Post by mangrovecuckoo on Jun 12, 2016 13:14:36 GMT -5
I have had some luck with the flies in the photo. The pink one is just a Clouser minnow variation tied with stiff synthetic material that is gathered for the tail. The other is a variation on Cave's Wobbler. Both can be found on the internet fly tying sites.
It is important that the flies can be fished on the bottom without fouling too often. The Wobbler I have found to be very good for the smaller fish in shallow water... they seem to be spry enough to chase minnows, but they are the toughest to present without spooking... fun fish!
AP, practice that pattern and send me one....LOL! I will research and make a few of that easy pattern at the top and then I will douse it in pro cure. Those bastards are worse that facebook, they are a time suck on artificials that don't smell. Only way I will even bother is if fishing is really slow and I have nothing better to do.
Seriously, you just place the fly near the head or tail and not strip?
Post by mangrovecuckoo on Jun 13, 2016 19:53:16 GMT -5
Sheephead are tough! But if you have a reliable spot with numbers it can be done. The problem down here is finding them in numbers, or at least for me. I know one spot where a few smaller fish will gang up... and they drove me crazy for about two summers! I finally figured out a few things.
First, small crab flies that sink much slower than the usual bonefish flies worked best for me. And second, man, it is all in the presentation. Even when they are kinda competitive they are extremely aware and leader shy. Singles are damn tough. So, what I started doing was poling well up current from them (these almost always face into the current) and casting short so they don't hear the fly land. If the fly is allowed to feed back to them, sinking slowly, that puts the leader farthest away and less likely to be seen. Cross path presentations worked about 1% for me. Don't worry about feeling the bite... it feels like they smack the fly between two hammers. I've had hooks closed shut like someone crimped it with pliars.
Thanks MC! I had a nice shot a few years back at a big sheepie. Was throwing a BoneFish Bitter. Took about a dozen casts. He'd look interested, then turn away. I'd move the fly a bit, and he'd turn back. Then turn away. Went like this, finally he hovered right over the top of the fly, and then sucked it in -- I went to strip strike, felt a tug, and then nothing, fish raced away .....
Viv has seen this before, not sure if you guys have -- 2 years ago found some back drum that stayed in early the same place for two weeks. I did catch two, but this video is about the one that got away. Viv, note I'm stripping WAY too fast; should just have let the fly settle down in the middle of the school .....
I've tried tiny black clousers, merkins, and any other fly that looks like a crab. Tried sitting, twitching, slow stripping. All I have managed so far has been a remora on the side of one, rolled the whole Damon fish on the strip set. Also here in Choko they are rooting in the oysters which means a high rate of snags and lost flies