It’s August. The days are getting shorter, and the rain has arrived. The temperature starts to drop, and the leaves begin to turn. The start of fall in Alaska. Sounds awesome, right? The bright side to all of this…Coho (Silver) Salmon start to enter the river.
Of all the Alaska Salmon, Silver Salmon are the most eager to entertain a fly angler. Regardless of what style of fly you want to chase silvers with, be sure to have flies with purple and pink colors in your box.
Silver Salmon really like movement, and most of the time, they like some flash (not always, but mostly). The Hot Cone Bunny is a simple fly that gives you a little bit of flash and a profile that you can in a variety of color variations.
Popping, stripping, and jigging motions are all great ways to get a Silver Salmon’s attention. They will even hit on a static swing, but movement attracts these heavy hitters.
Photos and tied by Mike Brown is the owner of Mossy’s Fly Shop in Anchorage, AK. A lifelong Alaskan with a passion for family, fly fishing and fly tying.
- Shank: Aqua Shank 26mm
- Cone: Large Hot Cone Pink
- Stinger Material: 30lb FireLine
- Hook: Fire Hole 714 Sz 4
- Tail: Purple Zonker Rabbit Strip
- Body: Purple Zonker Rabbit Strip
- Flash: Holographic Flashabou Purple
- Legs: Medium Round Rubber Legs Pink
- Collar: Fuchsia Marabou
- Thread: Veevus 140 Hot Pink
Step 1. Place your cone on the shank and start your thread. Wrap your thread back to with 3/16-1/4” of the vise.
Step 2. Tie in your sting material and adjust the length. I like to make the fly 3” long.
Step 3. Tie in your rabbit strip. Make the tail just a little longer than the stinger loop.
Step 4. Wrap the rabbit forward with touching wraps, wrap right up to the cone and tie off. Trim.
Step 5. Tie in a few strands of flash on the side, make them the length of the tail. Wrap the flash over and tie it on the other side. Trim to length of tail.
Step 6. Tie in two rubber legs on the side. Make them the length of the tail. Wrap them over and tie in the other side. Trim to length of tail.
Step 7. Tie in your marabou at the tip.
Step 8. With sweeping wraps, wrap the marabou forward as tight into the cone as you can. Tie off, trim and whip finish. Install your hook.
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