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Old 05-19-2004, 09:27 AM
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How important are shrimp antennae?

Anyone have some experience or opinion on the importance of antennae on shrimp patterns? I used to think that they were a very important feature of any life-like shrimp pattern, however now I'm not so certain. Any feedback from members that have used shrimp patterns in the salt would be most appreciated!
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Old 05-19-2004, 09:51 AM
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I really don't know. I have tied shrimp with them and without them...since I have the choice I choose to tie in the two little antennae. Since a Crazy Charlie fly works on stripers I am not sure they are "necessary". But I have a habit of trying to make my flies as realistic as I can....so it's a personal thing I guess.
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Old 05-19-2004, 11:02 AM
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Burnt mono antennae are extremely important..Use 40 # test mono and up. When Stripers inhale the shrimp flies they feel the antennae, assume they are the real thing, and hold on to them longer beore they reject them.
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Old 05-19-2004, 11:15 AM
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JF...Why is the antennae Burnt????? Do you mean the eyes? 40 pound mono??? I always thought that the ones I see are usually a single strand of crystal flash or super hair on either side.
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Old 05-19-2004, 11:19 AM
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Very important.

Skinner says with the eyes the fish think the shrimp is staring at them and pisses them off, without, well.
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Old 05-19-2004, 11:28 AM
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Either I'm confused or someone else is... yes, 40-lb. mono burnt eyes, I understand, but the actual antennae, this is what I want to know. Also, this information is requested with regards to tarpon, bones, reds, specks, and other shrimp-gobbling southern species.
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Old 05-19-2004, 11:39 AM
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Fish just won't eat a fly without them!

Sure look good to the angler though. Microfibbets are a good choice for grass shrimp; wild boar whiskers for big flies ala Kush's GP.
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:06 PM
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eyes.....whoops............antennae

Sorry
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Old 05-19-2004, 12:20 PM
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Very important or not important at all, depending on who you ask:

Serious fly tiers would say they are essential. Evidence suggests size and general outline are important when fish are feeding heavilly on a particular forage item and the antena on a shrimp is a fairly conspicuous feature.

If you ask the fish the same question you might get a different answer. The one thing you can be sure of is that their answer will be honest and, generally, their final answer

At the end of the day confidence in the fly at the end of your leader is probably as important as the pattern. I'm not big on close copy immitations - although I do use jungle cock on some patterns Well, to me it looks better in the water than any plastic stick-on thing ever did and that gives me confiidence. Having said all that, most of the fish I've caught this season have taken flies with no eyes at all.

My first choice would always be something that really looks alive in the water and approximates the size and general outline of whatever I think might be available - or see fish eating.
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Southern Species...

From a recent first time bonefishermans perspective I would say that exact imitation is not important at all. Movement was the key in my humble opinion in every fly I had sucess with. I also think that you have to address each species separately as they feed in different ways and I don't have any experience with the others you mentioned. In my experience a Striper will often give a fly the third degree before eating it whereas the bones made a quick decision and either gave the fly a taste or zoomed off into another zipcode.

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IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW YOU ARE FISHING IT. IF YOU ARE OVER A GRASS FLAT AND YOU ARE USING A FAST TWITCHING RETRIEVE LIKE A SHRIMP MOVES WHEN IT IS FLEEING FROM A PREDITOR, THEN THE MOVEMENT IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT AND THE FISH DOSN'T HAVE TIME TO INSPECT THE FLY LONG ENOUGH TO SEE IF YOU INCLUDED ANTENNAE OR NOT. IF YOU ARE FISHING OFF THE BEACH OR A SAND BOTTOM AND ARE ALLOWING THE FLY TO PAUSE ON THE BOTTOM WITH A SLOW RETRIEVE THEN INCLUDE THE ANTENNAE SINCE THE FISH HAS MORE TIME TO INSPECT THE OFFERING. THE BEST MATERIALS FOR ANTENNAE IS KRYSTAL FLASH. IT PROVIDES GREAT MOVEMENT AND WONT BREAK OFF AFTER A STRIKE LIKE A LOT OF HAIR ANTENNAE WILL.

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Old 02-02-2005, 12:30 PM
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SHRIMP ANNTENNAE

A SHRIMP USUALLY HAS ANTTENNAE THAT BEING SAID A SHRIMP FLY SHOULD CONTAIN ANTENNAE DO YOU NEED IT PROBABLY NOT BUT I WOULD PUT SOME IN ANYWAY ITS NOT HARD TO DO. TRY TO RESEMBLE AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLY YOU CAN'T GO WRONG. DOESN'T HAVE TO BE EXACT
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When I'm snook fishing at night the antennae are an important part of the fly, just as the eyes are.

I use the "saltwater chrystal flash" in pearl because it is larger and stiffer, oh and it glows in the dark!

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