As a newbie, I have plenty of questions regarding river run salmon and the bare minimum equipment necessary to provide protein for the soul. I have a collection of spinners and spoons (size 1 to 5) and will be getting an 8-9’ spinning rod/reel setup. Probably 12# mono unless convinced otherwise. Not targeting Kings but I won’t throw them back if regulations and gear allow landing it.
However the most important questions are: bright salmon are table fare and how much color change occurs before the taste degrades?? Is there an approximate rule of thumb for the miles of river/stream that these changes start?? Do changes occur later the farther up stream the salmon spawns and sooner the closer to the ocean??