Underwater View: Braided line vs. Monofilament

Here are a couple underwater self portraits of me and a buddy fishing to try to prove a point. A guy I know swears that the fish don’t care if you tie your lure direct to brightly colored braid. I, on the other hand, always run at least 10 feet of mono (or better yet, fluorocarbon) leader material between my lure and mainline when using braid.

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Take a look at the following two pix and come to your own conclusions…we begin with yellow braid tied directly to the hook.

Is that a laser beam??

Is that a laser beam??

In this shot, I switched to mono. Seems like a lot more fish around. Just saying…

Hey, the great yellow line from the sky went away and the fish came back!

Hey, the great yellow line from the sky went away and the fish came back!

Dig underwater photos? I have an entire section dedicated to that, check out the Underwater Photos section to see more!

A Dolly Varden Feeding Frenzy!

This a fun little sequence I shot a couple weeks back in Alaska. Here’s a little insight into how a fish can get others into a frenzy just by biting your bait…

A dolly Varden has grabbed a glob of eggs intended for salmon…Apparently, his little buddy wants in on the action!

A dolly Varden has grabbed a glob of eggs intended for salmon…Apparently, his little buddy wants in on the action!

Junior makes his move...

Junior makes his move…

Going in for the kill!

Going in for the kill!

Hey, wait a second…that's not real!

Hey, wait a second…that’s not real!

First salmon spotted in upper Elwah River in 102 years

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For the first time in over a century, adult Chinook salmon are returning to the upper Elwah River in Washington State!

Thanks to the nation’s largest dam removal and river restoration project chinook salmon, along with coho, chum, sockeye, and pink salmon along with steelhead trout now have access to the pristine watershed above the two former damn sites.

Very cool!

Read the entire story here

Underwater Salmon Bite…or Not?

Here’s a a really interesting sequence of underwater photos I took of a small king attacking a glob of roe…and then passing on it. Sorry for the fuzziness of these shots, but this fish  was moving so quickly I couldn’t get him into focus!

He's a nice cluster of red eggs and a chartreuse Corkie drifting along...

He’s a nice cluster of red eggs and a chartreuse Corkie drifting along…

Suddenly, a king comes out of nowhere...

Suddenly, a king comes out of nowhere…

At this point, a hookup looks like a strong possibility...

At this point, a hookup looks like a strong possibility…or does he really see which way the hook is facing and attacks from the opposite side?

Check out that cloud of sweet milky goodness…how the heck could he resist? Maybe he's just circling around for another pass...

Check out that cloud of sweet milky goodness…how the heck could he resist? Maybe he’s just circling around for another pass…

Or not! What the heck happened here? And how often does it happen per day?? Inquiring minds want to know!

Or not! What the heck happened here? And how often does it happen per day?? Inquiring minds want to know!