Hoochies, which some people call plastic squids, are a well know effective lure for all salmon species. They are easy to make and just require a few things.
These lures are effective at Baker Lake, Lake Wenatchee, Brewster Pool, Columbia River and Lake Washington for those sockeye.
Just a few things are needed to tie a hoochie rig. These instructions are targeted at sockeye, but the steps are the same for other species – from trout and kokanee to king salmon. You just downsize or upsize the parts.
- Two Gamakatsu Octopus hooks, size 2/0 or 3/0
- Leader material, I use 20# Seagar Fluorocarbon
- A pink hoochie
- Some beads. I prefer roller beads, but they can be hard to find.
- Cut the leader to several inches longer than the final lure should be
- Tie the first hook on the end using an egg loop knot
- Slide second hook down the line
- Hold next to hoochie to determine desired hook spacing. I like having the rear hook back to serve as a stinger hook.
- Secure second hook with an egg loop knot
- Slide bead(s) down line until it gives the desired space between head of hoochie and first hook
- Slide hoochie down the line until firmly seated with beads in the head
- Measure completed assembly and tie surgeon’s loop at desired length
And you are done!
I’ve also made a video of the steps.
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