*Official 2011 pink salmon thread*

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by CLO, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. Gray Ghost Member

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    Flowing Waters
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    Here's a favorite all around bait fish pattern. Down size some, sparser and tie the top/back in pink colors for pinks. I'll use small brass beads, bar bells sometimes instead of the epoxied eyes. Being made with synthetic Angel Hair, it absorbs little water, making it very easy to cast.

    Awesome pattern for other anadromous saltwater species as well, tied in different sizes and colors. Good pattern tied on tubes also.

    http://flyfishsaltwaters.com/angelhair.htm
  2. Jim Welch Veni, Vidi, Fishi

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    Pinks are good smoked, however, they are good grilled also, I butterfly them and place them on a piece of foil curled up within a quarter inch of the fish, then place the foil on a grill (Weber is the best) with some lemon garlic butter drizzled over them.

    When the edges are turning brown, pull the whole grill off and stuff as many green alder leaves as you can over the coals, place the grill back on top of the leaves and put the lid on with the opening on the top open letting the steam out, when the steam starts turning to smoke (white to gray) its done.

    Charcoal grill is the best, I haven't tried it with propane.

    also remember to bleed the fish after you have caught it, by slitting the gills and placing in a bucket of water. Pinks are best eaten the same day they were caught.

    Eat what you catch, catch only what you can eat.
  3. gt Active Member

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    i'll be fishing for them on the strait. caught before they turn into 'slabs' they are one of the best, mildest eathing salmon you have ever had. they come to the fly easily and you can usually find them early am as they really like to clear the water and put on a 'here i am' show for all to see. great fun and if you get the chance to chase them in the salt, pretty good sport on light fly gear. flies for these salmon are simple in number of elements and fast to tye, nothing fancy about this game as there are hundreds of thousands milling around all eagar to do combat with your fly. get out on the salt and have a go at'um, great fun.
  4. Steve Saville Active Member

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    I think I'm almost ready. I probably have a few more to tie before I hit the beach in August.:thumb:
  5. Jordan Simpson Active Member

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    Ahhh, I just wanna get out there now for them!
    Just a quick question, but what lines do most people use for them in a) The salt, and b) the Fresh. I usually just use a floater when going after cutties (5/6wt), but when going after coho on the beaches, I usually use a type 1 clear inter, or a type III uniform sink...but remember, that is for coho. Just wondering what the pink lines are. THanks!
  6. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I like to use a full floater with about a 12' leader
  7. Steve Saville Active Member

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    I fish in salt water for pinks and almost always use a Rio Outbound, intermediate sinking line. If you are able to look clsely at the picture I posted, most of my flies are weighted. I like to get right down in the eel grass, A.S.A.P. without scraping bottom.
  8. Bob Jones Still truckless now farther away

    Looking good Steve I haven't been able to tie any yet but hope to soon great fishing I'll keep in touch about then. Have a good weekend.
  9. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I fully expect to see pictures of Bob holding some pink salmon in a few months.
  10. constructeur Active Member

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    Simpson- I'm with Evan on the floater w/ long leader, though to be fair it's only 11-10.5' long after the two of us are done carefully tying our wind knots in them! If you look into what pinks eat, it's mostly small stuff( I only fish the larger stuff in colored or deeper water), and if you happen across a pod feeding on the surface you're in for a treat. I've found that they often feed/swim slowly and if you see a swirl or dimple a lazy cast within the immediate area is often rewarded with a strike.

    Hell yes.

    Stuff I whipped up incase I run across a pod of discerning, high class pinks:

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  11. Steve Saville Active Member

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    Bob's Pink trip is already in the works. As soon as we are able, we will post pictures but we are several months away yet. Hold tight.
  12. a_fors Active Member

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    Propane works well too, but there is something about the charcoal...as always
  13. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    the stocking up is coming along
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    I don't believe in fishing anything over size 8 for pinks
  14. Bob Jones Still truckless now farther away

    Lookin good guys thanks for the encouragement. Sure looking forward to it getting here. I haven't got my wash llc yet and the difference from last year 12,60 plus 8.25 for a resident senior and this year for about 105.00 for a nonresident scared me at first. If it works I'll spend the last half of August up there and get to help with the PHWW event too. My sister was visiting last time the pinks ran and we went down and parked on the levee in Puyallup and laughed and laughed at the lines of comedians trying to fish. We've been stream fisherpeople and basicly clear water. To see these lines of people standing or struggling in flowing mud that you couldn't see anything in and they are carrying big nets strapped to their backs and swinging their rods not worrying that the next guy is only 3or 4 feet away. Never saw a fish fought or cought. Happy fishing. I found a box of couple dozen flies I tied last year that I forgot havent fished for them yet. Have to find the rest of my fly tying materials.
  15. P.Dieter Just Another Bubba

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    I wish I could say I'm above all this slobbering...but I can't. 2011 Herding of the Pinks.
  16. constructeur Active Member

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    [IMG]

    size 6, black mono eyes, Berlin wool, krystal flash. Should soak up just enough water to just stay within the surface film or top 4"'s incase i find em' actively feeding on top.
  17. jwg Active Member

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    *Official 2011 pink salmon thread* Top or bottom?

    fish flies near the top or near the bottom? Thats what I have been wondering.

    From Steves fly collection, mostly weighted flies, and his text, the answer would be the bottom.

    At Puget Sound Fly Shop in 2009 they sold me tube flies, not weighted. I fished them on an Airflow fast intermediate clear sinking line at a popular south sound beach. I caught fish, but thought I should have been doing better than I was.

    From watching others, I saw that the two people catching the most fish looked like they were fishing floating lines. They were not casting out farther than others, just catching more fish more consistently. Another fellow was stripping very fast which would have kept his fly high.

    In northern Vancouver Island in 2008, (their runs are on even years) every person I talked to had a different opinion, top or bottom.

    I'd like to hear peoples experience and reasoning on this issue.
  18. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    floating line, looooooooong leader, small weighted fly. strip strip pause.... strip strip pause.

    pinks can't see down, only up and forward. And the pinks tend to be further up in the water column (or in shallow water). They will almost always hit your fly on the drop when you pause.
  19. Rodney K. Pabst Member

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    Pinks,

    Some of the BEST times I had fishing POW Is. AK, was with my 6wt 9' Echo (So much more fun than fishing with my 8wt rods) running up and down the Harris river "trying" to land BIG PINKS. What a blast. Fresh from the sea, hitting almost everythng in my fly box. Looks to be another great year for Humpies.
  20. Steve Saville Active Member

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    *Official 2011 pink salmon thread* Top or bottom?

    I think it depends on where you fish and what you are confident in. I've used floating and intermediate lines. I use weighted or unweighted flies, short and long leaders. I'm most confident with a 5-6 ft leader, intermediate line, and a special fly that I tie that has evolved over the years. I'm very confident in the set-up. Think about all of the pinks that gear guys catch on Buzz Bombs. Buzz Bombs do not stay on the surface. Most of the pinks I've caught are 2-3 feet under the surface and in less than 10 ft of water. The casts are 40-50 feet, sometimes farther but not usually. I like to get the fly down some, 2-3 feet. If I use a floater and an unweighted fly, it stays near the surface on the retrieve. If I sink it a bit and retrieve, it's 2-3 feet below or right smack in front of the fish. It's merely a matter of preference. Everybody has their own theory and I am not sure it really matters. When you have 2 million fish out there, it probably doesn't make a lot of difference.