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Posted by Loren E on 2010-12-20 20:20:39 in reply to Re: Articulated or animated flies posted by Dave Sellers on 2010-12-20 19:59:24

Had the chance to fish with Dave recently on the delta and the action was really slow, which lead us to think about what was making the fish that we could see on the meter not eat. Dave pulled out one of his keel weighted SSTs and tied it on. I was impressed to say the least after the first demonstration of it being stripped boat side.....the keel weighting technique makes this fly violently dart to the side. If you have ever seen an injured baitfish struggle, you have seen the way they will often have that erratic back and forth action....hence the effectiveness of zara spook and other "walk the dog" type lures, and now the pole dancer surface fly by Charlie as well. Anyways, the SST is the first fly I have heard of that accomplishes this subsurface. Dave was telling me it has to be tied precisely, or else materials in the wrong position will cancel out the effect of the rear keel weighting and it won't have quite the right action.

Bottom line is this fly is cutting edge, I sure haven't heard of a bug that accomplishes this subsurface. It is especially effective I think for conditions like now, with cold water and lethargic fish that are lock jaw that need that extra something to push their predator buttons. The clouser and all variations have proven themselves, but when the water was cold and I fished a classic delta fly for a bit here and there, the SST on Dave's rod was getting probably 3 times as many strikes. Sure, not a scientific study, but there was definitely something to it. I think the imitation of a wounded baitfish just makes the bass go for it even if they aren't in feeding mode, tapping into their predator instincts. Best of all, when the water is so cold and fish won't move far for a fly, this thing will stay in their faces until they strike because it moves almost more side to side than it does forward, allowing for a ton of fish-provoking action without moving the fly really far (and out of their zone).

Definitely something unique, I can see a ton of applications for this fly, for pretty much any subsurface situation where a baitfish imitation is appropriate. I could see these things doing a number on snook or baby tarpon, but it's definitely at home on stripers in the delta and I bet the bay as well.

Got me excited anyways! My .02


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