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A Note About Pacific Salmon Flies

These flies are for the most part Freshwater Fly Patterns. Success with these flies depends on getting them deep and choosing the right color for the conditions. Fish them in the deep runs with fast sinking or shooting head lines and look for flies that are sparsely tied, compact, and fast-sinking. I have tried to note on the pattern page when the specific pattern was developed for a particular Pacific Salmon species, but in many cases the flies are all around flies that can be interchanged depending on the color preference and conditions. Chum Salmon are noted for almost exclusively preferring Green and Fluorescent Green, but will at times go for pinks and reds. King salmon will hit fluorescent greens, pinks, reds and sometimes darker combinations with black and purple when water is off color. Sockeye seem to go for orange patterns, etc. It often helps to see what color other fisherman are having success with and then using that color. The bottom line, though, is the fish need to be there. Fishing into large runs will almost always produce if you get your fly down in front of them in their lies. For more about fly fishing techniques see Salmon and Steelhead Fly Fishing Tips and Techniques.  

For more information about Pacific Salmon flies read our article:

Fly Fishing the Estuaries, Tidal Waters, and Open Ocean for Pacific Salmon

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These flies are pictured here to help choose them by sight. They may not, however be an all-inclusive listing of the flies on this Salmonfly.Net. For a complete listing, see the
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or flies from the
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