Floating Baitfish Patterns

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  1. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Here are a few that will work. Wire leaders not necessary. Just braided mylar tubing on wooden bodies.
    Jack
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  2. Bagman

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    Just to give you an idea of what is out there check out. Flybass.com they have a lot of different foam body's
     
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  3. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Thanks Bagman
    I'll check out that website.
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  4. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    VIU,
    I've only fished VI for salmon out of a boat in the salt. I'd think if you can find areas where small streams enter the salt and that are somewhat sheltered, you should find some searuns. You are correct about the fishing here being relatively shelter.
    You have some beautiful country up there. If you give it a go, please post a report.
    SF
     
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  5. Tacoma Red

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    Tie a Jeffery Delia's cone head shrimp but instead of the cone tie in a boobie foam perpendicular to the hook shank as if tying in bead chain eyes. Glue eyes on the boobies.
     
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    I also tie

    Tail: red article fox or marabou
    Body: peacock or pheasant ice dub chenille
    Collar: white spey hackle
    Head: foam bobby tied in bead chain eye style (with glue on eyes) or slider style where the booby is cut in half ala Chris Bellow's post (also with glue on eyes).

    Hook can be streamer or Gama SC15 sizes 8 to 2.

    To increase buoyancy you can under wrap boady with foam.
     
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    Artic Fox not article.
     
  8. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Thanks for the suggestions.
    Messed around today to see what I could come up with for a floating chum fry pattern
    Here is the first attempt.
    SF

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  9. Jack Devlin

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    Here is another floater. Braided mylar over wood. Lip is made from a clear plastic spoon and imparts a nice action. IMG_1856.JPG
    Jack
     
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  10. Tacoma Red

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  11. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Kelvin ties up some nice flies. That is a really nice squid pattern.

    Here are a couple of more chum fry floaters. Mylar over foam.
    SF

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    If you use a softer tail such as the grizz hackle that Jack uses your fly gets a very nice wiggle action that can enlist power strikes
     
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    Gorgeous fish. What's your preferred method for coloring up the head--guessing florescent highlighter? How well do the colors hold? Keep up the great work with your trial and error; looks like you're having fun and getting great results!
     
  14. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Tool,
    You can by Pee-Wee Pops in chartreuse. No need to color them.
    It has been fun messing around with different patterns. Some have worked well, others not so much.
    SF
     
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    I have had good luck using the chartreuse heads for coho as well as Searuns... not that white wouldn't have worked, but if they're keyed into chartreuse clousers, it's worth a try, and might boost your strikes.
     
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