Pink Recon

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by hawaiianflyfisher, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. hawaiianflyfisher Go big tuna or go home

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    went to the south tacoma and did recon for pinks. results negative, no pinks south yet. i did catch a bunch of 10-12 inch kings and 8-12 inch cutts. ALL RELEASED FINE. sadly no pinks yet.

    talked to a guy that had just returned from the striaght up north and said they r in thick. made it difficult to fish for kings kept getting pinks. said they are larger this year average 6-7 lbs.
  2. Jordan Simpson Active Member

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    By up North in the straight do you mean up near here, in BC? I was just wondering if Pinks vary in size by the river system that they are from. I only ask this because Leland had said in one of his little videos that a 6 or 7wt would be fine for them because they aren't too big, but is he generally meaning the Pinks in the area that he is fishing? Up here, on the system I fish (Fraser River), I wouldn't feel comfortable using a 6 or 7wt, but would rather use a 7/8. I just know that a 6 would be waaay too light for the pinks in this system if I was to try to get them to hand and released quickly.
    I'm not trying to say our Pinks are bigger, but does it make a difference as to what system you are targeting? If I could catch some smaller pinks and play them on a 6wt safely, I would love that due to the fact there is more play/feel in a 6 compared to a 7/8wt.
  3. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I see a pretty significant difference between pinks from the south sound vs. north sound. I think Snohomish pinks tend to be on average a few pounds bigger than the Puyallup fish.
  4. P.Dieter Just Another Bubba

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    The green fish average size has increased every run since the "bloom".

    I've broken two 8wts on pinks.

    I also think you need a heavier rod in a pontoon boat then on a beach for the last second of getting it in the net.
  5. hawaiianflyfisher Go big tuna or go home

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    Fished south in 09 and used a 8wt. Fished averaged about 4-5 lb and had a few around 7.5
  6. stewart dee Guest

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    I did the recon today as well, NO pinks rolling yet, but some surface bait moving around = N. Sound
  7. Steve Saville Active Member

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    Give it a few more days. They should start showing in small numbers by next week sometime if history repeats itself. By the 1st we should start seeing significantly larger numbers and then it will be game on for the balance of the month.
  8. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I think your average 7wt is the ideal pink stick. I did the 2009 run with a 6wt and only had a few issues on the river. But overall, if you use a heavy enough leader, you can horse them in pretty good.
  9. Denny Active Member

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    That sounds like angler error; high sticking, loose ferrules, or trying to land or net them too green . . .

    A 6 weight is plenty rod out in the Sound for pinks. And, I tend to agree the North Sound fish are quite a bit bigger than the South Sound fish, so one could almost justify using a little heavier stick when fishing pinks in the heavier/faster current rivers. A 6 weight should be the perfect stick, though, in all of these instances. Has been for me for many many years.
  10. Go Fish Language, its a virus

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    Denny knows what he speaks of.

  11. MountainTrout Bacon-wrapped trout?

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    Checked out LP this morning; pretty windy and choppy. No pink action, but when I left at 6:30AM there were already 2 gear guys stepping in to take my spot!
  12. Loren Jensen Active Member

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    I must nod and agree with you.

    ..And BTW I witnessed a few Pinks rolling out in Skagit Bay as of Tuesday.
  13. fisherjon Member

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    i have been going out near fort casey since the season opened up over there i have seen a few roll here and there havent caught anything and i have seen only two caught and one of those were a king i give it about till the end of next week and they should be in pretty good
  14. knotabassturd New Member

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    searunsimpson- I'm new here so sure there are libraries of info better than mine from longtimers :) That said, in the sound I think a 6/7 wt would be plenty fine because pinks are not leader shy. You can really lean into those buggers and they usually aren't strong enough to go far into your backing. A 5wt would probably tire the fish too much and potentially threaten their recovery on release but I think a 6/7 would work as long as you use that stout tippet and aren't afraid to lean into them hard.
    Their mouths do get softer the longer the season goes on as they start to turn green though so toward end of August beginning of Sept in the salt you might start tearing the fly out of their mouths. Unfortunately most of this pertains to Dash point and south sound area so if you make it down here might use the info. Up north in BC don't you have those beautiful Fraser sockeye to play with? Forget about the pinks LOL! Sorry I can't help you about up north.

    BTW for the record I have been out of saltwater flyfishing for many years. :-(
  15. salt dog card shark

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    IMO, a 6 wt rod is a tad light if used on the beach with fellow fisherman close in around you; hooking up with a larger fish can force you into playing a fish around people's feet, given the penchant of pinks to not make runs until close at hand.

    Using a 7 or 8 wt allows for some consideration for your neighbor. I have seen waders torn by someone else's fish rubbing past with a hook sticking out of its mouth, let alone loosing a big fish. While my preferred beach rod is a 9'6" 6 wt., in heavy traffic I tend to use a 7 or 8.
  16. willieboat Member

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    Get your self to Hoodsport. They are in!!

  17. MountainTrout Bacon-wrapped trout?

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    Anyone got pictures yet?
  18. Eric Tarcha gear whore

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    i wont believe it until I catch one or I see the pics start rolling in...lots of talk right now...
  19. Porter Active Member

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    I'm starting to wish I had a 9'6" 6 weight, not only for sw but river fishing too. I think a 6 is the minimum to use, some 6's are built more like 7's and even some 8's so it also depends on what make/model rod you are using. But, Salt dog makes a great point, sometimes when you have your extended cousins fishing with you have to bring them in quick and straight!
  20. bigdan New Member

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    Lots of pinks in hoodsport, in fact I saw my first pink fight of the season out there yesteraday. Broke it up after a few seconds one guy was bleeding pretty bad and the other guy was still talking trash when they left. . . damn gear guys.