Who is excited for Pinks?!?!

#33
Anyone care to share a pattern or two for Pinks. I imagine a simple bunny leach with some flash would work just fine.
ixnay on the bunny leech. won't get the action you need due to the buoyancy of the bunny strip.

Size 6 2xl nymph/streamer hook. Heavy tungsten conehead (orange or pink is typically best). some manner of pink hair, feathers, flash on the body (not that important as long as it's sparse). strip, pause, repeat.
 

Chris Bellows

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#34
my take on what evan was talking about 2 years ago was a marabou tail, ice-dub body (pink, cerise, or shrimp pink) and tungsten bead (silver or gold) - total fly length about 1-1.5 inches. worked exceptionally well on the lower duwamish. we'll see if something similar works as well for offshore pinks in less than four months.
 

Beachmen

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#36
i can't wait. i hope that the build up in size countinues. it was a blast on my 6wt last year even when i hooked a king. cant wait for more big 6wt action. bring on the pinks.
 
#37
Anyone care to share a pattern or two for Pinks. I imagine a simple bunny leach with some flash would work just fine.

UV Egg Sucking Angel Hair Euphausiid

Hook: Mustad Signature C47SD #4 (debarb) or Eagle Claw 413 #4 (debarb)

Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 140 Fl. Pink

Eyes: Bead Chain Black Medium ( tie in above the hook point, outside gap, glue)

Plastic Bead: C Pucci 4mm Dark Pink Pearl (C47SD drill and slide up to the eye) (413 mount onto a sewing pin, cut the pin 5/8" just short of the hook point and tie the pin to the shank) or for a more weighted pattern use a Spirit River Hot Bead 5/32" Hot Pink (mount on a tooth pick, spray each side with CS Coatings UV Blast and stick in some foam to dry)

Tail/Feelers: Angel Hair Cotton Candy (sparse, long 1 1/2 full hook length 1 1/2"-1 3/4", fold on the thread, cut to a natural looking angled taper)
Hareline Loco Legs Bonefish Pink (2, long 1 1/2 full hook length 1 1/2", fold back shell back till pulling forward after the body and body dub legs)

Body - Legs: Angel Hair Cotton Candy, Hareline Micro UV Polar Chenille Hot Pink (sparse, long, both dub looped together, A. H. 2 1/2", loose spin, pick, brush out, pull and fold downward to make room for the shell back)

Shell Back: Hareline Loco Legs Bonefish Pink (pull forward over the top, stretching slightly, for the shell back)

Dub Finish Collar: Hareline UV Ice Fl. Hot Pink, Hareline Senyo's Laser Hot Pink (1/2 each, sparse, long, split thread dub loop, loose spin, 2 turns, whip finish, cut the thread, minimum super glue on a needle/bodkin behind the bead, pick and brush out)

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishing/Hard-Baits/Salmon-Steelhead|/pc/104793480/c/104732280/sc/108916380/Cabelas-Pucci-Pearl-Beads/743744.uts

http://www.jsflyfishing.com/cgi-bin/item/HK-043477-0000/54000/Mustad-Signature-C47SD-Hook.html

http://www.captainhookswarehouse.com/index.cfm?page=detail&hookid=171&view=1

I wanted a flashy Angel Hair pink salmon euphausiid (small shrimp) beach pattern. The bead chain eyes are just enough weight to turn the hook point up right (C47SD). I fished this pattern for the first time summer 2011. It quickly became my favorite pink salmon beach pattern.

Fished off of Rio Outbound Short WF6I, 5' Airflo Trout Int. Poly Leader and 5' 10lb. fluorocarbon.

GG
 
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Kcahill

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#39
I might even go see if I can catch some this year. Somehow, I've always managed to miss the run. I must have been fishing for some other species closer to home, or something.
Same here, its the busy time of year and I always seem to be gone for work. Hopefully this year I get a week or two to try and catch a pink.
 

wyofly

Active Member
#41
I'm real excited!! My wife's family owns property on Vashon Island and I plan to fish for Pinks in August for two weeks. Which weeks would be best?
 
#42
Usually early to mid August. The timing of the bulk of the run can change a bit year to year but there will be plenty of fish around throughout August. Lets hope the states run forecasts are fairly accurate as they have a less then stellar track record predicting fish returns. Its more of an educated guess at best.
 
#43
Usually early to mid August. The timing of the bulk of the run can change a bit year to year but there will be plenty of fish around throughout August. Lets hope the states run forecasts are fairly accurate as they have a less then stellar track record predicting fish returns. It more of an educated guess at best.
There's also motivation from the commercial/tribal harvesters to up the predictions. Higher prediction = higher quota.
 
#44
Yep that is very true Evan. Its sad that the agency charged with managing and protecting the resource doctors the numbers under pressure from other groups so that they can harvest and sell more fish but it has and will continue to happen.
 
#45
I'm very excited because it provides a fantastic opportunity for my grandkids (ages 9, 11, 14) to catch salmon on the fly rod from the beach.