Opening day - what are you tying on?

JayB

Active Member
#16
I should toss this one in here - this is a pretty sweet looking squid pattern from Kelvin:

http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=45232


I haven't fished squid patterns extensively - but I'm planning to tie up a batch this year.

Anyone who has fished squid patterns extensively? Are they mostly for targeting Kings or are they equally effective for coho? Is the name of the game just finding a rip in moving current and using a strip retrieve on intermediate line, or is there a particular depth, time of day, etc that you use when you've got a squid pattern on the end of your line?
 

JayB

Active Member
#17
Eric,
Great looking pattern.

I'm going to start off with these. Hopefully these will entice a king hookup.
SF



Beautiful flies. Couple of questions - no problem if you don't feel like answering though.

-What material/method do you like for securing the stinger hook to the leading hook's shank?

-Is there some lumo crystal flash in those patterns?
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#18
Jay,
I run the material (Power Pro) that holds the stinger through the eye of the hook then bring it back under and tie it down there as well. Doing that method plus using uv cure or epoxy on the heads guarantees the stinger will never pull out.

I didn't use luminescent Krystal Flash on the patterns I posted. I used a combination of pearl and uv pearl Krystal Flash as well pearlescent krinkle mirror flash. I'll sometimes also lightly brush the bucktail with CS Coatings UV Blast.

SF
 
#19
Thanks....
The body material is called corsair tubing and I bought it from Jack Gartside's website. You can also find the step by step there as well. This particular tie has a cone under the tubing to give it the jiggy action.

Brian, Those are sweet. Did you use clouser eyes under the epoxy?
If I was a Chinook, I'd be all over that.

Eric
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#23
Josh,
I've never had an issue with them spinning or riding on their side. I always use a non slip loop knot and strip fast, so perhaps that is the reason.
The coho seem to agree with the color combos and fishing technique. :D Hope to see you out on the beach this summer.
SF
 
#24
Eric,
Great looking pattern.

I'm going to start off with these. Hopefully these will entice a king hookup.
SF

Hey Brian,

About how long are those flies and what size of stinger are you using?

Also, I don't have a set up to do the epoxy flies properly (although I suppose I could try to build a head like that with the five minute epoxy I have). Would it work as well to use dumb-bell eyes?

Finally, is that strip of red just tying thread?

Thanks.

Jason
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#25
Jason,
The flies are about 4" long. I generally use size 1 or 2 for the stingers at this time of the year. I'll use down to size 4 on smaller patterns and up to 1/0 or 2/0 later in the year once more ocean fish roll in. 2/0 may seem large, but not really compared to a large coho's mouth.
If you leave the stinger loop long enough, you can easily change out the hook for different sizes or if it gets dinged on the beach.

Dumbbells would work, but I prefer them on clouser style flies. If you don't want to mess with epoxy, consider doing this. Buy a tube of Loon Knot Sense and a curing light. It will make a head very similar to epoxy and a tube will do a ton of flies. It will dry a bit tacky, so set it out in the sunlight for a final cure or coat it with Sally Hansen hard as Nail. It makes a nice durable head and is quick and easy to use versus epoxy.
I recently started using a UV cure and light sold by forum member Silver Creek. His light works great and his cure is tack free and works extremely well.

I tie the patterns with fine mono thread. The red gill is 8/0 tying thread and I coat them as well with UV cure for durability.

I hope this helps.
SF
 

Chris Bellows

Your Preferred WFF Poster
#26
nice flies guys. i did have a question on the ultra realistic ones... do they actually work better?

i've tried some of the stiff realistic patterns and maybe it was the wrong retrieve but i've never seen them work as well as patterns with movement. i love the way they look though so i am always hopeful.
 

PT

Physhicist
#27
i've tried some of the stiff realistic patterns and maybe it was the wrong retrieve but i've never seen them work as well as patterns with movement.
Do you fish clouser/deceiver style stuff or S&A patterns when chasing silvers or pinks? That is, when you're not trying to entice them to kill something on top?

Curious what you'd fall back on when trying to get people (you included) into fish. Not looking for secrets, just generalities.
 

mtskibum16

Active Member
#28
Jay,
I run the material (Power Pro) that holds the stinger through the eye of the hook then bring it back under and tie it down there as well. Doing that method plus using uv cure or epoxy on the heads guarantees the stinger will never pull out.

I didn't use luminescent Krystal Flash on the patterns I posted. I used a combination of pearl and uv pearl Krystal Flash as well pearlescent krinkle mirror flash. I'll sometimes also lightly brush the buck tail with CS Coatings UV Blast.

SF
I love those flies! I remember you showing them to me once (or something similar). Where do you buy the Power Pro? So bucktail along with the various flash you mentioned, anything else? Those are just stickie eyes under the epoxy/UV head right? Lastly, what size is the sacrificial hook and stinger?

Edit: Quoted before reading the rest of the thread. Saw your answers to some of my questions so ignore those :)
 

mtskibum16

Active Member
#29
I like that same basic clouser, but I tie a piece of peacock along either side. I don't know if it makes a difference, but last year after going fishless for nearly a month, I tied some clousers up with the peacock herl and the next day got into my first salmon. Then had a couple weeks of awesome fishing. So it's something that gives me confidence, I guess.

Matt (it's Matt right, mtskibum?), what is that fish scale material? Is there a brand name for it? Looks pretty tasty.
Yes, it's Matt. I use peacock in a sandlance pattern Josh Smestad showed me, so I'm sure it would be a good addition on a clouser too. For me, usually less is more because I'm a lazy tyer. I often start with more elaborate ties and start leaving things out until I stop catching fish. :oops: I think this is why I started using the fish scales (seen here) - it's got everything in one convenient package. Most fly shops seem to have it these days. My go-to pattern last year was a sparse chartreuse over chartreuse fish scale clouser tied stinger style with a few strands of UV flash b/w the belly and wing. Seemed to work well enough.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#30
Matt,
I buy the Power Pro at Three Rivers. I use 100 lb and they only have it in dark green. Way overkill I know...:D I just buy 20-30 yards and that will last me a summer of coho flies. The flies in the picture I posted are tied with white Jerry Brown 100 lb braid, but it isn't as stiff.
The reason I use the 100 lb braid is for the stiffness. It has just the right amount of stiffness to run straight yet still flow with the fly. It also doesn't let the stinger flop around much and foul the fly.

No other material used. Stick on eyes under the UV cure. Stingers on those are size 1 and 2's. Front hook is a size 4, Mustad 34007 or 3407, whichever I can find the cheapest in 100 packs. Another good and inexpensive hook to use for the front is a Eagle Claw 413 60 degree jig hook.

There are a bunch of really good coho patterns out there that folks tie. These have worked very well for me in the past.
I think the key is to fish with what you have confidence in.

SF