04-01-2008, 10:58 PM
Re: Scents on flys
Using a scent is admitting defeat, and handing victory to the baitfisherman.
My fly patterns work well without any scent. Adding scent moves your fly
into the Gulp rubber worm category, and out of fur and feathers. I fish
crankbaits and rubber worms, but not much now. I was shocked to see
that almost all rubber worms are now scented. If you're going to go
that route, just get a real worm. Wrangling a caddis and tying it to a hook
would be interesting to watch...LOL!
Getting skunked teaches lessons. Patterns will be adjusted and added,
and sizes changed. Presentation will get the attention it deserves, and
your eyes will improve for sight-fishing. Smearing on an attractor scent
will make any pattern work; sloppy presentations will still spook fish, but the
scent will ooze out and draw them back, etc. Scents won't make you a better
If your starving, and the fish aren't biting, that might be a different story.