07-31-2003, 06:05 PM
Headed off to North Monomoy on the 8 am Shuttle... Early incoming in the west Crib...Saw alot of single and twosomes... spoted several schools in the 10 to 15 number range... Made some good presentations to several with a shrimp pattern... and started the strip under the school... Hit on two of the schools with 2 fish in the 25 inch range... I called it a successful day as far as sight fishing is concerned...leasons learned..It's more likely to get a strike when fish are in greater numbers... singles seem to just follow or just ignore the pattern even right in front of there nose..
John, good report, which begs the question, were the singles and doubles eating or cruising? If the former, was the presentation, retrieve or pattern ok? Assuming for discussion purposes that one of those variables was not quite right, a systematic breakdown of each might be appropriate. As an example, were the presentations hurried or with sufficient time to lead the fish with a soft presentation? Was the retrieve natural for that prey/predator situation? Was the fly pattern similar to the size, silhouette and color of the naturals?
Or, maybe they were just cruising.
08-01-2003, 07:34 AM
All good but tough questions... I felt the single and double were crusing...did not see any flashing or hesitation in their movement...but the same can be said with the larger groups...The fish I hit were a result of the drift of the fly in their path so that was a soft presentation...but I have my share of soft presentations to singles... I will never cast TO a fish under those conditions since they will spook... But have cast to fish from a boat with luck... One thing I did learn is that as the fish approach I have bent down ,almost with my chin in the water, and they seem to keep coming whereas when I stay standing they see me.... interesting... If I am in knee deep water I will drop to my knees from now on.
08-01-2003, 09:36 AM
John, have you had any opportunity to try your Flounder Around fly out there?
08-01-2003, 10:15 AM
No...But I will this week....It may be key in that type of presentation...Will report later...The fly is meant for quiet water movement...so I think it will depend of how strong the current is... probably good at middle tides out there since it needs to settle on the bottom...
08-03-2003, 11:52 AM
Did you try the tweak I mentioned a while back about turning the upriding hook to the side? Worked once for me at Sandy Point near Watch Hill, RI. in shallow water. They would not touch the conventional Clouser Sand Eels patterns.
08-03-2003, 01:27 PM
Phil...I have not..but that was from not getting around to tye any flies... Thanks for the reminder and i will do some this week...I have a feeling with the current weather pattern I will not be on North Monomoy for a while...
08-04-2003, 10:29 AM
No need to tie new flies. Most Clouser type weighted eyes can be turned on the hook with a 1/2 twist. The olive back material will most likely stay where it is. From what I've heard, works sometimes on the bonefish as well so tie up some shrimp size Gotchas for the stripers and try those when shrimp are present. The Borski segmented patterns as well.