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Old 03-15-2008, 05:39 PM
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Question How do you weight your flies ????

Having been a fly tier for some years now & using many
methods myself to get my flies down to the fish I thought
it may bring some interesting discussion as to what you
typically use to weight your flies. Now I know that the
amount of weight you use is determined on how deep you
maybe fishing & how fast you want that fly to reach the
correct strike zone.

1. Do you like non-lead wire around the shank ?
2. Do you like coneheads, or beadheads ?
3. Do you like barbell eyes ?

If you had only one to use, let's say only one is available,
which type do you prefer for your flies that need to go
down ? My personal choice is the non-lead wrap. It is
very simple to me. With the weight dispersed somewhat
equally, the fly has a much higher percentage of going
down in the water column much more horizontal (that is
more naturally) than it does with the weight all up front,
which in my engineering mind makes it nose dive. Plus all
the weight material is hidden & to me makes a cleaner
more natural looking tasty treat for my target of the day.

How about you, what do you prefer,

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Old 03-15-2008, 06:49 PM
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Default Re: How do you weight your flies ????

Depends on what I am tying. For streamers, I use barbell eyes the most, followed by non-lead on the shank. With those two methods, I can get the hook turned upward so that it will be less likely to catch on weeds or rocks. I use barbell eyes most often of the two methods b/c I am assuming that the eyes might grab a fish's attention.

For nymphs, I usually tie some with a beadhead and some of the same type with weight on the shank. I also tie some without weight and add something to the leader - just depends on what I am trying to imitate.

I just started tying last fall, so I am still learning what works best for the flies that I tie.
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Re: How do you weight your flies ????

I always use eyes on my streamers. Eyes add an attraction element and having the weight up front gives the fly the action of a wound or disoriented bait. When the time comes for more weight I add Loon Deep Soft Weight at the head. It is non lead and non toxic.

When fishing nymphs I add the loon to the line above the fly. I use non weighted flies. This gives the fly a more free drifting action. Though I must admit I do not do a lot of nymph fishing. And when I do it is usually a dropper tied of the hook bend of a large hairy dry fly like a Stimi or a Hopper.

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Default Re: How do you weight your flies ????

I mostly use beadheads, bead chain eyes, and hourglass brass eyes.

Tie one on- I'm starting to wonder if you're compiling the largest database of fly-fisher preferences ever.
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