2009 Pink run

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

  1. Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    Been working on my 2-handed beach casting with my 6wt swtich rod in anticipation of the humpy hordes. If all goes as it appears to be I will never have to double haul in the salt again. :beer2:

    Pinks would be a lot of fun on this rod, has enough back bone to handle larger stuff but is sensitive enough to let a 13" cuttie be entertaining.
  2. Tyler Sadowski Member

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    God I cant wait for warm weather and fishing for pinks. It doesnt get any better that being out with your buddies drinking beer and catching fish all day til your arm or back is sore. :beer1:
  3. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    I've experienced exactly what Tyler is talking about in a few locations with Chum...to do it in the salt with Pinks is very interesting to me. Thanks for opening the thread and getting me thinking of warm weather fishing opportunities ahead.:thumb:
  4. Sean Beauchamp Hot and Heavy at yer 6

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    Nice!! which rod? it does kind of get old muscling all that line out there all day. although ive got a new toy as well so we'll see how it goes this time around. so far so good.
  5. salt dog card shark

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    You will be undergunned with a 5 wt. rod. If you are fishing with a number of fishermen in close proximity from the beach you will find that they might not be pleased by the prospect of your 6 lb fish swimming through their legs and around their lines. This can be a problem even with a stiff 6 wt rod on larger fish. I agree with Sean, a 7wt rod is perfect for Pinks off the beach.
  6. Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    I've got the TFO Deer Creek Switch, currently I use a 350 grain rio shooting head it works really well and when I don't screw up all I do is lift, one false cast, then launch. There are times where 40 feet of shooting head, poly leader and tippet is a pain to keep from driving in to the water/beach behind me so I think I'm gonna try the Rio Skagit short lines around 375 grains and take 10 feet off of the initial lift.

    Last summer while monkeying around and practicing I was able to launch a few casts clear across cracker bar in Sultan. :beer2:
  7. Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    I don't think you are "undergunned" with a 5 wt. The fish aren't exactly bruisers. The average one is 3-6lbs. My rod of choice is a 6wt. Use 8 lb leader and you can horse them with just about any rod.
  8. KerryS Ignored Member

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    Hello, my name is Kerry and I have fished for pinks before.

    Year before last I had a serious bout with my moral values and while fishing for searun cutthroat I noticed a fairly large number of pinks milling about. I tied on a bright pink woolly bugger (don't know why it was in my fly box, Weymouth must have put it in there when I wasn’t looking) and started fishing it on the surface very slowly, similar to fishing a popper, over where the pinks were. Almost every return had a strike and most resulted in a hookup. I hate to admit it but the first 3 or 4 fish were fun then I came to my senses and moved to a place devoid of slimers.
  9. Krystoff Member

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    KerryS,

    Fishing for pinks is like riding a moped, they are both fun until your friends find out.
  10. Jamie Wilson Active Member

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    There's not a thing wrong about fishing for pinks - what's the big deal?
  11. Sean Beauchamp Hot and Heavy at yer 6

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    people love to hate em. but those are generally the same ones you ended up seeing at the shop with a load of pink clousers.

    there was someone on this forum who will remain unnamed that flapped his molars about the disgusting pink salmon but who i gave flies to on the skykomish a few runs back. sucka!
  12. Stonefish Triploid and Humpy Hater

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    I actually do hate them. Not the fish themselves, but what they bring to some of our fisheries. As I mentioned in an early post on this thread, once they hit the rivers you'll get to witness some of the worst angling ethics you'll ever see. I quit fishing them in rivers years ago after seeing what folks will do just to take home a limit of humpsters.
    Just my preference, but I'd rather target silvers in the salt then humpies in the rivers.

    As far as fishing them in the salt, go for it. Shit, you might even catch something besides a humpy even if you do decide to use a pink clouser. :D

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  13. Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    They're fun when you catch them 5000 at a time in SE Alaska
  14. RBSRC New Member

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    Ditto. While I'd rather eat a rotten dog, I developed a love-hate relationship with humpies over the 4 seasons I spent on a seiner in SE AK--they paid my way through college.
  15. BDD Active Member

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    Or a million pounds worth. What year was that?
  16. Jamie Wilson Active Member

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    Sometimes you just gotta watch out for how much smack talkin' you do - pisses off some of US!!!




    humpy bad ass.jpg
  17. Stonefish Triploid and Humpy Hater

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    I bet Humpzilla smoked up just fine..............
  18. Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Puts the AK humps to shame this photo of said such slimer.:eek:
  19. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Is that photo for real? I've seen some really morphed salmon but never pinks. I've seen the WDFW drawings but that is really cool body change. Since I'm looking for stupid fish the more the merrier. If there are millions I'm bound to stumble across a dumb one or two.
  20. Eric Tarcha gear whore

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    Big ugly from the a Sky trib 2007.