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Old 09-12-2007, 04:03 PM
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Bullet proof Baby Bunker

epoxy version to keep the blues at bay!

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Old 09-12-2007, 04:12 PM
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That looks like a killer albie fly. How bout a recipe?
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Old 09-12-2007, 04:38 PM
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sure.... I'll give it a try.

long shank hook. 1/0 for this 3" tie.
tie in a piece of extra large (pinky diameter) EZ body. tie in behind eye with material facing foward. Will pull back over itself later...
On hook shank wrap silver Body Braid to just before bend in hook.
near eye and behind EZBody:
tie in silver flash... extend 1"-1.5" or so past bend for tail
tie in white fish hair (or equal) ... extend for tail
tie in pink fish hair... etc.
tie in chartruse fish hair
tie in olive fish hair
tie in olive flash.
take EZbody and double back over itself and enclose fish hair.
Bind down at hook bend and tie off.
you can manipulate the EZbody to desired shape.
Use sharpie marker for gills and bunker dot.
5 minute epoxy over EZ body. (light coat to fill voids in EZ body mesh)
just before epoxy sets attach eyes.
trim tail to shape.

and for you Dave...Have a beer! (as per your avitar!)
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Old 09-12-2007, 06:25 PM
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Very nice!
I'll be trying those puppies this weekend for sure!
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:46 PM
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word, nice fly.

would someone mind explaining what a blue fish is to my non salty self?
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Old 09-12-2007, 08:02 PM
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Zim,

Here is a link to follow (non Commercial to the best of my knowledge) http://www.streport.com/files/bluefish.htm

Blue fish are carnivorous little devils that are great sport on a fly rod IMHO. A ten pounder or bigger can take you into the backing with ease. Great fighters.
They have a mouthful of sharp teeth and will break you off unless you have a wire bite tippet or a heavy Mono tippet. You do not lip one with your fingers, Boga Grips or pliers are a good way to unhook one. They will try to bite you if they can.

A large Blue fish blitz is a sight to behold especially if they have bait trapped up on shore. Bait will literately jump up on shore to getaway from them.

Many people do not like catching them or eating them. I like to do both. But I am weird

quotes from link above. "If Bluefish came as big as Stripers... They'd EAT your boat!" and "A feeding bluefish is fearless, fights to the end, and then considers your fingers for dessert."
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Old 09-12-2007, 08:22 PM
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I do love to fight and eat bluefish - when I set out to do so.
When most of us dislike bluefish is when we are targeting extremely picky and line shy fish like bonito and false albacore. The picky part means we tend to use our absolute best flies and if we find one that they like, it becomes precious. The line shy part means we can't use wire. Therefore, if we are using an absolutely precious fly we can't bear to lose, getting bit by a bluefish is very aggrevating. Even if we some how manage to land the blue without getting bitten off, they have chewed the fly to pieces.
I keep a seperate stock of flies for blues. Usually they are the failed tying experiments, formally good flies worn out or the ones the kids tye during tying lessons. Just a few days ago I put those flies to good use when the albies were eluding me. I adjusted my mental state off of albie intensity, tied on some wire and proceded to have a ball with 7 to 10 pound bluefish. For some reason on flies they like to jump like largemouth bass. I rarely see that with plugs. Great fun!
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:46 AM
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Thanks Jim. Nice job imitating the silver/pink/dark back. Looks like that pattern could be tied on a pretty small hook - a good thing since the albies seem to be getting pickier by the minute!

I will try to spin some up if I get a chance...
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:02 PM
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Hey Jim, what do you call that fly anyway? Is it your own design?
I just whipped up a hand full for the bone clave and boy do they look sweet!
Can't wait to toss 'em in front of some green torpedoes!
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:23 PM
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not really anything novel ..... more like a variation on other patterns I've seen.
Sure hope those Tunoids are willing!

btw: have there been silversides in the bait mix w/ the peanuts?
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Old 09-20-2007, 01:48 PM
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My home waters are considerably west of there but silversides were a significant factor there.
My guess is around the channels and pond openings silversides will be present. Open water more likely bunker.
Anywhere albies are feeding, anchoveys should also be represented in the fly selection.
My guess is the bunker flies will have an edge but I've been doing this too long to try and make a prediction. Those fish'll just make a liar outta me, again.
One thing for sure, no matter what they are feeding on, we'll have to earn our fish.
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Old 09-20-2007, 02:53 PM
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I haven't been on them in a number of weeks now but the gummy minnow was my top producer a few weeks back. Fished on a floating line with almost no retrieve. Pretty good imitiation for both small chovy and peanuts. I know one other angler was also using a floating version and cleaning house. Good luck out there gentleman.

Sean
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Old 09-20-2007, 03:45 PM
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Sean I hate to admit it but I broke down and paid $5.00 for one of those things. It just looked SOOO yummy and the shop did not sell the plastic stuff to make my own. I'd have bought a dozen if they charged what they're worth in terms of material and effort.
Of course it's not for the purists among us. Just one step up from a sluggo on a fly hook. Which reminds me......where did I stash those 3 inch sluggos?
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:20 PM
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Mike,

Even the material for those things ain't cheap. Best I have seen is about $6 for a few strips of it. Add a hook and a few layers and the per fly cost isn't that much better than your off the shelf version. Hopefully they gave you a decent hook.

Sean
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