Easy pattern for Pinks?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Josh, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Josh dead in the water

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    Anyone have an easy to tie pattern for Pinks? Yeah yeah, I know Pinks will eat all sorts of stuff. But I'm looking for a bit more of a specific suggestion here. I'm not much of a fly tier and I'm not much of a salmon fisherman. But with my interest in cutthroat flies, I'm going to be tying more. And with my interest in getting my father in law out somewhere that doesn't require a mile hike to some random creek, I'm going to see about fishing for pinks this summer. I'll mostly be in the rivers I expect with perhaps some beach salt if necessary.

    So I'm looking for something fairly easy for an inexperienced idiot to tie that has a decent chance of getting the attention of pinks. The more specific you can be, hook size/materials/instructional links/etc, the better. Like I said, I'm an idiot when it comes to tying.
  2. Loren Jensen Active Member

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    Pink patterns are simple. Keep it small, size 6 at the biggest, keep it sparse. Pick up some sort of synthetic pink colored hair or something similar, tie with pink thread. Weight your flies with beadchain eyes. Keep them cheap.

    Here is a pink Charlie fly tied up by Troutrageous.

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  3. constructeur Active Member

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  4. stewart dee Guest

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    Get some of these? I know the guy that owns them, maybe he could part with two or three. HA- look at the amount of them goodies.
  5. John Dougher Member

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    Check the saltwater forum.
    Recent good thread on this subject.
  6. golfman65 Guest

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    Josh if your a cutthroater then tie up some pink muddlers and some bright green ones as well...you can get um on the swing, you can get um stripping...I've fished a back slough with them in schools and a fast strip across the bow will normally get one or two breaking off and hitting it...

    Mostly I use pink muddlers...
  7. Josh dead in the water

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    My issue is more that I need a bit more specific instructions than what that thread gives. Lots of cool flies on there, but despite the time I have fished, I really know little about tying (or salmon for that matter). So how they were made are a mystery to me. If the answer is "it's all secret sauce, figure it out yourself" that's cool too. Some stuff is just like that. But I'd like to know so I don't waste time banging my head against the wall.
  8. Josh dead in the water

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    That's something I can probably make happen. Is there anything special you use for the pink material? Do you weight them any differently? Like a cone head muddler I assume?
  9. constructeur Active Member

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    Definately not secret sauce!

    Here's how I tie in all of my weighted eyes, bead chain eyes, and even the burnt mono eyes, though obviously with a heap less tension than with the weighted eyes. I also use Bobs method of folding the material over when tying nearly anything synthetic as it jsust results in a more durable fly:




    as far as recipes go:

    1. something small like Evan digs
    * size 6-8 hook. if you want to fish the salt use the Gami Sc15's, if for fresh water anything you have on hand, iirc Evan was tying his small stuff on the Allen 3769. I'm partial to the 105's because I can tie small stuff directly to them, or use em' for cutty tubes.

    *lash down eyes as per Bob Clouser video. Apply small amount of epoxy or varnish if you wish.

    * tie in a touch, like 3-4 strands doubled over, of crystal flash

    *tie in pink material

    *whip finish and apply a few coats of varnish or epoxy. For my personal stuff I always epoxy over the holes on the bead chain eyes, otherwise they'll only last like 2 salt trips.

    2. pink turd
    * Any 3xl streamer hook should work.

    * Lash down eyes per Clouser vid.

    * run thread back to mid part of hook, tie in a sparse pink tail of synthetic or bucktail.

    * tie in small or medium crystal chenille, wrap thread forward to just in front of the eyes, follow that with the chenillie wrapped forward to build a body.

    *if you're feeling saucy add a wrap or two of some marabou.

    *whip finish, and varnish for durability.

    If you do tie some pink muddlers make sure you tie a few with a few wraps of lead near the front of the body. Lots of guys make the argument that it doesn't matter what you toss, and they're right, for the 2 weeks of the main part of the run. The rest of the time it helps to be prepared with atleast 2 patterns tied a few different ways/weights.

    Also tie a few things up in other colours. We caught fish last time around on black, brown, purple, and this time I've tied up things in some outlandish mixes just to see if they work (for funsies.)
  10. constructeur Active Member

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    This is the gist of Troutrageous' tye for the pink swap, just use pink stuff.
  11. wet line New Member

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    Josh,

    A black or pink Knudsen spider works well on pinks as well as anything else in a fall river. I like size 8's tied on a 200RBL hook. I have actually had more success with the black than the pink. Reverse spiders are good but just the standard tie is fine.

    Dave
  12. Josh dead in the water

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    GREAT!

    That's good info. Thanks guys.
  13. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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  14. Josh dead in the water

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    And just so I'm clear, what size are you guys tying most of this stuff?
  15. Loren Jensen Active Member

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    A Pink Turd is what Evan ties, Terry.
  16. constructeur Active Member

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    man, now I have to notify the Speypages guys that you're using the wrong names for things again!

    This is a turd to the rest of the fly fishing community:

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    originally a bonerfish fly...replace the light brown with pink shizz, varnish for durability, and slay feesh. :cool:
  17. Loren Jensen Active Member

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    I donned Evan's flies 'The Pink Turdz' in the beginning of that ghey swap I strangley decided to host. So that's what a Pink Turd is to me. That fly, should be a Fuzzy Wuzzy Pinky Poopy Fly, weedguard optional.
  18. Jamie Wilson Active Member

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    I fish 3 or 4 different colored comet style flies - size 8 mostly - some with bead chain eyes and same fly with dumbbell eyes - very sparse and quick to tie. When they go off one color - like pink - I will throw a change up and it usually produces. Colors I like in addition to pink are all white, black with a white wing, and orange. PM me your address and I will send you a free sampler.
    Good luck!!
  19. nb_ken Member

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    Some good info here. I kinda had the same question.

    I've never fished for pinks. Bought some materials a couple of years ago but never got out then or tied anything up.

    I've been scanning this board for patterns so I'm glad Josh asked. My fallback was going to be a plain old pink clouser.

    Lefty Kreh says he's caught something like 4,815 different species of fish on a clouser (I may have the number wrong, but you get the idea.) I've caught my share off the beach with that pattern as well. Might bore a lot of tiers on this board and won't win any awards in a fly swap, but in a pinch, you can't argue with success.

    (This coming from a guy who, half the time, fishes for trout with a boring old adams. And catches fish.)
  20. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Josh, here's a pic of my fly box I'm building up. I like sizes 8 and 10, sparsely tied. If you need specific instructions, let me know. But they're pretty basic and easy to do en masse

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