Seal Skinz Product Testing Report

Mark Mercer

Member
Fantastic report Nick, you guys went for broke in those weather conditions and it really paid off. Thanks for the info, I might have to give those Seal Skinz a try, absolutely nothing wrong with warm, dry feet !

Great choice on your Squimp dub, I've been using the Senyo's Lazer dub (shrimp pink) on mine for a couple of years now, much better than the rabbit. When I first came up with the pattern I didn't have many options of body materials that were the right color, now there are quite a few and I think they're a lot better.

Mark
 

Nick Clayton

WFF Supporter
Fantastic report Nick, you guys went for broke in those weather conditions and it really paid off. Thanks for the info, I might have to give those Seal Skinz a try, absolutely nothing wrong with warm, dry feet !

Great choice on your Squimp dub, I've been using the Senyo's Lazer dub (shrimp pink) on mine for a couple of years now, much better than the rabbit. When I first came up with the pattern I didn't have many options of body materials that were the right color, now there are quite a few and I think they're a lot better.

Mark

I tie and fish this fly a LOT. It's become an absolute go to pattern for me and those who fish with me. I can't say enough good about it. I've tied it about a million different ways over the last couple years, and it catches fish no matter how I tie it. This dubbing brush is made with pink and white Water Mix from Fly Tyers Dungeon, as well as some holo silver flash, some shrimp pink ripple ice fiber, and some mini rubber legs. The brush just makes it easier for me to go crazy and add all sorts of materials lol. I will say that with this brush, particularly with the soft flash and rubber legs, the fly moves so well I still can't get over it. Just incredible!

On a related note, I hope I give you the credit you deserve for this fly! Every time I reference this fly just about anywhere I try to make it absolutely clear that YOU are the one who came up with this fantastic pattern, and all I am doing is tweaking and building on your great work. I'd sure hate for any credit to go anywhere but where it is deserved. I'm so friggen grateful that you shared your pattern and SBS here on the forum. Can't even count how many fish have come to hand as a result. So thank you!!!!
 

Nick Clayton

WFF Supporter
Yeah, but what was so magic about DCs hat?


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Look man, there are just some things you don't talk about in public!

I'm all for reports, sharing as much info as I can, but details about such legendary fishing hats are best left off the forum. I'd like Chromers to come fishing again, and I can't imagine he'd trust us enough to do so if we spilled all his secrets

:D:p:cool:
 
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Mark Mercer

Member
I tie and fish this fly a LOT. It's become an absolute go to pattern for me and those who fish with me. I can't say enough good about it. I've tied it about a million different ways over the last couple years, and it catches fish no matter how I tie it. This dubbing brush is made with pink and white Water Mix from Fly Tyers Dungeon, as well as some holo silver flash, some shrimp pink ripple ice fiber, and some mini rubber legs. The brush just makes it easier for me to go crazy and add all sorts of materials lol. I will say that with this brush, particularly with the soft flash and rubber legs, the fly moves so well I still can't get over it. Just incredible!

On a related note, I hope I give you the credit you deserve for this fly! Every time I reference this fly just about anywhere I try to make it absolutely clear that YOU are the one who came up with this fantastic pattern, and all I am doing is tweaking and building on your great work. I'd sure hate for any credit to go anywhere but where it is deserved. I'm so friggen grateful that you shared your pattern and SBS here on the forum. Can't even count how many fish have come to hand as a result. So thank you!!!!

I'm just happy you've had as much success with the pattern as I have Nick, that's all that really matters, you've shared it with many others folks and they've had success as well and that's what it's all about. And yes, you give me plenty of credit, probably more than I deserve.

Mark
 

dustinchromers

Active Member
Update and further info.

My claw like hand is allowing me to type a bit and do mundane tasks like tie my work boots. It has been 48 hours so the real aches and pains are dwindled but new ones arrive. If you are going to do battle with the quart size chromers of the sound you really should have a physical therapy and preparation program in place. Alternatively you could pace yourself and not chrome out to near hospitalization. Alas though when the chrome is there one must slake their chrome thirst in the times of plenty. I would rather wear my body out in battle and slide sideways into Valhalla with a figurative full stringer of chrome and experiences to lay on Odin's table in The Great Hall demanding drink for the feast rather than motor in leaving no wake and meekly requesting a goblet of mead . Apparently all the years of cold water kayaking without hand protection and being in the throws of "the grip" (a term for white knuckles and moderate healthy fear) are starting to catch up. Add to that a vibrating saw for the early years in life and such furious fishing and you get this situation. I am just not used to such high speed active stripping. I am amazed at which the speed increases the effect of the fly. A stillwater trout angler would cringe if they saw the speed at which you fish the fly out there. Denny Rickards himself would likely have a stroke seeing such speed and physicality employed to catch fish. At any rate the pain is nothing a whisky can't fix. My back is doing surprisingly well which is probably due in large part to the flat elevated wood platform I got to stand on. Being a real wood appreciator myself I loved the wood appointments on Bart's ever quiet and effective tide prowler. Plus wood does not steal ones body heat, a good thing in adverse conditions we faced. My arm is actually sore from the sheer number of quart size chromers I roped, a rarity for me as I normally don't catch that many fish in several seasons of river angling. If one likes to be actually catching fish then this trip is for you. Don't walk, don't think, RUN and get out there. A well appointed skiff and some know how is a must however as I would have likely flailed unsuccessfully if I undertook such a task on my own. I was very grateful to be aboard with such well seasoned professionals. It almost felt illegal as far as the fun quotient achieved and the lack of other anglers. I even had to ask if the fishery was in fact open as there were no other souls partaking of such excellent goods. I would not have been surprised a bit to be ticketed for enjoying myself too much. Constant action that is earned through good technique and immediate feedback for poor is the name of the game. Like Nick said I squandered my first half dozen chances. Not to worry as the chances numbered in the three digit realm. This is really solid good fishing here. It is so nice to fish for something that is plentiful and not in dire trouble as far a population goes. I am shocked at the lack of traffic out there. I am also hooked and will be outfitting myself for this type of fishing with a couple echo 3's. No frustration, no crowds, just good clean chromer slaying. The fish are quite beautiful. I was not prepared for this aspect as a lifetime of unicorn seeking has left me with no shortage of pretty fins to gawk at. The rezzies were a real pretty chrome hue with wonderful back colors and accents that ran from purple, green, blue, and all shades in between. They were spotted in different densities and had forked tails reminiscent of kokanee. The cutts were all different shades and beautifully marked. At one point there was a horde of fish repeatedly following the fly and you could see many varieties at once. There was one mean ass cutt that nobody caught. He bullied his way around the pack more interested in beating up on any fish looking at the squimp than actually eating it. This made for some emotional moments and near misses. He was my favorite piscatorial cast member of the day.

On the fashion front. I was wearing the Norrona Svalbard parka. It is a no bullshit gor tex pro shell masterpiece of traditional styling and ample pockets. It is perfect for this type of fishing as it is long, waterproof and with many pockets. The pockets are not zipper type which is a boon if you have a non working hand. The bibs are of the Watershed variety gor tex as well. These bibs are my cadillac workwear that is reserved for non saw gas days and clean mature stands of timber free of brambles. Both items are excellent in build and function. I am aware the color combo bothered Nick most of the day. He was kind enough to not say anything but I will be requesting that Norrona make a matching blue color to fit the oceanic motif of the bibs. The hat is a favorite of mine. It is an Outdoor Research Olympia, an improved version over the venerable Seattle Sombrero that embodies all the "north to Alaska" classic look of a Filson product while still retaining actual functionality and not wearing like tree bark. It also comes as a fraction of the price so one might own a couple. To further add to its seduction it doesn't shrink throughout the day leaving the user with a headache and mental problems often found in heavy Filson users. I purposely wore non water resistant shoes to give the Sealskinz a real test. They worked beautifully. I was slightly damp from sweat, no doubt due to the heavy wool Filson socks I was wearing under them, a bargain at $99.00. I will go raw Sealskin on the next test and report my results.

All in all I will recover. When I do I will be looking to get back out there. What a blast and a big thanks to both Nick and Bart for showing me the ropes to slay chromers with. I slayed way more fish on that squimp than any hevibead ever thought of. Ever see a shell pink organism being stripped in at varying speeds by an inexperienced angler losing grip on his fly line in the wild? Me neither but tell that the the bevy of chromers that got roped with it.
 
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dustinchromers

Active Member
I'm just happy you've had as much success with the pattern as I have Nick, that's all that really matters, you've shared it with many others folks and they've had success as well and that's what it's all about. And yes, you give me plenty of credit, probably more than I deserve.

Mark

That squimp is pretty sexy to my eye as well. I will be tying some for the salt and a couple variations to swing in the streams. I love the use of pheasant.
 

Salmo_g

WFF Supporter
Super good thread you guys! Weather like that is even more than our usual "another day in paradise" known as Puget Sound winter. Great tip re: the seal skinz too, tho I think I'll remain partial to my Extra Tuffs under HH rain pants when fishing from the boat until DC persuades me otherwise.

Looks like I need to learn to tie that squimp pattern before venturing forth on the briny water.
 

b_illymac

Soap Lake Posse
WFF Moderator
Yes you should! I'll trade ya.... I'll show you around the sound and then you can show me what fly fishing for bass is all about. I'll even buy a wife beater if you think it's appropriate ;)
We will figure something out! That is an offer I cant refuse!

No need for a new wifebeater. Just tear off the sleeves of what ever old t-sirt you have with the biggest mustard stain. You will be ready to rock! :D
 

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