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hello ive been fishing pitt lake for trout for a few years but want to learn how to fish for sockeye ive been fishing the upper pitt but never to serious and good tips on how to fish for the sockeye
 
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To catch sockeye in the upper pitt all you have to do is put on a 5 foot leader/tippet and throw on either a single egg pattern or a big o'l fly, anything will work really.....put on a couple small peices of split shot a foot above the fly and cast on an upstream angle and slowly strip it back. when the line seizes STRIKE!
 

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haha unfortunately flossin is the only way you're gonna have any luck with sockeye in the upper pitt
or the Fraser, Stamp, Harrison, Skeena, ..............it is extremely difficult to "entice these fish to strike" out of agression, instinct, let alone hunger but we don't need to open up this can of worms here. Have fun in the upper pitt!
 
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Big Machine: Your wrong about the harrison. Most fish that travel this system have a parasite, which makes them arrive way ahead of schedule. When they enter the river they are still in their feeding stage and will take krill, actually bite flies, and sometimes spoons! I remember at the end of the 90's and early 00's we would just cast some krill under a float behind the boat and wait for the float to disapeer. was fun had some 20+ fish days. But the sad thing is that most of these fish do not spawn, as apparently the parasite will eventually kill em. But some years it may not.....last year seemed to be a good year for them numbers wise.

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mikethesportsfisher said:
Most fish that travel this system have a parasite, which makes them arrive way ahead of schedule. When they enter the river they are still in their feeding stage

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Interesting information! Can you point me to the research paper that documents this parasite problem? Does it affect the "table" quality of the fish?

Dinsdale.
 
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Dinsdale: Sorry I cannot point you in the direction. They announced it officially about 5 years ago I think, it was on the news and in the new papers back then, and on DFO's site too (I think). And the parasite does not affect table fair of the fish, they said that it effects the sockeye's "mental system" or something (don't know the word), making them die young and have problems spawning etc.

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My one (and only) sockeye on the fly was in the Harrison a few years back and I'm pretty certain that it took the fly! The fish took on a slow drift - no retrieve. The fly was inside the mouth - pointing and the "wrong" angle for it to be flossed. The river was flowing (albeit slowly) from my left to right, and the fish was hooked on the right inside corner of the mouth. I would have figured that to be flossed, the hook would be on the outside side corner (right side) of the mouth, or left inside corner. Hmm...

At first, I thought it may have been a coho - but the photos clearly identified it as a nice sockeye buck in the 6 - 7+ pound range. Greenish back with chrome (sliver) sides and a white belly...released unharmed of course!
 
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