Re: Articulated or animated flies

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Posted by Bill Bishop on 2010-12-22 05:57:13 in reply to Re: Articulated or animated flies posted by Dan Blanton on 2010-12-21 14:40:50

I know next to nothing about striper fishing but i find your quest for different flies compares to fishing for tarpon, snook and reds in our waters. Each season or so a new fly makes its debut in the fishery with promising results. It can differ by shape and form, action, color etc but with enough exposure the newness and effectiveness of the offering begins to wain. I see this more with tarpon than other fish and perhaps this is due to their constant movement and countless presentations by anglers. In any event, the effective life of all but a few flies seems to have it's limitations. When the toad hit the scene it promised to be the greatest tarpon fly since night baseball and for a duration it was but enough toads have been tossed in front of enough tarpon these days that it's effectiveness isn't what it was. Oddly enough this process of the rising and fall of new offerings isn't limited only to fish that have been subjective to repeated presentations. Even stranger is the fact that there is some evidence that this negative reaction to specific flies that were once gobbled up is passed on to other generations. Lefty and I have discussed this numerous times. He noted this in regards to small mouth bass fishing.I am convinced fish often refuse flies because they witness other fish doing so. Rejection is obvious when fishing a string of tarpon in clear water when you can watch the fish react. I think this is one of the things that sets fly fishing apart. Fly fishers aren't depended on tackle manufactures to come up with the next creation. They do it themselves and watching it work is rewarding.

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