- Andrew Grillos is an Alaska West alumnus, an Idylwilde Signature Tier, a Scott Fly Rods Pro Staffer, a Simms Guide Ambassador…and a guide based out of Seattle (you can contact him here).
- Silver salmon at Alaska West are incredibly plentiful and ridiculously aggressive, and you can catch them on all kinds of stuff.
- Andrew sent us this writeup on a … let’s just say ‘innovative’ way to rig for silvers. Thanks Andrew!
Grillos’ Quick Silver Popper
What You Need
- An Idylwilde Fox’s Sleech in the Pink Rubber Worm color.
- An Idylwilde Sindicator, pink, size medium.
- Some Maxima Ultragreen 20 for your leader.
I began fishing this rig as a joke and ended up liking it so much that it became my go-to surface rig for silvers. Silvers aren’t picky. As long as you’re throwing something pink in likely holding water, you’re likely to find silvers.
To rig this I tie a small non-slip loop knot in the end of my 4 to 6 foot, 20 pound leader. I put both the Sleech and the Sindicator into the loop. The fly trails behind the Sindi as it pops and chugs along. I think the combination of the commotion on the surface combined with the Sleech hanging down in the water is irresistible to a silver.
It’s important that it’s an Idylwilde Sindicator as well. They’re actually brighter and tougher than any other indicator which helps catch more fish and makes you awesomer!