The likelihood of getting a Pink Salmon on a popper in moving water such as Campbell River is extremely remote,what you will get is a few smolts and Salmon fry...and even perhaps a Steelhead. However,Pinks will take small Shrimp off the surface when they are in the ocean,although that too is a difficult task when you consider the density of Shrimp,so it would mostly be sub-surface. Pinks will take Minnow patterns however,these fish are real opportunists and like a quick snack! Yesteday I was fortunate to be teaching a Learn the Water Program for our fly club here on the Island and was fishing a remote North Island River estuary with plenty of fish off the beaches...the bead Head Muddler Minnow was my best fly for the day,I also caught fish on the Blue and natural versions.. for me when the fishing gets tough think outside the box...although this is mostly Salt Water related info but I have found it works extremely well in Rivers such As Campbell River...it is nicer to have a fish either chase or come up to a fly than to drag a fly through it's mouth!Alright, i think i get the idea, when they are bright in the rivers they are still aggressive. 4:30 am wake up every morning. Gonna give the poppers a try with my 5 weight. Then my 7/8 spey for sink tips and other fishing etc.
It pays to consider guys who spend a lot of time on the water as part of that research. I notice the research you are doing pertains to Alaskan waters. I have fished both Alaskan and Bc waters, and although many techniques are transportable, there are others that don't easily translate from one local to the other. Just because something works 800 miles away, in a totally different fishery, different topography, different pressure, etc. doesn't necessarily make it applicable in these waters. By all means, give it a try, but when someone like SalaR (who has, I dare say, spent more time on the water, than you have on Earth) offers his opinion that the odds of hooking up a pink on a popper is "remote" , a response likeIt pays to have time to do a lot of research
does look a bit arrogant. The fact that you had plenty of chasers but no takers should have indicated something to you. As some one who does, and who teaches research techniques, believe me, internet research is the easiest and least trustworthy research there is. Field research is infinitely more valuable. Good luck, enjoy your trip, and if you wish real success, be willing to take some advise from folks who live on this side of the Rockies. There is a world of difference between West Edmonton mall, and West coast fishing, even if they both start with "West".:cheers:eace:It's not remote, i had pinks chase one down (multiples last year) but they wouldnt fully commit. I know you can catch them and im not discouraged. I am just seeing if anyone else has done this before. By the end of the trip i will have caught one on a popper let me assure you.
I have taken many, many pinks on tubes skimmed on the surface on the Squamish, Mamquam, and Vedder. It is no trick! Granted if you want to prove your manhood by hooking 100 pinks, then subsurface presentations will put you in the hall of fame I guess, but for me, a few takes on the surface is just fine. Don't believe me? Check out the September\ October 2006 issue of Sport Fishing and read what Tom Johannesen has to say on the subject. Page 31 and 32. This article is what made me shift my tactics towards the easiest fish to catch and put a little challenge into a brutally easy fishery.
Absolutely agree.Yes you can catch certain salmon species on surface flies and saltwater is generally easier than freshwater(although one person success rate is anothers boring time). The key is to put in your time and be creative with your methods. Try not to let the "It can`t be done" or "You won`t catch many that way" crowd interfere with your pursuit or you will give up to easily and never find out for yourself what is possible or what could be possible. Anytime I hit the saltwater for salmon in a boat I usually have one rod lined with a floating line and surface fly ready to go.