Your Top Beach Flies

#1
Going to be doing some beach fishing in late August for both Sea-run Cutthroat and Coho. The Coho typically start running in the rivers in late August to early September. Some of the beaches consist of fist size cobble, while others are sandy. What flies do you recommend?


Troy
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#2
If you have actively feeding fish, it is hard to beat the good old reliable clouser minnow.
The color combinations are endless. I really like pale pink instead of white for the belly.
Good luck,
SF
 
#3
clouser, flatwing, reverse spider, a surface fly such as pregnant guppy or leland popper. Then read pacific salmon for waiting period salmon
 
#4
Thanks for the replies guys. I have caught a lot of Coho and Cutthroat on clousers out of a boat around the kelp beds, but have not spent a lot of time on the beaches. I am hoping to change that this summer. Most of the beach fishing I have done, I waded as deep as I could go and then threw as far as I could have. I realize now that a lot of the fish were between me and the shore. Really looking forward to trying some top water action.

Troy
 

Beachmen

Active Member
#5
i like a clouser anyday. marabou is my favorite but when the salmon are running i like my pinks, blues, and chartreuses. craft fur makes a great clouser with lite brite or angle hair pulled over it. also making some with a stinger hook is a good idea when you run them a little longer for coho. theya re known tail strikers.
 

DimeBrite

MA-9 Beach Stalker
#6
For early salmon season fishing tie up some sandlance patterns. A good epoxy sandlance pattern is absolutely deadly when these baitfish are present in good numbers, the coho love them. Another productive beach pattern is the Delia's squid in pink or cream colors. The Shock & Awe patterns are very productive from the beach when the current is running strong or when fishing before sunrise. Stonefish convinced me last summer that the clouser is king for late season coho (various color combos), especially for those migratory ocean fish that are still feeding in the north sound. The Surf Candy style of flies can be good for mimicking juvenile herring (lots of these in 2011) or surf smelt, but they get beat up on the rocks pretty quickly. Flat wing style patterns can be very effective as well, especially in a weak to moderate current with a slow retrieve. I carry a couple of surface slider patterns with me in the summer, but find they are best for confirming the presence of salmon and are not so good for consistently hooking/catching them.
 

Steve Rohrbach

Puget Sound Fly Fisher
#10
I like Pink Beach Poppers day to day but check out the #2 Chartreuse Beach Popper in this guys mouth.
Leland.

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Leland, I caught a beautiful Coho on the Lost River in Yakutat with a Pink Miyawaki Popper. I painted the dink with Florescent Pink Surveyors paint and used a Pink Grizzly. The Coho came up from 10 feet behind the Popper and was tracking it like a torpedo before I watched it eat the fly. I can't wait.
 

Beachmen

Active Member
#11
For early salmon season fishing tie up some sandlance patterns. A good epoxy sandlance pattern is absolutely deadly when these baitfish are present in good numbers, the coho love them. Another productive beach pattern is the Delia's squid in pink or cream colors. The Shock & Awe patterns are very productive from the beach when the current is running strong or when fishing before sunrise. Stonefish convinced me last summer that the clouser is king for late season coho (various color combos), especially for those migratory ocean fish that are still feeding in the north sound. The Surf Candy style of flies can be good for mimicking juvenile herring (lots of these in 2011) or surf smelt, but they get beat up on the rocks pretty quickly. Flat wing style patterns can be very effective as well, especially in a weak to moderate current with a slow retrieve. I carry a couple of surface slider patterns with me in the summer, but find they are best for confirming the presence of salmon and are not so good for consistently hooking/catching them.
for a great epoxy replacement try fusion. its from hairline. dries in 4 hours, has no smell, and will shrink a little big sucking everything down nice and tight. Fusion.. i love it. and use it on all the epoxy style flies that i tie.
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#12
I've had my best, most consistent success using a size 2 to 4 green/white or blue/white clouser. Not very imaginative I know, but thus far the other smaller sized saltwater flies I've collected for non-Puget Sound outings haven't worked. Our forum guru's have graciously shared some of their favored patterns and I've added them to my list of "to be tied" (which seems to grow way faster than available time to complete :mad:).

I'm particularly interested in Leland's popper patterns. I fished pink polywogs for silvers in AK years ago and man was that a hoot. See a fish start chasing a fly is fun.