HAIKU MONDAY: On Catching Chinook that Eat Better Than They Look

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack has a new secret for how to catch spring chinook salmon on the Rogue River…don’t actively fish for them.

How to catch chinook?/Fish for Rogue steelhead with plugs./’Nooks bite every trip.

For you few Haiku Monday virgins still out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors and whatever the hell else comes to mind.

The schtick is there are enough bad versions of old Japanese poems to get some poetry society’s to read this-here blog long enough to realize they want nothing to do with Fish Hack as a bastion of literary relevence.

“Bastion?” B.S./Hack’s Hack is the apex of Lame,/But in a good way.

Much like early summer steelhead trips on the upper Rogue River, which is Hack’s home waters.

The past three steelhead trips have all yielded steelhead, but at least one chinook as well.

Thursday’s trip with outdoor writer bud Mark Taylor from Virginia’s Roanoke Times and his brother, Greg Taylor of Roseburg, proved that point.

A 22-pound springer hen bit Greg Taylor’s pink-and-silver k-11 Kwikfish on a noodle rod. The two of them traded haymakers until Mark Taylor deftly netted the ‘nook.

The chick looked a little bootish on the outside, but the meat was a prime pinkish-red…like June springers.

Another example of why Rogue springers are the top-eating freshwater fish Oregon has to offer.

Check out those fillets.

Old ‘nook, perfect meat./Who cares if it’s dark outside./You don’t eat the skin.

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    Mark Freeman

    I've underachieved as the Mail Tribune's Fish Hack since 1989. I can't help but find a few things to yuk about with pathetic regularity in the outdoors. My most treasured award? An OSHA citation for a messy desk -- Fire hazard. YEAH! Read Full
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