X-Patterns for lakers [Archive] - Fly Fishing Forum

: X-Patterns for lakers

01-04-2005, 04:50 PM
I've been doing some research on flies for lakers and decided to create some experimental patterns. Most of what I've found on laker flies are tandem flies and I am limited to single barbless in the areas I fish. I trolled for lakers last summer with a down rigger and spin rod, got to do that since these critters are hanging out at between 50 and 75 feet deep.
This spring I plan to go after them with the 7 & 9Wt fly rods, while they are cruising the upper layers of water. Deep sinking lines will be the order of the day to cover the water column from 15 feet down to 35 feet.
So what to use? They seem to like large minnow/bait fish so here are some experimental patterns.. this one worked last summer,

LARGE SMELT (inspired by the Sedotti Slammer of Slinger) about 6 inches long, very full dressing, tied on Mustad C51S BLN size 2/0

01-04-2005, 04:52 PM
Mini Smelt - about 3 inches long, tied on Dai-Riki #700 size 4

01-04-2005, 04:58 PM
Magog Smelt Variant - about 4 1/2 inches long, tied on a TMC 511 S popper hook

01-04-2005, 05:04 PM
Pug-Hair Spreader Smelt (tied entirely with Puglisi fibre/hair material) About 3 1/2 inches long, tied on TMC511S size 2/0

01-04-2005, 05:10 PM
These are all very sparse dressings, with a small amount of white bucktail, topped with a pair of wings, topped with some Peacock herl. About 2 inches long, tied on salmon hooks, 1/0 (like the Mustad 7999 & 36890 or equivalents) Blue wing, Olive wing and Purple wing.

01-04-2005, 05:34 PM
Let us know what worked -- this is something I've wanted to do as well. Though I've never hooked one, apparently in April on the Niagara, you can get bucket loads of big lakers with white zonkers.

01-05-2005, 12:46 PM
those patterns look good

what you could do with the tandem flies you found is to clip the front hook to make it a single barbless hook

or you can try some tube flies as well