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Old 08-07-2018, 08:58 AM   #1
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When I fished the Black Creek in Green Cove Springs as a kid with my stepdad (a lifetime ago), we'd roll the fly line on top of the water like you'd roll a loop in a garden hose you were trying to un-kink. In other words, we'd get a lot of line out of the reel and start whipping the rod so that a big loop in the line would roll down on the surface of the water to the end and plop the 6' mono leader and cricket right in between two lily pads. I could confidently place that live cricket in a spot the size of a coffee cup. We used no weight other than the hook, and that cricket would slowly sink. We used to come back sometimes with 30 or 40 bream and copperheads.

I read about people using fly rods inshore, and I'm wondering if you make like a trout fisherman and whip the line in the air, or are you rolling it on the water like we used to. I'm not very accurate using a casting rod, so I stay a good distance away from the docks, but using my technique I could hit a saucer with no problem.

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I personally whip my line opposed to rolling it, but thats because I'm using too heavy of a lure. I do roll it as well when using light flies, but I tend to use heavier ones that just can't be rolled.
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Would specs or reds hit on a light fly?
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Of course. Specs and reds love the right fly. Ones that mimic the creatures they like to snack on. Shrimp, crab, and baitfish imitations and sometimes the fly looks like a mixture of those so it sparks their curiosity. I wouldnt really call casting a lure fly fishing. But to each their own I guess.

Google something like "sight fishing reds on fly" and watch some videos. Just as affective as using spin gear but its a lot harder so most people don't bother.
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My best evening over in Navarre with one other person was a 137 trout under the lights. All the trout were between 15 and 23 inches taken on #8 white Clauser minnow. Plus there isn't a darn thing hard about throwing a fly rod, or learning how. Don't believe it, come talk to me
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I use a roll cast in NC rivers where there isn't room for a back cast. I use a normal cast in the sound with nothing behind me to worry about in the back cast. My favorite way to catch specks and reds, and the best producer is a small clouser in white/chartreuse.
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Ah, it's called "roll casting." I'll try it with those lures this fall. Thanks all!
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Damn! I just watched a youtube video on tying a Clouser minnow. I don't need another hobby! It looks addictive, though.
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Damn! I just watched a youtube video on tying a Clouser minnow. I don't need another hobby! It looks addictive, though.
An easy fly to tie, and you can vary the size of the lead eyes and colors to fit the conditions and match the hatch. I've heard clousers will work for almost any fish, salt or fresh water.
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Very addictive. My wife gives me grief because I spend more time tying flies than I do casting them.

The look on my son's face when we went into Bass Pro this weekend and he said "is that an entire wall of bucktail" was pretty awesome.
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