View Poll Results: What is the hardest fighting species, pound-for-pound?

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  • King/Chinook

    7 5.69%
  • Red/Sockeye

    31 25.20%
  • Silver/Coho

    41 33.33%
  • Pink/Humpy

    1 0.81%
  • Chum/Dog

    12 9.76%
  • Rainbow Trout

    13 10.57%
  • Char (Dolly Varden, etc.)

    0 0%
  • Steelhead

    18 14.63%
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Thread: Pound for pound, what is the best fighting salmon/trout species?

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    Default Pound for pound, what is the best fighting salmon/trout species?

    The question is, pound-for-pound, what is the hardest-fighting species of salmon/trout? In other words, of course a 60-lb. king is going to put a harder fight than a 6-lb. red, but all things being equal, which one really leaves the reel smoking?

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    Thumbs up Silver by far

    Never seen tail dancing and reel spooling more prevalent in any other fish.
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    While it's not on the list I have been schooled by more Steelhead than any other fish.
    Chrome kings will lay a beating on you though.
    Never caught a chum, but have heard they are quite fiesty.
    Silvers put up a good battle too but don't scream off line like a steelie.

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    Default Saltwater Silvers!

    I would have to vote for saltwater silvers. Fun to hook on lighter tackle and they donít give up! I was fishing up in Noatak National Park last week and hooked 25+ freshwater chums. They ranged from 8-15 pounds and the larger ones gave me everything I ever wanted in landing fish on light tackle! Tail dancing, hard pulling and good fighters! Chums are no dog!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRIFTER_016 View Post
    While it's not on the list I have been schooled by more Steelhead than any other fish.
    I second that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickofTime View Post
    I second that!
    I posted another poll with the steelhead option. For some reason I can't delete this thread, not sure why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickofTime View Post
    I second that!
    yep best by far

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    Quote Originally Posted by chumstik View Post
    I posted another poll with the steelhead option. For some reason I can't delete this thread, not sure why.
    Since some people have already posted, I'll just edit this poll and delete the other one.

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    i gotta say, rainbows are awesome to battle on any rod/rig, steelhead are badass too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Since some people have already posted, I'll just edit this poll and delete the other one.
    Thanks Brian!!

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    Default metalheads

    Steelies for me too.

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    I don't know...silvers seem like the obvious answer for salmon (I've never fished Steelhead), but for a true pound-for-pound comparison, I can't get past all of the memories of 6-7 pound June sockeye that have taken me into my backing. Silvers are awesome, but reds don't get the respect they deserve for their reel burning fights on light tackle.

    Chums are another highly underrated species. A chum on an 8 weight is a handful. That's where my vote is going. They're not very acrobatic, but I've broken off a much higher percentage of chums than I have silvers.

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    Default I agree with chum

    Try them in the saltwater, they are 10 to 15 minutes to the boat with heavy line, a silver doesn't pull as hard or have the stamina.

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    Steelhead by far in my opinion.

    Although Silvers in the salt are right up there.

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    Default Sockeyes!

    I would say a fresh Sockeye salmon is pound per pound the hardest fighting of all the salmon species. Try landing a red on the Kenai or at the Russian confluence on 12 -15lb test. It can be done, but it would be difficult. Most anglers are using 25 - 30lb in a combat line up. Chrome steelhead are also similar in fighting ability. Fresh chrome Kings in a river for their sheer power and chums for their endurance. Silvers are more prone to take to the air, but are fairly easy to land.

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    Default are you kidding

    pound for pound there is not even a question

    Reds win this battle hands down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by traderjon View Post
    pound for pound there is not even a question

    Reds win this battle hands down.
    You gotta give it to the reds just for the hook-throwing "air show"!! I've yet to see a silver or anything else somersault 5 feet out of the water during a fight --

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    Quote Originally Posted by chumstik View Post
    You gotta give it to the reds just for the hook-throwing "air show"!! I've yet to see a silver or anything else somersault 5 feet out of the water during a fight --
    Haven't caught a steelhead huh?

    I once fought a smallish (5 pound) steelie for 15 minutes that jumped about 15 or 20 times, had him to the shore 3 times. As I went to tail him on the 3rd time to shore he looked at me screamed of 40 yards across the river jumped about 6 feet in the air into an overhanging tree, left my gear in the tree, fipped me the fin and was gone!!!! It doesn't get any better than that!!!!!

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    steelhead followed by an early run kenai red. I went through 2 reels this May catching that early run when the fish still had sea lice on them.

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    Fresh Reds are hard chargers.

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