Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Stonefish, Apr 6, 2014.
I find this thread very interesting and educational.
I want to come up with an "egg and sperm" fly pattern...
The gig harbor fly shop has several colors in polychaete worm imitations. They have been my box for 3 years as part of my core assortment and they are one of my year round go to flies.
I also have good luck fishing the poly worm imitations first seen at Gig Harbor Fly Shop. Very easy to tie.
Deadly from a kayak. My personal theory is sometimes the fish hit the worm trying to break it up... I often get tap-tap-tap strikes and when I set the hook find some of my biggest sea runs of the season.
If you are so inclined I'd like to see a picture of your worm pattern.
I was overly focused on chum fry and found myself totally unarmed when we happened upon this worm swarm.
I too caught my biggest SRC ever on a big fat olive green worm pattern and another fatty was caught on a pinkish worm pattern... basically just a rabbit strip with a bead head (in the salt)
He's some additional info:
Here are examples of flies I've been using. Surprisingly the crazier color combinations work really well- tiger-striped rabbit with pinks, chartreuse, red, orange etc... Perhaps they capture the eggs or swollen worms when mating.
Sample Poly Pattern:
Hook: Sacrificial hook in vise. Stinger #6 Octopus
Bead: 3/16" copper or gold
Body: rabbit strip cut to desired length. I like the Tiger-striped colors from Hareline
Flash: two strips red krystal flash per side
Head: cut rabbit and UV Ice Dub spun in small loop, wrapped and brushed out
Thanks for posting those. I appreciate it.
I live on the east side of the state and have only chased SRC once, last fall. Still, this has gotta be one of the best, most educational posts/threads I've ever read here. So cool you got this on film and shared it with us, Stonefish. Thanks to others for sharing info and patterns, as well. Not often do we get a thread that has you LYAO and learn so much at the same time. Thanks to all.
Awesome flies. How do you fish them? They look like they could double as steelie flies as well.
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I fish the worms on an intermediate line w/slow-to-moderate retrieve from my kayak. I have noticed fish rising from deep water to hit a popper on top so my thought is I'm fishing the middle part of the water column and getting fish to come up and check out the worm. A small trailer fly behind the worm is a bear to cast but ridiculously effective!
And it really is just a variation of many steelhead bunny leaches. I have zero doubt an aggressive steelhead would whack the heck out of one of these... might have to give it a try this summer!
That is really neat, Brian. Thanks for sharing!
these all work