Silver Salmon Paradise

Silver Salmon Paradise
Mining silver from rain-forest rivers.

Oct. 29, 2011

Three rivers in two days. Yesterday, the Hoh. Today the Calawah and Bogachiel. Kings, Dolly Varden, cutthroats, and our intended targets, silver salmon. Some pretty sporty units rolling through, crushing Bob Kratzer's 1/2-ounce, homemade marabou jigs, which cover water in a fast and efficient manner. As described in the last post, the jig is worked with a vertical 2-foot pop of the rod tip. The jig then drops about 2 feet while the rod tip is dropped, and it's quickly popped again. The jig moves up-and-down within a 2-foot vertical band while being carried dowstream and brought slowly crossstream by reeling all through the process. The faster the current, or the deeper the pool, the slower we reel. The shallower it is, the faster we reel.

"This isn't halibut fishing," Kratzer deadpans. "You don't need to hit bottom. Salmon are looking up all the time."

The unit in the photo hit warp factor 6 running right at the drift boat, taking the bend almost entirely out of the rod. Then it wrapped on the anchor rope. Luckily the anchor was up. I reached down and freed the PowerPro before he could snap the Maxima leader. Not an easy thing to do. Maxima can take a bullet or two.


A herd of elk crossed the Hoh ahead of us yesterday, but today we saw this place.  A sunny day in the rain forest is a rare and spectacular thing. Every angler owes himself at least one visit to this magic place, where moss hangs dripping from giant Douglas firs, and huge maples stand in defiance of time. The multi-layered canopies of the largest old-growth forest in the Pacific Northwest hover over gorgeous rivers — waters that steelhead and salmon fishermen can't help but fall in love with. I experienced better numbers in Alaska, but the Olympic Peninsula has giant silvers and lots of them. Paradise indeed.


Angler's Guide Service: 360/374-3148. Say hi to Bob for me.

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Select Lure Options for Giant Pike

Select Lure Options for Giant Pike

And handful of lure options produce big pike early in the season.

Humminbird Mega 360 Imaging Sonar

Humminbird Mega 360 Imaging Sonar

As KVD tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead, innovative Humminbird products and cutting-edge technology like that found in the new Mega 360 Imaging sonar are major reasons contributing to his unparalleled success.

New Spinning Reel for Finesse Fishermen

New Spinning Reel for Finesse Fishermen

As Pure Fishing's Andrew Upshaw explains, reel making giant Abu Garcia has done it again at ICAST 2019 with a new spinning reel geared towards finesse fishermen.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Catfish are simple creatures that can be caught using the best catfish rigs. Catching them is simply a matter of putting a good bait in the right in front of them. Catfish

8 Best Catfish Rigs - When, Where and How to Use Them

In-Fisherman

Catfish are simple creatures that can be caught using the best catfish rigs. Catching them is...


Spring is prime time for pike. The Prespawn and Postspawn periods offer excellent odds at catching Pike & Muskie

How To Catch Pike In Spring

Dan Johnson - April 26, 2016

Spring is prime time for pike. The Prespawn and Postspawn periods offer excellent odds at...

Walleyes spawn in spring and understanding spring walleye migrations, whether you live north or south, will help you pinpoint their predictable locations year after year. Walleye

Understanding Spring Walleye Migrations

Gord Pyzer - June 02, 2018

Walleyes spawn in spring and understanding spring walleye migrations, whether you live north...

Pole lines illustrate the paradox of catfishing. At a time when excellent rods, reels, and other Catfish

Catfish Pole Rigs

Richard Peterson with In-Fisherman - April 28, 2016

Pole lines illustrate the paradox of catfishing. At a time when excellent rods, reels, and...

See More Trending Articles

More Trout & Salmon

Trout & Salmon

Trophy Saskatchewan Pike

Jeff Simpson - February 07, 2017

For steelhead, texture and the passage of light through an egg is important. Trout & Salmon

Soft Beads for Steelhead

Matt Straw - October 30, 2017

For steelhead, texture and the passage of light through an egg is important.

The In-Fisherman staff takes you on a mission for monsters, as they cast for shallow late-season Trout & Salmon

Hawg Nation Lake Trout

Jeff Simpson - August 09, 2016

The In-Fisherman staff takes you on a mission for monsters, as they cast for shallow...

Stream trout were the glamour fish of the early-to-mid twentieth century. Wild settings, clear Trout & Salmon

How To Fish For Trout: A Stream Trout Primer

Matt Straw - July 03, 2013

Stream trout were the glamour fish of the early-to-mid twentieth century. Wild settings, clear

See More Trout & Salmon

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All In-Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now