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: Top Five Flies for Spring Clave?


fliboy
05-29-2009, 09:29 AM
If someone's already posted something regarding this topic, I apologize, but I didn't find anything. As today's forecast is so dreary, I am going to head down Saturday morning instead of heading down this morning. So figured I'd spend some time catching up on some long overdue tying.

What are the top five flies some of you would recommend to have for this weekend?

Thanks

Dave

juro
05-29-2009, 03:41 PM
Hey Dave -

My experience has been that this time of year if you are where the fish are on their fast-paced movements then they will take all the usual patterns. Also when they are pausing to eat poppers are a blast.

I have landed 50 or so fish 10 legals on a 6" deep eel, same fly I tied on at the end of last season. I like durability when there are lots of fish around.

There are bunker around, herring, some squid, as well as silversides. Matching these would be a good bet but I think any good looking fly will do once you put it in front of them. The problem has been finding a spot where they are at for more than one tide change.

see you sat

doogue
05-30-2009, 07:16 AM
I certainly agree with Juro but I know that pink and white clousers out fished other flies on the North Monomoy flats this week, FWIW.

But those fish (and plenty of them) were in feeding mode in a big way though. I know because I talked to a group of fisherwomen (all with 2 handers) who creamed the fish this week on the flats. I was watching them from a very fishless Morris Island earlier this week!

Stevo
06-01-2009, 01:44 PM
I certainly agree with Juro but I know that pink and white clousers out fished other flies on the North Monomoy flats this week, FWIW.



Do you reckon they'd have eaten a tan/white (or any other colour combo for that matter) just as readily then Doogue?

Adrian
06-02-2009, 07:16 PM
Do you reckon they'd have eaten a tan/white (or any other colour combo for that matter) just as readily then Doogue?

Don't you worry Steve, those Bass will be well 'ed-i-cated' by the time you get over here :lildevl: :hihi:

Really looking forward to seeing you guys in a couple of weeks!

doogue
06-02-2009, 08:37 PM
Stevo,

Being a scientist by training (:) ), and since I caught nothing on Morris the day that the North Monomoy crowd was slaying the bass, I really cannot definitively say much here.

What I do know if that a gaggle of flats fisherwomen were told by the folks at Orvis that pink and white was the hot fly on Monomoy last week and that these women had a multiple keeper day. But the intel also involved large schools of bass that were eager to eat flies. So, presumably, flies other than pink and white flies were certaily going to be eaten. I wish I had the chance to prove this rather than getting skunked when I was in Chatham last week!

About 5 years back we came upon a decent school of hungry spring fish in Pleasant Bay that were clearly more interested in yellow flies than non yellow flies. This experience at least provided evidence for me that color matters even for hungry May bass.

Good luck out there,

Mike