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Old 07-12-2004, 07:50 PM
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Flies for BlueFish?

If you're out on the rocks persay and you happen upon a school of blues... what are some favorite fly patterns that are durable and can hold up to more than one fish? I found out the hard way that a bucktail fly will not hold up long.

Is it worth taking the time to do epoxy and eyes, or will a blue eat anything that even remotely resembles a fish?
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Old 07-12-2004, 08:07 PM
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What about a deciever with epoxy?

I tie decievers with very large heads and used a ton of epoxy. The flies would hold up to 20 northerns or more. I took much time in epoxying these flies, so that even if a toothy fish cuts the thread the epoxy will hold. Also, try cementing after each layer of material you tie.
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Old 07-12-2004, 08:18 PM
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Synthetics are best. Big fat Popovics style flies should do just fine.

Poppers are my favorite, but make sure they are the hard foam kind
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Old 07-14-2004, 06:16 AM
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CASCOBAY, I just save all my old beat-up flys form the end of the season, tie a small wire leader an use them, they seem to like them just as well.
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Old 07-14-2004, 09:30 AM
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Synthetics hold up much better.

Chugging a Bob's Banger by them seems to make them angry
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Old 07-16-2004, 09:25 AM
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Bulletproof Baitfish

This one works on spanish and king macks and will last and last and last:
http://www.flyfish-nc.com/bulletproofbaitfish.html
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Old 07-16-2004, 09:55 AM
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Ditto on the Bob's Banger; I catch more blues on that fly than any other... perhaps because I fish topwater every chance I get!
"Epoxy flies" are great, but rather than using epoxy, I use Soft Body (thick formula, which I thin with a little water as needed). It's easier to use and has a very faint odor before it cures. When completely cured, it's pretty tough and takes a beating. Just makes better use of my time to use this rather than messing with a two-part epoxy and scrambling to apply it to as many flies as possible before the stuff hardens completely. The other approach I use is to pour the soft body into an elongate container (such as the kind that yeast for homebrewers comes in) and dip the head of the fly completely, wipe the excess off of the hook eye, and set it in the dryer. It's quick and easy.
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Old 07-16-2004, 09:58 AM
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This one works on spanish and king macks and will last and last and last:
http://www.flyfish-nc.com/bulletproofbaitfish.html

That pattern looks just like the one I tie for blues and weakfish up here. Funny how people come up with the same stuff in different locations.
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