A light and flexible and life-like squid imitation
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!