Pink salmon or humpback salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) is a species of anadromous fish in the salmon family. It is the smallest and most abundant of the Pacific salmon. In the ocean, pink salmon are bright silver fish. After returning to their spawning streams, their coloring changes to pale grey on the back with yellowish-white belly (although some turn an overall dull green color). As with all salmon, in addition to the dorsal fin, they also have an adipose fin. During their spawning migration, males develop a pronounced humped back, hence their nickname "humpies." Pink salmon average 4.8 pounds (2.2 kg) in weight. The maximum recorded size was 30 inches (76 cm) and 15 pounds (6.8 kg).
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They tend to run on odd years and are available at most of the lodges we represent in Southwest Alaska.
Ideal single-hand rods for pinks are medium to fast action 6-8 weights in 9-10' lengths. Most anglers choose an 8 wt as their all around salmon rod, but pinks on a six are a lot more fun.
Pinks love pink colored flies. Most are tied in size #6 - #4. But don't count on pink 100% of the time. Water conditions vary and high off-colored water means darker colors like black and purple and sometimes even olive or gray. Steer clear of chartreuse as that color seems to send pinks in the opposite direction.
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