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Squid Vicious

Published Mar 18th 2010

A light and flexible and life-like squid imitation

By Kelvin Kleinman

Squid Vicious

Each fall and winter Puget Sound hosts millions of Squid as they move into inland waters to spawn. During this time the docks and fishing piers of Puget Sound fill up each night with people jigging for this tasty creatures.
They are easily caught using lights to attract them and small weighted jigs. On several occasions while fishing for Squid I witnessed Salmon an Sea Run trout stopping by to also feast on this abundant food source. I now often bring a fly rod with me while fishing for Squid.

In the Early 1960s the Washing state Game Department began a program to hold Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon in pens beyond the normal escapement times of these species. This causes the Salmon to remain in Puget Sound as they grow and mature rather than to migrate to distant northern ocean waters of Canada and Alaska. Although the late released fish tend to not grow as large as ocean going fish they do now provide a year round fishery for Salmon rather than only during the late summer and fall of returning migrating fish.
This immature Chinook are commonly referred to as Blackmouth and the immature Coho are referred to as Resident Coho or Rezzies.
The main time to fish for these Salmon is in the winter months the same time the waters are full of squid.

I developed this fly to "match the hatch" of the abundant Squid in the water and have found them highly productive from the Beach for Resident Coho and Sea run Cutthroat trout.
I have also fished them off of jetties with great success for Black, Rock, and Ling cod.
I have even caught Squid on them!

The real thing and a Vicious thing

Squid Vicious
TypeCold saltwater fly
Kelvin Kleiman

Rear hookStinger
DubbingPink flash dubbing
Inner legsWhite ostrich herl
FlashPinkish flash straws
Outer legsGrizzly saltwater hackle
EyesLarge shiny eyes
Front hookAny short shank saltwater hook
Connecting lineFireline 30lb
Front dubbingPink flash dubbing
Front wing/mantlePolar bear/red-pink bucktail
Front hackleLarge soft white hackle

The water, the catch

A Vicious fly

User comments
From: George - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted June 8th 2013

Great pattern, wow the striped bass of the Maine coast beware! crept around the Falmouth Foreside shore from 12 am til 5 am and caught and released 22 stripers, one of which was a whale weighing 33lbs and measured 43 inches. Thanks for the pattern and great instructions

From: Walter Nolan · thisismeo·at·verizon.net  Link
Submitted June 30th 2010

A beautiful squid fly for stripers on the Atlantic side too!

From: Bob Kenly · rkenly·at·centurytel.net  Link
Submitted March 23rd 2010

Brilliant !!!!!!!!! I've always wondered why more people don't use squid patterns for Pacific salmon in the salt. I've had good luck with squid patterns on Silvers off the Homer Spit in Alaska but seem to be in a minority of one when it comes to squid in Alaska.

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