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deeky

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I understand the traditional arguement of fly anglers against 'plastics' on their line. But with the new synthetic materials that are out and in the most popular patterns, I see it as about the same, other than trying to rebel against that guy in the other boat.

But, particularly in the panfish arena, all of the talk about small plastics seems to be around the slow fall and natural swim of the bait. With that goal in mind, the fly rod would seem to give us an advantage over spin/cast fishermen in that we don't need the heavy leadhead to cast it out there. We can simply put the plastic where we want it and fish it as close to neutral bouyancy as possible.

Makes sense on paper, anyone tried it? I agree, there's nothing like catching a great fish on a fly you tied yourself, but are we limiting ourselves? Imagine one of those great little minnow style jerk baits or some of Crappie Tom's plastics just hanging mid-column, free of the ball and chain of the lead head.

Don't worry, I haven't fallen of the wagon and under the wheels trying this yet. Let me know what you think.

Deeky

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AS a student of the history of fishing, particularly fly fishing, I learned long ago that nothing is new. What you are considering is simply a shrunken "lure" made to be cast with a fly line. Whoop-dee-doo.....they were making them in the 1920's!! Look in the old tackle places and find little spoons and plugs of all types made to be used on a fly rod. They were never popular and not many people used them.You can thus often buy them like new or unused condition. To us old time flyfishers it just ain't fly fishin'. But then again most of the newer generation know nothing of the history of the sport and care less about the traditions so I am certain that anything will be hung from the end of a fly line eventually. Maybe a teensy weensy little spinner bait with an ipod chip on it eh?

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Oh! And before I forget it; no less a flyfidhing icon than Lee Wulff contemplated, worked on and half-heartedly advocated the use of flys made with various body and wing materials. I can recall being involved in a converstaion on the subject thirty years ago in West Yellowstone. Everybody was pretty skeptical about it ever being accepted by flyfishers. And for the most part is hasn't been. Doesn't mean you can't fish a small Gulp! worm from the end of an 8WT Bass Bug Taper if you want too. Just not off my boat!! HA!

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