Yesterday I was blessed and lucky to find a nice group of resident silvers(13-16") that stayed put for 2 hours along a current seam. Initially I used a chartreuse/white clouser minnow(as of late it has been much more effective than an olive/white clouser minnow) and was having good success with it. For the last couple of weeks I have occassionally skated a floating candlefish pattern with with some success. So I decided to take a crack at this group of resident silvers with the floating candlefish pattern. I was fortunate to have switched flies as the top water action was absolutely wonderful and exciting. I landed 23 resident silvers on the floating candlefish pattern which I concocted several years ago for SRC and adult silver fishing. It has worked very well for these fisheries and now resident silvers. I call it "S.S. Candlefish" since it acts like a battleship chugging along on top of the water. Battleships get the attention of an adversary and so does the "S.S. Candlefish" since the resident silvers will "attack" it. The resident silvers hit the fly in three ways: (1) slashing strike from the side, (2) explosive upward strike with the fish coming partly or all the out of the water, (3) nosing up behind the fly with swirls. I needed to be quick on the trigger on the hook set as most of the time there was quite a bit of line on the water. A couple of fish were hooked when I occassionally dead drifted the fly. Most of the time I used a rapid/steady retrieve to skate the fly on the water surface. However, if a resident silver followed/swirled behind the fly for several feet, I would pause the retrieve for 1-2 second which usually would result in the fish nailing the "S.S. Candlefish." It was almost comical sometimes as a fish would follow the fly for 10 ft. or so and I would be saying to myself "come on smack it" and then "The Pause" would get the fish. The day was topped off by watching two coyotes savenger along a shoreline while motoring back to the boat ramp. If you are would like to know more about the "S.S. Candlefish" pattern, there is a picture and short write-up/materials list on page 100 of "Fly Fishing for Coastal Cutthroat Trout" by Les Johnson. Also, there is a picture of the fly on this site under Gallery/Fly patterns/Fly swaps/Beach Silver swap(last fly on page). I will post a detailed step-by-step tying recipe by the first part of next week on the Fly Tying Forum on this site. As I have said before, I am just a 68 year old "Fud" who is trying to pass on some of my experiences before the Lord calls me Home. Hope that I have helped some of you get more enjoyment out of the saltwater flyfishing opportunities on Puget Sound. If so that gives me great joy!