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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    I think some people shy away from koke fishing because they rarely get big... although some do. There is definitely a strategy to hooking them up and getting them in the boat for sure. I prefer trout simply because of the big fish possibility. Having said that, there are days when trout can be slow, so I head over to whiskeytown where limits of kokes are easily obtained. Oh yeah.. smoked kokanee... Amazing!

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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    I like Kokanee fishing because it is a more economical form of summer salmon fishing as opposed to going out on the ocean. The boat I use costs 1/10th the cost of an ocean boat to maintain and operate. The mountain lakes like Stampede are very scenic. The ultralight tackle makes for a good fight.

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    What is the Charm of Kokanee

    I love Kokanee. I agree with Kristy, you need special tackle. You can't catch them with bait or on shore. I think they fight well for their size. If you catch one that's 18" it takes finesse to get them in. They will jump out of the water to shake the hook and sometimes they do! In the last few years we've been focusing on stripers. My wife loves the fight. Someday we will go Koke fishing again. Ultimately I love the taste of Kokanee. Hand a down the best tasting freshwater fish. I love sharing them with family and friends and if I smoke them it's a nice treat for myself and others if I give them away. They have great flavor and produce this nice oil that's great over crackers with cream cheese.. yum!


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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    I have always loved trout fishing. From bank or boat and still do. BUT, I have fallen for kokanee fishing as well. I love how specific it is! The lures, speed, depth, time of year etc.
    Fisherman tossing out bait poles don't catch kokanee. Heck a lot of people I talk to don't even know what a koke is! It's kind of an art that's fun and challenging to learn. Not to mention how delicious they are and easy to clean and fillet. I Love that they hit out of aggression and not hunger! I Like pissing them off and finessing their soft mouths in. Plus they put up a great fight for a small fish!
    Yes those Kokanee certainly do charm me!
    Kristy.

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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    Quote Originally Posted by BigUnInDaBoat View Post
    I mean, my best friends uncle flies model airplanes with a fellow who buys expensive planes, but is not a good RC pilot and ends up crashing most of these expensive toys, just to give them away to other people at the airfield after the crash. Some people have money to burn on the things they like to do.

    I love catching Kokes, they fight good, are eager to bite, and are one of the best fish smoked hands down!

    I've actually caught more kokes out of a 12' sears aluminum boat, without a fishfinder, with clamp on riggers, and a chart wedding ring. That's less than $600 of tackle, boat, and motor!
    DayHang...that's less then a custom graphite rod right there

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    I mean, my best friends uncle flies model airplanes with a fellow who buys expensive planes, but is not a good RC pilot and ends up crashing most of these expensive toys, just to give them away to other people at the airfield after the crash. Some people have money to burn on the things they like to do.

    I love catching Kokes, they fight good, are eager to bite, and are one of the best fish smoked hands down!

    I've actually caught more kokes out of a 12' sears aluminum boat, without a fishfinder, with clamp on riggers, and a chart wedding ring. That's less than $600 of tackle, boat, and motor!

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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    Quote Originally Posted by fishwrong2 View Post
    Same reasons people get into any other hobby. Starts out as something interesting and grows into a passion.

    Kokanee are fairly wide spread around here anyway, good eating, they can go on good bites where you catch a lot of them and for some, it's a social thing. I also think Kokanee fight as hard as rainbows of the same size.

    Same questions can be asked of any specific type of fishing. Why is flipping for 1 pound bass with a 2x4 and 80# line fun? Same for hiking miles into the back country to get a 10" trout to eat feathers and glue flung around by a $300 graphite stick.

    Long winded way of saying I'm not sure, but it's fun.
    I have a $700 custom graphite stick that I fling feathers for a 4-6" trout, miles out. Very good analogy

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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    I have caught 2 Kokes while fishing for trout at Pardee over the years. I want to target them this year. I have a nice smoker and want to check them out smoked. In my experience rainbows aren't that flavorful. I don't have a lot of experience using a down rigger so I'm hoping fishing for Kokes will improve my downrigging skills and at the same time provide some nice fish for the smoker.

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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    As most have said, kokanee are probably one of the best tasting freshwater fish on the west coast. Trout and bass IMO do not come close in taste (back country brooks and goldens are very close though). Crappie is good and Sacramento perch fried up and thrown in a taco is hard to beat, but kokanee fillets just have the ability to absorb and be garnished by so many other flavors that do not work with other types of fish. Again my opinion.

    Yes they fight better than most at that size and really are not to difficult to catch during the summer months. Again, information already shared on this thread.

    A different perspective I will throw out is the "cult like" following that surrounds kokanee fishing. Even though rainbow trout are the #1 fish planted in the state, most west coast tackle mfg's make gear primarily focused at the kokanee trolling fishermen. Why? Koke fishermen are a group that has shown that they will spend lots of $$$ for gear. Look at all of the kokanee rods on the market that can only be used for downrigging and cost over $100. Why buy a expensive rod that sits in a rod holder? Why not, I have the money. Ask to see a kokanee angler's tackle boxes. Hundreds of dollars in lures to catch a fish that maybe gets to 16". And then before dropping one of those lures down, one "has" to put a specially formulated scent on their corn or the fish will disappear. Why? I have the money to buy the lures and corn is the gospel in kokanee fishing. Then there is the boats. Why does anyone need a 22' Northriver with full canopy, four downriggers and a small kicker (costing around $50K) that will only see freshwater lakes? Why not, I have the money. To me, there are many similarities I see between the attitudes by some in the fly fishing community and those who fish for kokes......it's like a status thing. Again all this is my opinion.

    Want to stir up the ire of a "hardcore" kokanee troller? Ask them about jigging and watch their reaction

    Yes, I am a kokanee jigger and proud of it
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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    Very simply, it's the cold beer in warm weather!

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