Fly-Fishing Inshore Saltwaters for Pacific Salmon

Overview

In these pages Richard Stoll challenges conventional salmon fishing wisdom-and the basic tenets of fly-fishing as purveyed by the masters of the sport.

One of the great misconceptions among fly-anglers and writers is that fish see the way humans see. Not only are fish eyes constructed differently than human eyes, and for different intended purposes, but fish eyes are wired to fish brains differently. Further, how light acts in water is substantially different from the way it ...

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Overview

In these pages Richard Stoll challenges conventional salmon fishing wisdom-and the basic tenets of fly-fishing as purveyed by the masters of the sport.

One of the great misconceptions among fly-anglers and writers is that fish see the way humans see. Not only are fish eyes constructed differently than human eyes, and for different intended purposes, but fish eyes are wired to fish brains differently. Further, how light acts in water is substantially different from the way it acts in air. There are also other key senses through which fish perceive their food and environment in very different ways from us. And at times these other senses maybe even more important in fish feeding behaviors than sight.

As an aquatic biologist, environmental engineer, and avid fly-angler Stoll combines the above observations with the major environmental factors that affect the aquatic environments in which fish live. From this he creates truly unique fly-fishing perspectives and approaches, not only for salmon but for all types of fly-fishing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571884862
  • Publisher: Amato, Frank Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 1,098,025
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Understanding the Underwater World of Pacific Salmon 14

Chapter 2 How Salmon and their Prey Interact 30

What Do Salmon Eat? 31

How Do Salmon Behavior Around Bait Schools? 33

Effects of Tides on Salmon Feeding 35

Other Environmental Factors that Affect How and When Salmon Feed 37

Chapter 3 Putting it all Together: Angling Strategies 40

Trip-Planning Strategies 42

On-the-Water Strategies 43

Chapter 4 Putting it all Together: Designing Effective Salmon Flies 60

Factors in Fly Design 62

Fly Patterns that Catch Salmon 64

Chapter 5 Equipment, Skills and Ethics 78

Equipment and Skills 79

On Ethics and Safety 88

Chapter 6 Where to Fish 90

Inner Puget Sound Beaches 91

Favorite Fishing Locations 94

Chapter 7 Environmental Factors Affecting the Abundance of Salmon and their Prey 114

Troubled Waters 115

Sustainability of Salmon Populations 116

Environmental Factors Affecting the Abundance of Prey Species 118

The Future 123

Appendix I Salmon Identification and Characteristics 126

Appendix II The Science Behind Salmon Perception 131

Appendix III Prey Species Identification and Characteristics 139

Glossary 142

References 144

Index 147

About the Author 151

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