Dry Fly for Pinks
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Dry Fly for Pinks
Pink Salmon - great things come in small packages. That fully explains the smallest of the salmon species that have powerful short runs. It is these little beauties that announce the beginning of our fall season.

Early in the season the salmon are not abundant and will school far from shore. Therefore it is essential to be able to cast a far distance.

As the pink salmon season advances onward, a lot of my fellow fishermen are still making great efforts to cast as far as they can. Rarely do they get a hit at that distance! Often the salmon can be found cruising within 40 feet of shore. Observation is essential to be successful when beach fishing. Most salmon are caught within 40 feet of the caster. The short cast allows for quick changes in direction when a school of salmon suddenly appears.

Retrieval speed of the fly can vary. If youíre not having any luck you should observe the successful fishermen near you. Understand the difference and then replicate it.

Successful flies are created in several colours. Various pinks are the main elements. New flies like the handle bar have been the hot producers. Experimentation is the key to success when others fail. Later in the season purple, blue, and green start to have success.

A sharp, hardened hook is essential. Fishing in shallow water means you will be nicking the bottom. If you run the point of the hook across your thumbnail and it sticks then it is sticky sharp.

The perfect cast will unfold as it moves forward literally rolling out. Leaders may vary - There are the tapered one piece, and then the step down method. An example 2 feet of 12 pound, 3 feet of 10 pound and then 3 feet of 8 pound will easily roll out perfectly.

The depth of fishing is 2 feet to 5 feet. The easiest fly line to handle out on the surf is the floating line with an intermediate sink tip or a full floating line. With a full intermediate clear sink line you have to be aware when the line is gathering at your feet as it settles to the bottom.

Try to use an appropriate fishing rod. Too light and you will not be able to bring in the salmon quickly and decrease their survival rate when you release them. For a fly rod, 7 and 8wt is appropriate.

When the fishing slows down, they can be off the bite but more often than not they have just moved on. Take notice where they are and what direction they are moving, then strategically move with them.

To be successful observation is an important element. The ability to adapt to changes is also key. Know your tides and how it will effect the movement of the salmon. Also be familiar with the terrain youíre fishing and the structure below the water's surface.

The majority of fly fishers are using wet flies for pink salmon. A few are now starting to bring back dry fly fishing on our beaches. The excitement that comes with dry fly fishing for pink salmon can be unbelievable! Nothing compares to watching a salmon turn and follow the fly, slowly approaching and then striking your offering. Dry fly fishing is the most productive in the later parts of the season when the fish are staging and schooling up. Surface fly-fishing also avoids accidentally snagging fish when they are grouped in large schools.

You want the fly to create a wake as you strip it back in. All of the colors that work with sinking flies will work for dry flies but the body and head need to be designed to create a large disturbance on the surface of the water.

A video uploaded to the forum last season, created by Dan AKA SmokeyRiver demonstrates the techniques that are used. Watch the excitement that these little salmon we call pinks (or 'humpies') can provide!

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