Ling Flies - Colors

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  1. GLSteel

    GLSteel New Member

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    Hey Guys,
    Going to be doing some fly fishing for ling cod this summer. I've never done it before and was looking for some advice as to which colour combinations I should tie my ling patterns in. So far it looks as though a tan/black combo is a popular one? Any insight would be very helpful!

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    Yak hair greenling patterns
    Purple bunny leach with rubber legs
    Getting stoked
     
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  3. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

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    i've always like orange/yellow combinations but that has more to do with my confidence than anything else.

    make em' big and with lots of movement, get them near a rocky bottom, and hang on. color probably matters the least out of all of the factors (weather, tides, knowing where to find em').
     
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    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    if its BIG. a ling will slam it
    Yellow/white
    black/purple
    orange/black ( probably looks tan/black underwater)
    olive/black

    flash, rubberlegs, BIG YELLOW EYES
     
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    Although my fly fishing for lings is limited. Swim baits in White have proven very productive over the years in 20-50 foot depths
     
  6. GLSteel

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Are you guys tying these flies with tandem hooks? or do ling usually hit the head of the fly?

    Thanks again,
     
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    I was worried about short strikes until I hooked a couple of fish, don't worry about it, no such thing with lingcod. And I'm pretty sure you can only use a single barbless hook in Puget sound.

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    Tandem hooks damage fish in my experience... I would avoid them or cut the front one off.
     
  9. GLSteel

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    I'll avoid the tandem hooks then, just figured short strikes might become an issue with 6-10in flies and only a hook up front.
     
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    Make the hook mid length. Have a few inches of tail behind the hook
     
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    Big flies. Big eyes. Add a rattle.
     
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    Lings will try and eat entire rockfish when you're stripping them in. Short strike aren't generally a problem.
     
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    You most likely don't need tandem hooks. The Ling Cod sucks everything into that huge mouth and won't let go until it breaks the surface. Last Ling I caught was 37" long and had a black rockfish in it's belly with my hook in its mouth. The ling took the fish rather than the hook, no B.S. It was the strangest thing I've ever seen... out fishing.
     
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    make sure to have a net just in case.... if their head's stay under water they will likely hang on regardless of being hooked and can be landed with a quick scoop.
     
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    Hey,
    took all your comments into consideration, thanks for the tips. Just whipped this up - comments and critiques please!

    Used a size 1 daiichi octopus as a stinger, and a shank up front. Lots of weight, fly is about 7 inches long. Used buck tail as I don't have any yak.


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