The Salmon Fishing Fantasy Grand Slam

A Pacific salmon. Photo: Curtis Smith www.coastwild.com

A Pacific salmon. Photo: Curtis Smith www.coastwild.com

The IGFA’s Grand Slam Club honors the impressive task of an angler catching a collection of different game fish species in a single day. Grand slams require an incredible combination of both luck and skill to achieve, sometimes even more than landing a record sized fish. Club members receive a custom, hand signed certificate, and are permanently listed online and in IGFA’s World Record Game Fishes book.

To qualify for the very exclusive IGFA Grand Slam Clubs, you have to catch three species in one day for a Grand Slam, four different species for a Super Grand Slam, and five different species for a Fantasy Slam.

UK angler Stephen Edmondson achieved what is possibly the most difficult of them all on his latest adventure – a salmon fantasy grand slam!

Stephen dropped us this email after he returned from his fishing trip:

”I have recently returned from British Columbia where I was fly fishing for salmon. One day I had the good fortune to hook and land all 5 species of salmon including a near 40 lb Chinook! This is officially known as a ‘Fantasy Slam ‘ recognised by the IGFA. The outfit I was using was an Airflo 13’ #8/9 7 piece Journeyman rod with an Airflo Skagit fly line and 15lb tippet. I thought this might be of interest to yourselves because the rod endured several more hefty Kings as well as numerous Chums over the week!”

Check out Stephen’s fantasy Slam:

1. Chinook Salmon

1. Chinook (king) Salmon

2. Coho Salmon

2. Coho Salmon

3. Pink salmon

3. Pink salmon

4. Chum Salmon

4. Chum Salmon

5. Sockeye salmon

5. Sockeye salmon

We offer our congratulations to Stephen for his entry to the IGFA salmon fantasy slam club. This is one outstanding achievement, especially as fly fishing tackle was used. As we understand it a salmon grand slam is an extremely rare occurrence. According to online reports and the IGFA website there are just two other anglers listed in the club.