Hooked and landed this Fall Chinook yesterday on the Rogue River while fly fishing for steelhead. Doesn't happen all the time, especially on such a fresh fish. Fish was hooked in the kype with the size #10 Brown Fork Tail Prince Nymph. All I felt at first was a solid stop, and then some hard head shaking. At first I thought "Large steelhead!", but I played him all the way to discover my mistake!
It was. This time of year a lot of guys mistakenly hook up old, faded 'nookies when fishing below spawning salmon for the steelhead egg eaters. I was so surprised to hook this fresh run 'nook in the middle of a medium run with the Brown Fork Tail Prince Nymph. I played him to the landing because near the end I thought it just might be a large Coho (silver) salmon. I even had a cheering crowd watching from the nearby bridge. For the release I pulled the nymph, steadied him, and he immediately took off in a big swirl!