A group of friends and I have booked a trip to Prince Rupert for some guided saltwater fishing next year. It looks like we might get an opportunity to cast some flies to feeding coho in open water.
Have any of you cool cats done something like this before? We have been told to bring a floating and a sinking line. Any suggestions for a sinking line for this type of fishing? My experiences with sinking lines are limited to the ones I use for lake angling with a 5wt.
Sounds fun! Id be using a clear hover line instead of a floating if it were me and a type 3 sinking line to get down. The hovers sink less than an inch per second and stay in the zone longer. I use a type 3 in lakes and have no issues hitting bottom at 50' so it should be lots but the key is to ask the guide who has been doing it for years. Have fun
Post by Graham Hill on Nov 22, 2017 11:11:56 GMT -8
Open water...hmm. I have fished for salt water Coho at Young Point at the southern tip of Lasqueti many times. Quite the rodeo! From an anchored boat casting into the kelp beds with Type 3 10' sink tip lines on 9 wt rods, using a variety of flies with the Freebie (pattern from BC Outdoors magazine) being the most successful. I have also fished a particular reef on the east side of Texada using Airflo "40+" 30' sink tips...inspired by an episode from a BC produced fishing show...drifted boat in "open" water casting toward the submerged reef. Not as productive as Young Point but several Chinooks came in with the Coho. When you choose a line, think about the ever present wind and current. Floating lines aren't all that useful in my opinion.
Post by Graham Hill on Nov 23, 2017 12:20:44 GMT -8
Go with the guide's recommendations. He knows his local waters and the fishery. Hey! I just had a look at the Airflo website and I think those particular 30' sinktip lines are now discontinued. Wouldn't want you to send friends and family out looking for a "unicorn".
I was using a 250gr Rio Max II clear intermediate (1-2" ips) shooting head this fall off the beach. Rarely touched the bottom even in 2' of water. It cast like a rocket. 24' if I recall. Integrated with a running line would be nice for smooth stripping right up to the rod tip, but the connector loop hump is tolerable and enables you to quickly swap heads.
The only experience I have for salmon of a boat on the fly was back when South Quadra Island was loaded with coho. We would just drag a very sparse polar bear streamer in the boat wash and drop it to them, or pull away to entice a strike when they were chasing.
Any idea where their floating cabin is, one of my favorite spots in the World is Work Channel. There are a few floating lodges in Work Channel. It is excellent for Coho in late August. I had my fly gear ready to go last August, but the weather keep us off the ocean. Biggest Coho I landed up there trolling gear was an 18lb Northern Coho.