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Post 24 Jun 2020, 19:42 • #1 
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Recently I’ve been working on articulated surface flies for bass, and the more aggressive Sunfish. Lots of fun. Very effective. They work well just sitting and gently twitching...lots of movement.

Design change! To facilitate hook removal and be gentler on the fish, the hook needs to be up front with a trailing shank. (I will only use one hook).

Anyone else have experience or thoughts on articulated flies?


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Post 25 Jun 2020, 13:38 • #2 
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I hooked a large bluegill on a large muddler that I thought he would never take.That popper you have that the gill took dwarfs my muddler.I wonder how he figured that would go in his mouth. :)


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Post 25 Jun 2020, 14:28 • #3 
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I used to tie articulated streamers (whistlers) both for freshwater and flounder.
One day I gilled a bass with both hooks, and never tied another.


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Post 25 Jun 2020, 21:03 • #4 
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bulldog1935 wrote:
I used to tie articulated streamers (whistlers) both for freshwater and flounder.
One day I gilled a bass with both hooks, and never tied another.



Absolutely one hook! I’ve typically put the hook in the rear for trout. For bass and their tendency to swallow, placing the barbless hook up front with a dressed shank trailing has been much easier on the fish.


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Post 26 Jun 2020, 20:41 • #5 
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I like that!


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Post 27 Jun 2020, 06:42 • #6 
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What was that gill thinking? Or was he just one of those short guy fight starters...


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Post 27 Jun 2020, 21:32 • #7 
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Heddonist wrote:
What was that gill thinking? Or was he just one of those short guy fight starters...




I’m no longer surprised when the Sunfish hit the biggest flies.



Or when the big fish hit the little flies!


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Post 28 Jun 2020, 12:27 • #8 
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I was fortunate enough to have an older friend stop by about a decade ago and give me a box containing these flies. I don't fly fish (until now) so I think I'm a lucky guy. Took me awhile to find them yesterday. If you look close there are some bass flies in there. I'm set for flies for a while. (pic won't load).


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Post 28 Jun 2020, 13:16 • #9 
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Those green sunfish do have a bigger mouth than bluegills and can be very aggressive which is fine by me.


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Post 02 Jul 2020, 23:36 • #10 
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Guitarfish wrote:
I was fortunate enough to have an older friend stop by about a decade ago and give me a box containing these flies. I don't fly fish (until now) so I think I'm a lucky guy. Took me awhile to find them yesterday. If you look close there are some bass flies in there. I'm set for flies for a while. (pic won't load).



Seriously nice set of flies! Although I frequently use my 7wt and 8wt glass rods for Bass fishing with larger flies, more often I’m using a 4wt or 5wt with a (max) size 6 wide gap hook surface fly, often with a trailing fly (dry or dropper.


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Post 03 Jul 2020, 19:34 • #11 
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Tie up a redfish crack in crawfish colors, I tie it up on a #6 hook I caught a 4# bass and several large Rio Grande Cichlids


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