Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by CLO, Sep 19, 2013.
How do you solve the lock-jawed PNW coho problem?
All of the above? Minus go gome, of course.
Seems like coho are either biting or they aren't. If the ones in front of me aren't, I check out different water in hopes of finding some aggressive ones.
Keeping doing what has worked for you in the past. The jumpers aren't the players anyway.
I change flys a few times, brake my rod over my knee and chuck it as far out into the school as I can. Then I go and drink beer.
tie on a Dick Nite half/half.
Doesn't work as well unless you're running a slinky and 10 feet of flossing leader.
Actually, the best thing I know to do is use a color that is generally considered to make them aggressive. For Coho I guess that would be chartreuse and/or orange. Then, if you can find a fish holding in one area, cast to that area repeatedly. There's a chance the fish will become annoyed and bite your fly just to make it die or go away.
I fish them when the water is colored. If that's not an option, I fish a glacial river where the water is colder.
And I usually fish them with gear.
GEAR, you much braver than I to admit to useing gear. I once admitted to being fond of Plunking & drinking Budweisers as a great pastime and was nearly banned......
Go steelhead fishing! They say 1 out of 20 coho in a pool is a biter but 1 out of 2 steelhead in a holding location will bite a properly presented lure. That being said there are 100 times as many coho in a river than steelhead so keep swinging
Here's an idea I just thought of, so I've never tried it, but...
Slip a pea sized red bead onto your leader before tying on any minnow imitation streamer. Then peg the bead in place with a toothpick right at the knot. The salmon may take it for some egg stealing critter and attack it out of species preservation instinct. Sort of an egg sucking leech on steroids. I'm definitely trying that one if I make it to a river this year. Lock jaw fish are maddening.
Fly and retrieve. Change as needed.
No, then we go catch some sweet SRC action!
I haven't had any luck using flies for coho in the rivers, but i do have luck using roe and marshmellows (use it like a corkie). What i notice is i only get bite during tide changes. When they do stop biting, they stop!
I do catch chum on the fly in the rivers no problem, oh and pinks too.