Fall Salmon/Trout River Tactics

River Fishing
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 1587 Views 0 Comments
Fall Salmon/Trout River Tactics

The Salmon in the rivers I fish generally start to enter in waves of hundreds in late August to late September. The entry usually happens under the cover of darkness, and usually follows a substantial rainfall. When river fishing I like to use an 11 – 14 foot medium light to medium action noodle rod, spooled with no higher than 6lb test monofilament fishing line. I generally run a clear float set-up, with about a 1 – 2 foot lead of fluorocarbon tied to a micro swivel below the float. I attach the correct amount of split shot to the fluoro lead in grams to make the float stand up straight while drifting. Most floats have a number on them such as 2 or 4, this is the number of grams needed to make the float sit upright. I then tie a #10 – 14 octopus hook with roe bag (Fish eggs), roe imitation, or a fly. I float the bait down the river using different current seams to present my offering to waiting fish. Most fish will have no interest in your bait and move to the side as it passes. Some Salmon, maybe due to aggression or eliminating the competitions offspring will absolutely attack the bait! Brown and Rainbow Trout also enter the rivers around this time and begin feeding on the roe of the Salmon. For this reason, you often find brown trout to the rear of a pool holding spawning salmon. These fish will aggressively feed at this time, but are hard to target due to the large numbers of Salmon in the pools. I will touch more on Steelhead in the following post.

There are tons of rivers accessible to the public that have great runs of these amazing fish. All it takes is some time, patience, and  practice then you will be landing these majestic fish in no time.


As always, practice catch and release whenever possible to keep our great fisheries alive, and share the thrill of catching fish for generations to come.

There is nothing wrong with a selective harvest. If keeping fish know the laws, limits, and boundaries of the areas and zones you are fishing.


Chris Langeman




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