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Old 05-25-2013, 10:17 AM
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I've caught a lot of perch with flies tied on 3366 hooks, so yes they'll work. Not a particularly sharp hook right out of the package, but touch up the points & they're good. Some of the hooks in those pictures are nickel plated, and similar to the 3366. However, they're Gamakatsu hooks, they call a Sea Hook. I found several packs on Ebay in a size 6, and got them cheap! Not sure they're even made that small any longer.

Mustad has a version of that 3366 in a nickel finish, the 3365A & if I'm looking for an inexpensive hook, that's the one I would use for perch flies. The nickel finish a bit harder than bronze & IMO they're a bit sharper & stay that way a bit longer. I've used a gold plated version too, but don't recall the model number.
Flashy is fine for perch.

I've come to prefer a stronger hook like Mustad 3407 /34007 or VMC 9255 or any other good saltwater hook I can get. I've hooked into some larger fish a few times while fishing for perch, like LM bass, Pickerel or Striped bass so like having a stronger hook.

Stainless or tin plated are better for the waters I fish most since it's brackish. The 3366's rust a bit too quickly if the salt content is high. They're fine for freshwater use. If you sharpen them, take a permanent marker & go over the points where you remove the finish. That helps slow down rusting before you get to use them.

Frankly, that Mickey Finn variation sounds like a good fly to try for perch.
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Big Jim, thanks.

It's all fresh water that I am fishing.

That electric Mickey Finn... how do you spell that sound Lurch made?
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When you go for White Perch it might be a good time to get over your aversion because the flys that Jim posted are the type i use for them and they rock!
Another thing to note about White Perch is that in the late spring and thru the summer they rise to dry flys in the evenings even in brackish waters. Many times my perch trips begin dredging bright streamers and bonefish patterns on the bottom and end up drifting an Adams on top at the end of the day!
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I've caught them sometimes on small poppers while fishing for Bluegills. They're opportunists for certain & will eat many things.
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A simple white, green, or black streamer will catch just about any predatory warmwater species if the size is right and its fished effectively.
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The first two I can deal with,

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These on the other hand... I hope we are not talking about gawd-awful-fugliness like the next two:

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Use # 2 !!
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They'll work! The 3rd & 4th flies are a bit overdressed for perch, but will still work. They look more like Steelhead flies! Nice either way!
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