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  1. 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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    Default Re: What weight dumbell eyes?

    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
    I don't always fly fish but when I do I prefer salt water. Stay salty my freinds

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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.
    Jim
    I don't always fly fish but when I do I prefer salt water. Stay salty my freinds

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    Default Re: What weight dumbell eyes?

    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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    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

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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.


    "As The deer Thirts For Water, I thirst for you Oh Lord"

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    Adventure into the North Woods.......

    "Aroostook Flyers and Tyers"

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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.


    "As The deer Thirts For Water, I thirst for you Oh Lord"

    North Woods Wanderings
    Adventure into the North Woods.......

    "Aroostook Flyers and Tyers"

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