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Pretty In Pink-Foxy AGP

The Foxy AGP
Designed by Aaron Goodis

Hook:        Daiichi 2546 #6-#8
Thread:      MFC 6/0 or UTC 70 Hot Pink
Tail:            Fluorescent or hot pink Barred Mallard Flank, two strands Pink Crystal Flash trimmed two times longer than the mallard flank tail.
Rib:            Fine silver wire
Underbody: Fluorescent or hot pink tying thread or silver holographic Mylar
Body:          Pink Scud Back 1/8”, V-Rib or Larva Lace.
Hackle:       Fluorescent or hot Pink Saddle
Wing:         Fluorescent hot pink Arctic Fox

Each year, from mid-summer through early fall, somewhere along B.C.’s coastal beaches, estuaries, rivers and streams pink salmon return to spawn, often in staggering numbers. Vancouver Island waters are blessed with a pink return of some magnitude every year. On the south coast, pinks return on the odd year. This year fly fishers will be targeting south coast rivers such as the Indian, Harrison and Fraser to try their luck for these feisty salmon that show a particular affliction for flies, particularly pink ones.

Many pink salmon patterns share one common trait, their color, pink. Although pink patterns take their share of pink salmon other colors such as white, green and blue produce too. Most of my pink patterns lean to the pink side of the color chart, either hot pink or a lighter bubble gum or shrimp pink. If possible, I blend both shades of pink into my patterns so they are prepared for varied water conditions or pink salmon preference.

Pink patterns often feature glowing bodies fuelled by bright flashy under-bodies covered with a translucent layer, a technique that works for other pattern styles too such as chironomid pupa and stonefly nymphs. Aaron Goodis’s Foxy AGP uses this body technique. A translucent body offers two benefits. First, it diminishes overt underbody materials such as holographic Mylar which may be too bright on their own. The second benefit is protection. Many of the brighter synthetic Mylar or thread materials that make excellent underbody materials are not durable. Left unprotected they are soon reduced shredded to tatters. Pink flies have to work hard, they need to be durable.

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