2009 Pink run

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by flyindaeye, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. I know it's a bit early but does anyone have any info on this year's run in terms of numbers that will be returning to Puget Sound rivers?

  2. Anxious aren't we? Maybe since you didn't get to go to Kodiak and get yourself some Coho. Don't worry... Im sure there will be at least a few for you to catch.
  3. I'm excited for pinks as well. I wasn't around for the majority of the last run, so I missed out on all the awesome beach fishing...
  4. It should be a big year, I am looking forward to bonking some pinks and smokin em up. :thumb:
  5. Never seen nor fished for pinks. When its time I would not mind tagging along. I'm sure the areas that are normally fished will provide opportunities but if there is something besdies the timing of the run that is different shout it out.
  6. It will be epic.
  7. Come right along. The Pinks, or Humpies, start their run late summer and I fish for them in the Snohomish. I try to get them lower in the river before they get all humped up and soft.
  8. Reports for various areas of Puget Sound last spring was there were very good numbers of pink fry on the beaches. The fry abundance is one of the best indicators for the upcoming run size. While the "offical" forecasts will be available in early March as part of the North of Falcon process and should be mentioned in local papers and will be posted on WDFW's web site shortly thereafter.

    Rumors are that folks are expecting very good returns and for the first time in 3 cycles (recovered from the 2003 flood) we should see a returns to the Skagit that will be more than enough to support significant fishing. Expect to see large returns throughout Puget Sound with big numbers from the Skagit to the Puyallup. I would not be surprised to see the Puget Sound wide forecast in the 4 million range.

    With the outstanding resident coho fishing happening in the south Sound, the expected good numbers of pinks, the consistent cutthroat fishing, etc I'm looking forward to an interesting summer/fall of chasing anadormous salmonids. With the down time we have had this winter it might be a good time for some tying to stock those fly boxes. Once it starts to happen I think you will want to be fishing and not tying.

    Tight lines
  9. What size and patterns are recommended?
  10. I've had success on 2.5-3" clousers in pink over white and chartreuse over white. Olive over white is always a good general salmon pattern as well.
  11. I hope you're right about a strong Pink run in the Puget Sound Curt. I've heard that the large schools of Pinks feeding in the north Pacific can be measured by satellite. Is this the basis of the forcasts in March? The Skagit had a decent run of Pinks in fall 2007, but I'm not sure of the effect of the December flooding in that year. In spring of 2008 there were feeding frenzies on all the outmigrating salmon fry coming through the north sound, which was very encouraging (chum, pink fry mixed with other baitfish). I'll be optimistic but I never believe the forcasts until I start catching pinks and coho off the beach in August. If the salmon runs are anything like 2003 there will be many happy flyfisherman on this board!

    Pinks are usually not too thrilling on a fly rod compared to silvers or kings, but if you lock horns with a big buck in the salt it's very fun. I got this fat 9 pounder from an Admiralty Inlet beach in Sept 2007.

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  12. That is one sweet looking pink DimeBrite! I missed the pinks last time they were in town, so I am really hoping to get on board this year and get into a few of them. I hope to mainly target them in the salt, but would also like a chance at them in the rivers as well.
  13. i have been stoked ok super stoked for this upcoming run for a year and a half
    the last run on the peew was super fat
    they were so stacked in the salt that my dads shipyard had to make a no fishing policy
    nobody was getting anything done
    people were limiting out at lunch

    last year a saw alot of fry so lets hope

    my favorite was a hot pink maraboo tube clouser that a guy in a skin boat gave me
    (thanks dude)

    slow retrieve is key

    i guess feb is for tying down here in the one three

    now im all fired up
  14. p.s. pinks make great tad mon pla
    (thai fish cake)
  15. Use any fly you want as long as it's small, medium-sparse dressing, and pink color. Use floating line with bead head fly, retrieve Slowwww. Bleed while heart is still pumping; clean as soon as its done bleeding, put on ice asap. Brine or marinade for short period, BBQ the same night as caught.

    If caught in the freshwater, C&R or bury in the garden for fertilizer.
  16. I agree with Salt Dog on both fly patterns and edibility of pinks.

    Pinks are fine table fish if taken care of - immediately bled, cleaned and packed with ice. In addition to taking care of any fish kept for the table the other critical factor is limiting your take to the birghtest of the fish. Personally I limit my take to those pinks that are ocean bright and ideally easily shedding scales. Any fish that has become to taken on that charcteristic greenish color has lost some of its edibility as well as its spunk on the line.

    Generally the best fish both for fight and on the table will be found in the salt in July and early/mid August and in the tidal sections of the larger rivers (Skagit and Snohomish) during mid-August. On a five weight they are a great fish (especially on those years when there are larger fish such as 2001). Pound for pound such fish fight as well as any of our Pacific salmon.

    I too like small flies. My go to pattern is a size 4 with a tinsel body, soft hackle (a webby hen hackle is fine) with an over wing of 10 or so strands of crystal flash. Usually my flies have sliver bodies with pink hackle and wing though there are times when black or chartreuse will have their moments. I generally fish unweight flies on a sinking line though at times a front weighted pink marabou on a floating line (fished jig like) will be the ticket for staging fish.

    Tight lines
  17. Humpy mania in January?:eek: You guys are killing me. At least wait until August or something.
  18. You have to look forward to something. I like my Humpies smoked!!!!
  19. Will the Pinks run correspond with larger silvers or kings? I figure I can now fish the beach with rod/reel/line setups that I've accumulated in 6, 7 and 8wt but figure that if the Pinks are not monsters and not mixed in with the larger fish then the 6wt would be my best tool for the job. Great info, thanks for the thread post and all the chatter even if we have to wait many months.

  20. The Pinks will be running around Tacoma by early August and in the north sound by late August (although some will be caught in July). The Pinks will be mixed in with the silvers and the occasional chinook depending on the beach you are fishing. Fortunately they will take the same patterns (like shock&awe or pink&white clouser for example). A 6wt fly rod is perfect for saltwater pinks, but fishing an 8wt is a good idea just in case you hook a large silver or chinook. Brown's Point is a popular place to target them in the Tacoma area and Picnic Point is famous for its Pinks migrating into the Snohomish and Stillaguamish rivers. Stuff your saltwater box with various simple pink maribou patterns and you will be set for summer.

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