So how about chum...

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#31
Pound for pound you'll have a hard time finding a harder fighting local fish then a chum.
While lots of folks like to fish chartreuse, I've found purple and cerise colored flies to work as well if not better then chartreuse.
Black can be another excellent color especially with a cerise or chartreuse head.

When the water gets a bit colored up, purple and cerise with just a touch of chartreuse can be deadly.
Good luck finding some chum. Looking for jumpers is the easiest way to find them. They are tons of fun catch in the salt on a bug rod.
SF
 

Bob Triggs

Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
#32
Chico Creek has been beaten to death, in part because of the internet banter about how to get there, where to park, where to walk in, where to cast and when etc. If you go back over the past few years of topics and posts regarding this little spot you will see that it's decline is well documented here.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#35
Chum aka the salmon that tastes worse than pinks.
I will usually retain for the table any bright Chum that I catch. Of course, that is in places where it is legal to retain them. The bright ones smoke up pretty fine.
I know a spot to fish for Chums that sometimes gets decent in late Oct, and has a good hamburger joint not too far away, and serves micro-brews!:)

This thread is too early! I'm just now getting into my Coho fishing and have been surfing my brains out every chance I get when the surf is rideable. I've been neglecting my cutthroat fishing!:confused:
Chums??? Geeze! Why complicate things before its necessary. :D
 

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#36
Staging chum are not the only chum fishery. These fish cruise/porpoise along the surface in large pods. DB, if you get up to Whidbey during October, try the same location you did for Coho this year. Maybe even hang that fly under an indicator.
Jeff
 

CLO

Future WFF Mod
#39
It's not about filling the freezer. There are few other fisheries I know of where you can catch so many big HARD fighting fish on a fly rod. It's just a fun time!


This being said I love catching chum when the coho number dwindle... Also a chum broke my fly rod 2 years ago so I'm a little bitter.
 
#41
Staging chum are not the only chum fishery. These fish cruise/porpoise along the surface in large pods. DB, if you get up to Whidbey during October, try the same location you did for Coho this year. Maybe even hang that fly under an indicator.
Jeff
Bobber fishing for chum....count me in Jeff!! ;)
 
#42
"chum the only one to taste worse than humpys" hmmm you mean after almost 40 scattered years in the far north I have been eating trash fish?:eek: LOL seriously I target the close to winter chum as they have a little more oil in them and smoke up good But the biggest thing I would tell you guys here is if you are going to keep either pinks ,chums immediate field care is in order, gut em ,gill em and ice them immediate ly ,goes a long ways towards quality for the table , secondly get them as close to tidewater as possible ,as both of these start to go bad quick in freshwater , so I target for the table near river mouths and estuaries, now if I just want a good fight then I fish anywhere in the drainage . As to giving away all your secrets here , it is not that you passed on info ,it is wether or not the other person can actually put it to productive use . smitty