Opening day - what are you tying on?

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by mtskibum16, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. mtskibum16

    mtskibum16 Active Member

    So MA 9 opens for salmon in the morning. Whether or not you make it out tomorrow, you'll be out there soon. So simple question....what will you tie on first!?

    I'll start with this basic clouser. Chartreuse over shrimp fish scale material with red eyes and gill area with a marker.

    What's yours? Post 'em up!
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  2. SciGuy

    SciGuy Active Member

    That will certainly work. I will probably tie up some S&As using that same basic color scheme using Fish Scale or Slinky Fibre. I better get tying...although the first light tide don't look all that spectacular.
  3. SciGuy

    SciGuy Active Member

    Keeping it simple:

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  4. Ryan Couch

    Ryan Couch New Member

    I made one today with silver flash and orange and white buck tail need to buy some supplies but think it should work need to get some more green and white and make some like you guys have in new to this so should be a good year
  5. Jason Rolfe

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer

    I like that same basic clouser, but I tie a piece of peacock along either side. I don't know if it makes a difference, but last year after going fishless for nearly a month, I tied some clousers up with the peacock herl and the next day got into my first salmon. Then had a couple weeks of awesome fishing. So it's something that gives me confidence, I guess.

    Matt (it's Matt right, mtskibum?), what is that fish scale material? Is there a brand name for it? Looks pretty tasty.
  6. porterHause

    porterHause Just call me Jon

    Looks like I'll be tying tonight! I hadn't planned on heading out for a couple weeks...I've had this damned summer steelhead itch lately, and was going to keep at it, but the early AM sessions are calling.
  7. Troutrageous

    Troutrageous Active Member

    Something along the line of this one from last year. Haven't tied up many fresh ones yet, but I'm pretty sure the one I tie on will share these colors.

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  8. Kerfwappie

    Kerfwappie Member

    IMAG0339.jpg I think I'll throw this one first.
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  9. JayB

    JayB Active Member

    Nice looking fly. Thanks for posting that.

    What do you use for the interior of the body/tail?
  10. Kerfwappie

    Kerfwappie Member

    Thanks...Peacock crystal flash and silver mylar...the tail is hot glue squeezed between wet fingers then trimmed to shape.
  11. Tony Polizzi

    Tony Polizzi Active Member

    I keep looking for that mesh stuff at sportsmans warehouse, what is it? Where can i get it?
  12. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

    Great looking pattern.

    I'm going to start off with these. Hopefully these will entice a king hookup.

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  13. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows The Thought Train

    It looks like woven body tubing. Can be found here.
  14. Golden Trout

    Golden Trout Active Member

    Awesome looking fly. Would you be willing to share a recipe?
  15. JayB

    JayB Active Member

    Cool -

    Ahh - cool. I've been using a similar approach, based on the video below, but I haven't been able to get my tails looking nearly that nice (have managed to burn my fingertips on the hot glue thoughb - doh!).

    I think I'll be adding in the silver mylar - that's a really nice touch.

    For anyone else interested in the pattern, here's a step by step video for something close. The material the guy in the video is using is "EZ-Body Tube" Way easier to handle than other body tubing IMO.

    Vid link:

    Tubing Link:
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  16. JayB

    JayB Active Member

    I should toss this one in here - this is a pretty sweet looking squid pattern from Kelvin:

    I haven't fished squid patterns extensively - but I'm planning to tie up a batch this year.

    Anyone who has fished squid patterns extensively? Are they mostly for targeting Kings or are they equally effective for coho? Is the name of the game just finding a rip in moving current and using a strip retrieve on intermediate line, or is there a particular depth, time of day, etc that you use when you've got a squid pattern on the end of your line?
  17. JayB

    JayB Active Member

    Beautiful flies. Couple of questions - no problem if you don't feel like answering though.

    -What material/method do you like for securing the stinger hook to the leading hook's shank?

    -Is there some lumo crystal flash in those patterns?
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  18. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

    I run the material (Power Pro) that holds the stinger through the eye of the hook then bring it back under and tie it down there as well. Doing that method plus using uv cure or epoxy on the heads guarantees the stinger will never pull out.

    I didn't use luminescent Krystal Flash on the patterns I posted. I used a combination of pearl and uv pearl Krystal Flash as well pearlescent krinkle mirror flash. I'll sometimes also lightly brush the bucktail with CS Coatings UV Blast.

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  19. Kerfwappie

    Kerfwappie Member

    The body material is called corsair tubing and I bought it from Jack Gartside's website. You can also find the step by step there as well. This particular tie has a cone under the tubing to give it the jiggy action.

    Brian, Those are sweet. Did you use clouser eyes under the epoxy?
    If I was a Chinook, I'd be all over that.

  20. Kerfwappie

    Kerfwappie Member