How to Really Clean Salmon

Lately, my news feed has been filled with buddies hitting up the salmon runs. It’s the best time of year to both burn some drag and fill the freezer with fresh fillets, but I wasn't able to make it north this year. Instead of responding to all the taunting posts, I've held my tongue, hoping my friends feel the slightest bit of guilt and pass along some of their largesse.

Those guys are all good anglers and know their way around a fillet knife, but I can guarantee that they're not as slick as the lady in this video. I don't think I've ever seen a cleaner fillet and, I suspect, she's just as fast when there's no camera over her shoulder. Notice how she doesn't saw the knife as she slides it between the skin and flesh. The technique requires a firm grip and a sharp knife.