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#16 mikechell



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Posted 22 August 2019 - 06:50 AM

I can say with some confidence that the fish we encounter way up inside in freshwater areas -both saltwater and freshwater species mixed in together in winter, eat the exact same flies they do down in the salt each day....


Saltwater is.... different...

A little conflicted with your attitudes on salt water, Bob?  wink.png

From what I've seen of the flies tied here and elsewhere, other than the size of the flies, salt water and fresh water predators will take the same patterns almost without fail. 

Even size can be exactly the same, depending on which predator fish you're after.  Most of the Pike flies I've seen on this site are as large or larger than most of the salt water offerings.

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#17 Capt Bob LeMay

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 09:36 AM

Hooks for the salt are generally much stronger (they need to be...) and we use a bunch more attractor patterns (as long as you're not working bonefish or permit and other species up really shallow...).    My "match the hatch" efforts are mostly about size of the fly more than anything else...


Funny you should mention pike flies since my own Tarpon Snake has long been sold as a pike fly as well... It's even listed in their catalog as a Pike Snake these days (the last time I looked...) and I'm still drawing royalties on it...

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#18 DarrellP


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Posted 03 September 2019 - 10:31 PM

For LMB, where I fish, in stained to muddy water, yellow on top and purples deep. Bream seem to like reds and yellows. Black works for everything. Crappie switch from color to color.
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