Yes, with several great days out in the ocean offshore Pacific City already in 2015, i’ve been refining my lingcod flies and having very good response from the big fish – Whoo-hoo!
My shift from my most favorite Clousers that general feature white, chartreuse, and Bleeding Mackerel Steve Farrar’s Blend for the wing to a different color theme began with my friend John Harrell mentioning that he was having better catch rates on brown Twister Tail Jigs than on white.
First, I tied my big clousers with brown theme (belly = Camo Steve Farrar’s Blend; Back: Bronze Back Steve Farrar’s blend. These flies are about 7 inches long and were well received by big kings in 40 – over 90 ft of water.
Never satisfied, I noticed that the lingcod often puked up suid or little octopus (octopi?). These were fatter than small fish and I wanted a bolder profile than I could a achieve with a Clouser. My work in recent months on Intruder style flies gave me good opportunity to work with the new EP Sommerlatte’s and Chromatic brushes, and these seemed perfect to thicken the front end of my new octopus/squid flies.
The colors I have found most useful and best received by the lings to date are as follows —
EP Sommerlatte’s UV 3.0 inch brushes: White/red; Tan/chartreuse; Rootbeer/Chartreuse.
EP Chromatic 3.0 inch Copper Candy; Flame.
I will do more fly and line experimenting as the season evolves, but I wanted to share these new and super effective fly patterns now.
More to follow, but for now, have fun and you may book a charter with pacific City fly Fishing if you are so inclined.
To tie the octopus fly, I start with a Gamakatsu SL 15 3/0 hook, XL plated dumbbell eyes, and just lash the Farrar’s Blend material on the hook in the rear of the shank. Then I wind on one color of the EP Brush behind the eyes and two colors ahead of the eyes to provide contrast. These flies have been great producers and I’m still trying to figure out the color scheme philosophy but at times they have produced better than the slim Clouser profile flies.
Jay Nicholas, March 2015.