Fly Fishing for Salmon
There is only one way to "kill" these fish and that is by means of the artificial fly. The outfit most often used is a salmon fly rod of greenheart or split bamboo from fifteen to seventeen feet long, about fifteen and a half or sixteen feet being the size most favored; a large single action click reel; a double tapered enameled silk line, size C or D, 120 yards long; a nine foot single gut leader of best quality heavy silkworm gut; and a single fly size 2 if on a single hook and size 6 if tied on double hooks. Regarding the patterns of flies, what is considered a good assortment is the following: Butcher, Durham Ranger, Dusty Miller, Popham, Jock Scott, Silver Doctor and Childers. Nearly all salmon anglers will agree that this assortment is all that will be needed. In clear water use the smallest size of fly, and if the fish do not rise to a large fly they may sometimes be taken on a smaller one on the same pattern.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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