Lingcod Thread

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by SaltyCutt, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. SaltyCutt

    SaltyCutt Beach Bum

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    Lingcod season is just around the corner and I am going to try to find one this year on the fly. I found a couple last year with a buddy of mine, but we were using gear. I'm building a new head for my 8 wt and tying up some big ugly flies. Last year chartreuse was a great color for Rockfish and Lingcod, so I'll start there.

    I don't know much about this fishery, so I figured I'd start this thread.

    Fish pics, flies, techniques... anything Lingcod related.
     
  2. SaltyCutt

    SaltyCutt Beach Bum

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    Badass Yak hair Lingcod fly.

     
  3. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    Just seeing him tie that fly realllllly makes me want to go ling fishing. I've done it with gear many years ago, but would love to chase these things with a fly. Anyone have a boat that needs an extra deckhand?! I'll tie up a few of these to share! (Maybe some big bunnies too, but these yak clousers look way more easy to throw).
     
  4. Steve Saville

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    I think you might want something a little heavier than an 8 wt., especially if you expect to catch one as large as the ones in the video. They will tear you 8 wt. in half. I'd think 9 wt. minimum but probably a 10 wt. with one big, heavy reel.
     
  5. DennisE

    DennisE Topwater and tying.

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    I used to dive and for what it's worth, all the Ling's I came across (summertime in the San Juans) were laying on shelves, sunning themselves in about 30 feet of water. When the ones I saw got spooked the just went to a deeper shelf. Hope this helps and triggers some ideas. By the way, at least in the San Juans, Greenling can be found on shelves also, but they were just a little shallower. They were also good eating. Ah, the old days, when you could have fried Greenling, Lingcod, rock scallop and abalone for breakfast. And then go see what was for lunch. :rolleyes: Now I think it's time for another brew!
     
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    tie up some of your squid patterns
     
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    Yeah I am hoping to get a trip or two in to Neah Bay this summer. Will definitly be tying up some big ugly clousers amoung other patterns.
     
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    lingcods love kelp greenling.... ive seen lings come all the way to the surface to get a chance at a hooked kelp geenling, the hardest part about lingcod fishing is getting your fly to the lings before a rockfish gets it....fun fun stuff
     
  9. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

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    I'm getting excited to return back to Washington. First good weather day after I return the truck will be heading west on Hwy. 112.

    I think these dogs should hunt. I've been playing with flies like these in the water pike fishing and the feathers have a ton of movement vs. many other materials.

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    Steve Saville gave good advice on the 8 wt. You have to yard these things out of rocks and seaweed. I've had eights wrapped around my boat hull like a taco shell. I haven't broken a rod yet, since they usually fray the line on the rocks by their lair within 20-30 seconds.

    Gary Sandstrom and I had this same conversation a couple of weeks ago, and agreed that 12 wt. is more the threshold.

    And patterns? If it moves they'll likely bite it. I use bright, stubby clousers tied on brass tubes with big lead eyes and 30' of T17.
     
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    I've landed them on as light as a B2X 7 wt. but NOT recommended. 9wt-11wt is recommended. We encourage releasing all our Lings to provide for the future viability of this wonderful fishery.
     
  12. Steve Saville

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    My go to ling cod rod is an Sage RPL 11 wt., 9'. It has plenty of backbone yet is still pretty light. It was a custom job built with a rubber fighting but as opposed to cork and it's two pieces instead of four. I also use it for other bottom fish because you never know when you hook a rockfish if a ling will want that rockfish for lunch. It's happened a couple of times and we boated the ling with its mouth wrapped around the rockfish.
     
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    Anyone gonna try a waking greenling pattern this year for the big top-water take?
     
  14. SaltyCutt

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    Great info guys, thanks and keep it coming. I'll have to test the 8 wt since its my heaviest rod, and I don't see a 10 wt in the budget just yet. If it blows up, it blows up... it'll be a good story anyway!

    I seem to remember a book being recommeded last year that talks about color visibiltiy at different depths... any ideas?

    I'll always be testing topwater patterns 2kayaker, I got a bullhead on a popper last year, now why not a Ling!
     
  15. Steve Saville

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    There are depth restrictions in some areas so be sure to check the regs before you pay out your line and a hundred yards of backing to get down.