Trip Report 20 inch Sea Run

90 degree Shanks, Spawn Simi Seal, Marabou and some flutter legs made for a memorable afternoon on the sound yesterday! First 20 inch sea run of the fall! Also, found a group of small residents eager to eat anything that touched the water!
 

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Matt B

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90 degree Shanks, Spawn Simi Seal, Marabou and some flutter legs made for a memorable afternoon on the sound yesterday! First 20 inch sea run of the fall! Also, found a group of small residents eager to eat anything that touched the water!
I'm curious: if you're stripping flies anywhere but on the bottom, what advantage do you think the 90-degree shank gives you over a typical straight eye saltwater hook?
 

Roger Stephens

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90 degree Shanks, Spawn Simi Seal, Marabou and some flutter legs made for a memorable afternoon on the sound yesterday! First 20 inch sea run of the fall! Also, found a group of small residents eager to eat anything that touched the water!


Josh:

Great photos and fish! It looks like there might be again some good local resident coho fishing this winter. The last couple of years they have been feeding on sand shrimp. If that is the case, they should become larger quickly.

The last time I was out the sea-run cutthroat were scattered. When I go out tomorrow, hopefully I will find a few locations with some large fish.

Roger
 

Matt B

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90 degree Shanks, Spawn Simi Seal, Marabou and some flutter legs made for a memorable afternoon on the sound yesterday! First 20 inch sea run of the fall! Also, found a group of small residents eager to eat anything that touched the water!
I am genuinely curious about the 90 degree shank vs a straight shank or straight eye in this application. Is it just something new to play and experiment with? I totally get that. Or is there a strategy behind the madness?
 

Spawnflyfish

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I am genuinely curious about the 90 degree shank vs a straight shank or straight eye in this application. Is it just something new to play and experiment with? I totally get that. Or is there a strategy behind the madness?
No not something new to just play with it’s completely a utility product. It doesn’t add any cosmetic appeal rather changes the dynamic of the fly when it is stripped. Similar to what a jig hook would do. It is going to be pulled up vs straight creating a jigging motion for your fly. Secondly where a jig hook would stay straight through the shaft the articulation point will allow the hook, added shank, wire or whatever you tied in to kick much like a gamechanger. This creates a bit more lifelike motion. I’m not dragging my flies on the bottom but it is nice to know that when my fly does touch the bottom it won’t get embedded into a rock if I tie in the hook facing up.
 

Matt B

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No not something new to just play with it’s completely a utility product. It doesn’t add any cosmetic appeal rather changes the dynamic of the fly when it is stripped. Similar to what a jig hook would do. It is going to be pulled up vs straight creating a jigging motion for your fly. Secondly where a jig hook would stay straight through the shaft the articulation point will allow the hook, added shank, wire or whatever you tied in to kick much like a gamechanger. This creates a bit more lifelike motion. I’m not dragging my flies on the bottom but it is nice to know that when my fly does touch the bottom it won’t get embedded into a rock if I tie in the hook facing up.
Thanks for the explanation. Do you use a standard line and leader combo or something else to get the jiggy action? Seems like a floating line and longish leader would accentuate that movement but that’s not what most folks typically go to first in this fishery.
 

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