Dyes Inlet Coho and SRC

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by dryflylarry, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. Don Freeman

    Don Freeman Free Man

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    Honestly, I don't think you'll hook up any less using heavier fluorocarbon leader. It is nearly invisible in the water. Granted, I usually fish from a boat, and in strong current, so have switched permanently to Rio's F+ in 2x. I have to bend a rod pretty good to get a healthy sized cutt to the net while anchored in a 2 knot current, and I hate to leave anything stuck in the face when I break one off.

    I'm generally using a tube fly, so all they are left wearing is a tinned, light wire hook. With the 12 # leader though, I can catch and release a dozen or more fish and never give a second thought to using the same fly and knot all day. I can't remember breaking one off in the last couple of years. They come unhooked, but almost never break the tippet.
     
  2. DimeBrite

    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

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    Larry, I like the Gamakatsu SS15 standard for my salmon & cutthroat attractor patterns this time of year, and the SC15 wide gap in smaller sizes for baitfish patterns. They are easier to debarb and razor sharp, but are easier to break on the backcast. In summer and fall I switch over to heavier gauge stainless steel hooks to take on the big salmon.

    Thanks again for sharing your pattern, I'll give it a try this year.
     
  3. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Thanks Dimebrite. I have used the SS15 quite a bit, but, I have been using Mustad Signature Series C70SD and are quite comparable to Daiichi 2546 saltwater hooks. I think I like them better than the SS15's. I have had the SS15 break on me a few times on a sloppy backcast on a rocky beach where other hooks would not. I actually like the Mustad's for the price too. They are chemically sharpended needle points. I need to pick up some more and I think I found them at Cabela's the last I bought some. I want to say they were $7.99 for 50. You might take a look at them. I actually found a couple of flaws in the SS15 and sent them to the company with a nice letter. They DID NOT give me the time of day..... in other words, no reply to my concern. Oh well. Tight Lines. See you on the beach somewhere!
     
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    DimeBrite MA-9 Beach Stalker

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    I'll definitely check out the Mustad C70SD for future tying (maybe I already have some)? Sounds like I need to head over to the Canal and check out some of your fishing spots too.
     
  5. hendersonbaylocal

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    Does it really matter whether it's saltwater tippet or not?

    I pretty much exclusively use cheap 8lb seaguar flouro for cutthroat fishing. I don't think the fish are too spooky for this and it is freaking strong stuff.
     
  6. Richard E

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    I like the C70SD, as well, but I don't think it's quite as sharp as the Gamakatsu hooks.
     
  7. Don Freeman

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    All I Use is Rio Fluoroflex Plus in the 2x, which is 12 lb test, compared to 8 pound for standard fluoro. I prefer the SC 15 hook over the SS due to the shorter shank. I believe it makes it harder to toss the hook and get off.

    This is my choice for everything but chum because the teeth cut through thin leaders.

    I was using a size 4 SC 15, 2x Rio, and a small pink clouser Friday on a 6 wt rod, trying to find some resident coho, but all I got was two cutthroat and this 32" Blackmouth, I'm guessing the weight was 12-15 pounds. The 2x tippet and size four hook is not what I would target Chinook with, but it held for about 1/2 hour, which is all it took.

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  8. miyawaki

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    Nice blackmouth Don!

    Leland.
     
  9. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Sweet Don!
     
  10. Roger Stephens

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    Don:

    Awesome blackmouth!

    Good to hear that a small diameter Gamakatsu SC-15 #4 hook was put to the "test" and did not break or straighten:thumb:. The SC-15 #4 and 6 are my "go to" hooks for saltwater tube patterns.

    Roger
     
  11. Jonathan Tachell

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    Nice fish Don.
     
  12. ganglyangler

    ganglyangler Bird Dogs and Fly Rods

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    yessir! thats a beautiful blackmouth there!