Hey guys, today has been an interesting day with the Northern CA Central valley salmon season starting today. Saw about 25 fish caught today while out working but I have always wanted to get peoples thoughts on the "technique" called flossing. It is primarily used for salmon and steelhead but may be used for others. If you are not familiar with flossing, you use a 12ft + leader of line with a single hook (and usually a bead) and a sliding sinker weight above that. You cast up stream and hope the line slides or "flosses" the salmon in the mouth, since they all face upstream with their mouths open like <.
It is very hard to enforce since in CA their is this section:
To take fish by hook and line with the line held in the hand, or with the line attached to a pole or rod held in the hand or closely attended in such manner that the fish voluntarilytakes the bait or lure in its mouth.
...but if you dont have your head under water and see the fish get flossed or actually take the set up, its very hard to enforce. I know my stance on it and you cant talk about this subject on nearly every fishing forum without getting banned. SO TW, What do you think?
PS. Jeremy Wade ACTUALLY did this technique live on TV.. crazy...and don't use "they're gonna die anyway"