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Jim Miller 05-17-2011 09:13 PM

School for the clave
10" or so Herring and Macks
Tied flatwing and tented style. Pearl Estaz grande gill plates

PEC54 05-17-2011 11:48 PM

Big girl stripie say yum yum-me likey !:D

bender 05-18-2011 04:08 PM

I like the looks of your "flatwings" but wonder do you have a lot of missed strikes because the hook is so front of the fly?


Jim Miller 05-18-2011 06:47 PM

Not with bass.
Bluefish will nip at tail

JonC 05-18-2011 07:37 PM

Those are beauties, pretty sure the fish will agree.

juro 05-18-2011 07:45 PM

Jim -

Gorgeous looking flies, and I am sure you will get a good response from the fish as well as the fishermen.

Esa -

Seeing that you're from Finland, I am assuming you have atlantic salmon as a main angling target - is that right?

The primary mid-sized fish in the US northeast is the striped bass, which luckily for the striper angler eats the head of it's prey. So we can have a 12 inch fly with a one-inch hook in the front and hook up! How lucky is that? :)

I fished steelhead for much of my life, and to a lesser degree atlantic salmon - and I would concur that the chances of getting a good hookset on a front-placed hook for searun salmonids is dramatically less.

Lately I've been getting great hookup to take ratios with steelhead on the swung fly (US Pacific Northwest) using the rearward hook loop design Ed Ward made popular with his "Intruder" fly. Now if I can just get more 'takes' I'll be all set :)

- Juro

bender 05-19-2011 09:17 AM

I recall reading Striper uses sudden opening of the mouth "vacuuming technique" when eating.

I live in southern Finland and unfortunately I can not go after Atlantic Salmon every year. Lately my primary fish has been Pike which does not hook very well to short hook flies but often Pike does not give up and can hit multiple times. I have tied Intruder type flies for Pike using Steel wire to connect the hook. I am coming to Cape Cod soon and will take some of my slimmer Pike flies to use for Stripers.


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