Things I've learned during the 2012 Coho Season

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  1. SciGuy

    SciGuy Active Member

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    1) If you are losing too many fish then use a longer stinger and/or a larger hook.

    2) Good fatliners can consistently outfish good gear fishermen.

    3) Coho can be caught on a regular basis in the middle of the day under clear skies if the current/tide is right.

    4) Tube flies and jig-hook Clousers are hard to beat.

    5) It is more productive to fish for 1 hour at first light for 5 days in a row than it is to fish for 5 hours on a single day.
     
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    1) Straight Maxima leaders (10-15 lb) are awesome (cheap, durable, easy)
    2) Fly selection isn't that critical when a coho is hungry
    3) Fish can be caught at any time of the day, but first light is where it really happens
    4) You don't need to wade deep or cast far at first light
    5) Current and surface chop are your friend
    6) WFF Saltwater forum has a lot of good people willing to help us novices enjoy this awesome fishery (special shout out to Stonefish, DimeBrite who are both amazing beach fisherman and always willing to help answer questions!!!)

    I've learned the most this year by just spending time on the water. It really helps when the likes of Stonefish, DimeBrite, SciGuy, etc are also on the water so you can watch and learn! Fish the type of water they fish, with a similar fly, and the retrieve they're using and you are bound to start catching fish!

    Now I just need to find someone who is a waiting period coho and chum master because these F&$%ING fish are tough!!! I'm starting to think that catching them is a myth.
     
  3. Tony James

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    I learned not to go tuna fishing with Anil in the heat of the coho season. A 20+ pound saltwater rocket on a 12 weight flyrod can almost ruin you for salmon fishing. Hard for a journeyman like me to top that in this part of the country. I loved reading the reports of all the success you guys had this year in the salt - congrats to the hardcores who stuck to it. Gotta second Steve's comments about the pinks and add another recommendation for the chum. I mainly C&R, so it's hard to beat the fun of catching 20 to 30 chum up at Hood Canal - it's a great way to keep the flyrod in your hand for another month of great practice.
     
  4. ten80

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    20lb, 7 ft maxima leader on clear intermediate line
    Non-slip loop to fly for better action
    Outgoing tides on eastside beaches
    Very fast, short, short, long stripping rhythm
    Roll cast, then pickup and shoot line out rather than false cast

    What a great fall coho season!
     
  5. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    That not getting up past 4:00 am every weekend since July 1st makes sleeping in sound like a great idea.
     
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  6. SciGuy

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    You live on the wrong side!
     
  7. porterHause

    porterHause Just call me Jon

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    That purchasing a whole Coho salmon is expensive! It's the only one I got this season lol, and I was desperate for something to put in the smoker.
     
  8. Chester Allen

    Chester Allen Fishing addict and scribbler

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    I agree.... This Puget Sound fishery is now world-class for sea-run cutts, pinks in odd-numbered years and, this year at least, coho!!!!
     
  9. FlyOnTheBeach

    FlyOnTheBeach formally FlyOnThe Beach

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    I've handed them a few flies I was using and watch them try to rig them on their conventional rods. Determination.........lol
     
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    Good folks and friendly advice bump.
     
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    I like this one...
     
  12. Alexander

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    Solid stuff!