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Species Spotlight: Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon are a species of Pacific Salmon that any discerning fly angler will be familiar with. These tough fighting members of the Salmon family can prove to be amazing sport when they run in the rivers at the spawning time of their life cycle. With their red colouration, they take on at spawning time these beautiful fish are one that just has to be targeted at least once in the fly anglers lifetime.

Species: Sockeye Salmon

Also known as: Red Salmon, Blueback Salmon

Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus nerka


The Sockeye Salmon is sometimes called red or blueback salmon, due to its amazing colour. Sockeye have a blue tinge to their silver colouration after migrating to the ocean. When they return to spawning grounds, their bodies become red and their heads turn green. One of their main distinguishing features are their long, serrated gill rakers.


Sockeye Salmon can weigh up to 15lb in weight but they average around the 8lb marker.

Where to catch Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon are found in the Pacific and run the rivers of North America and Canada. Some of the best lodges with the best Salmon Populations to target this species include the Goodnews River Lodge, No see um Lodge and the Bristol Bay lodge all in Canada.

SOCKEYE SALMON Fishing methods

By far the most popular method is by Fly fishing. Depending on the water conditions you can decide what flys to use that will entice these hard-hitting fish to bite.

You can also target these stunning fish by using artificial lures including spoons and spinners.

Contact Us

The Sockeye Salmon is considered by many to be one of the best fighting Salmon on the planet. Here at Sportquest Holidays, we offer some fantastic opportunities to go after this beautiful species which can be seen on our Youtube. You can contact our fly fishing manager, Peter Collingsworth, via email on or call 01603 407596 today and we’ll make your dream a reality.

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