2009 Pink run

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#31
The best thing about the humpy run is you can bonk your two hatchery silvers for the bbq or smoker and continue fishing C & R.
Humpies are a great fish to get folks started with saltwater fishing. Great for kids as well.
Once they hit the rivers though, you'll get to see some of the worst angling behavior you'll ever see. All in the name of catching a humpy.
 
#33
My first and brief foray into fly fishing was for Pinks in ’07 at Dash Point and for me was a total failure in the “catching” of fish. I could barely cast 40 feet and then only once in a while.

Had to give it up for several months due to severe back problems and only took it up again this spring, a few times for trout but mostly for Silvers & SRC’s in which I had one very exceptional day (for me) but was mostly just casting practice which I needed a lot of anyway.

I’ve taken a few paid lessons and several “freebies” here ‘n there and can now cast 50-60 feet regularly with my 6 wt and occasionally out to 70+ when I get everything just right….improvement has been waaaay slower than I would like - but then I’m waaaay slower than I would like too…..never had a clue that age and stupidity could do all this to a feller, always figured that I’d be above it all somehow. Nope, that didn’t work, so here I are, old & stove-up now and been laid up for two weeks with more back problems and no fishin’.

Not bitchin’, just sayin’………….

I do plan on going for Pinks again this summer….looked like great fun for everyone catchin’ ‘em in ’07…..

Jc
 
#34
In my experience a lot of weight is not required for pink salmon flies. I use a Pink Flashabou Comet in sizes 6 and 8. I put only the smallest of bead chain eyes on this pattern. It works in all the saltwater environs and into the lower reaches of the rivers I fish. If the water is clear in the rivers I use a 6-weight, 10-foot clear intermediate sinking tip line and get all the action I need. If it is a bit colored up I use a Type III sinking tip line.
On athe beaches distance can sometimes be critical to success. My pal Bob Young uses shooting heads, Jimmy LeMert liikes the Rio Outbound. Both of them are able to reach well out to find pinks. I often use a SA Streamer Express intermediate.
Les
 
#35
In my experience a lot of weight is not required for pink salmon flies. I use a Pink Flashabou Comet in sizes 6 and 8. I put only the smallest of bead chain eyes on this pattern. It works in all the saltwater environs and into the lower reaches of the rivers I fish. If the water is clear in the rivers I use a 6-weight, 10-foot clear intermediate sinking tip line and get all the action I need. If it is a bit colored up I use a Type III sinking tip line.
On athe beaches distance can sometimes be critical to success. My pal Bob Young uses shooting heads, Jimmy LeMert liikes the Rio Outbound. Both of them are able to reach well out to find pinks. I often use a SA Streamer Express intermediate.
Les
That's what I'm going to try this year too, Les. My first year I was using a 300 gr. Outbound on a 6 wt and combined with my lousy casting created an impossible distance casting situation for me. This last year I bought a SA Streamer Express intermediate 240 gr AND a rio Gold for a floater line. on my 6 wt. So far it seems my casting distance has improved quite a bit -- but could improve a heck of a lot more too......:hmmm:

Jc
 

Jake Bannon

nymphs for steelhead....
#36
Last 4 years I have accounted for a grand total of 1 pink.....with an exception of Neah Bay. :D
I wouldnt mind giving it a go this year, but there are so many fish to target in the sound, why not target some good eater fish.


Jake
 
#38
I have a moderate action (nice and whippy) 8'6" 5wt which is probably the highest wt rod I will have until next year. Would I be wasting my time going after pinks in the salt with that? Can I put some heavy pound test on it and just be aggressive with the fish or is that a sure way to break my rod?

Chris
 

SmokinAces

Keepin' It Reel
#39
I have a moderate action (nice and whippy) 8'6" 5wt which is probably the highest wt rod I will have until next year. Would I be wasting my time going after pinks in the salt with that? Can I put some heavy pound test on it and just be aggressive with the fish or is that a sure way to break my rod?

Chris
I would say that depends on how you fight the fish. Keep a fairly loose drag and don't horse them in and I would say your 5wt will do the job just fine!
 
#40
hahahaha we have this same discussion every year but never have i seen it start in january!!!

fishing must really be dismal.

i love a day of spankin pinks as much as the next guy so i cant hate. pinks are small and just about any rod can handle them but it gets tiring after awile. i liked my 8wt last run but personally i think a 7wt would be perfect off the beach. especially with the good chance of hookin into a nookie or a silver.

and a good size pink will burn some line especially if they get into some current. they dont play.

if you have questions about how, where and when to catch them. search "pink salmon" and you will have reading material for days. seriously.

most talked about, most anticipated and yet easiest and most readily available salmon to hook.
 

Ian Broadie

Flyfishing is so "Metal"
#41
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.
 
#42
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:
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#43
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:
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:
 
#44
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.


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.
 
#45
I have a moderate action (nice and whippy) 8'6" 5wt which is probably the highest wt rod I will have until next year. Would I be wasting my time going after pinks in the salt with that? Can I put some heavy pound test on it and just be aggressive with the fish or is that a sure way to break my rod?

Chris
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.