Despite combat fishing conditions for sockeye salmon on the Kenai and Russian rivers, I'm surprised that few rainbow trout and dolly varden appear to be included in the bycatch. With so many hooks in the water, it seems that a lot more non-targeted species would fall prey.
What are your theories on why and/or how most trout and dollies are able to evade capture by salmon anglers?
Do they prefer different stream habitat? Are they so focused on eggs and flesh that they generally aren't interested in striking salmon flies and lures? Are they simply smarter than reds and therefore more elusive? Or are these fish so vastly outnumbered by the reds that they aren't as susceptible to being flossed?
Something to ponder with the big opener coming up this weekend...