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Hollow Semper Fly

Bob Popovic’s famous Semper fly and the Hollow fly tying methods combined to create the below pattern which will be used later in the season for Bass. Gives the impression of bulk but casts with ease shedding water on the back cast.

Hollow semper fly

Materials:

  • Hook:     Sakuma 410 – (2/0)
  • Thread:  UTC 140.
  • Saddle:   Metz #2 silver badger.
  • Flash:     Funky krystal / flashabou
  • Bucktail: Grey / White.
  • Eyes:     Jungle Cock.
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Lure Clips

There is a huge amount of selection when it comes to lure clips, all of them vary greatly regarding ease of use, strength, versatility, price, size and so on. I have tried dozens of clips some of them shown below.

Clips are great when it comes to changing lures promptly but in reality clips are only as good as the knot that secures them. You can tie your lure directly using any knot but a great alternative is the Rapala knot which aids movement of the lure (or fly) greatly.

Lure clips

St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day to friends and followers of SEAS.

Sea Trout – Lures

Time has been spent preparing rods, reels, lines, lures and just about everything recently in anticipation for warmer more settled weather to arrive. Sea trout and mullet will be the main target species in saltwater for the moment until species like Bass and Gilthead bream arrive inshore in reasonable numbers.

This week the weather finally took a turn for the better and provided a good chance to get out fishing productively. Many locations have changed greatly over the winter unfolding exciting new opportunities to discover in more detail. It was these areas that have produced some sea trout this week using hard lures, all released after a quick photo. Small suspending minnows, sinking pencils and metals too from companies such as Smith, IMA, Lucky Craft and Hansen all prove effective, more on those at a later stage.

Sea Trout

After such poor weather in early 2014 you really appreciate being out and about again taking photos, observing wildlife, spotting the early signs of marine activity and of course catching some fish! The next few tidal sets will see larger numbers of sea trout and mullet enter shallow bays, tidal rips and estuary’s. Lets hope the weather is favourable for the year ahead.

Saltwater trout fishing is often challenging but fantastic sport. Many visiting anglers choose to visit later in the year for the Bass but in my opinion the Irish sea trout fishery is not to be ignored either. Unlike the Bass fishery which is focused mostly in south, the sea trout fishery is good throughout much of the Irish coast.

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Bookings for Sea Trout fishing Workshops & Guided days are available over optimum tidal sequences. Many districts are currently open for fishing with Wexford/Waterford districts opening Monday 17th March. Locations remain flexible to meet your needs.

More on sea trout:  http://southeastanglingservices.com/2014/01/27/sea-trout/

Jigs n Hooks

There is a vast selection of products currently available to present soft lures. In this post we discuss some of these products and there applications focused on Bass fishing but applicable in many ways across the board.

Be aware that each of the below might look similar but offer very different presentations. The amount or positioning of weight or lure rigged will affect action greatly.

 

Standard Jig head.

Jig head

Standard heads are prone to snagging up more often and collecting debris on or below the surface which all leads to possible tackle losses. If your loosing jigs your loosing lures, clips and most important valuable fishing time is wasted tying new leader knots and so on. Of most benefit over clean ground or when vertical fishing from harbour walls or boats.

 

Weedless or Texas Jig Head.

Texas jig heads  weedless jig head

Texas heads are a little more expensive than a standard head but if your loosing less it balances out cost. You can fish these pretty much anywhere with little hardship therefore maximizing time spent fishing. With all weedless options you can tuck the hook point into the lure slightly to further aid its effectiveness.

 

Weighted weedless hook.

weighted hook Weighted hook for soft lures

Many weighted hooks come fitted with a spring like attachment called a Hitch-Hiker, you must ‘screw’ the lure on to the Hitch-Hiker before inserting the hook. Good practice before inserting the hook point through the lure is to ensure the positioning is correct by offering it up beside the hook to guage its correct position. Note the varied position of the weight on each hook type, this will affect its action greatly.

 

Unweighted weedless hook.

weedless hook

You can cast these into the roughest ground. Most importantly you can retrieve them very slowly which is a great advantage when water temperatures are low, or for big fish. With the right lure you can also skim lures on or just below the surface, this provides a great visual aspect using soft lures.

 

Cone headsCone heads or drilled bullets placed above the hook offer a simple alternative to a Jig. As you can see the cone head is placed up the leader before tying on the hook and rigging the lure. You can use a stopknot to hold in position or simply let it run freely on the line.

 

Below shows two more options to rig a soft lure, Wacky and Dropshot style.

Rigging styles

The weight of jigs and weighted hooks you carry will depend on the water depth and tidal situation in your area. The majority of what I use locally when bass fishing would be from 3-7 gram. I would say in most cases you should aim to fish as light as possible. To balance or to add weight to a lure you can insert tungsten ‘nail weights’ into the lure. I must mention that all hook sizes vary greatly between manufactures so choose a Jig or hook that has sufficient gape for the lure you intend using to aid hooking fish.

Use the contact page to email any questions you may have about this topic.

 

Representation

Once upon a time my view of flies was centered on trying to duplicate the object I was trying to imitate. I did this for many years and tied many flies that caught fish well, then one day something in my way of looking at nature changed and I began to see flies differently. I experienced a shift in my perception, a paradigm shift and no longer viewed flies as objects that should look exactly like replicas of what I was trying to imitate. I realized that to fish, flies are perceived as living beings and even if they are perfect replicas to the human eye they may not catch fish because a fish. A fish responds to the illusion of life, not exact physical likeness.

Source: Ken Abrames – A Perfect Fish.

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