06-11-2009, 07:11 PM
Re: White River Fly Shop™ Hobbs Creek™ Combo?
Hey Mike, sounds like a great outfit for you. Just give the rod (guides and reel seat), and the reel a good spritz with a hose after using it in SW to prevent corrosion. It’s a good habit to get into with any gear used in salt.
The reel capacity, 150 yds should be plenty, and the 8 weight sounds perfect for the bays.
As far as the thickness of the blank, it should be fine. If you get a good fish on, and need two hands to hold the rod to turn a fish, keep both hands on the cork or one hand on the cork and the other right where the cork meets the blank--- most rods that are broken on fish (as opposed to car doors and ceiling fans) are broken because they were gripped too high up on the blank- ½ way between the first guide and the cork. with the 2nd hand.
Some good patterns -
For reds, clousers size 1 with lead eyes and some smaller lighter ones size 4 with bead chain eyes for fishing shallow water. Mix it up with some white, some “root beer“ some chartreuse. You can get creative and use the clouser style to tie shrimpy/crabby looking stuff with tails of marabou and rubber legs and a thick chenille (or crystal chenille) body and a wing of bucktail and a bit of flash.
For specs, tie some white deceivers and some glass minnows on size 1 hooks. You can tie the deceivers with hackle tails like the original, or just use bucktail for the tail.
For the glass minnow, it’s just a body of pearl, silver, or gold body braid with a wing (about 1 ½ times the length of the shank) of bucktail tied on top of the shank, and for a little flash, a strip of silver flashabou on each side of the wing. Popular colors are white wing with a topping of peacock herl, white with topping of olive or brown bucktail, and yellow bucktail with a topping of red bucktail.
This way you can use the same size 1 hooks to imitate different size baitfish (since the glass minnow doesn’t have a tail it’ll end up being shorter than the deceiver, but you’ll still have the hook holding power of a 1 hook).
Some small poppers size 2 or 1 might be fun to throw too and are a lot of fun to fish.
If you’re going to be wading, a good thing to have is a stripping basket. You can make your own out of a Rubbermaid dishpan and a shock cord with hooks on the end. Just drill or burn a hole through the top of the rim on the two short sides and put the hooks through the holes. The basket will help you get more distance on your casts instead of trying to lift slack line off the water.
As far as fishing for them it depends on depth. The most productive (and fun) is to sight cast to tailing reds if you can find them in shallow enough water, or to cast to "muds" if the water is a bit deeper. Sometimes you'll see a "Compression wave" or nervous water in deeper water made by a single red or school swimming or feeding. And sometimes you'll see specs crashing bait on the surface, often with birds diving above them. But blind casting works too, especially if you're casting along edges like drop offs, channels, holes or around structure like docks and jetties. In SW, no telling what might grab it- could be specs, spanish macks, jacks or whatever else you have down there. If you are blind casting, one way to do it is to cast a couple times, move down the beach 20 feet cast again etc to cover a whole stretch of beach.