This is prototype #3. With the generous criticisms and suggestions from a bunch of you guys with a lot more experience than me at saltwater coho fishing, I made some modifications to #1.
First, I added the stinger hook which seemed to be the most common suggestion to #1 that was remarked on. I first tried a loop, but did not like the way the hook flopped around. With the tube setup tied to the rear of the main 5/0 - 1/16oz weighted hook, the stinger stays hidden and aligned with the herring body. Plus, it can be rotated either up or down.
Second, I have encased the feathered fly body in a metallic webbed tube. I then coated the casing with clear silicone. When the silicone was dry, I trimmed to shape the rear and top, allowing the dorsal and tail feathers to be exposed. When I did a lot of experimental casting in my pool yesterday, the feathers have a real nice eye-catching action.
I am also thinking that a scented paste like Smelly Jelly smeared on the outer casing, which has somewhat of a texture might also add another advantage.
And, finally, the fly action I can only describe as perfectly mimicking a bait fish that a salmon has just smashed. When retrieved at a fairly constant speed, the "fly" swims in an undulating pattern. When it is allowed to free fall straight down with line tension, it spirals just like a wounded bait fish. I am anxious to water test this 1/16oz versus the 1/8oz. My guess is that it will be better suited for down rig trolling. But I think either weight will work well when jigged near a school of bait fish with salmon feeding on them.
Now, I realize the "fly" I am showing some of you guys may better call a lure. That's okay by me. Any further criticisms or suggestions will be appreciated.
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