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I have no scientific evidence to support what I am asking. It has to deal with split tails of hooked Atlantic salmon. I have been salmon angling since I was 11 years old, but now I have to release salmon over 63 centimeters. If I hook a salmon and after it jumps once, I can usually tell if it is at least 70 cm, I let my line go slack and the salmon gets off. If I am not going to tag it, I ‘m not going to land it.

Two older gentlemen, one who is 84 and the other 92, have told me that salmon get the leader caught in their tails and they split. But again I have not seen it, because I have not been looking.
The tail is what salmon use to navigate rapids and dig nests (redds). I would like to explicitly state that it is only observation and not scientific evidence, I am asking here.
Subsequently, I would like to ask anglers, if any of you have noticed such. I am not seeing this in many small salmon that I tag and keep for the pot, but again I have not been looking. If any angler notices this, this coming year, I would ask that you contact me at (709) 865-4107 or email ward.sampson@nf.sympatico.ca or P.O. Box 174, Main Brook, Nl. A0K 3N0

Ward W. Samson
Main Brook

Two older gentlemen, one who is 84 and the other 92, have told me that salmon get the leader caught in their tails and they split. But again I have not seen it, because I have not been looking.
The tail is what salmon use to navigate rapids and dig nests (redds). I would like to explicitly state that it is only observation and not scientific evidence, I am asking here.
Subsequently, I would like to ask anglers, if any of you have noticed such. I am not seeing this in many small salmon that I tag and keep for the pot, but again I have not been looking. If any angler notices this, this coming year, I would ask that you contact me at (709) 865-4107 or email ward.sampson@nf.sympatico.ca or P.O. Box 174, Main Brook, Nl. A0K 3N0

Ward W. Samson
Main Brook

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