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    Default green kings????

    i caught about a half dozen jacks fishing in the valley today with beads for trout. two of them were the typical heavy pink, to dark red color, and the rest looked like this one. i could see them holding behind some of the larger blushed kings and thought they were big trout or dollies. in four years fishing here, i've never seen them this color. have i just never caught one like this, or is it something untypical?




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    Default Very kewl.......

    That is a typical color phase of kings in the P North West... I have never encountered that color phase in AK, but this is very interesting... Some runs of kings in the NW do turn a reddish color, but not as brillant as AK and Canada, often aftern the green fades these fish turn black.

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    Same story with the Lake Michigan Kings (green that is).

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    all i can tell you is that this fish was caught today, july 26th out of a mat-su valley stream. and it wasn't just this fish, i caught several more just like it. i've caught kings greener than this in WA, and OR, but i've never seen one here.

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    Default FYI

    Quote Originally Posted by chitownflyfisher View Post
    Same story with the Lake Michigan Kings (green that is).
    Great Lakes chinook are from the Columbia R.

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    All the fish I've seen that color have been jacks, all late in the season.

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    I've seen them that color in Juneau, however they were in a river that was origionally stocked with washington kings in the 1930s
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    Hmm Thats interesting.
    What stream were you at?

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    i caught them at willow

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    I bet they were a blast on the fly rod though.
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    Did you build that rod? I really like the wood accent on the handle.


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    Default nice pics

    good camera work! nothing weird there- you'll see a lot of jacks that color, up to about 10 pounds. They'll also still be very firm and edible even when spewing milt. (used to catch them in streams where its legal to keep them late in the season) Everything tastes great over a campfire, so don't know if they really are much good or not.

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    Kings on the Snake River in Idaho are the same color. My niece's husband posted some king photos from his recent fishing trip and they look the same. That is a nice looking fly rod. Is it built on a G.Loomis blank and what type of large arbor reel do you have mounted to it? Back when there were still kings in Alexander Creek we caught jack kings that were like little tunas up at the Sucker Creek tributary. Tight lines.

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    Fast swimmers. They will lose that green and start to get their red later on. I have seen quite a few kings greenish like that, but mostly ocean caught.

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    I don't know anything about different color phases in kings between regions and drainages, but those are some cool looking fish! Pretty interesting thread. And nice job on the photos as well.
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