Pink Salmon

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Clint F, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. Clint F

    Clint F Fly Fishing Youth

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    Thanks for all the help I think I am going to use my 5wt this year then when I get the money I will get a 6wt for the next run.
     
  2. dmoocher

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    My two cents worth...

    I was told long ago that if I couldn't afford a rod in every weight (who can!), skip one to cover more ground...I chose the even numbers...I have 5 quality rods in 4, 6, 8 wt (various lengths) and can cover everything I fish for. Just a thought.
     
  3. Clint F

    Clint F Fly Fishing Youth

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    I have 1, 3wt. 3, 5wt. 2, 8 wt. Somewhere inbetween the odd and even numbers were lost. Personaly I feel that a 8wt would be a bit over powering for them pinks. Again I really appriciate your and everone elses help.
     
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    I primarily use my 8 because it's a 10 footer...but a 6 at hoodsport with all those morons around me...I'd never land a fish.
     
  5. Catfish Jack

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    Moocher, it may not be the rod but the handler that is stopping you from catching them with a 6! J/K buddy.

    I personal use a 5 myself and it does the trick.
     
  6. Les Johnson

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    I like a 7-weight in the salt for pinks. However, a 6-weight seems to be just fine on the critters in freshwater, however. Keep your flies small and either unweighted, or very lightly weighted. I like the little Flashabou Comet in pearl pink for pinks (bright green for chums, incidentally). My beach flies for pinks (or chums) are all tied on 6, 8 and 10 hooks. I rarely, if ever snag one. They all are hooked in the kisser.
    Good Fishing,
    Les Johnson
     
  7. Sloan Craven

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    You can churn butter with a toothpick if you keep at it long enough....
    Seriously though a heavier rod is what you need. You could probably catch a fish with your 5 wt but you'd play it to death. A a 6 wt would be a great match.. plenty of fight, but you won't overplay it.
     
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    I use a 7wt for pinks... and that seems to be just right for my taste. I don't like the fish to bully me around since there are usually people fishing in fairly close proximity.
     
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    I agree with Andy and Les. I find a 7 weight works very well in the salt. It can handle a bigger fish and you can lighten up on the drag if you want more play. You can get the fish in quickly so its not worn out, which means the fish is not such an easy target for the seals. Your catch and release can mean an easier meal for the furry devils. And if you hook a seal, your 5 weight is high priced kindling. At crowded beaches, the 7 weight can make it easier to control your fish. A stiff 6 weight would be my next choice.

    Sterling
     
  10. Clint F

    Clint F Fly Fishing Youth

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    Thanks dmoocher and everyone else. I am not planing on fishing hoodsport for them. I am thinking neah bay and places in the puget sound not hoodsport because there are to many people there for my liking.
     
  11. Ian Broadie

    Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    All this talk of pinks and what not has inspired me to build the 11'6" forecast 6/7 weight switch rod. That should be a lot fun for pinks and be a nice compliment to my 5 and 7 weights.

    oh the possibilities when there are 3.5 million fish headed your way. :thumb:

    :beer2:
     
  12. Jon Borcherding

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    Hoodsport is a zoo. You have to be a decent caster just to get your fly in the water without hooking a drooler on the beach. The beach at Hoodsport has got to be about as much fun as bobbing for apples with a dozen members of a facial herpes affinity group. During the last humpy run the sherrifs office had to send out deputies every day to break up fights between drunken "snaggermen". If I was going to fish the humpy run at Hoodsport I would rather fish from a boat. Hell, I'd fish from a barnacle encrusted styrofoam log before I'd fish the beach at Hoodsport.
    Just my 2 cents worth. I don't wanna spoil anybody's "fun".

    JonB
     
  13. Clint F

    Clint F Fly Fishing Youth

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    I must agree with Jon Borcherding.
     
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    Thanks Jon...I'll be expecting a PM sometime the last week of June. :thumb:
     
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    some years ago we were fishing Hoodsport for pink salmon. Bob Young, a long-time fishing pal was standing on his milk crate in order to cast further and more easily reach the schoolling pinks that had been holding a very, very long cast out. Suddenly the school move in all around him and his fly was swimming in the tidal current just beyond the end of his rod. A pink grabbed the fly and yanked Bob off of his milk crate and about up to his nipples. It was one of the most enjoyable days I've spent at Hoodsport; perhaps the only one.
    Cheers,
    Les Johnson