Since the last post 4 guests of BC Fly Fishing Charters have completed the Pacific Salmon Grand Slam. What is the grand slam you ask ????? ......... well it is landing all 5 species of pacific salmon in a single trip.
First was Christian from the UK. After an epic morning of catching many pinks and Coho (unfortunately we were so engrossed with the coho that we did not even take any pictures of the Pinks) we headed back out to the boat for Chum, Sockeye, and even the Chinook, which was quite literally next to the boat.... What makes this story even more interesting is that it was Christian's first time ever fishing for pacific salmon..... Well done Christian.
Next to complete the SLAM was John, and the funny thing about this one was that John had the Chinook, Coho, Sockeye and Chum without any problem and it was the Pink that eluded him. Other members of his party hooked many of them when we were fishing for other things but when it came time to focus on Pink we had to make a hike back in to a secluded back channel that was thought to contain a little of that color. Well it was, and John completed his slam a few minutes after arriving. Well Done John.
Henry was the next in the Slam series but was so quick to get the fish back into the water I could hardly get a photo of him or his fish. In fact I was only able to get two pictures of Henry's fish and to do this I had to try all methods of coaxing and persuasion.
Nice fish Henry.... next time hang on to them for a little longer and we will get all your fish up here :)
Finally we have Gary who was able to hone in on everything but the "King". So we changed our tactics to casting and retrieving in the deep water out of the boat with the 12 wt. It was here he finally got the big grab and after a long and very intense battle, coming close to the net several times, we all held our breath as he made a final pass beside the boat and entered the net. Too big to lift into the boat we sacrificed the net and brought him to shore a few meters away for a photo-op.
Again with every pink we figured "not to worry there will be more" and of course never managed a photo of one of Gary's many Pinks. And on a side note: while Gary's coho may have lacked in size he sure made up for it with the "King". Congratulations Gary!!!!
And congratulations to all who were able to complete the slam in 2009. It will not be until 2011 when we will be able to make another stab at it and I am already looking forward to it.