I might actually get up there to target these guys. Got the Clark family campout in the middle of August up over near Anacortes. I know some have touched on patterns here, but being as I've never targeted these guys before, any other patterns worth tying up? here's what I'm hearing thus far for beach fishing...sparse, 1-1.5" long, pink, lightly weighted, intermediate line, 6/7wt...am I missing anything?
Eyes: Bead Chain Black Medium (tie in above the hook point, outside gap, glue)
Plastic Bead: C Pucci 4mm Dark Pink Pearl (C47SD drill and slide up to the eye) (413-mount onto a sewing pin, cut 5/8" the sewing pin just short of the hook point and tie the sewing pin to the shank, glue)
Tail: Marabou light Pink (long, 1 1/2 full hook length, whole plume cut out the top 1/3, tie in behind the eyes) Angel Hair Cotton Candy (sparse, long, 1 1/2 full hook length, tie in behind the eyes, fold on the thread)
Body: Eztaz UV Lights Fl. Pink (loose spin with the dub looped dubbing using a dubbing hook, wrap chenille dub noodle)
Dub Body: Hareline UV Ice Dub Fl. Pink, Hareline Senyo's Laser Dub Hot Pink (1/2 each, sparse, long, dub looped 3", loose spin with the chenille using a dubbing hook, wrap chenille dub noodle)
Dub Finish Collar: Hareline UV Ice Dub Fl. Hot Pink, Hareline Senyo's Laser Dub Hot Pink (1/2 each, sparse, long, split thread dub looped, loose spin, 2 turns, whip finish, cut the thread and brush out)
Actually I think that Kelvin is talking about the newly established resident pink salmon population that has been building up in Puget Sound over the past decade. A dedicated angler fishing amphipod and euphausiid patterns will occasionally hook-up with one of these smaller resident pinks.
I used to get stoked for them- I thought they were lots of fun, but up at the lodge I work at during the summer, where they run every year and get no bigger than a good sized trout, they become really really annoying messing with your herring and bait, popping your riggers, and hitting your bait before you can even get down to the springs.
Once I get home and they're in the rivers down here, yeah, I'll probs have some fun with them, but while they're in the salt and we're trying to get springs and coho, I'll try my best to avoid them.
So being fairly new to the Kitsap/OP area I've read on the web that there's a pink run that heads through Hood Canal for the Skokomish. Are they targeted mostly in the south canal or are there opportunities further north? I fished Salsbury last fall for silvers without much success (did my best at PNP) but am wondering if I can find humpies in the north end of the canal. That would cut down the commute! TIA!
looking foward to c&r pinks on fly and gearat the mouth of the puyallup and south end of vashon island. maybe the mouth of the nisqually too since they're expecting a decent run.
i'll fill the freezer with kings and silvers, hopefully sockeye too.
I got my 1st ever Salmon on the fly last pink season on the Skagit.
I haven't picked up a flyrod since then but I am looking forward to giving it a go in the saltwater...should be fun! I live on Whidbey and normally fish the beaches using me casting gear...or I am in the boat.
Question here...do I need or is it recommended to have a separate outfit for saltwater?
I only have 2...a 5wt for trout and a 6/7 for everything else.