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Outdoor Notebook: Fly fishing flies for silvers off the beach

Posted: August 9, 2013 - 12:02am
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Silvers the salt love big bright baitfish patterns. The Cruiser is tied with synthetic materials in such a way that it keeps it tall, full profile in the water. It has just enough flash to catch the eye of predatory salmon. Fish these with a sink tip once a school of cohos begin to bite.  Courtesy of Alaska Fly Fishing Goods
Courtesy of Alaska Fly Fishing Goods
Silvers the salt love big bright baitfish patterns. The Cruiser is tied with synthetic materials in such a way that it keeps it tall, full profile in the water. It has just enough flash to catch the eye of predatory salmon. Fish these with a sink tip once a school of cohos begin to bite.

Clouser minnow (#2): Silvers off the beach are suckers for chartreuse. This color combo has proven itself from Southeast Alaska to Kodiak. According to the team at Alaska Fly Fishing goods, a good pick right now is the chartreuse/yellow combination in a classic clouser minnow pattern.

We’ve heard early reports, of people catching cohos off beaches — just a few, not a lot,” Owner Brad Elfers said. “In a week or two to 10 days we should see things really picking up. Folks are still having to wade to a lot of pinks, but the silvers are out there. This is early, and hopefully a good sign.”

Fish this patter with a light sink tip line on a moderate retrieve. Elfers suggested letting the fly settle below the pinks, before beginning to strip in the line.

Cruiser (2/0): Searching off shore for silvers in the salt? The AFFG team recommends adding a Cruiser or two to your arsenal. This fly features a five-inch herring profile, a rattle and a wicked 2/0 hook sure to get the attention of marauding coho.

Elfers recommended having this fly handy on a fly rod, even if folks are out trolling. Once in a school of coho, cast this into the fray, let it sink and strip it in with a quick retrieve. It’s also a good bet off the outer shore of Shelter Island, he said.

• Outdoor Notebook is an occasional feature highlighting handy bits of Outdoors information. For more details on these flies, stop by Alaska Fly Fishing Goods in downtown Juneau, located in the Senate Mall. Contact them at 586-1550, or go online to http://alaskaflyfishinggoods.com. To recommend a lure, fly or nifty outdoor gadget, email us at outdoors@juneauempire.com.

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