When I saw this practice in operation, I was first astonished, then disillusioned and ultimately in denial. Without flint or kindling, herzog63 insisted that sparks would fly from the sockeye's skull if struck at the right angle. I was taken aback, but Scott waved my skepticism aside and proceeded with a vengeance, but for all his exertions I saw nothing that might ignite a fire. Scott purposefully maintained his post, and he might have gotten frustrated in this odd experiment had he not been fortunately called away to help his son with his line. For my money, stick to matches and kindling and the flames will arrive.
Flies work very well for red (or sockeye) salmon in the months of July and August. Pasagshak is perfect for this kind of fishing because you can see the incoming fish in the morning, so you know where to cast your line. Under these conditions it won't require much time for you to reach the daily limit.
If you are lucky to visit in the months of July and August you will be rewarded with the opportunity to pick and eat tons of delicous SalmonBerries!! They are plentiful all along the road system of Kodiak. You can fill up a big bucket in about 20 minutes of picking. Or do it the way I do just pick'em off the bush and plop them in your mouth! They are so Yummmy!!
These thick un-stylish glasses arene't mean't for style. They are a function of the fishing. You'll notice that in most of my fishing photos that I'm wearing these. They are cheap and polarized so that I can see through the glare on the water. They are available locally for about $15. I find that they work better than the $150 models! I can spot the Salmon in the water very well with these.
If you're gonna head out the road to Pasagshak I recommend bringing a couple of empty water bottles and stopping at the "Pipe". It is located at mile 8.8 from downtown and has cold, refreshing mountain water that is flowing from a pipe that is stuck into the hill side. Alot of the locals get their water from this pipe. It is very delicous and clean.
This is MrClay2000 filling up his bottles.
This mountain that sits directly behind Lake Rose Tead is a good spot to see Mountain Goats. A good spotting scope or binoculars is a great way to watch them. With the naked eye they won't be much more than white specks and you will have to wait to see if the speck moves to make sure it's really a Mountain Goat!
Most people hear the words Fish Head Soup and run!! But I guarantee that if I didn't tell you that it was Fish Head Soup you would ask for a second bowl. My wife makes it in the Filipino "Sinigang" Style and it's delicous!!
If you have a raft or small boat spending some time on Pasagshak Bay on a sunny day can be fun! If you are lucky you may spot Killer Whales, Dalls Porpoises, Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Sea Otters and lot's of Bald Eagles.
We arrived around 8 am at the mouth of the Pasagshak River and by 8:05 I had landed my first Red Salmon! It was one of my greatest days of fishing for Red Salmon! 7/13/2003
Red Salmon are pound for pound some of the best fighting fish! They don't fight as strong and hard as the Silver Salmon but they only weigh half as much.