On the Water Log, May 4, 2012

CUTT AND CHUM UPDATE: LARVAL HERRING

Ron Hirschi got in touch with me today and told me that, upon review, he’s decided that some of the small, slender, virtually transparent fish he identified as surf smelt at Cutts and Chum were actually larval herring. We have plenty of surf smelt in our waters, but it’s cool that he’s seeing these young-of-the-herring in the net, as well. He says that they can metamorphose at over 1 1/2 inch in length.

The picture of one below probably explains why small, slender white patterns do so well in our waters. But none of our more common patterns are exactly like the actual fish. I imagine a SC-15 hook, with a mylar core body and a couple dark micro bead chain eyes would work. Those orange things, incidentally, are brine shrimp, which the herring eat.

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Ron also seined a beach this week just north of the one he did at the seminar and found lots of pinks. I didn’t see much bait at all at my clinic last weekend and wondered if the bulk of the outmigration was over. It’s good to know that the juvenile salmonids are still part of the cutthroat diet mix.

Speaking of pinks, one of the clients at my cutthroat clinic last weekend showed me the pink fry pattern that Leland Miyawaki had created for the Orvis Bellevue shop after seeing the real thing at Cutts and Chum. It’s a beauty, and I have already had reports that the cutts like it, too.

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