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Re: Flies for Smallies and Carp

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I know this may sound batty, but smallies will hit on larger caddis larvae imitations (esp. bead heads) dead drifted in rivers and larger streams. I have had an amazing about of success with green caddis sizes 12-14. I'm amazed at how even very large smallies will go after these nymphs!

I've also had some luck bending a long-shanked, foam-bodied hellgrammite. I twist the throax upward on the shank and make it look like the bug is defending itself. The near-enuff crawdad is fantastic too!

Posted on: 2007/9/19 23:52
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Re: Flies for samllies and Carp
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For Smallmouths back in the good old days, all you would need to do is strip a Bugger or Clouser, or fish poppers on the surface to catch tons of fish. Now too, I find that drifting nymphs or leech imitations the most productive way to catch fish. A size 8–12 BHHE, or a size 4-8 stone fly nymph (w/ rubber legs), dead drifted and swung through the current at the end of the drift works well. Also a good Hellgrammite or leech pattern fished same way seems to save the day. I use a brightly colored leader butt to follow through the drift.

Posted on: 2007/9/20 8:19


Re: Flies for samllies and Carp

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Yeah -- rubber legs, particularly this year, have been deadly!

Posted on: 2007/9/20 18:07
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