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: Quick, Easy Must Have Saltwater Coho Patterns

07-23-2001, 02:10 AM
For all you saltwater flyrod maniacs what do you believe are some must have but quick and easy patterns to tie to fish for migrating adult coho in the salt???

I wanted to get some tied up for my trip to Sitka in a couple weeks.

A major thanks to everyone in advance!!

07-23-2001, 09:49 AM
First that comes to mind is Clousers! <G> Lots of sizes, tie in Chartruese and White, Pink & White, and Pink & Black. I'd also bring some kind of surface/floating flies and some candlefish patterns. Check the "Pacific Salmon on a Fly" book by Les Johnson et al for other good ideas.


07-23-2001, 10:40 AM
Ryan -

Take a look at the patterns in the SWFF fly archive (http://flyfishingforum.com/cgi-bin/UB/UltraBoard.cgi?action=Headlines&BID=12&SID=3096&DayPrune=*)

The only consideration for using any of these is to put the hook on the back half of the fly for cohos to get better hook up rates.

- Sand Lances (sand eels, candlefish)
a) epoxy sand eels, 'surf candy'
b) clouser-like sand eel patterns tied on longer hooks
c) slim jims, etc

- herring
a) deceivers
b) bigeye baitfish (Page Rogers)

- squid

- surface flies, poppers and sliders: slim jims, pencil poppers
- deerhair bunny divers

If I have time I will send a few of my favorites for you to test.


07-23-2001, 10:42 AM
A baitfish pattern that you have confidence in, such as the Clouser mentioned by DoubleSpey, is killer on Coho; white/peacock angel hair in about #4 works for me.

A Flash Fly in about a size #2 is a popular choice for Alaskan Silvers as is a purple Egg Sucking Leech.

You may also want to include a few Sparkle Shrimp (pink or chartreuse in about a #4.)

Several folks have been experimenting fishing surface poppers for Silvers with great success. Including a couple in your box might provide some added excitement.

07-24-2001, 11:09 PM
Thanks Everyone!!!

07-25-2001, 12:43 AM
I will put most of my money on the clouser style in colours as mentioned in previous posts and an assortment of squid style patterns such as Juros. I assume that most of your fishing will be done from the boat where the presentationof either a rising or falling bait is most effective. If you have the opportunity to drag a bucktail fly in the wake of the boat this can also be very effective.
Good Luck

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07-25-2001, 09:31 AM
With the recent discussions on topwater ocean salmon flies, check out this striper pattern tied by Bob Pink of Boston...

HERE (http://flyfishingforum.com/cgi-bin/UB/UltraBoard.cgi?action=Read&BID=12&TID=58&SID=4328)

The hook rides in the right spot, and it will provide a wounded herring facsimile in addition to the sand eel.