Squid Vicious

Published Mar 18th 2010

A light and flexible and life-like squid imitation


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

Step 1: thread base - Lay down a base of thread on the stinger (rear) hook
Step 1: thread base
Step 2: dubbing - Add a ball of dubbing to help keep the legs flared out
Step 2: dubbing
Step 3: LiteBrite and herl - Add some LiteBrite and distribute the ostrich herl to form the legs
Step 3: LiteBrite and herl
Step 4: hackle - Add the hackle feathers distributed around the legs
Step 4: hackle
Step 5: eyes and line - Whip finish and trim. Add the eyes. Secure the Fireline to the hook.
Step 5: eyes and line
Step 6: epoxy - Epoxy over the eyes and the Fireline
Step 6: epoxy

Step 7: front hook - Lay down a base of thread on front the hook. Take care not to wrap to far back. You need enough room to add some buck tail and palmer a large hacklefeather
Step 7: front hook
Step 8: connect - Secure the Fireline through the eye of the front hook and wrap thread over. Superglue the Fireline and thread-base. Wrap over again while the glue is still wet
Step 8: connect
Step 9: secured - Wrap thread back toward trailing hook and add half hitch. Trim Fireline butts
Step 9: secured

Step 10: dubbing loop - Wrap the thread back toward the trailing hook and add half hitch to secure it. Form a dubbing loop in front of the eye of trailing hook
Step 10: dubbing loop
Step 11: dubbing - Add a light coat of super glue on the Fireline to have dubbing stick to it better. Add dubbing and palmer forward almost all the way to the front hook eye
Step 11: dubbing
Step 12: dubbing done - Palmer the dubbing forward almost all the way to the front hook eye
Step 12: dubbing done

Step 13: bear - Add bear hair top and bottom of hook only so there is a space for the eye on each side
Step 13: bear
Step 14: bucktail - Trim and blend the bucktail and tie in on top of bear hair
Step 14: bucktail
Step 15: more bucktail - Add more bucktail over the bear hair on the bottom of the fly
Step 15: more bucktail
Step 16: hackle - Add a rooster hackle and palmer it in in the front of the leading hook
Step 16: hackle

Step 17: whip finish - Whip finish and cement
Step 17: whip finish
Step 18: cut front hook - Once dry use a wire cutter to snip off the front hook right below where the dubbed Fireline attaches to the shank.
Wear safety glasses during this part of the tying process
Step 18: cut front hook

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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