King Salmon Flies
Around July fourth every year the king salmon run hits the interior. This years run was running a little late, but I was going to give king salmon fishing a try in the Salcha River. A friend has some property on the river and invited me to fish in his bend of the river.
It is recognized that some salmon do not feed after they reach fresh water, king and red salmon are the two species most well known for that. A fisherman has to trigger a strike response for other reasons than feeding. It is believed that kings can be enticed to strike by irritating them. I can be irritating at times, in fact my wife will tell you that I excel at it, so king fishing should be easy for me.
In researching for my king salmon pattern I found that most popular king patterns had purple or chartreuse in them and that egg patterns also did well. Some anglers believe that egg patterns do well because a spawning salmon will pick up eggs from other salmon to remove them from it's nest.
I decided I would try variations of a large, irritating, purple and chartreuse, articulated egg sucking leech.
The Atomic Egg Sucking Leech is born.