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Proudcdn

Hello All,

I have a buddy that I am trying to get hooked on fishing. We have done some trout fishing in the Crowsnest and had fantastic success. He was pretty much sold after that.

What I would like to do is introduce him to Pinks this coming weekend (July 14th). My first experience with them (near Terrace) blew my mind. Such a fun fish to catch.

Where would you recommend that is:

1) Close to Vancouver (1-2 hour drive).
2) Not over-crowded.
3) Not a gong show.
4) Not filled with idiots that do not respect rules, courtesy, or the environment,
5) Has a good catch rate.

fisher 696

Wow you don't want much.....lol. I understand what you are looking for and good luck meeting all your criterea. I don't think you will find pinks yet.
Louis Vuitton

Pink won't start to show until September, unless you're on the west sideof Vancouver Island, which would mean Late August.
Proudcdn

Hmmm ... Ok.

I was checking the regs and Pinks opened July 1st here in the lower mainland but do not open until August 15th on the Island (C. River area) so I had assumed that they would be here now.
ReelWrangler

lots of chinook to be had, there good eating.
Dogbreath

There are No Pinks to be had anywhere yet, much too early.

Your parameters for catching fish, 1-2 hours from town/no idiots isn't at all realistic.

In a few weeks maybe less you'll be able to fish them from beaches on northern Vancouver Island that's your best bet.

Talk to the guys @ http://www.tyeemarine.com in Campbell River for info.
flyfisher582

if you have a ocean going boat, there may be some Pinks in the channel between Mayne and Pender Island, But this is a maybe. You will need to wait another few weeks and then they will be there for sure. as for the fraser, you will need to wait until late August thru the end of September

krustybra

What kind of a setup do you use for Pinks on the Fraser (when they're here in a month or 2)? I've never targeted them; I usually go for the Springs with a bar rig and spin & glow setup, which works great! What's a good setup for Pinks on the Fraser?

Thanks!
flyfisher582

Anything Pink. I Flyfish Only for them, but I have in the past and know of many that use pink Worms, Pink Spoons, Even a Pink piece of wool. Really anything Pink will work, Just go to any of the local Shops and they will put you in the right direction. Try Barry's they have a good selection of lures for Pinks.
krustybra

Thanks!
stink finger

float fishing with wool at creek mouths is an easy way to catch em a fish a cast is common
ReelWrangler

By fishing with wool i would asume you mean "flossing",as in wool on a large hook attached to super long leader. Flossing is NOT NEEDED, the fish will bite, keep leaders no longer than 24". There are early stuart sockeye in the river at the moment which are endangered, theres zero retention on them. Also, there is a request by DFO to not bottom bounce because most people floss with wool/ super long leaders and there is no way to avoid sockeye. If people continue to floss the river will be closed for the year.
flyfisher582

NO I Do not mean Flossing..

I Mean putting a piece of pink wool on a silver lure or even just wool on a hook, leave it long like a pink worm and cast and retrieve. I HATE flossing and I think It should be outlawed, it is a chickens**t way of fishing for those who don't have the shill or knowledge to catch fish any other way.
ReelWrangler

I wasnt atacking anyone, it wasnt clarified, there are many beeks(new fisherman) on this site. I too despise flossing/ snaging. It out and out poaching, although it is the only way for sockeye since they dont bite, but i dont fish them out of principle. I too add wool tufts to my spoons with spider wire, it makes a big difference. It both imitates a bait fishs tail and helps the hook hold by sticking to teeth.
stink finger

float fishing with a float and pencil lead with 12 to 16 inch leader with pink wool is what i meant not bottom bouncin
ReelWrangler

Im glad to hear neither of you meant flossing
krustybra

I've never flossed and never will! I don't see the pleasure in snagging fish; it's much more satisfying when they take your presentation out of anger or hunger!

Thanks for all the info!
ReelWrangler

this is a refreshing change, i aplaud you my brothers, i frequent FWR and am so used to flossing being an accepted method there.....
krustybra

there's a sh_t load of flossers on FWR!! They'll ruin it for us all eventually.
krustybra

By the way, since Pinks are much smaller than Springs, would a smaller rod work better like my 8.5 Steehead rod, or should I still use my 10.5 beast? What about the line? 10 - 15lb with a 10-15 lb leader good enough for pinks? or should I stick with the 30 lb because its still the Fraser?

Thanks
fisher 696

Pinks are small....usually around 6 7 pounds. A mainline of 15 lbs with a 10 lb leader is plenty. A pink buzz bomb works well, or as mentioned earlier, pink wool and pencil lead. They are called pinks for a reason, anything pink placed under their nose will usually induce a strike.
Proudcdn

I would use a 6wt fly rod if you are looking for some fun.
krustybra

Thanks!

I can't afford a fly rod right now, but some day soon when I retire I plan to take up fly fishing (seems like it can make your wrists pretty sore after a day of casting).

One final question, do you guys recommend placing the wool in a Steehead loop at the top of the hook, or do you put the wool directly onto the hook? Also, does the size of the roe or wool presentation matter? ie. coho like really small chunks, springs like really big chunks of roe, what about Pinks?

Thanks
ReelWrangler

somewhere in the middle ideally the wool would be on the bottom of the hook(spider thread works wonders). but the problem with this is after a hook up you need to rip it off to add another roe sack, personally im lazy and just use the steel header loop.
Beak007

Reel Dangler, u really shouldnt be posting in subjects that u clearly have no clue about. It's obvious that ur bc river experience is minimal if any. i'm sure other experienced river guys will agree with me. quit making stuff up.
ReelWrangler

Making what up? Your attacking my integrity based on what? You best have an answer.
fisher 696

Beak....if you have nothing to add that is useful then shut the f..k up and piss off. Most people on this site are tired of your immature BS. Get a life and find something good to do with it. Your ignorant comments are a waste of space. Additionally....What kind of river fishing experience do you have to share????? I can tell from yer posts that u have a head full of crap. Grow up young man and stop trying to feel better about yerself by tearing down others.
ReelWrangler

BEAK youve attacked my integrity on 2 posts now, either come up with a damn good reason, or i would like to meet face to face and ill straighten your ass out once and for all!
fisher 696

Damn kid de-railed my train of thought.....In my humble opinion, wool should be tied onto the hook with a bait loop. It is the easiest way and allows for quick changes. As far as location...the more wraps used to start the knot, the further down the hook the wool will be. I like to go with @ 8 wraps followed by 6.
Beak007

Thx fish696, actually provide info on how it is supposed to be done.
ReelWrangler

i never thought of just adding extra wraps, thanx
fisher 696

Naaaa you can figure out how to do it or you could ask a grown up to show you how.
fisher 696

Another little trick that I was shown is to leave the tag end that lays against the hook at the start of the knot a little long. 2 or 3 inches. Tie a regular bait loop. With the extra long tag end, place a corkie on it. Tie a knot that is bigger than the hole in the corkie or use a small bead. This way the corkie is behind the hook. With the right colour combo this is a great set up.
Beak007

"Naaaa you can figure out how to do it or you could ask a grown up to show you how."

LOL!! exactly, some kids sure like to talk until they r corrected.
ReelWrangler

tieing a corky on like that is what i beleive steelheaders comonly call a "cheater" am i correct?
fisher 696

It is my understanding that a "cheater" is kinda football shaped whereas a corkie is round. Don't quote me on this one as I may very well be mistaken.
ReelWrangler

Yea ive seen those to, im pretty sure its more the technique. they both do the same afterall. ive read it in mags a few times but they dont elaborate.
fisher 696

Ok so according to John at Bob's, a cheater is a spin and glow knock off. A foam body with wings as opposed to a plastic body.
flyfisher582

I usually Fly Fish for pinks so I can't answer the Rod question, but when Using the fly I use a 6 or 7wt fly rod, nothing larger.
ReelWrangler

for a rod if i was BBing i would use the 8.5' rod. drifting i would use the 10.5' providing its a medium action, its just easier to mend your drift with a longer rod.
krustybra

Thanks for all the information everyone!

So, if I understand correctly, I should put the Roe/Wool in the Steelhead loop and bring it down onto the hook with Spider Wire thread? Sounds good!

Tight lines
stink finger

no need to use roe or spider wire good sugestions for different applications but you really just have to have youre line in the water for these fish 6 weight rod is good 7 probably better find a creek mouth up river and there will be hundreds if not thousands of fish there no need to fish in the same places as sockeye fishermen great for kids

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