Not just a King Salmon but a fresh river run King Salmon. I don't care to eat one but you land a silver King out of a river, you need to sit down for a moment, catch one and net it by yourself in a small boat you should get an award.
Over the several years that we fished up there we learned the fish are the strongest when it arrives in the stageing area of the river. The we could tell approx how long the fish had been in the area by how bright she was. We threw back several that had lost the brightness. They start to loose their shine as they get ready to go into the river.
BOY those were some of my best fishing memories.