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24 Aug

25 Million Sockeye

Author: Travis

Adams River Sockeye

Headlines are proclaiming "Hope Returns to the Fraser"  and if ever a front needed some good news it's the Pacific salmon front. The Pacific Salmon Commission is predicting the greatest run of sockeye  in almost a century. Over 25 million salmon bound for the Fraser according to experts. After years of dismal returns that seemed to herald an end to the Pacific Salmon resource, this years prediction of the best run since 1913 is welcome news. If anything it proves that the people managing the resource have absolutley no clue about what the hell is going on with it. Let's not forget that this year is the dominant return year of the four year salmon cycle.  But 25 million? I'm not going to believe it until the real numbers are in.  In fact I won't believe until I can walk across the backs of sockeye salmon at the mouth of Adams River and watch as crimson waves of salmon crash against the mouth forcing the river to move upstream this fall. The DFO and Pacific Salmon Commission are infamous for revising their number predictions two or three times a year as salmon runs just never seem to materialize. So while I welcome the good news, my excitement is tempered by past experiences. What does all this mean? Well it should be an absolutely KILLER year at the Adams River. The last dominant run was four years ago and I remember visiting the Adams early one morning to cover the run for the news. Myself and a reporter decided to go 4 hours before our start time in order to get some time fishing at the mouth of the river where rainbows stack up waiting to gorge themselves on sockeye eggs.  The Adams river delta was so thick with salmon that we couldn't even get a fly down through the sockeye to reach the rainbows below. I got two fish that day. They were the only ones big enough to actually muscle up to the river mouth and hang with the salmon. One fish was 8lbs. and the other 10lbs. When the river is full of sockeye the lake is full rainbows and the more the salmon the bigger the rainbows. The only drawback, the crowds. The only way to beat the crowds, is to be the first one on ther river. Years ago when I impersonated a guide, I co-hosted an episode of Sportfishing on the Fly at the mouth of the Adams Rver with Don Freschi and Grant Fines. These guys complained non-stop about how early we had to get up in order to fish the mouth. Until they realized why.Don is still producing the show for WFN and recently posted the episode on-line. More Later T>

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