I was looking through some of my photos and
found this picture of one big smelly mess . After the
huge numbers of red salmon have spawned they simply die and their carcasses
start to flow downstream. Sometimes the dead salmon settle out by the thousands on the
sandbars which makes for some pretty noxious fishing if you happen to be
Luckily all of this dead material will decompose and provide
nutrients for the next generation of salmon after the eggs hatch. Until then it
provides a big draw for lots of large rainbow trout who come to feed on the
flesh after already having feasted on the eggs when the salmon were
spawning. A well tied flesh fly made of rabbit fur will often entice the biggest
of the trout who are finishing off their yearly feeding cycle by eating chunks
of dead salmon flesh that break off and float with the current. The smell of such large
amounts of dead fish is revolting to most
people but Alaskan trout fishermen learn to associate it with the possibility of
hooking into rainbow trout in the fall that often exceed 10 or more pounds.
Picture taken by Ernest Helton
Last updated on: Apr 18,
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