Coho Salmon are the next most desired salmon of the Pacific species. They are generally in the 5-15 range and provide a great time on light gear. Coho generally are in the top 50 feet and are very aggressive feeders. It is not uncommon to catch a coho with so many herring in its mouth you wonder how it possibly could fit another one in!
Coho grow very quickly and will often grow 1 lb or more a month during summer months. Many anglers remember the days when “bucktailing” for Coho along the ocean surface was popular. Bucktailing is simply trolling 3-4 knots with a large Bucktail(like a large dry fly) with about a 2 ounce weight part way up the line. Bucktailing is usually done for “Northern” Coho during the fall months. “Northern” Coho refer to Coho that spent a good part of their life north Vancouver Island all the way up to Alaska. The “Nothern” Coho provide a great fight and are usually larger than their counterparts.
Coho range from Washinton all the way up to Alaska, though are most common on the west coast of British Columbia and Alaska. Around 1990 Coho were no longer found in the inland waters of British Columbia during feeding months. Coho salmon are seen as the second tastiest salmon next to Sockeye.