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Pink Salmon

Small Creek Fishing with the New 2019 Redington Butterstick
You guys are laughing at strip setting the hook, and I don't understand that. The problem with small fish is that they can be pulled with the fly.  Rather than setting the hook, you just pull t
Smal Palmer chenille
Was in Wall Mart today and found small Palmer chenille. It is a Red Heart product called "scrubby sparkle." I got white and yellow and left green and pink.  $3.98 for 174 yard/ skeine. Palmer on
Sponges used for salmon fishing
Since the salmon run is in full swing right now, I would have thought someone would be familiar with this/these products. As I understand, the salmon aren't feeding during the spawning run. When I h
A Mickey Finn for Finnatics
It is also a great steelhead fly.   Finding good bright red bucktails is not easy.  Lots of washed out ones on offer.    Rocco  I got two new red tail cuts this year, One
Pegging beads
It is that time of the year for beads + steelhead/salmon/browns, please no drivel on how uncouth it is to fish beads.  I am sure I am not the first to discover this but a good silicone peg source
Reel for winter steelheading
jaberts1,   Good idea.  I have maybe 5 of the SA System 2 8/9s.  They are 100% reliable as you say.    And reasonable to boot. I just got one in perfect shape with an 8 wt Rio
Steelhead streamer hook shank length
I tie most steamers for steelhead on standard up-eyed salmon hooks.  But mainly for the hook strength.  Steelhead rarely nibble at steamers so I see no need of a tail hook and beyond that do
Articulated Rainbow Streamer
A while back, a subscriber and customer of mine requested that I make a large articulated streamer for him.  He wanted something for large browns pushing 30" that are primarily predatory in a lak
Tube Fly Materials
I started out buying into the HMH system and so have just carried on with that. I use the adapter when traveling now, it had been my main method initially till I bought the tube fly vise. HMH now make
Blue color scheme
Flyman... the color scheme I'd use would be fl. pink for the collar and white for the tail with that blue head... Of course I'm tying for salt or brackish waters - and can't be bothered to even paint
Lamson Micra 5 Litespeed vs Ross Animas
I have 3 Lamson reels. A 10wt Micra, an 8wt Guru, and a 9wt litespeed. I have caught bonefish on the 8wt Guru, even after a full dunking in saltwater. My 10wt has held up on big sharks and even king s
September Flies From the Vise
  nite owl (silvius)   hook - salmon/steelhead thread - black tail - yellow hackle fibers butt - 2 turns of red chenille body - silver oval tinsel hackle - orange wing - white bucktail 
Stocking lakes in the Uninta Mountains
As Jaydub said, 95% survival rate which is higher than the old way they used to stock these lakes. In the past they used to carry the fingerlings up on horses in containers.   Since trout are una
Ice Jig Shrimp Feedback
Hi everyone!   I have been working on making  a tungsten ice fishing jig that resembles a small freshwater shrimp. Here is one of my first tries. It is a 4.6mm tungsten bead on a #12 jig hoo
A spey Fly
Don't see those often in my neck of the woods. Bright colors work well on the salmon, or just look good to the fishermen?
In line popper
While they may not be the easiest hooks for some to tie on, I wonder if the great salmon fly tyers had/have trouble tying on treble hooks? A miscast bead head fly to the back of the head doesn't feel
Vinyl Ribbing???
Probably medium would do the trick for a size 10 hook.   I don't use it that much.  I have a ton of spinner bait skirts that I use for segmented bodies.   You might also want
Hardest fighting freshwater fish?
I'm not qualified to answer your question. My opinion would be various salmon but lb for lb who knows for sure. A bluegill is indeed mighty scrappy on a light rod.
How do you like to land larger smallmouth?
Maybe this is just me but a SMB's jump happens so suddenly and last for but a fraction of a second that I don't care what you do.    The initial jump is almost instant sometimes, I agree
With Kids Spring Winter And Summer at City Park New Orleans
Personally, I don't like using really small flies and nymphs because I end up hooking 2 inch long sunfish.  If you get that, then just start sizing up until you're catching in the larger ranges.
August Flies From the Vise
So...this is the first fly I have tied since the last of April. Packing, cataract surgery and moving up to Pullman, WA then installing all new wood floors and unpacking:     GSB's #6 &
autumn silver
Wulff's skills with UL fly tackle should be mentioned.  He often used a 7' 2 oz rod  and sometimes a 6' bamboo rod on Atlantic Salmon.   As a stunt , he even cast to and landed a s
What Would You Do?
I like them boxes too, never had any fly boxes that were better. I'm partial to the 69 & 91 but have several other models also. Some of the auction merchants think the flies sell the box, and so f
Jungle cockcapes
I was some jungle cock capes on eBay from Estonia for $35 plus $9.50 for shipping. I want to the some salmon & steelhead flies. A few questions is that a good price? What to look for when buying t
Little double hook spey
Another nice fly. I have always been intrigued by spey flies but never tied any. I would think the undulating long feather fibers should get a number of fishes attention. Have you ever effectively use
Favorite Brookie Patterns
Here in the Smoky Mountains, the problem with brookies is to find a fly that DOES NOT work. The pink weenie and the green weenie are go to flies. A big bushy royal coachman works great and just about
Modern Mickey Finn
I've been able to cast it with a 7 wt. 8  or 9 wt would be better, basically saltwater territory. Lots of wind resistance, like epic. Again not a problem with traditional spinning gear and such t
My Take On A Couple of Reels
The big land locked salmon breeder fish are like that when they come in. They are silvery fish fresh in from the cold water lakes and when they get hooked they run down river, they're almost instantly
Classic Smoky Mountain Flies
Also, don't forget the "George" nymph, the green weenie (and the pink weenie)' as wells ants and small green pupae.Joe
Nymph Fishing Rods
I built a 10ft 4 wt this spring on an IM6 graphite blank and it's done well on 17 inch rainbows and 2 lb smallies. I was midge and small  Hornberg fishing with it early on this spring, then switc
6 foot fly rod for tight stream fishing
I've been really enjoying the pair of 4 wt rods I built late winter to early spring this year. So far only still water fishing. I think the Anglers Roost 10ft 4wt controls the line nicer than about an
New flies from the vice
Nice flies...they would likely work well on Atlantic Salmon here on the east coast too...
Trouble with rod
The advice here abut twisting the rod sections into place reminds me of a related, but not germane here, warning about stressing rods the wrong way  while fighting hot and large trophy fish. 
Brooks Falls AK
The fishing looks really good to me!   Just have to nug in between the other fishers for some room!   https://explore.org/livecams/brown-bears/br...am-brooks-falls Lots of different "LIVE" c
Question about a deer hair top water bass fly ?
Sounds like maybe a bomber salmon fly.
Fiber for dubbing
No have pink or purple hackle feathers so tried to improvise by dubbing the kids hair piece fibers instead. Worked out but the stuff is very slick so had to dab head cement to guarantee....Made the p
July Flies From the Vise
Pink scuds for a friend. Kimo
Methods and Beads for egg sucking leeches
original poster said   "I am using 1/0, upturned eye, salmon fly hooks. Also have tried size 1, straight eye hooks but I prefer those upturned eyes for these."   with that being said, have y
My flies for my first saltwater trip
No worries Flats, I truly appreciate your input which I think is dead on. I've been casting a long time and have a decent double haul. Being an Atlantic salmon fisherman, I've cast bombers over salmon
Best Tyer Ever?
Define best. Most innovative, precise, does beautiful work, ties the most difficult flies, most prolific, etc.? Genre of flies? Salmon, Trout, Salmon/steelhead, Warm water? The question is a bit b
Fifty Fly Project
As I mentioned during posts in the May/June Flies from the Vise I worked my way through Ian Whitelaws book, The History of Fly Fishing in Fifty Flies.  My daughter gave me the book last Christmas
FlySpoke's Super Bug (Carnage variation)
Foam version of an Atlantic salmon pattern. Tied here as a salmonfly; don't have a scud hook big enough to handle a bug this size so I subbed with the TFS iron (shorter shank than the Dai Riki 280)
DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss v DMC Wool Yarn
I like em. You tying the floss in with tying thread or just use the floss in the spool as if it were a tying thread body? I'm tying in with 8/0. I think the bodies would be too bulky on the smaller s
Whiting hackles
i ordered some whiting hen capes in blue, red, yellow for salmon flie   i have ordered whiting rooster capes in the past in silver badger, golden badger, speckled badger, cream   all are exc
"The Indispensables" Swap
Yeah I couldn't source the original haha... most of the examples I found were in the pinkish hue so I used light pink ice dub.
New site: http://flypattern.org
Looks very good Havard. Would liked to have seen the Alexandra in the same format as the other fly pictures. A great way of preserving the history. How have you gotten on with fishing the classics?
June Flies From the Vise
  Substituted dubbing with shell pink ice dub I cant source ram testicle hair
Panfish Delight
I recently came up with a small jigging type of minnow pattern for someone who wanted a few tied up.  After tying it, I realized it would be perfect for jigging for panfish.  So I made it br
10th Annual Casting for Recovery Project
Each box is a unique box from that member.  I put your user name on the box with a label that says. " Tied for Casting for Recovery by ________".  I tie 14 sparkle pink woolly buggers for ea
Carrying two rods
  Regardless of the weight of rod 1# tippets is what make smaller fish fun.    I can't be comfortable fly fishing with any kind of pack on, so that, like a hand carried rod, would
River Road Creations wing cutters?
I  have tried the Reel Wings Sedge Small, but I really have a hard time with fat fingers getting the wing positioned, cutting the V in the tab only made things worse.  So I thought would l
small salmon fly hooks
I'm looking to tie some smaller size hair wing salmon flies, {for fishing}, blue charm, thunder and lightning, etc. The obvious places stock sizes down to 8. I would like to tie some size 10 and 12. D
Swimps
Couple of brown and white shrimps outa kids hair from DollarTree. No antenna but lil glass rattle in'em. Oops purple. Actually purple/pink blend.
Enjoying the sun
No salmon today, needing a good spate but plenty of bites for keeping kids interest. [attachment=67730:IMG_20180512_105646_kindlephoto-377631533.jpg] [attachment=67731:IMG_20180512_105212_kindlephoto-
Extra large Wulff patterns
Big...how about #6-#2 Wulff's:   http://www.flytyer.com/better-dry-flies-for-atlantic-salmon-steelhead/     PT/TB
Looking for panfish ideas
My "Panfish Attractor"   [sharedmedia=core:attachments:63105]     [sharedmedia=core:attachments:63918]   size 8 straight shank hook Bead chain eyes Pink or light tan thread Tail:&#
Cohen's Bird Variation
Nice ties Bruce! There is another tirer on here and I won’t call him out but we spoke on the phone he’s only been trying seven years. I’ve been tying for 50+ years and have been sp
May Flies From The Vise
Mickey Finns have done great work for me on perch, the basses, trout to include steel head ,and GL salmon.    For a simple fly, it is a challenge to get it right..     The big
does any one know?
any clue why registering for the classic streamer and wet fly  and classic and artistic Salmon areas failed?  trying to log in simply 'locks' my account.   R.
was a good weekend for scrounging materials
99c store - a pink anemone for fish tanks, very wavy, I'll make a bunch of squirmy wormies.  I love the 99c store.   [attachment=67839:WIN_20180521_17_56_48_Pro.jpg]
Hair wing fly swap
Sorry I posted too quickly - hairwings I like, salmon flies not so much.  I apologize for messing up the thread.
Non-fly rod caught fish
Sounds like fun. But I've always wondered what is the big deal with shad?  Is it just in the fun of catching them?  You can't eat them can you?    Long time ago there was a sha
Wheatley fly box.
I have been wanting a Wheatley clip box for my salmon flies, but dont understand their sizing. On the site they say that size five box (the largest) holds large salmon flies. My question is, what do
Back on the river today
I've never seen a sucker with such a big broad defined stripe like that and I happen to enjoy the great sucker runs every spring. We don't have steelhead, salmon and the like so I eagerly anticipate t
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