Re: Fishing Crease flies subsurface?

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Posted by Dan Blanton on 2011-08-04 17:44:57 in reply to Fishing Crease flies subsurface? posted by Richard on 2011-08-03 11:08:09

Hi Richard,

Someone may correct me but I believe Captain Joe Blados, the inventor of the Crease Fly originally intended it to be fished wet on a sinking line.

I've long fished floating poppers, sliders and the CF on lead-core and other fast-sinking shooting heads. They can be deadly fished that way.

I've told this story before but I thinks it's worth telling again. Back in the late 70s I was doing a presentation at the ISE shows in San Mateo called shooting heads, top to bottom.

They had a long, clear tank about 5 feet deep for plug and fly presentation (retrieves) speakers. This particular year they had a mix of large mouth bass and striped bass in the tank for effect. The LMB would frequently grab the plug or jig being retrieved by the gear guys; but the stripers wouldn't eat anything.

The last tip I gave my audience was how and why they should consider fishing a floating bass bug on a very fast sinking line. I use a lead-core head, a short 4-foot leader to which was tied a bass bug with rubber legs and splayed hackle tail. I cast the bug to the end of the tank (about 30 feet), let the line sink to the bottom and then retrieved it a few feet pulling the bug to the bottom and then allowed it to rise on the pause. Much to the surprise and delight of both me and the audience, every time the bug would rise, one of those jaded stripers would dart over and nail it - hard! I couldn't keep the things off it. One of the LMB gear speakers came up to me later and told me I was the only guy who had fed one of those stripers in the tank. Oh, I had cut the point off the hook almost to the bend but they hung on anyway - at least until I pulled them to the surface. It was a great way to end my program.


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