Fly Patterns

PINK SALMON FRY

Materials:  Hook: #8 4XL straight shank (I use Togen Streamer #28528) Thread: 70 d black and red (I prefer Ultra) Tail: White marabou, with black antron (Phentex) over Underbody: Unflavoured dental floss Body: Mylar static bag strip (2 – 2.5 mm wide) Back: Black...

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Tying the Pink Polliwog

Not to be confused with that other, surface, fly pattern with a similar name. This fly too offers a shock of pinkness with a wiggly tail, but is meant to be fished near the bottom of the stream. Hook - size # 2,  Mustad 9174, (3X short, 2X strong bait hook) de-barb...

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Tying Simple Chum Salmon Flies

Marabou Clouser Hook - Mustad 34007, size #4. De-barb and sharpen. Thread - Fluorescent pink or Chartreuse Uni-thread. Body - Silver poly-braid wound on shank. Wing - Marabou blood plume(s), layered. Overwing - Crystal Flash, Flashabou or similar. Eyes - Medium size...

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Neil’s Ghost

  For fly anglers fishing saltwater beaches of Vancouver Island, catching Pink salmon, Coho salmon and sea-run Cutthroat trout on the cast fly is pretty much a done deal. That is, once the quarry is located, techniques and fly patterns for taking those fish have...

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Tying Neil’s Ghost for Chum Salmon

  Neil's Euphausiid, a.k.a. the California Neil, has become a go-to beach fly pattern for many salmon anglers. Neil's Ghost is of that same woolly worm/woolly bugger tribe. The simplicity of design and use of toned down materials makes for an effective...

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Tying the Coho Clouser

In contrast to the stealthy allure of a sparsely tied fly on an intermediate sink-rate line, the plop of this weighted fly as it hits the water and its quick descent seems to be attractive features when tossed out amongst milling Cohoes. When fished on a full floating...

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Tying the Pearl Mickey

  Sadly, created as a better mouse trap for sea-run Cutthroat trout in saltwater estuaries, it was a bust. In those same waters, however, Coho (silver) Salmon loved it, and I was awake enough to realize what they were telling me. Over thirty years later, the...

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Tying the Palmered Brown Bug

A woodsy amalgamation of Haig-Brown's Steelhead Bee and Lee Wulff's series of dry-fly patterns, the Palmered Brown Bug presents a good silhouette on the surface. As well, when slightly drowned, the wings give the fly a jittery, fish enticing action when bucking the...

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Tying the ERC

Hook - #12, Mustad 94840 or equivalent, de-barbed and sharpened. Thread - Uni-thread, Fluorescent chartreuse or black or bright orange. Tail - Natural coloured deer body hair. Wing - Natural coloured deer body hair.   Ultra simple; Tying thread is used for...

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