what kind of flies to walleye like ?

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  1. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

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    BTW any streamer should work. Yellow or white seem to be hot in right conditions, while some days black streamers are unbeatable. I get most of my incidental catches while throwing crawfish patterns on a fast sink for smallies in June, on Roosevelt(which can be phenomenal action). I usually cuss like it's a squawfish though. Fight like crap, and I wouldn't eat the poisoned flesh if you paid me.
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Any streamer maybe. Huge 7-12" streamer is money. I trust my friends dad, he is a walleye fishing expert.
     
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    Hmm, maybe to help the cutthroat kid (and anyone else curious), what kinds of rods/lines are we looking at for tossing 7-12" streamers? Sounds like some serious punch might be in order.

    I often forget the size of the wallys over east. When I think of targeting them, I'm thinking of just catching some after a long day of trout fishing. I wasn't really considering they get to monstrous sizes, or how much fun that would be to tie into.
     
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    Walleyes also like Hexagenia nymphs and will gorge on them where/ when available...... sandy bottom areas mainly I believe in lakes and rivers...... many lakes in Minnesota have sandy portions and the Mighty Mississippi has lots of walleyes and lots of sandy bottom areas and huge populations of Hexagenis.... aka shad flies..... the hex mayflies can completely cover/ coat entire bridges ....
     
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    Big E Active Member

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    Money...

    Crawfish patterns (Crawl Daddy)...
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    Baitfish (T&A Rainbow)...
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    And a bit of everything going on (Sex Dungeon)...
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    Check out Kelly Galloup's streamer patterns. I think you would have good luck with walleye on a lot of them.
     
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    triploidjunkie Active Member

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    The sex dungeon is one awesome fly!!
     
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    Over the years I've caught alot of nice walleyes with spinning gear on simple 1/4 to 5/8 oz. marabou jigs
    usually 2 to 2 1/2" in length. With a reasonably stiff rod I would cast out, let it settle to the bottom, and
    twitch the rod upward to hop the jig over structure, reel up the slack and repeat trying varying speeds of
    retrieve beginning with painfully slow. If I was using fly gear I would try to imitate that same action. Not sure where you may fish but structure is important, gravel bars , points, shelves, sloping banks, windward side, etc. Being nocturnal feeders look for them in shallower areas during low light. Some jigs have a sled like
    lead head which seem to reduce hang ups. I haven't tied anything with fish skulls/sculpin heads yet but wonder if you couldn't use them upside down on a jig style hook for the same effect with less hang ups.
    http://www.bearsden.com/product10966.html
    All being said, I have caught them on chironomids when they were in Sprague and once caught a 4or 5 #
    walleye on a pink scud on the Missouri.
     
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  8. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Match the hatch says to use 4-5 inch long flies for the crayfish imitations and 2-5 inch long yellow perch flies. Length is determined by what time of summer one is fishing. I'd give up on the 7-12 inch flies as it's not the predominate feed.
     
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    Nice TJ!
    The top two feet? That would be cool! Sounds like you got them when they were in spawn mode.
     
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    Nice Eric, sounds like you've been at them before.
     
  11. TaylinLoop

    TaylinLoop Many fish coup

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    walleye on a hares ear.JPG wally on a H.E..jpg
    I've never targeted walleye but caught a few on princes and hare's ears when fly fishing for trout in reservoirs.
     
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    Just saw this thread, thought I'd ad my $.02...

    I used to target walleye quite a bit back when I lived in PA. You could always find them rather shallow, following the bait, early in the spring. Usually when water temps hit 45 you could consistently find them on hard bottomed flats, or any area with a darker substrate that would warm up faster than the surrounding water.

    I had my best bets on all-white half-and-halfs, yellow/chartreuse clousers, and big, all-white zonkers. I always did better with less flash than a real flashy, or all-tinsel/flashabou pattern. Here's a pic of a typical big spring spawner. Best eating FW fish as far as I'm concerned...

    Dan

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