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Old 12-07-2011, 08:49 AM
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I was just curious if anyone has used them before. I will be making an order soon to restock on fly tying material and was thinking about trying them out. Here is a link showing what they are if you havent seen them before: Fly Rattles - Pyrex - Fly Tying Materials - Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters | ChiFly.com
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I use them on my velcro dot crab flies, tying some with, some without. I've also used them for big 1/2&1/2s and surf worms
I think that they're good for calling attention to your fly in murky and rough conditions but can scare fish away when the water is clear or still
You can achive the same thing by have more than one bead tied loosely on the hookshank or by using extra links on your pull-chain eyes
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I agree with Rip, and use them a lot. Bendback type flies work well with rattles too.
The waters I fish most often are not very clear, so a big, loud rattle helps!

However, I much prefer plastic rattles to glass, even though I use glass sometimes. If you put them inside of mylar tubing or other body tubing such as EZ Body, then epoxy over them, it seems to amplify the sound.

The rattles used for bass jigs are the ones I use. They're louder IMO than the glass. I also don't buy rattles from fly shops. I'm all for supporting such shops, but I prefer to buy rattles by the 100, and as such buying them in those 10 packs is expensive. There are sources that sell them in 100 packs that are less costly per rattle. Besides, I also make jigs so use the rattles on them also!
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I have used them before. There is a book for trolling lures called precision trolling. It has dive curves for a ton of different lures. Now here's why I brought it up. They tested the lures in a lake and ran them past a diver looking at a suspended ruler. In the course of testing the lures they accidentaly caught fish. The vast majority of them were on lures with rattles.
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Small rattles on a rust brown woolly bugger work great for smallies.
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Thanks for the input guys....The reason I asked was because I was going to trying them out on some pike and bass patterns. I was also thinking about trying them on some trout streamers that I would use in murky water.....any thoughts about that?

It sounds like they work for salt water and warm water species. I know some hard plastic swimbaits are made with rattles. Im just curious if browns would be turned on by it.
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It sounds like they work for salt water and warm water species. I know some hard plastic swimbaits are made with rattles. Im just curious if browns would be turned on by it.
The clicking sound they make best imitates crawfish.

Do browns like crawfish?

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