Small flies - big salmon

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Small flies - big salmon

Post Number:#1  Postby Jonas Magnusson » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:16 pm

Just returned from Iceland where some salmon chasing was done. In the gin clear small rivers there these flies are deadly.
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To witness the strikes in the surface when using these (#14 and #16) is exciting
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I have not fished for salmon anywhere else - is this size productive anywhere else?
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Post Number:#2  Postby Paul Arden » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:19 am

That looks like fun! I've never fished much for Salmon but in the first fishing lodge I worked the manager had done a lot of salmon and trout fishing on the Tweed in Scotland and caught many Salmon on trout size 16s. We'd be going back a long way. Pre 1950s for sure.

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Post Number:#3  Postby ACW » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:38 am

Oh yes ,I often fish tinys in low clear water ,but never trebles any more as most rivers dont allow ,had a purge of some of my fly boxes recently,and the trebles were segregated ,
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Post Number:#4  Postby petevicar » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:09 pm

I have fished for salmon a number of times in Iceland.
On some rivers small flies work very well but on larger rivers like the Rangas big heavy flies are needed.

I have used flies down to size 20 on the Nordura, Langa,Kjos.

In Canada around Gaspé small flies have proved successful on many rivers.
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Post Number:#5  Postby Nick » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:13 am

There are a lot of places where salmon are suckers for a small fly. I used to fish "wee doubles" a lot, size 10-14, mostly black, and caught fish on a lot of the Scottish salmon rivers. Mainly used to fish the Tweed system, but also remember using them effectively in the Helmsdale, Halladale, North Esk, Annan, Nith... anywhere that the water was clear enough for them to see the little fly going over their heads. That was more than 20 years ago of course. There probably aren't any salmon in those rivers any more.

Smallest fly I ever got a salmon on was a size 16 pheasant tail nymph. I think we were both surprised.

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Post Number:#6  Postby ACW » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:08 am

My recent unsuccessfull trip to the Kyle of Sutherland carron had me wishing for some salmon doubles on #16s.
any suggestions on which hooks to go for ,I have bronze down eyes ,but they just dont look right to me !
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Post Number:#7  Postby petevicar » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:17 am

Hi Andy
I can't tie small flies so I buy them.
I have used Salar flies and Fishingflies.is

It looks like the really small flies are only available as trebles whereas the doubles only go down to #14.

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Post Number:#8  Postby Jonas Magnusson » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:18 pm

petevicar wrote:Hi Andy
I can't tie small flies so I buy them.
I have used Salar flies and Fishingflies.is

It looks like the really small flies are only available as trebles whereas the doubles only go down to #14.

Pete


You are absolutely correct about Rangá the bigger spring fed rivers are cold and you need bigger flies there. Caught this summer my first salmon with a 2 hander using the "proper" technique (i.e. roll casting) in Eystri Rangá.
Can not find #16 doubles. How about snipping off one hook of a treble?
And to all other who have responded many thanks for your info.
We are slated to have us a wee storm here in Florida - I am outside the cone but this is dicey - glued to the National Hurricane Center´s forecast.
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Post Number:#9  Postby ACW » Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:49 pm

Hi Pete hope alls well,just been in Farlowes and yes there are only #14 doubles the new ish patriots from Partridge they are a tad smaller than the code P that is my favorite "chassis" for my silkcut shrimps and the other odd patteerns I fish from time to time.
I am sure smaller black japanned hooks have been produced ,as I have a few ,though where the heck they came from I really cant remember.
Jonas stay safe !
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Post Number:#10  Postby ACW » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:57 pm

Found some low water 16s on RM Jeffries ,should have then in a few days .
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