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#170165 - 12/25/02 01:19 AM Favorite Plug
finneyrock Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 03/15/01
Posts: 119
Loc: Everson WA USA
I have had some success pulling plugs for Steelhead but not with a variety of plugs.
Mostly silver and gold 35 Hotshots and variations of the silver and gold. Caught a few on Pirate Tadpollys but thats about it. There is such a huge selection of plugs where does a guy start?

What plugs do you guys have confidence in?

What is your favorite water condition to pull plugs?

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#170166 - 12/25/02 01:35 AM Re: Favorite Plug
Ryan Ositis Offline
Smolt

Registered: 12/07/02
Posts: 97
Loc: Shoreline, WA
My fav. plug would have to be a 25 Red/blue Pirate Hotshot. I like to use it when the river is running a little high and the drift fishing isn't really working.

I figure that if the fish won't bite out of hunger, then they might bite something out of annoyance.
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#170167 - 12/25/02 01:51 AM Re: Favorite Plug
AkKings Offline
Three Time Spawner

Registered: 03/13/00
Posts: 1865
Loc: Kelso Wa.
Though not my favorite technique (plug pulling), if I had to pick a favorite it would be a green pirate #35 Hotshot.

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#170168 - 12/25/02 02:12 AM Re: Favorite Plug
finneyrock Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 03/15/01
Posts: 119
Loc: Everson WA USA
it's not my favorite technique either but can help break up a day and sometimes it seems like it is the only thing working. A little variety from slinging bait and floatin the worm.

I think they are all asleep now, kids are getting their first real tackle boxes. thumbs Ive still got my first one, an old steel thing.
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#170169 - 12/25/02 03:04 AM Re: Favorite Plug
SteelyDon Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 118
Loc: Auburn
Tadpollys and they need to rattle, but not my favorite way of fishing. sleep

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#170170 - 12/25/02 03:37 AM Re: Favorite Plug
silver hilton Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 10/08/01
Posts: 1155
Loc: Out there, somewhere
I'm partial to wigglewarts, in orange or blue herring bone. I like to use them, but use bait divers more often, unless I think i'm the first through a run. I think the first boat through with plugs gets any fish that is going to bite a plug.
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#170171 - 12/25/02 10:31 AM Re: Favorite Plug
Dave D Offline
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Registered: 10/04/01
Posts: 3640
Loc: Gold Bar
While I only have limited experience

Steelhead / Tadpollys

Silvers / Wiggle Warts

Chum / Kwikifish

At least that is usually where I start not catching fish laugh
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#170172 - 12/25/02 11:47 AM Re: Favorite Plug
cannonball Offline
Fry

Registered: 01/20/02
Posts: 29
Loc: West Richland WA
They are all my favorite, I like using a varitey of plugs. Mostly mag and wiggle warts for steelhead, quickies for springers and fall chinook. Ive caught everything from bass to sturgeon on plugs while salmon fishing or steelheading. <img border="0" alt="[fragile]" title="" src="graemlins/fragile.gif" />

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#170173 - 12/25/02 02:17 PM Re: Favorite Plug
CraigO Offline
Repeat Spawner

Registered: 03/30/02
Posts: 1409
Loc: Lake Stevens
I like tadpollys the best, I have also had success with HotShots. I am going to try the new FatFish this season. Lead Thrower I will see you friday.
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#170174 - 12/25/02 08:16 PM Re: Favorite Plug
skydriftin Offline
Returning Adult

Registered: 01/26/02
Posts: 306
Loc: everett,wa
pulling plugs is my favorite way to fish for steel.I love those violent takes. My favorite plug is a metallic pink tadpolly, no rattle,no black bill. The ones without the rattle are getting harder to find as they don't make them anymore,glad I got 20 or so still in the package.This plug delivers in all water conditions.

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#170175 - 12/25/02 08:56 PM Re: Favorite Plug
Bob Offline

Dazed and Confused

Registered: 03/05/99
Posts: 6480
Loc: Forks, WA & Soldotna, AK
Tads, hot shot 30's, 35's and 50's is about all you'll find in my steely box wink
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#170176 - 12/25/02 10:52 PM Re: Favorite Plug
cannonball Offline
Fry

Registered: 01/20/02
Posts: 29
Loc: West Richland WA
If you dont like the rattle drill a small hole in the the but end put a small amount of epoxy inside, just enough to stick the rattles, and seal the hole with epoxy.

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#170177 - 12/25/02 10:59 PM Re: Favorite Plug
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Returning Adult

Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 439
Loc: Everett, WA
I'm a drifter at heart who has been jiggin a lot the past 2 seasons. I'd guess that plugs are 3rd choice for me. Except when I'm fishing with rookies then they are first. For colors I like the pirates and chromes in the early brat season and colored metallics and solid colors later for C & R on the nates. Size wise I usually have on 35's. Plugs are my 1st choice for salmon.
I just love the take downs! Switched 100% to size 13 & 14 Quickies for the salmon this past season. Didn't seem to make much difference what color or if they were wrapped or not. The main thing was getting them tuned properly.
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#170178 - 12/26/02 12:11 PM Re: Favorite Plug
STRIKE ZONE Offline
GOOD LUCK

Registered: 08/09/00
Posts: 12107
Loc: Hobart,Wa U.S.A
#1 Tad Polleys
#2 Hot shot 30's
#3 Wiggle wart's
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#170179 - 12/27/02 11:10 AM Re: Favorite Plug
Ron Bob Offline
Returning Adult

Registered: 03/24/99
Posts: 343
Loc: Carnation, wa
Pulling plugs is no. 2 for me. I use tadplolys only. Any color clear coated over chrome. You don't have to tune them they come that way right out f the box. I also remove the trebs and put a single siwash with a swivle on the tail. Easy to get the hook out if its a nate or a non keeper.

My 2 cents worth

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