Anybody have had luck fishing the other beaches, not Hoodsport but maybe like Bush Point or similar or Pt Townsend area?
As far as getting a good hook set with Chums, try using a lighter wire hook and make sure its sharp. Maybe add bead chain to the head or lead eyes, if you can stand to cast them.
Another tip is when the water is low go sparse with your tying. And try hot cerise, like a single piece of hot cerise bunny strip not too long, just enough for movement.
Here is a pattern that has been good to me for chums.
Hook: light wire, short shank (like a gammy)
tail: hot cerise bunny strip
body: (optioinal) pink chennile
hackle: Hot pink
Head: bead chain or lead eyes
Fish it slow. And use a good real!