02-20-2008, 10:45 AM
Whipped up these Sz 4 (one is sz 6) BC Shrimp the other night for my future trip to Cape Canaveral area in May/June. Not sure whether olive will work or not but figured it can't hurt to have a couple in the box.
Would appreciate any critique/feedback... I'm happy for the most part except for the weedguards which I think would be better if I used a smaller diameter mono... But then, Florida Saltwater is a relatively new endeavor for me so not sure I'm a good judge of flats fly quality.
Good lookin ties. You can always clip the guards off on location.
02-21-2008, 01:03 AM
They are very nice looking flies.
However I believe that the main target in the Cape Canaveral area is redfish and big ones too.
Those flies may be a little too small.
My choice would be red and white seaducers size 1 or 1/0. Spoon flies are also very good. Look for Dupree's Spoon fly.
Red fish are often found tailing in muddy water and a larger flashier fly is often needed just to be seen.
02-21-2008, 08:34 AM
Just as important as flash in that water is a fly that will move some water. Tie some of those in size 2 with a woolhead or spun deer hair head. The other target down there is big (4-7 # Sea Trout "Specs"). They key much more on baitfish (you'll find them in 2-4 ft of water..they cruise the bottom and look up.), so have some 1/0 Deceivers etc, all white; olive over white; chartreuse over white and all black. Tie some of those with heads to move water also.
02-21-2008, 09:43 AM
Thanks for the comments
Given the comments from VTLoon & Petevicar I don't have this concern about the weedguards anymore since the flies are likely on the small size...
I was worried more about the awkwardness/bulk it creates in the flies head and possible spooking fish... Can you tell I'm used to Trout and Salmon? :hihi:
I didn't even think about pushing water but that does make sense for the dark water... Will definitely tie some of these a little bigger w/ bulk upfront to push water.
I've have been working on filling out the baitfish patterns as well for the Specs, Jacks, and other inhabitants of the area... Will add Seaducers to list!
Thanks for guidance!!!!
02-21-2008, 10:04 AM
Weed guards are a necessity as you will find that you must clean the fly after every cast and a fish will not take a fly covered in weed. Also you will hang up on the grass with no guard.
02-21-2008, 11:19 AM
Leave the weed-guards; use 18# fluro