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Old 10-24-2018, 10:47 PM   #1
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If you have the opportunity, lay down on a quiet dock and watch how the critters act. Shrimp mostly just drift by. Notice the color of the shrimp. Most are dang near transparent so use clear materials when tying. At night, a lot of the bait fish are nearly transparent.

When tying flies for night time use, make them as sparse as possible. Fake polar bear works for me. Of course, real polar bear hair is better but illegal.

Actually, all of my flies are sparse. They cast easier and fish better too. A few strands of spinner bait skirt adds color and a little flash. Maribou really moves.

My Snook flies are a lot bigger than flies I use for other inshore species but still get eaten by Bass, Trout and Redfish. Generally, my Redfish flies are pretty small. I tie a few flies for Mangrove Snapper on #4 hooks but most everything else is 1/0-4/0. My Tarpon trolling flies are usually tied on circle hooks.
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Old 10-24-2018, 11:03 PM   #2
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Captken,I have the tanned,back half,of an Alaskan Mt Goat.
I had a shoulder mount made many years ago.
What is your opinion of mt goat hair for tying?

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I use bucktail or doetail from road kill mostly. Lots of squirrel tail too.
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I use bucktail or doetail from road kill mostly. Lots of squirrel tail too.
deer hair is the best for tying clousers cause it it hollow and if you watch the fly on retrieve it seems to float in the water. i tie a little flashabou with the lead eyes using deer tail hair. like captken said, road kill.
clousers are good for just about any fish from crappie to redfish.
i dye deer hair with cheap coolaid in vinegar overnight. yellow and green makes chartreuse which is the best color in my opinion.

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coolaid and vinegar that is a new one to me.

I tie mostly with white and use colored sharpies. Buddy says my colors are inconsistent but I just tell him they are unique
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My best night under the lights for speckle trout, 137 between the 16 and 23 in. We did not count any under fifteen inches, there were a few but not many. There was two of us on the boat. All the fish were caught on #8 white clauser tied with white calf tail and bead chain eyes an a few strands light green crystal flash.
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My best night under the lights for speckle trout, 137 between the 16 and 23 in. We did not count any under fifteen inches, there were a few but not many. There was two of us on the boat. All the fish were caught on #8 white clauser tied with white calf tail and bead chain eyes an a few strands light green crystal flash.
Those docks still producing or is the bay getting barren? I'm seeing less every year.
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