Re: noise and stripers
Posted by Kendall Osborne on 2013-08-13 13:45:48
in reply to noise and stripers posted by Phil Ewanicki on 2013-08-13 11:05:12
|I just looked up Myerson and he uses large sinkers that have rattles in them. These are probably louder and lower frequency than little "fly sized" rattles. |
Lots of folks believe in fly rattles. But, a Virginia Institute of Marine Science Study revealed that stripers (and some other game fish) do not hear fly rattles. And the VIMS study was done by a fly angler! VIMS actually put an electrode on the ear nerve, exposed the fish to sounds, and measured to see if there was a response in the nerve. There was no response from little fly rattles. However, large buckshot-size clacking rattles in some large plugs did get a response. So I would guess that stripers can hear Myerson's rattles.
The best way to attract big stripers with sound, fly fishing, is to have a friend with a spinning rod cast a big hookless rattle-filled popper and work it on the surface. When a fish hits, pull the popper and cast your fly. :)
PS The fish also could not hear normal human conversation outside the tank. So you probably do not have to worry about being too quiet in the boat.
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