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butchhe 08-18-2009 11:43 AM

Name this fly
A buddy of mine was fishing with these over the weekend for Sockeye Salmon and had a fish on every other cast. I have searched the internet and have no clue what type of fly this is. He picked it up at a local grocery store on a whim and it panned out well for him. I'd just like to know the name of it before I start to make them (they look pretty easy to make for a beginner like me). Thanks.

Ard 08-18-2009 12:34 PM

Re: Name this fly

I've never seen that tie but it looks very simple to replicate. I would call it the red fly. Whether or not the two wisps of black material over the top of the body are important or not would be a matter of personal preference. If that was the original tie then I would add them. I would probably add some zinc eyes for weight in swifter currents also. Make some in the stock form and some weighted ones for the deep stuff. I tie many flies that have no name but still catch salmon. If one proves to be a consistent producer I'll give it a name, usually it will be descriptive rather than artful.

I have one question. Did you see each fish that he caught and were they all hooked in the inside of the jaw? I have had some pretty impressive days with sockeye but many were foul hooked by accident. The fly I used on such days had no bearing on how many fish I hooked but to an observer at fifty feet the action would have looked incredible. When fishing any great distance from the salt I find the sockeye usually aren't as aggressive as other species but do tend to group closely making a foul hook more likely. I don't mean to infer that anyone deliberately hooked fish but it happens.


butchhe 08-18-2009 07:17 PM

Re: Name this fly
We were fishing on the Russian River that day. I would have to say about 70% were jaw hooked. I think it is almost impossible not to fowl hook when they get into tight schools. I know I have done it inadvertently with pinks. I try to pull the line out of the water nice and slow, within a foot of my leader breaking the top of the water and here comes some pinks pushing up stream...foul hooked!

BTW, he picked up the fly at Fred Myers for $0.89 each, no name though.

Ard 08-18-2009 11:17 PM

Re: Name this fly
Where do you live?

butchhe 08-18-2009 11:20 PM

Re: Name this fly
Anchorage. I guess I should update that. :D

jpbfly 08-19-2009 03:53 AM

Re: Name this fly
quote:I would call it the red fly
That's an original name...I would have never tought about it Ard!:D
It looks like Batistou's red nymph...he caught bows with it...but chubs swim away at full speed when they see it:Dshould be efficient on Bull :ptrout too:D

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