still good in places, even though we had a Tribal Opener. Looks like a portion of Marine Area 7 South will re-open for spot prawns from July 29th-August 3rd. Check the WDFW regulation updates before you go.

Just an Aside About Gear

So, I was all hot to get some Sock's! Put on the sockeye gear, tiny Mini-Squid with 22" of leader behind a flasher. Slow the troll. We were just about ready to pull 'em for the day, when Wham! Mr. King comes callin'. Caught Chinook on sockeye gear, sockeye on king gear, even a couple small early coho on the Tailwagger. Huh?
So, I was all hot to get some Sock’s! Put on the sockeye gear, tiny Mini-Squid with 22″ of leader behind a flasher. Slow the troll. We were just about ready to pull ’em for the day, when Wham! Mr. King comes callin’. Caught Chinook on sockeye gear, sockeye on king gear, even a couple small early coho on the Tailwagger. Huh?

Most of you who follow the U.S. fishing scene know that local tackle manufacturer Silver Horde has made a good name for itself around here and around the country. The Morrison family has done this by supporting many fishing derbies, events and organizations, while continuing to put out a product that just flat out catches fish.

Silver Horde’s Kingfisher lite spoons and Tailwaggers, in addition to the old standby’s, have really taken the saltwater salmon fishing world by storm. This has been accomplished through hard work, time on the water testing, and innovation. I have also found that Kelly Morrison and family are always there to help out, and also listen to angler’s input to improve their product line.

Recently, though, some very close replications of the product have hit the market. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and when you’re successful, you’ll get imitated. But you shouldn’t get flattened. Copying a lure is nothing new, it’s been going on for years. In this case, however, it’s a pretty blatant ripoff of the name, colors, and design. Watch out for knock-offs. Let’s help support the Morrison family, as they have supported us. Buy authentic Silver Horde.

"Make 'em dead" Fred showed up in the Barracuda to land a king in tough fishing. Not many nets flying.

“Make ’em dead” Fred showed up in the Barracuda to land a king in tough fishing. Not many nets flying.

Be safe!

Kevin Kline

Bio for Kevin Klein
Born and raised in Washington, Kevin Klein has been fishing since childhood. From the rivers and lakes of Washington, Idaho and Oregon to Alaska and Mexico, you will find Kevin chasing everything from salmon, trout and steelhead to halibut, lingcod, and sturgeon.
A writer for many media outlets around the Northwest, Kevin loves to share his lifelong passion with everyone from novice to expert anglers in hopes of drawing more people into this great outdoor pastime.

We've caught most king's lately on this set up - . The “real" Silver Horde White Lightnin' Coho Killer. The bait has just been tiny in most places this year. Match the hatch...
We’ve caught most king’s lately on this set up – . The “real” Silver Horde White Lightnin’ Coho Killer. The bait has just been tiny in most places this year. Match the hatch…

Since 2004, Kevin has made his home in Friday Harbor in the beautiful San Juan Islands. When he is not busy with his daily job of barging propane gas to the islands, you’ll find him advocating for salmon enhancement and sport fishing issues around the Northwest.
Kevin is a regular salmon fishing competitor, who founded the popular Resurrection Salmon Derby in the San Juans. Most weekends he can be found on his boat with friends and family, looking for a big king salmon and a good story to tell about it…with pictures of course!