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Old 04-15-2005, 01:41 PM
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length of fight (human vs salmon)

i have always heard stories of guys hooking atlantic salmon and saying that it took them 15 min, 30 min, and even heard of guys saying it took them an hr to land them. now for a green horn to fly fishing salmon like myself, most of these stories sound like a really good fish tale. So i ask you pros, what is considered a good long tug of war between a man and the atlanitic salmon. i just cant imagine fighting a fish for 15 min let alone an hr. so lets hear some facts, what should i expect.
be gentle on the hook set, i am a newbie to fly fishing
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Old 04-15-2005, 02:28 PM
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John Ashley- Cooper who landed a few salmon in his time states that it should only take 30 secs/pound so you should land a 10lb fish in 5 minutes. Bear in mind that JAC would have usually used a gaff, and would have killed most if not all he landed.

In more enlightened times. 1lb/minute when beaching or netting is probably more reasonable. On the Spey where the current can play a big part a large salmon can be quite an handfull.

I had a 20lb fish last Saturday, alright I just love saying that, and I had it beached photod and back in the water in under 20 minutes.
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Old 04-15-2005, 03:23 PM
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it depends on so much. my motto is that I would rather break a fish off because I was fighting too hard, than fight like a pussycat and bring in a waisted fish. The only down side is that a green fish is harder to release. I am always surprised how quickly a fish can be broughg in. i landed a 35# giant treavally in about seven minutes a couple of weeks ago. i know... it was a baby, but i was surprised it didn't take longer.
if there is a current, it could really lengthen the fight.
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Old 04-15-2005, 07:50 PM
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Ya gotta admit though.The fightingest fish ( Salmon at least) are those betwen 10 and 12 lbs, especially if they are males.
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Old 04-15-2005, 08:35 PM
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I just posted on Salmon anglers online that a 20lb Kelt- yes you heard that right , took me 15min to land!!! She kept her head down and sideways to the current and I couldnt budge her. She was the exception. If you go past 15 min on ANY fish, you are 1- into an exceptional fish. and 2- an ego maniac!!!! Decide when Salar strikes!!!
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Old 04-16-2005, 11:19 AM
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and what would be your guidelines for an exceptional fish?
I think about 1min/pound is about right on the average. Maybe a little less.
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