Coho Flies for the river

Smalma

Active Member
Chris -
I use a simplified version of the original - no tail. I'm pretty fussy with the hackle feathers I use to achieve to breathing/pulsating of the hackle fibers that make the pattern so effective.. There are relatively few suitable flank feathers for a size 4 hook on a mature (late season) mallard drake (gadwall, widgeon., and greater scaup also used). To maximize the number of useable feathers (finer fibers) which typically have the best fibers on one side of the feather I learned to wind the material either towards or away from the tier. After stripping the feather (I prepare them in advance and sort by size) I tie it in by the tip and carefully wind the hackle forward with each turn carefully placed in front of the previous wrap and usually use 5 to 6 turns (more than what is usually recommended). When properly tied those fibers collapse on the strip and relax on the pause creating a nice elongated tear drop shape that "breathes" as retrieved.

curt
 

wanative

Retired, gone fishin'
wanative-
I fish the spider by stripping them varying the cadence to match the mood the fish.

Full disclosure - I do my coho fishing during the early fall and generally during low flows. When I target coho I do so on the lower rivers; often in the tidal sections. Having recently enter the river those early fish are explosive when hooked. Unfortunately like the pinks that stage doesn't last very long and once I start getting those that resist with "death rolls" I lose interest in targeting coho. If I were to target coho later in the season my fly selection would probably include more "flash fly" and jig typed flies.

Curt
Thanks Curt.
 

_WW_

Geriatric Skagit Swinger
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Wells spoons are the best if you can get them, Skagit Anglers & Holiday market sold them
Earl used hooks that are no longer available. He would heat the eye and straighten it out so it trailed properly. The hook was always dark at the part he heated. The last time I saw some at Holiday whoever was making them was using standard turned eye hooks. I've got brass and wire coming and am looking for an appropriate hook to use. I still have a few of Earl's to use for reference and my friend has a whole box of 'em.
 

Matt B

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Earl used hooks that are no longer available. He would heat the eye and straighten it out so it trailed properly. The hook was always dark at the part he heated. The last time I saw some at Holiday whoever was making them was using standard turned eye hooks. I've got brass and wire coming and am looking for an appropriate hook to use. I still have a few of Earl's to use for reference and my friend has a whole box of 'em.
Are you going to make your own spoons with the brass and wire you’ve got coming?
 

Matt B

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Gonna give it a shot.
That's cool in my book. Will you fish it with fly or conventional gear?

I'd be curious to see the Wells spoon I've heard about if you don't mind showing a pic or two.

Ya know I have heard, not that I know personally but I believe it may have been said in some circles that a wee dick nite casts pretty damn easy on a fly rod but you probably already know that already probably.
 

_WW_

Geriatric Skagit Swinger
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That's cool in my book. Will you fish it with fly or conventional gear?

I'd be curious to see the Wells spoon I've heard about if you don't mind showing a pic or two.

Ya know I have heard, not that I know personally but I believe it may have been said in some circles that a wee dick nite casts pretty damn easy on a fly rod but you probably already know that already probably.
I absolutely know dat. The spey rod does it best of all and a 15' type six gets it down but not dragging the bottom. Legend has it that Dick Nite is the rip off commercial version of what Earl use to make. I'll post up a picture of one and talk a little more about the history of them as I know it. Might take a couple days tho...
 

Jack MeHoff

Active Member
I absolutely know dat. The spey rod does it best of all and a 15' type six gets it down but not dragging the bottom. Legend has it that Dick Nite is the rip off commercial version of what Earl use to make. I'll post up a picture of one and talk a little more about the history of them as I know it. Might take a couple days tho...
how thick is the brass shim stock on the originals ?
 

chiro

Member
From what I've seen fishing SWW and NW Oregon, it depends on the river, river conditions, where in the river, and the brand of coho in that river.

For snappy late-run coho that are pooled up I like to fish these lead-eye "mega-comets" stripped in a jiggy motion. Guessing they'd also swing pretty well if I found coho in the right water.

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And what Smalma said about spiders although the ones I fish are a more like a reversed krill. These scruffy things occasionally work for frogwater fish:

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The other way I like to fish river coho is pocket water after a rain. They don't seem super-picky in the faster current but I like stuff like weighted polar shrimp, or chunkier krill, lifters, and egg patterns tied on tuna live-bait hooks (great short-shank profile, heavy, sticky sharp and unbreakable strong).
Is that just holo flash on the comet?
 

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