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Posted by BrownBear on Aug 10 2005
I agree with Snowwolfe, with minor differences. I find an 8 too light for handling heavy lines efficiently for deep fishing. They're fine with floating lines, especially around kelp beds, but you'll be happier with a 10 when reaching deep.
My difference is in preferring shooting heads to sink tips. I retrieve my line (floating, sink tip or shooting head) into a 5-gallon bucket on deck to keep it from sliding around and tangling between casts.
Favorite fly is also green-and-white or chartreuse-and-white, specficially a Clouser with lead or machined barbell eyes rather than bead chain. #2 about 3" long is my standard, but I also use longer and shorter. Blue-and-white can be better on sunny days, especially a "Silver Doctor" blue. A strip or two of Flashabou or Chrystal Flash in the tie can help, but don't get carried away. Any more than half a dozen strips of flash are usually too many.
If the silvers are working a school of bait, most of your strikes will come as the fly sinks below the school rather than on the retrieve. The faster it sinks, the better (and thus the shooting head and lead barbells). If fishing blind (not to bait) some strikes will come on the sink, but a whole lot more will come on a "straight up" retrieve- i.e., when your fly is moving straight up from the deep toward the boat. Be ready! Another reason for heavy lines and flies- If a fish follows up to the surface, but doesn't strike, simply let the fly sink back as quickly as you can. They'll grab it as it sinks.
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