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Old 05-11-2007, 11:46 PM
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Default What is the difference, and how much does it matter?

Bass typically eat anything that has a realistic and shinny pattern. My question concerns emergers and streamers. Can these flies be used in still water? As long as it is flashy and mimics well, then why would it not catch bass, crappie, or perch/blue gill? I am aware that many bass bugs are designed for popping, and i am more concerned about flies that go under the water. What are the characteristics of emergers and streamers compared to bass bugs or similar style flies in relation to their effectiveness and presentation?
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Old 05-12-2007, 11:17 AM
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Default Re: What is the difference, and how much does it matter?

I catch a LOT more bass since I've gone to almost entirely streamers for bass. I still use popping bgs when the fish are extremely shallow, but I catch a lot more and better bass on streamers. You don't have to get fancy; if there are mayflies hatching, you can use nymphs or small dark colored wooly buggers. If there are shad in your lake, use a white Wooly Bugger with a little crystal flash.

This morning I caught every thing from 6 inch bluegills to a 21 inch Channel Catfish on the same fly, a white Wooly Bugger on a 4 ft leader with a sink tip 6 weight line. Great fun.

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Old 05-12-2007, 04:11 PM
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Default Re: What is the difference, and how much does it matter?

That is awesome, thank you so much for the insight. I had no idea that channel cat would strike a fly. It seems that the wooly bugger is a very versitile fly, i will have to pick a few more up!
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Default Re: What is the difference, and how much does it matter?

Well in general, streamers imitate minnows, and emergers imitate bugs. Bass prefer minnows, Panfish prefer bugs. Both work well in still waters for these 2 species.

You'll have the best luck if you make the streamers move like minnows, and emergers move like bugs.
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