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Walleyes on Fly Rod

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Nice husband that I am; I bought "my wife" a nice 7'6" St.Croix 4/5 fly rod. It never gets used. I'm thinking about bringing it "for her" to Canada for use on walleyes. Anybody do this? What fly would you recommend? I suppose all I (I mean, "she") needs is a minnow like wet fly for 5-10 feet of water.

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We brought fly rods to Canada both times. The first time we did real well on the flies. The Walleyes were in shallow, 3-4 ft. It was a blast, at times it seemed like they preferred the flies to jigs or rapalas. I remember my Dad tying flies to imitate jigs. I think you should be good with bright colored wollybuggers. I caught my biggest Walleye on a fly up there.

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Are "Wolly Buggers" easy to find? (Gander, Cabelas, Fleet Farm) I'm in Plymouth.

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Walleyes on a fly rod are a hoot. I have done it a bunch of times. We make a few trips in eastern Ontario each year. The rivers connecting a few of the lakes are full of smallies and some eyes. Any minnow imitation will work. In the fall when fish come into shore chasing bait I have caught em to. Not as effecient as stickbaits but fun and doable. I tie some big 5 inch ugly streamers for that...

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Wollybuggers are kinda the standard wet fly, they will have them at Gander or Cabelas for sure.

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Thanks Big Musk, Dark Cloud, your getting me revved up. I might have to bring my old fiberglass in case she won't share.

Dark Cloud, nice pictures; I like when they're extra yellow like that.

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We have done really well on walleyes with clouser minnows and decievers. They will also hit anything flashy like a hot flash minnow. I don't ussually target walleyes more than one or two times a year with the fly rod, but it can be very effective, especially early in the year. It seems you alwaysget one or two up here when fly fishing for smallies.

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I think you picked up a great gift for your wife! I never thought about using the flyrod in Canada for walleyes?! We are headed back up this year and I think we'll pack the rods and use em' for smallies and pike!

Either species, hook us with a fly equipment is a hoot!

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I picked up some Wollybuggers and other flies last night. I like the looks of the Clouser Minnow, pearl sparkle jigs work great up there.

A lot of fish in current areas where I'm going. We'll need to experiment, trying to get the fly deep enough, etc. Plenty of time to play around.

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If they're near the surface, then it can work. But if they are deeper than a few feet, it's more fun to use spinning gear.

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I was looking for my late father's fly reel for this trip. Came across two fly rods, they both "look" like wood. One is a Phillipson X76 2-piece Dry Fly rod that says "Eponite," it is round. If Eponite is the material it is made of, what is it? (Epoxy and ?)

The other is a hexagonal "Montague Sunbeam," three-piece; it must be a handmade bamboo, and worth more. Can anybody tell me what I got here? Kind of a cool find anyway.

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Montague Sunbeam - there is one on Ebay right now, 4 piece, $44.00

There is also a Phillipson fly rod as well, $89.00

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If they're near the surface, then it can work. But if they are deeper than a few feet, it's more fun to use spinning gear.


You can get pretty deep with sink tip and full sinking lines, if the fish are in less than 10-12 feet it shouldn't be a problem to get to them. A couple weeks ago I was with a couple buddies who were throwing jigs in about 8 feet of water- I caught just as many if not more on my fly rod throwing streamers for pike. Some of them actually hit kind of hard shocked.gif , they still fought like walleyes though smirk.gif

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