Nicholas Dean Lodge

Fly Fishing for Chum Salmon

The most under rated sport fish on the pacific coast the hard fighting and prolific Chum salmon is probably responsible for more broken rods and burnt out fly reels than any other salmon. Chum run like Steelhead, jump like Coho, and bull dog like Chinooks. They are also a little on the garish side with their camouflage colored flanks and over size teeth (called Dog Salmon for their canine like teeth). Tired arms and big grins are the usual after a hard day of doing battle with Chums. If you are a novice fly angler or just want to catch large numbers of salmon, Chum are the perfect choice. They average 8 to 20 pounds but can reach sizes in excess of 30 pounds.


We offer angling adventures for tackle busting chum salmon from July 1 to August 15. This is also the prime season for giant Chinooks and in some areas you may just find yourself attached to a 50 pound King instead of a 15 pound chum.


The Kitimat River is the only stream were we specifically target Chum salmon but they may be encountered on other streams while targeting other species.

Chum Salmon Fly Fishing Techniques

The standard wet fly swing is effective for Chum salmon using 100 to 400 grain sink-tips. There are times when an occasional strip that gives the fly some life is required to convince the Dog to bite. Please refer to Fly Fishing Techniques for a more in depth description For Gear and Equipment Please Refer to Fly fishing Gear and Equipment List