It is surprising how
fighting fish differ in their manner of attacking the fly and in the times at
which they hit.
The bass will hit at
any time he pleases. “As moody as a Prima Donna,” says one expert,
“As wary as a lynx, and fighting to
the last gasp is the true black bass.” He has a habit of mumbling the fly,
that is running with the fly in front of his mouth, so that if you try to set
the hook, you’ll pull it right out. Once this happens to a bass, he rarely
But with the Lordly
Atlantic salmon it’s a different story. The best time to fish for him is in
the early morning or evening. He hits quite hard to the fly and sucks it
down, then the fun begins. When you have twelve pounds of mad salmon at the
end of your line, there’s no time to think of anything else. One big fellow
that was hooked by W.F. “Budd” Kitchen on the Northwest Miramichi River, had
his eye set on Heath Steele Mines and seemed quite determined to reach it,
when suddenly he turned about and came racing back for something he had
You have to work fast with a
full-grown muskellunge too. He hits the bait as soon as it strikes the water,
and his thirty to sixty pounds hit hard. Once you hook a muskellunge it takes
between twenty to thirty minutes to end the argument.
All three of these
fish, but particularly the Atlantic salmon, the King of Fish, have a way of
shooting out of the water and shaking themselves so that they often rip the
hook out of their mouths.
The big salmon that “Budd” Kitchen
hooked into came to the scales at twenty-two pounds. The salmon was released
and swam away with increasing vigor.