Targeting Greenling

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by underachiever, May 10, 2013.

  1. underachiever !

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    I'll be heading to Orcas Island the first week of June. I've reviewed the regs and see that all rock fishing is closed so I'm guessing I'll try my luck with greenling/lings. I know how to go after the lings but not the greenling. Is it a similar approach but with smaller flies? I suppose my thinking was I'd just use a slower sinking head and smaller flies and see what happens but any advice is appreciated.
  2. Jonathan Tachell Active Member

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    Get down by the bottom and use a small flashy cone head streamer with white in it. They like white, flash and an up and down motion near the bottom. Fish pockets in kelp beds in 20 to 40 feet of water. Good luck.
  3. underachiever !

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    Thanks a lot, I appreciate it.
  4. mbowers Active Member

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    I agree. I had never caught one on fly despite many other bottomfish until I was fishing a very small (2" length) Deceiver purple over white on #6. Caught several on that. I think the males get territorial too and will hit the fly just to drive it away. I wouldn't use a slower sinking line though, the kelp greenling live closer to the bottom than rockfish but are more mobile than lingcod from what I remember in my scuba diving days.

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  5. Patrick Allen Active Member

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    As mentioned above White, White, with a little white. Keep one on the line while fighting it and you may get a giant ling to grab on for a ride into the net.
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