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Old 03-22-2008, 06:33 AM
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Default What weight dumbell eyes?

Guys, what weight eyes should I order to tie buggers and clouser minnows for smallmouth fishing with my 6 weight rod? There are several to choose from...
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What kinda of water?? deep, shallow, fast, slow?? It depends on alot of things i would start with a few of each in your basic colors
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Our river is a small one, with some pools maybe 8 feet deep or less, and plenty of spots where it becomes only a foot or so deep and pretty fast.
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Hey NRA
For you clouser all you need is bead chain or very small lead eyes. For you buggers(size 8 or 10) 1/8" beads should do. you can always do a few lead wire wraps to add more wieght if needed. I am no expert but i do expieriment alot.
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If you're casting with a 5 weight, I wouldn't suggest weighting flies with anything larger than the "Medium (1/30 oz)" or maybe, the "large (1/20 oz)" sized lead eyes. Remember that throwing heavy flies on light rods drastically increases your chances of getting nailed in the back of the head with the fly.
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Default Re: What weight dumbell eyes?

I recommend the 1/8" size HOURGLASS BRASS eyes instead of lead dumbells- they're much tougher, will straighten up almost automatically when tied in, and are non-toxic. (they're also a touch lighter than lead, so you'll be able to get a bigger eye on there and it will cast better on a 5wt.)
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Personally..I think a trout has more to worry about than the toxic nature of dumbells eyes. That hook thing piercing their flesh is most likely higher up their "concern" scale.

I have no qualms about staying leaded........look what happened to gas after the messed with it. Need octane booster just to get a V8 to run right.
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what size do you normally fish?
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sorry......too much caffeine... thanks for getting us back on task.
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