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Old 08-15-2002, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone tried plastics lures on a fly rod? I was interested in trying those Case Helgies that everyone is raving about. I had a brown helgie fly and caught one smallie before I lost it on a snag. These shouldn't be any heavier than a clouser minnow. I was more concerned with the lure tearing with false casting.
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They work wonderfully, what you need to do is use a bare hook and put a small split shot about 6-10" above the hook, this will not only keep the (small imitation invert.) from getting torn up, but will keep it close to the bottom.
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Almost hate to admit this, but I have actually used a small spinner-bait on my 5wt... Went out on the Fox a few months back with a buddy who was fishing spinners - he was catching fish, and despite a million fly changes, I couldn't get a bite. We finally determined it must be the blade making the difference and I put on his very smallest panfish spinner-bait. Wouldn't you know it - I had two fish in 10 minutes. Point is, if your rod can throw it, it should work...
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Found some flies called Pistol Petes at Yager's Discount Fly Shop on the web while surfing around for a deal on Yellow Humpies, my go-to gill fly........don't know if they are available anywhere else, but it looks kinda like a Wooly Bugger with a little prop up front. Anyone ever try anything like that? Based on my experience at local ponds, I'd guess it would be a super crappie fly.
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