I must be doing something right! Why? I once more received an invitation from my Vancouver Island trap shooter friend, Dave Upper, to go salmon fishing on his large custom made boat, the Chaos! Together with Dave's moose hunting friend, Terry Swan, we ventured north from his Deep Bay oceanside home to Port Hardy this past July. We then sailed north from Port Hardy and tried several of Dave's favourite salmon spots almost as far as Rivers Inlet! This year we found sea lions to be a problem as the first good size spring that I hooked suddenly had about a 500 pound pull in the opposite direction. By the time Dave had turned the boat around, my reel was empty, spooled to the knot. Luckily I did not lose the line, only the flasher with the anchovie plus of course, the fish! I did notice when cleaning our salmon that they were mainly feeding on squid rather than the usual herring. Could it be that herring in the North Island waters have been over fished and the salmon are resorting to squid? Anyway, from this observation, I have tied up some squid imitations that I thought I would share with you. Not exactly fly fishing, but still an exhilarating experience!
It is important to use glo yarn as a core part of the body because if you are using a down rigger at depths below sixty feet, glo yarn will show up clearly in those inky depths. However, the first step is to make a nail knot with at least 25 pound clear monofilament on the main hook shank. It is then a good idea to cement the knot as well. Leave a long tail on the knot, enough to later secure the trailer hook with another nail knot. The next step is to tie in at least two layers of white glow yarn to the main hook shank. Follow this with two types of flashabou, clear and clear with a tint of red. Top this with a good section of white super hair. The overall length of the body should be about four to five inches, quite a large fly! Cinch down the body layers along the main hook shank and then half hitch these layers a good inch behind the main hook bend. If you use thin monofilament for your tying thread, you can do this by extending the mono from the main hook shank to a point beyond the bend without cutting your thread plus it is totally invisable! A mirage eye is next by pressing it on just before this half hitch point. You must then cement the eye thoroughly so it will adhere to the body layers. The final step is to make a nail knot onto a trailer hook with the heavy monofilament piece that came from the end of the main hook nail knot.
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