Many of these patterns from our BC cousins work very well for estuary salmon.
Very nice Red.Many of these patterns from our BC cousins work very well for estuary salmon.
"Works very well" is a gross exaggeration for any staging coho fly. "Might possibly work every now and then" is as good as it gets!Many of these patterns from our BC cousins work very well for estuary salmon.
Like anything else at the right time and the right place, and it's not been a "gross exaggeration" in my experiences."Works very well" is a gross exaggeration for any staging coho fly. "Might possibly work every now and then" is as good as it gets!
Yea, that and the Green Machine. I will add a few to my boxCatch fish or not, that California Neil looks fun to tie. The color and compactness of it is awesome.
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Many thanks for reminding me about the Green Machine man.... possibly an early ancestor if the Cali Neil not sure about that but the additional red in there is a great thing.... my B.C. buddy has a "one fly for life" type fly and it is basically that fly although he calls it a Jolly Green... thanks for the reminder about these wonderful tidewater flies for coho as well as SRC and beyond....Many of these patterns from our BC cousins work very well for estuary salmon.
Totally....Yea, that and the Green Machine. I will add a few to my box
Fun reading those old threads. As a follow-up to my past query, I've since had some good success with coho and steelhead at the fishery mentioned using very small reversed spider patterns.Saw quite a bit of staging type activity while out cutthroat fishing this weekend.
Jumpers, rollers.....even saw a rare jumping SRC
Might be worth having some California Neil's and Croft's Spider in your box if you find yourself in MA's 12 or 13.
I had a bunch of spiders, but can't seem to locate them, so I'll need to by some Mustad 3399's.
Some past threads on both patterns.
I've tied a number of flies a number of years ago with that very thought in mind. Using polymarabou. I figured if something got tangled in their teeth, well......sweet!Speaking of bugginess (is that even a word? Well it is now!), something that is mentioned by people using yarn for steelhead is that when the fish take the yarn it can get caught in their teeth and that can give you an extra second to set the hook before they spit it out. I actually have no idea whether there is any truth to this theory or not, but I think it's worth keeping in mind for staging coho flies. The ability of coho to take a fly and spit it out again before you feel anything is amazing.
Heck! I'd be happy if 5 out of 100 hatchery Coho were just 'Looky-loos'(seemingly interested in making a purchase, but whose actual intention is only to browse).If you could find a fly that worked for Snohomish river fish, even just 20% in the fall. Oh wait that's to optimistic, maybe 5%.
Always good to carry a few colors of yarn on the water. A very effective fly can be fashioned from a short strand of egg yarn on an octopus hook. Split out a thin strand, lay along the shank with a tail extending about a hook length back. Then wrap the yarn over itself starting behind the eye to the tail and back to the eye, tapering as desired. Throw a couple half-hitches and trim off the tag extending underneath for "legs". Not fancy but it works in a pinch. Basically a yarn version of a Teeny nymph.common practice when fishing eggs to use yarn so fish dont spit them as easy. drift fishing yarn is very catchy on almost anything. many times while fishing the eggs would fall apart and it was the yarn that caught the fish.
Have you tried a sparse gold rolled muddler around size 8? I've seen that work freaky well on river fish sometimes dead drift better than stripped.If you could find a fly that worked for Snohomish river fish, even just 20% in the fall. Oh wait that's to optimistic, maybe 5%.