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Winkie “Fly Fishing” the Russian River

Spent two days at the Russian River Campground in the Chugach National Forest “fly fishing” for Sockeye Salmon. I use fishing loosely because it’s a form of restrictive snagging. You must use a salmon fly, but can fish with any type of fishing gear, spinning, bait casting or fly rod. The idea is to cast your fly into the river so that the salmon swimming upstream with it’s mouth open will catch your line and the fly will snag it in the mouth. For some reason, if you snag it anywhere else but in the mouth it must be released. Who knows why, snagging is snagging. To date we have not figured out the concept and there are no Sockeye Salmon in our cooler.

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