So OK, this is a rather simplistic post but still it seems relevant, at least the question is one that i’m constantly asking myself each time I set to sea with fly rod in hand here at Pacific City, and especially when I am fishing for salmon or albacore.
The short answer is shown in the two photos following with all the bet hedging that recognizes day to day and fish to fish differences.
It is worth noting that the coho took a 4″ white/chartreuse/bleeding mackerel Clouser and the Chinook took a 4″ brown and tan Clouser — pointing to the possibility of opportunistic feeding behavior and quite possibly rendering our best attempts to tie imitative flies rather futile.
Anyway, I hope this is amusing and entertaining. I also hope to be able to poke around in more ocean salmon stomachs soon.
August 1st, 2018