Outdoor Skills - Fishing Q&A

Q: I know that adult Atlantic salmon aren't eating when they return to a spawning river, so why do they strike a fly? -Peter Connolly, Bangor, Maine

Field & Stream Online Editors

A: "Because they like it," my old friend Gardner Grant once said kiddingly. Actually, experts say it's an instinctive response, based on the salmon's feeding experience in the same river as a juvenile. Not all flies work equally well at the same time. Color, shape, size, and the speed with which the fly is moved in the current are important factors.