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A few smallmouth flies

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I've been tying for unknown reasons. Don't really have a plan but it's good to be filling some boxes. Mostly larger smallmouth offerings that are sure to be rejected if I ever get the opportunity to present them. 

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8 minutes ago, fishinwrench said:

That bottom one looks like it would cast like a wet pair of pantys. 

Nothing wrong with panties. But yeah it won't be a treat. The beauty of all that marabou in the water will make it worth it though. I hope a fish sniffs it before I start decorating for Christmas with it. 

Interested to see how the game changer works out for you this fall. 

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11 minutes ago, Flysmallie said:

Nothing wrong with panties. But yeah it won't be a treat. The beauty of all that marabou in the water will make it worth it though. I hope a fish sniffs it before I start decorating for Christmas with it. 

Interested to see how the game changer works out for you this fall. 

Oh is that marabou?   I thought it was half a rabbit.  Should cast ok then.

I also had a 2am epiphany to whip up a double Flash dancer. This sucker oughta wake 'em up.

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Sam Potter always says that flies like that cast like a sack of wet kittens.

On my trip to the North Country this past week, I wish I'd brought my fly rod and some of those.  Murky water meant I could have gotten close and made short casts, and the fish hanging right on the bank and looking for anything dropping off the grass meant that I could have really combed those banks with continual casts...cast, three or four twitches, pick it up and cast again.  It would have been the perfect situation, and one instance where the fly rod would probably have been the superior tool.

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As long as you stick with marabou and bucktail they are only heavy to pick up initially. After the first back cast they will lose most of the water and shoot forward just fine.  Lots of rabbit fur is a killer because that soaked piece of hide holds its water no matter what.

Adjust your casting stroke to more of a continuous oval movement instead of a standard stroke, to eliminate that snap back, and as long as your rod has the balls you can cast just about anything. 

I think dense heavy water soaked flys are easier to cast than big fluffy wind resistant stuff.

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2 hours ago, Al Agnew said:

Sam Potter always says that flies like that cast like a sack of wet kittens..

 

Not picking on Sam but people always say that and then they go trout fishing with a indicator 9 foot up from a heavily weighted fly that has a dropper another 2 feet below that. Which is much more challenging to cast for most. 

Like Wrench said, a little weight isn't bad if you know how to handle it. 

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