Too Many Pinks In The Pacific

Salmon flry at the Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery, on an isolated estuary off southcentral Alaska’s Kachemak Bay. Photos by Nathaniel Wilder for Hakai Magazine

If you are a fly fisher visiting the mecca of Alaska, you probably didn’t think too much about pink salmon, I didn’t.

I probably spent more time in Humpy’s Bar in Anchorage awaiting a connection than thinking about the humpback salmon: big rainbows, silvers or kings were my target.

But the exploding pink salmon population in the North Pacific fuelled by hatchery production is impacting the salmon we want to catch. Miranda Weiss at Hakai Magazine has an excellent piece here