Fishing The Tsiu

 

Sport fisherman consider silver salmon the "premier" pacific salmon species, as it is a very aggressive and hard fighting fish. Silvers are characterized by their acrobatic, sizzling runs that will consistently go into the reel's backing. An average silver weighs about 10½ pounds, but our lodge record is over 22 pounds. Don't be surprised if you have to rest your arms from time to time!

The silver run on the Tsiu is an extremely strong, long-lasting run that occurs from early August through early October. The type of tackle fisherman use is fly, casting, or spinning equipment. Eight or nine weight fly-rods are preferred with high capacity reels (to accommodate those long rocket runs!) and medium weight casting and spinning gear. We will provide you with a complete suggested gear list including the type of flies and lures that will bring you the most success.

While most fishermen will wade fish, many are just as successful by casting from the bank without ever stepping into the water. The silvers fight their way in from the crashing surf and travel up river a short distance to many different deep water holding areas that we will fish. The river has a sand and gravel bottom and is not particularly swift so wading is simple and safe. In addition, as there are no trees or brush next to the river, casting is easy and straightforward.