The term Sockeye comes from a poor attempt at translating the native name Suk-kegh, which means red fish. The flesh of the Red salmon is a dark orange or red color and is prized above all other salmon species for its flavor, color, and consistency. Reds are a highly sought after game fish that will drive anglers to line up shoulder to shoulder for "combat fishing." Reds get their nickname from the bright color of red that they turn when spawning. At times their numbers are so great in streams that the water looks red.