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The Hook & Hackle Company encourages support of those "Wounded Warriors" who have suffered physical and/or emotional injury as a result of their service to our great country.

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Rose River Farm, Virginia's finest private water trout fishing experience, has just gotten even better. Now in addition to over a mile of private water managed for Trophy Trout (all strictly on the fly and catch and release) they have added luxury rental cabins. As an introductory special ....

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The Hook & Hackle Company highly endorses this fine bonefish, tarpon & permit fishing destination. Our recent visit there exceeded our expectations many times over.

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Nora's colorful artwork just blow's me away! Best known for her watercolors, Nora has spent time painting on location all over the U.S.

 

I recently purchased a couple of prints from her Rich Pool Series which have become instant favorites!

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.


Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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The USA Youth Fly Fishing Team is a carefully selected group of young anglers from across the United States

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Pink Salmon, November 2011, Fish of the Month!

Pink Salmon

Oncorhynchus gorbuscha

Local Names:

Pink, Slimy, Humpy, Humpback, Hump-Back salmon, Haddo, Holia

Average Size:

The smallest of the Pacific salmons;

15 to 24 inches

1 ½ to 5 pounds

Distinguishing Field Marks:

Color and color pattern are reliable distinguishing field marks for this species. (See the illustration.)

North American Range:

Map to the right shows approximate range in North America.

Diet:

New-born Pink salmon descend their natal streams very soon after hatching. The consume very little if any food until the reach the river's estuary. Their sea or lake diet begins with small invertebrates followed by mainly fish.

Fly Fishing for Pink Salmon:

The first order of business for anyone targeting this species is to gather information about the rivers it runs. Typically, different rivers that support Pink salmon runs see those runs only once every two years. Because of their diminutive size, probably very few of you reading this will travel far to fish for them. This fish has, however, saved plenty of salmon trips on which the larger species, for some reason, don't appear on schedule.

In salt water most Pink salmon are caught on trolled flies or spoons. Once they have entered their spawning streams, they respond to bright streamer or wet flies on deep sinking lines. Because they share habitats with Steelhead, Chinook, and Coho salmon and because those fish will take a fly intended for Pinks, the angler is advised to fish no lighter than a powerful 7 weight or a standard 8 weight outfit.

Unlike the larger more sought-after Pacific salmonids, Pink salmon are still very abundant; abundant enough, in fact, to still comfortably support a commercial fishery.

Some years ago, Great Lakes fishery managers began stocking Pink salmon into the Great Lakes. These runs were sustained mainly by annual stockings. Those stocking programs are no longer in operation, so there are many fewer Pink salmon in any of those waters than there were say 20 years ago. Nevertheless, a few Pinks have colonized some Great Lakes tributaries and contribute a few adults to the fishery.