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Salmon Fry Emergence Unseen Super Hatch?

Salmon Fry can be important trout food.

Remember those salmon that spawned in the rivers last fall ?     All winter those millions of salmon eggs have been incubating in the gravel. Now the river bed is about ready to bloom.  Millions of salmon fry are about to emerge from the gravel creating an unseen super hatch. Trout eat baby salmon when they are abundant.  Salmon Alevin and Fry fly patterns are often very productive during early spring for catching trout and whitefish.
Many anglers are aware that when salmon, steelhead and trout spawn that the resulting egg drift can make trout and whitefish feed ravenously on eggs.  Egg patterns drifted close to the bottom can produce many hook-ups.  Some anglers in Alaska and British Columbia have also know for years that fry emergence can trigger a bite.  If your local favorite trout stream gets a salmon run then it too could have a fry emergence period.  When this emergence will occur depends on

Links To Salmon Life Cycle Information
Eggs and Alevin
The Salmon's Perspective

The Role of Chinook

the specie of salmon involved and the temperature of the stream.  In the Pacific Northwest most salmon fry emerge in March, April and May.  Are you prepared to meet this unseen super hatch or will you like many other Northwest anglers watch mystified when sometimes the trout refuse to take dries from the surface during prolific spring hatches of insects, unaware that the real hatch never reached the surface?

King Alevin
When baby salmon hatch from the egg, they do so with the egg yoke attached.  Some are washed from the gravel by catastrophic events or are crowded out by siblings or leave the gravel during investigative forays.  As soon as they are exposed they become easy prey.  Fish this fly dead drift close to the gravel as if it were a nymph.
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01138-10 King Alevin 10 3 for $5.85

Alaskan Fry
It is well known that fry emergence can really get big Rainbows chompin'.  This is also true of Char, Whitefish and many other predator species.  This fly can be fished with a sinking tip line as a live fry or as a dead or injured fry by drifting it along the bottom with a floating line, long leader and lead shot.
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11907-10 Alaskan Fry 10 3 for $5.85

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