Published Oct 29. 2018 - 10 months ago

Chum Baby

Bob Triggs is a well-respected fishing guide from the Olympic Peninsula in north-western Washinton State. His Chum Baby is a thin little fly pattern he has developed specifically for the Sea-run cutthroat trout and chum salmon off the west coast. In the spring, when coho and coastal cutthroat trout are feeding on chum salmon fry, the Chum Baby fly pattern is a must-have pattern for anglers who don't like getting skunked. This is the original pattern, but many variations have been developed including some with color changes and flashier wings.

The fly can be tied either with the bead for fishing deep or bead-less for targetting fish at the surface on the prowl for easy prey.

There is no need to limit the fly to saltwater fishing as it converts to a great little pattern for fishing lakes and rivers for any piscivorous species. A little change in color and hook can provide a fresh fly to try in your favorite water.

Chum Baby fly pattern recipe (Bob Triggs)
Hook Gamakatsu SS15 #6-14
Bead: Copper brass bead (4.6mm on #6) optional
Thread: Brown olive 70d (8/0)
Body: 4-6 strands pearl Flashabou
Flash: 2 strands crystal flash
Wing: Grey squirrel tail
Collar: 3-4 peacock herl


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