What's Catching You Fish?

Stonedfish

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These pumpkinseeds look a bit like the more colorful freshwater aquarium fish I used to keep in a tank when my kids were little. And they hit a two weight nice and hard.

Zak,
Are you getting any on surface flies like foam spiders?
Those things are such fun little beautiful fish.
SF
 

Zak

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Zak,
Are you getting any on surface flies like foam spiders?
Those things are such fun little beautiful fish.
SF
I have been getting these on the surface on small muddlers, big ants, and foam bees. My biggest problem is that they will swallow small flies deep,; I finally bought a Ketchum Release tool that saved their little lives. I've seen a sponge spider but haven't tied any. They are really beautiful, fun little fish. I feel like a kid again watching them fight each other for the fly. :)

I'm still waiting for the bigger bass to show up. Catching these little guys makes a nice ten minute break from my work desk!
 

Northern

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I have been getting these on the surface on small muddlers, big ants, and foam bees. My biggest problem is that they will swallow small flies deep,; I finally bought a Ketchum Release tool that saved their little lives. I've seen a sponge spider but haven't tied any. They are really beautiful, fun little fish. I feel like a kid again watching them fight each other for the fly. :)

I'm still waiting for the bigger bass to show up. Catching these little guys makes a nice ten minute break from my work desk!
Hey Zak-
A booby fished on the surface is one of my favorites for panfish. They eat the body, but they usually can't get their mouth over the...uh...eyes
 

Stonedfish

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I have been getting these on the surface on small muddlers, big ants, and foam bees. My biggest problem is that they will swallow small flies deep,; I finally bought a Ketchum Release tool that saved their little lives. I've seen a sponge spider but haven't tied any. They are really beautiful, fun little fish. I feel like a kid again watching them fight each other for the fly. :)

I'm still waiting for the bigger bass to show up. Catching these little guys makes a nice ten minute break from my work desk!

Besides @Northern’s excellent suggestion, here is one I’ve had success with that they don’t swallow due to its shape.
SF

 

Tom Butler

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I'm coming to believe the blue flash is better more often.
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no different stocking record I can find but some of the fish have slashes like cutts, and fight much better. Not squished I swear.
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Counted to my depth and when I gave the first strip the fish was already on and went ballistic
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gratuitous dead and blead fish shot
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didn't want to keep any more but it came in bleeding
 

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Tom Butler

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I guess these are thin mint knock off's. If I only use wire to secure the hackle they inevitably come unwound, however even looking matukaish? it still pulls fish.
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I got to wrapping the thread carefully down and back up and they are much more durable
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I got scooped and fought the bird for a moment. fish was revived, photo'ed and released a little worse for wear
 

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Buzzy

I prefer to call them strike indicators.
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When I did tie flies. I usually clipped off the front hook on a articulated streamer.
I do the same, Jim. But honestly, you lost me on this as the fly in the picture is a streamer tied on a streamer hook, no secondary hook to clip off the front...... ;-)
 

Old Man

Just a useless Old Man.
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I do the same, Jim. But honestly, you lost me on this as the fly in the picture is a streamer tied on a streamer hook, no secondary hook to clip off the front...... ;-)
My bad. The picture looked like a smaller hook was in the front. It looks like a piece of tinsel that is bent.
 
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