A few images taken over the span of three days on the Birkenhead river, located north-west of Pemberton, BC.
The sockeye salmon run is now fully in motion, and with that comes the opportunity to catch the rainbow and bull-trout that follow them up stream and feed on their eggs.
While catching a few smaller trout, I actually had two run-ins with salmon. The first time I hooked the back fin of a large male by accident, which ensued in a fight lasting about 15 minutes before he finally popped off nowhere near to landing him. The second was a >10lbs female salmon that actually took my dry fly -- something considered odd, as salmon are not really looking to feed this time of year and are mostly focused on their goal of spawning. This fight lasted 10 minutes or so back and forth between shallows and fast flowing water before she popped off after one final run down current.
In retrospect, I'm actually pretty happy that both fish popped-off before getting to land them. I wasn't fishing for salmon, and believe it's best to let them do their thing and spawn this time of year. It's an almost somber, but beautiful process of nature that I'm happy I got to witness up close.
Camera: D810 + RX100