Educate me on PINKS

so, I have a confession to make....I'm a total Pink virgin. There, I said it.

So educate me. PLEASE!!!

I'm going to be attending the Clark family campout at Deception Pass State Park Aug. 9-11. I'll be throwing in my older Echo 10' 6wt (lined up with 200gr Outbound floating--love the way that line casts on that rod), or, ideally, I'll be throwing my Steffen Brothers 8'6" 7/8wt glass rod (actually lighter than the Echo by a full ounce, not to mention lighter swing weight) lined up with a 265gr Outbound (casts great on this rod), but it's the floater with the 15' intermediate tip (I don't have a full floater in that line weight)--I love this rod and would absolutely love to get a Pink on it. Let's see, stripping basket, size 4-8 sparse pink flies with a bit of sparkle...what else?

My understanding is that the beaches right there in the park can get rather crowded, but I don't care as my free time will likely be early in the morning (we're talking very dawn until 7:30 or 8). What types of tides fish best typically? what about the area right there near Deception Pass? I can drive, but don't want to go too far away...

Muchas gracias,
be there before dawn. have a stake to mark your spot. it's a 1 to 1 1/2" pvc tube about 18" long with a rebar about the same length but most of it is down so you can stick it in the ground and when ya need to take a break ya put your rod in it and no one should fish in your spot. if they do well that's up to ypu how ya handle it.
have fun and get to know some of the others out there. tight lines and happy pink fishing.


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6wt and floating line is perfect. Add 7-8 ft 15lb Maxima Ultragreen leader (for simplicity; my preference) and a weighted, sparse and sparkly fly, preferably in pink. Use sharp strips to give the fly jiggy action, that is what gets pinks excited the most. Have a blast!
I'll offer up another opinion: I don't fish smaller than a 7wt now. In years past, my 6wt was a go-to, but as the fish grow with each run, so has my rod choice. I think a 6 is fine in the hands of someone who is experienced, but I find I have more fun when I'm more properly equipped.

I typically just run 8lb line. 15 works fine as they're not particularly leader shy, but I like to be able to break off easier if the need arises. With 15lb maxima on a 6-8wt rod, that rod will break before the line will in some cases.
Thanks for the extra info (in addition to the numerous times this topic has been covered)...

I typically fish 10-12lb floro for Jetty work, so I was planning on sticking with that.



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good point Evan about breaking rods. i use 15 lb UG on an 8 wt rod, so ican still break off if needed. 10 lb for a 6 wt should be about right.
What size fly do folks like? I seemed to do better on the smaller size in 2011, albeit throwing to spotted pods. Maybe bigger size is better for prospecting.
I use a #4 xx straight hook. flies I like woolly buggers but modified with less stuff and a short tail. same with my pink turds. my buddy hooked 2 pinks but lost em both. he is using a 4w rod and that puppy just about bent in two besides it was his first time with a fly pole and didn't really know what to do. he hooked em using my pink turds. what a kick watching.


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1/0 for me and I rarely lose a fish. My rule is to run the largest possible hook for salt salmon patterns, although too big gets heavy and collects more salad.