Published Feb 16. 2010 - 13 years ago
Updated or edited Jun 3. 2018

Squid Vicious

Each fall and winter Puget Sound hosts millions of Squid as they move into inland waters to spawn. Puget Sound local Kelvin Kleinman has created the Squid Vicious to imitate these protein rich morsels.

Before cutting - Here is the finished fly before cutting the front hook
Squid Vicious
Kelvin Kleinman

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!

Squid Vicious - A squid surrounded by Squid Vicious flies
Comparison - Imitations and the real thing. The basic technique is the same in the who flies, but materials and colors differ - and the top one has a rubber mantle mounted.
The real thing and a Vicious thing
Kelvin Kleinman
Squid Vicious
Pattern type: 
Cold saltwater fly
Kelvin Kleiman
Rear hook
Pink flash dubbing
Inner legs
White ostrich herl
Pinkish flash straws
Outer legs
Grizzly saltwater hackle
Large shiny eyes
Front hook
Any short shank saltwater hook
Connecting line
Fireline 30lb
Front dubbing
Pink flash dubbing
Front wing/mantle
Polar bear/red-pink bucktail
Front hackle
Large soft white hackle
Skill level/difficulty: 

Step 1: thread base

Step 2: dubbing

Step 3: LiteBrite and herl

Step 4: hackle

Step 5: eyes and line

Step 6: epoxy

Step 7: front hook

Step 8: connect

Step 9: secured

Step 10: dubbing loop

Step 11: dubbing

Step 12: dubbing done

Step 13: bear

Step 14: bucktail

Step 15: more bucktail

Step 16: hackle

Step 17: whip finish

Step 18: cut front hook

Squid country -
A Black cod - This Black cod took a squid imitation
Brown fish, brown fly - The Ling cod fell for a brownish Squid Delicious
Rezzies eat squid - This resident coho couldn't resist a squid
The water, the catch
Kelvin Kleinman
Squid Vicious - The finished squid fly. Light, flexible but still a very god imitation of a squid
A Vicious fly
Kelvin Kleinman


Great pattern, wow t...

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

A beautiful squid fl...

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

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Brilliant !!!!!!!!! ...

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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