Pink Flies

I'm with y'all. I'd ditch the clouser and go small. I like Pink Turds: conehead, crystal chenille, and marabou for the tail. It has movement, a little flash and that marabou tail really moves. I tend to use an intermediate tip and a lighter weighted fly, that way I can get lots of drop time and strip it a little slower, not fast like for coho or src. Strip too fast= no drop time, strip too slow = on the bottom. Those little flies will outfish the big ones (and buzzbombs) everyday.
I almost always use a cerese flash-a-bou comet. Flash-a-bou tail and body, cerese hackle and lead eyes on an Octopus hook. The are available at Patrick's.


5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year
So as opposed to the pink over white clouser, something smaller/heavier along these lines would be better? I don't tie flies myself yet so just trying to find a few online I can purchase and use.







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I almost always use a cerese flash-a-bou comet. Flash-a-bou tail and body, cerese hackle and lead eyes on an Octopus hook. The are available at Patrick's.

Ditto on that. The cerise flash-a-bou comets incorporate just about every design element in the consensus opinion (sparse, flashy, jiggy) and can be fished effectively off of an intermediate line or a floater. Might be worth stopping by Patrick's and picking up a dozen or more to set yourself up for a run.

I've also found that keeping the same design elements in play but switching to darker colors when they're staging and won't touch pink flies (most of the time pink works fine) can help induce strikes.


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Personally, I'd fish that pink clouser especially if you are fishing the north sound.
I've seen lots of pinks fall to buzz bombs, rotators, jigs, clousers etc over the years. The north sound pinks don't seem as picky about your offering size just as long as it has a good jiggy motion. Perhaps the fact they just turned the corner into the sound makes them not as selective as when they move further south.
Coho also love pink clousers so you can effectively be fishing for two species at the same time in a 2 + 2 year. Besides chartreuse, pink is the second best coho color in my opinion.
Good luck out there,
I've only ever fished for these guys in a river setting, but I've always just swung for them on a sink tip with a heavy marabou pattern of a different color and done exceptionally well. Last run I did have some success with a stripped retrieve, and I'm sure if I stuck with it more I'd have done equally well. Besides the first few humpies I caught on fly, I've never used a pink colored pattern.

Upton O

Blind hog fisherman
I follow Evan's line of fishing, the jig movement with smallish, pink produces well. My other experience: when my fishing buddy was scoring pinks fishing next to me and I wasn't, I just walked over and touched my rod to his (fishing rod for you sex pervs), walked back to my spot and had an immediate hookup.
But people sure catch the heck out of them with buzz bombs, so I think the spectrum of flies and line probably will work, if presented in the right way.

Upton O

Blind hog fisherman
My experience with pinks is frequently fly fishers do better with pinks than gear fishers if the fish aren't too far from shore. I believe it is probably due to the fly staying in front of the fish longer on the drop than hardware does.
Do the math. A gear guy throws his buzz bomb out about a hundred or so feet and then starts yanking it in. Rarely do they hook something on the first or second yank. They average about 8 - 10 feet per by the time they drift down. That's around 16 - 20 feet. You are out about thigh deep, maybe 20 - 30 feet off shore. That means if you cast 70 feet which is easily done by most, you are about 90 feet off shore with your fly. Subtract the 16 - 20 feet off the gear cast and you are in the same vacinity.

My experience is that pinks hug the shoreline, maybe 40 to 80 feet off shore. If you are calm and quiet, you're in the ballgame with a 60 - 70 foot cast.


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there is a lot to what Steve said. fish do seem to drift in closer when there is less noise commotion going on. i always watch for sea lions. they seem to push them way out of the beach zone.