Re: Biscayne bay flies

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Posted by Joel N Rosenthal on 2013-07-08 12:24:05 in reply to Re: Biscayne bay flies posted by Peter Patricelli on 2013-07-08 09:26:04

Peter is referring to Bob Branham's epoxy fly. It works, but I've only used it when fishing with Bob, even though my fly box has about a dozen(purchased) of both sizes. I've had hookups lately using standard shrimp patterns while wading / blind casting on our impenetrably dark west side of the bay bottoms.Another top Biscayne Bay guide, Joe Gonzalez, is partial to an orange and black clouser-in varying weights, depending on the water depth.Aside from Branham's epoxy, crab patterns tend to be most favored for permit-if you believe that there's any rhyme or reason to what/when they will eat.Overall, I agree with Peter that 90% of catching bones here is presentation, and to paraphrase Yogi Berra-the other 50 percent is mental.. That said, depending on the depth you are fishing heavily weighted flies aren't always necessary.And unless you are shooting for world's records, use an 18 or 20 lb flouro tippet-if you're fishing on the outside of the bay corals and sea fans can ruin your hookup quickly, so best to give yourself a fighting chance with a tippet that has a better chance of surviving the abrasion.

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