Don's Fly Tying - Don's Simple Coho

[Don's Simple Coho]

I had an absolute ball fishing the Vedder River this season! Seven trips on seven different days although I admit several of these times coincided with necessary trips to Vancouver and also Vancouver Island. I mostly fished my spey rod with a running line and shooting head purchased this summer. My friends here in Kelowna at Trout Waters Fly and Tackle supplied at very reasonable cost my ten foot extra fast sink tips with connecting loops made up at both ends. I then make a small loop cinched to a tiny swivel for the fly leader connection. Using various flies, I managed to hook into about 40 salmon, fewer during the early season when the water was low but fast and furious once the rains came in mid October! Even though I hooked a fair share of salmon on my spey outfit, I did have trouble landing the fish, especially the springs, with many leader breaks at the hook eye. I beached only seven, releasing four and keeping just three hatchery coho for the larder!

Even though I have had more success in the past at landing salmon with float gear, I am determined to keep using my spey outfit because it is so much fun! I put a lot of thought into ways to improve my landing success and I want to share a fly that I created to do so with you. I thought if I tied a bait loop knot on the hook shank and then tie the fly over it, I wouldn't have as many leader breaks, at least at the fly eye! [A Spey Caught Coho] My original fly tying instructor, Earl Anderson of the old Woodwards Store fame, always used the KISS principle, "Keep it Simple, Stupid"! The fly we will examine is really simple but the test will have to wait until next season to see if the fish like it as well! I am confident that it will work, enough so, that my fly, the Simple Coho, is the feature for our December fly tying article.



First pinch the hook barb and then thread the heavy 3/16 inch bead through to the hook eye. You can then cut a piece of leader of size and length that you intend to use and thread it through the hook eye (toward the hook bend) and also through the bead. If the bead hole is not large enough to allow the leader to pass through the center hole now filled by the hook shank, I find I can usually place the leader through the bead first, then push both along from hook barb to hook eye. Now pull several inches of leader past the bead and tie a bait loop knot as described in my previous article number 40, the Vedder Red Yarn Fly. Rather than 5 or 6 turns used at streamside, I place the hook in my tying vice and make about 11 or twelve turns before cynching tight as it is much easier to tie a neat bait loop knot in this manner! I also carry out an extra step by burning the end of the leader clipped very close to the loop. This provides a bulge of melted leader that will not slip! The material list above mentions a tail of silver krystal flash and this is easy to make by placing a few strands on top of the hook shank first and tie the bait loop on top of it. Good luck with this simple fly and good fishing for 2013!

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