*Official 2011 pink salmon thread*

#16
Hell, even if its annoying, the more people out catching fish, the more support we will have in conservation efforts.
It's what got me started nw fishing....a few short years later and I'm a TU member fishing when ever I get a chance. Pinks are ridiculously fun I don't care who you are.
 
#19
Also, Pinks are one of the best fish, I find, to get people introduced to fishing or flyfishing. They show up in numbers, and readily take a fly or spoon, and their fight is not to shabby- definitely something to get newbees excited and "hooked" for life.
I have some friends I don't see very often, due to careers, families, etc, but when the Pinks run, I start getting phone calls to "Go to the river and have some beers after". Some of the best times with my friends come from the Pink run.
 
#22
I've been fishing the Pink runs for a number of years. Yes, it brings out a lot of newbies and poachers but it also brings out a lot of people who are serious flyfishers and gear chuckers. If you don't like Pink salmon, so be it. Fish somewhere for trout or bass or steelhead. For myself, I enjoy the outdoors and the solitude, yes solitude, of flyfishing for Pink Salmon. There will always be people fishing, no matter where you go. Just walk a way farther down the beach. There are plenty of fish for anyone and everyone who wants to try their luck. And...they aren't quite as easy to catch and land as everyone says. That tells me that someone is just blowin' smoke. They are wiley, have soft mouths, and give up a good fight, especially on a light rod in salt water. They can tear up equipment easily and frustrate the heck out of you if they stay farther away from the beach and just jump around. Maybe it's different by the time they get to the rivers but I've never fished for them there. Don't knock the pinks. It's a fun fishery and quite frankly a lot better than the silver, chum, and king fishery in recent years.
 
#23
I'll admit they are fun to fish for, but the whole scene is a little much for me. When I do go after them I pick my spots wisely which usually involves a long boat ride or early weekday mornings. I really despise combat fishing though, so to each their own.

The wal mart influenced invasion is largely made up of people who have little to no regard for natural resources, fishing regulations, or etiquette. A side effect is that the wild trout and char populations get hit pretty hard with all the 1/0 barbed hooks and poaching. I think its ironic that the last healthy population of salmon in Washington is treated like its a limitless resource. This same mindset was used with all the other species long ago.

As much as I badmouth the whole thing i really do look forward to the slimey bastards. Just not fond of everything thats associated with it.
 

papafsh

Piscatorial predilection
#24
I will never forget the fun a bunch of us had fishing for them at PNP several years ago. We had to go around the fence or climb over it to get out there before daylight, the park didn't open until 7AM, and if you waited till then you were SOL! What a blast!, we could see them coming in pods and as they approached we'd cast to them and start stripping....then wham! one after another hook up after hook up all along the beach....so much fun. If you were there before sunrise and casting blind in the dark, it was amazing how many hook ups took place right at your feet in mere inches of water...man those were the days.
Because we had to park outside the lot, on the road, it wasn't long before john-law, started giving out tickets and after the 2nd year it just never was the same, at least for me.
All of you guys who were there can vouch for what I'm saying....it was wayyyyy cool.
Now I live further north and look for them in the MS Stilly, and in the salt right off the mouth, I'm looking forward to 'em this year.
A pink caught in the salt and properly bled and handled is very good eating, but I won't eat any after they get into fresh water.

LB

BTW: That pink in the picture is the state record and was caught in the Skykomish.
 
#25
I've been fishing the Pink runs for a number of years. Yes, it brings out a lot of newbies and poachers but it also brings out a lot of people who are serious flyfishers and gear chuckers. If you don't like Pink salmon, so be it. Fish somewhere for trout or bass or steelhead. For myself, I enjoy the outdoors and the solitude, yes solitude, of flyfishing for Pink Salmon. There will always be people fishing, no matter where you go. Just walk a way farther down the beach. There are plenty of fish for anyone and everyone who wants to try their luck. And...they aren't quite as easy to catch and land as everyone says. That tells me that someone is just blowin' smoke. They are wiley, have soft mouths, and give up a good fight, especially on a light rod in salt water. They can tear up equipment easily and frustrate the heck out of you if they stay farther away from the beach and just jump around. Maybe it's different by the time they get to the rivers but I've never fished for them there. Don't knock the pinks. It's a fun fishery and quite frankly a lot better than the silver, chum, and king fishery in recent years.
+1

I just wish there was better enforcement... Or any enforcement for that matter during the pink runs. Never once have I seen any enforcement show up to any of the combat zones (not that I'm at those spots often). I've found a few spots to get away from the crowds and get fish in the salt and rivers. It's nice not standing nut to butt with the "wal mart" crowd.
 

Bob Jones

Still truckless now farther away
#27
We sure got alot of laughs watching the battle lines in the dirty brown Puyallup and no one could see the lures, flies, or fish let alone the pockets or sand bars and logs, people dragging rods and nets bigger than they were.It' was quite the sight . I was surprized that I didn't see a lot of fishermen snagged or clubed.
 
#28
I've been tying Steve's pink secret fly for a month now and a few of my own and can't wait for the pinks in August at the Saville House! It's my practice for the Kenai in September
 
#30
I have actually changed to a copper bead in hopes that the flies will last a little longer. I hate the down time of changing flies when the fish are biting. You'll find me at the beach if you're looking.