South Sound Squimp migration in full swing !!!

#16
Mark

Excellent flies.

You said that a slow retrieve was imperative.
Does your retrieve vary relative to a slow, medium or fast current?
And have you ever used a dead drift in the current with the fly?
Thanks nic,
yes current plays a part in your retrieve as does the line you're using. For cutt's I usually use as slow of retreive as possible but that depends on current/rip/ depth and line I'm using, also what I believe they're feeding on... I love dead drifting and swinging krill (and baitfish) patterns in fast rips and currents, just stripping enough to keep in contact with the fly using a hover/intermediate or floating line.... Hope this helps....

Mark
 

nic

Active Member
#18
Thanks nic,
yes current plays a part in your retrieve as does the line you're using. For cutt's I usually use as slow of retreive as possible but that depends on current/rip/ depth and line I'm using, also what I believe they're feeding on... I love dead drifting and swinging krill (and baitfish) patterns in fast rips and currents, just stripping enough to keep in contact with the fly using a hover/intermediate or floating line.... Hope this helps....

Mark

It does.

So you strip just enough to keep contact when you dead drift ... hmmm... you sound like a fisherman who's paid his dues.
I believe Skues call it the sixth sense.
 
#19
That's good to know about the dead drift/swing as it seems most people say you have to strip like a maniac to get cuts to strike. I've found this to be true in some cases but not all.
 
#20
That's good to know about the dead drift/swing as it seems most people say you have to strip like a maniac to get cuts to strike. I've found this to be true in some cases but not all.

Silvers, strip as fast as you can, but not always necessary... Cutt's I've found much prefer a slower presentation unless they are really keying in on baitfish that they have too chase, but I think they will always take the easiest meal they can get with the least amount of effort, as most predators will.... Even if they're chasing bait they will look for the sick or wounded fish
that's easy to grab, ( Poppers/sliders/gurglers are a good choice here)) so dead drifting a baitfish pattern will sometimes work when stripping fast doesn't, or at least this is my take on it and seems to work most of the time. Of course there's times when nothing works and I go home scratching my head, but that's fishing !!!!
 
#22
Me too. I'm pretty much stuck to fishing one beach only (due to current time constraints and lack of crowds :D). But I pretty much swing and strip. Usually when the bite is on they are on it as soon as my fly hits the water. Plop, retrieve....bam! I mainly fish streamers though, I have no confidence in fishing squid or shrimp because I can't figure how to imitate the way they would move, but after reading this I'll trie the dead drift with those! :)
 
#23
As I said I love this pattern and it is my go to on most of my trips. Hit an MA11 beach today and besides watching the snow flurries had some decent luck with 2 fish to the net and 2 ldr.

I have tweaked it a bit and below is my version. I found the fox tends to float so the red rib gives it some weight as well as a visual/textural impact.


I also had good success with this odd Black/Purple version of the Squimp. I added a sub hackle/wing of black Marabou. I have avoided black for whatever reason, I guess I never see pure black SRC patterns so I was dubious, but on a dark and calm day like today this did get some attention.

 
#24
I like those Dave, nice looking flies and I have no doubt black/purple would work, especially on dark overcast days, much
more contrast against the sky, might have to tie up a couple darker versions myself, good idea...

Mark
 

golfman44

5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year
#26
Managed a few nice srcs on Lelands Popper yesterday to go along with my frozen hands. Did notice a lot of surface action so they were feeding on something.

Slowwww strips seemed to be the key...colder water maybe?
 
#28
Managed a few nice srcs on Lelands Popper yesterday to go along with my frozen hands. Did notice a lot of surface action so they were feeding on something.
Slowwww strips seemed to be the key...colder water maybe?
Good too hear you picked some up, and I would think this time of year it could have been euphasids, maybe amphipods they were after, but who knows ?? I'm sure Preston would have a good idea what else they might be after...


Just wondering if you have ever used the fly for steelhead in larger sizes. Great looking fly.
No, never used this pattern for steel but tied up a couple on larger salmon irons and have no doubt they would work for
winter fish, after all they're all attractor patterns anyway..... If I still chased steelhead I'd tie some up for sure.....
 
#29
I have noticed a lot more fish being taken on small surface patterns (size 6 gurglers and other stuff like that) around these parts... Those shrimp look amazing Mark, bring one down next time you are in the Harbor.