2009 Pink run

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by flyindaeye, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. Smalma

    Smalma Active Member

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    I agree with Salt Dog on both fly patterns and edibility of pinks.

    Pinks are fine table fish if taken care of - immediately bled, cleaned and packed with ice. In addition to taking care of any fish kept for the table the other critical factor is limiting your take to the birghtest of the fish. Personally I limit my take to those pinks that are ocean bright and ideally easily shedding scales. Any fish that has become to taken on that charcteristic greenish color has lost some of its edibility as well as its spunk on the line.

    Generally the best fish both for fight and on the table will be found in the salt in July and early/mid August and in the tidal sections of the larger rivers (Skagit and Snohomish) during mid-August. On a five weight they are a great fish (especially on those years when there are larger fish such as 2001). Pound for pound such fish fight as well as any of our Pacific salmon.

    I too like small flies. My go to pattern is a size 4 with a tinsel body, soft hackle (a webby hen hackle is fine) with an over wing of 10 or so strands of crystal flash. Usually my flies have sliver bodies with pink hackle and wing though there are times when black or chartreuse will have their moments. I generally fish unweight flies on a sinking line though at times a front weighted pink marabou on a floating line (fished jig like) will be the ticket for staging fish.

    Tight lines
    Curt
     
  2. KerryS

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    Humpy mania in January?:eek: You guys are killing me. At least wait until August or something.
     
  3. Matt Smith

    Matt Smith On the river Noyb

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    You have to look forward to something. I like my Humpies smoked!!!!
     
  4. Ed Call

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    Will the Pinks run correspond with larger silvers or kings? I figure I can now fish the beach with rod/reel/line setups that I've accumulated in 6, 7 and 8wt but figure that if the Pinks are not monsters and not mixed in with the larger fish then the 6wt would be my best tool for the job. Great info, thanks for the thread post and all the chatter even if we have to wait many months.
     
  5. DimeBrite

    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

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    The Pinks will be running around Tacoma by early August and in the north sound by late August (although some will be caught in July). The Pinks will be mixed in with the silvers and the occasional chinook depending on the beach you are fishing. Fortunately they will take the same patterns (like shock&awe or pink&white clouser for example). A 6wt fly rod is perfect for saltwater pinks, but fishing an 8wt is a good idea just in case you hook a large silver or chinook. Brown's Point is a popular place to target them in the Tacoma area and Picnic Point is famous for its Pinks migrating into the Snohomish and Stillaguamish rivers. Stuff your saltwater box with various simple pink maribou patterns and you will be set for summer.
     
  6. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Gracias DimeBrite. I'll start spending some spinning time at the nor-vise with visions of flashy pink maribous and baitfish patterns. I just stocked up on a few pink items too. Generally would pinks tend to hang closer and shallower like Silvers or further and deeper like Kings? Thanks again.
     
  7. DimeBrite

    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

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    Pinks generally seem to travel in shallower water following the shoreline as they make their way toward the rivers. Even while feeding/migrating in the Straits of San Juan de Fuca they hang in the upper water column with the silvers and can easily be caught with fly rods. You won't have any trouble catching them Mumbles, there will be millions of them moving into the Sound in August and early September. Get your smoker ready and buy all the pink materials you can get now. The fly shops will be all out by July, it's crazy.
     
  8. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Stellar. Thanks again!
     
  9. BDD

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    I talked with the WDFW bio last week on last years' sockeye return and we wound up talking about the upcoming Skagit run, which has been pretty paltry the last few cycles. He was very optomistic (you better be if you want be a fish bio otherwise its might be tough going to work everyday). I'm thinking he said the forecast for the Skagit was a million fish. Seems high but then if Curt's number is right (4 million to the PS) then maybe it is correct.

    Like char, if you take on pinks with the appropriate-sized tackle, they make a fine flyfishing opponent. For river fishing, I like 5 and 6 weight rods with a 13 foot sinktip (type III). If you like swinging flies, they are great fun. Expect 20 or more hook-ups a day--when are you ever going to see that for steelhead? Of course the hardcore steelhead types are shaking their heads muttering somthing like, "I'd rather go fishless chasing steel than catch 20 pinks". To each their own.

    Of course I'm talking river fishing. Only experiece with saltwater pinks was with Buzz Bombs in SE AK.

    Good times.
     
  10. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    I didn't catch a single pink last summer... Last summer was a good one :rofl:
     
  11. BDD

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    We are not all lucky enough to live in AK.

    I turned down a good job up there a few years ago...Its the days I go fishing in Washington that that I really regret it. :beathead:
     
  12. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    don't sweat it, I can't drive to Montana in 10 hours.. Actually it was a really bad pink year in many of the streams I frequent because of massive flooding two years ago. If I had saltwater opportunities where I live I'd humpy fish more. Some of the best saltwater fishing I've had has been stalking schooles of dime bright 5 pound humpies on the flats of kodiak island, only thing better is stalking schools of dime bright silvers on the flats of kodiak :thumb:
     
  13. Preston

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    Here are a couple of patterns that have worked well for me in both salt and fresh water. The first one is just a pink version of Les Johnson's green chum comet. The second is Hubert Humpy, a pattern I originally tied for pinks in the tidal portion of the Stilly and later found to be quite effective in the salt (for coho as well).
     

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  14. Jamie Wilson

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    That one on the left is about as good as it gets for pinks - IMHO!!
    I have found in the fresh that frequent change ups work once the bite slows. I have caught pinks in the river with bead chain skunk-like patterns - no pink on the fly at all. My GO TO though looks a lot like the one Preston has shared only with a body wrapped in pink plastic ribbing material and no tail. I like fishing the pinks - lots of fun!
    Magill
     
  15. Jeff

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    I'm looking forward to giving the Pink fishing a go this year... can't believe I've lived in Seattle this long and never tried it!

    -Jeff