SRC flies?

rawalker

Active Member
Hi All,
Forgive me if this has been covered.
If I was going to tie up a few flies for SRC, what you you tie?
Back in Michigan, I primarily fished for river smallmouth, and used just 3 different flies. If I didn't catch anything on those three, they just weren't biting and I called it a day.
Any similar advice to a newbie?
thanks, richard
 

mickeyrat

Member
The seasons make a difference. Check out Capt. Nick Claytons videos on Youtube for a start. If I had only three to choose from I'd use a squimp, Miyawaki popper, and a small sparse baitfish pattern that doubles as a chum fry. Lots of info on this site and great people that know way more than me.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater....Know Grizzler
Lots of good suggestions.
I’d add a few euphausiid and amphipod patterns to the mix as cutts can get picky as winter sets in when they are keying in on those.
I’d also add a polychaete worm pattern or two to your box.
SF
 

Jake

(not really a sea otter)
Uh, Thanks? That is alot of flies. I think I'll start with some of those in your first picture.
My wife and son tie flies, so I'm awash in them.

Many are specialized flies, or experiments.

When going to an unfamiliar beach, especially this time of year, I throw these on a floating line:

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They will definitely produce strikes, but not always in the same quantity as a fly that's more dialed in to what they're eating.
 

rawalker

Active Member
Those are really great looking flies.
And I love that your wife AND son tie. Gives you a great reason to fish, gotta try them all out!
Thanks.
 

Jake

(not really a sea otter)
Those are really great looking flies.
And I love that your wife AND son tie. Gives you a great reason to fish, gotta try them all out!
Thanks.
If you ever want to go, let me know. I’m out of town this next week, but otherwise I’m always happy to share a beach, flies, and the little I know about the fishery.
 

rawalker

Active Member
If you ever want to go, let me know. I’m out of town this next week, but otherwise I’m always happy to share a beach, flies, and the little I know about the fishery.
Jake,
Thanks for the offer. Early December looks possible, before the holiday madness sets in.
Richard
 

Zak

Active Member
I'm new at SRC in the salt, and had tied up a bunch of patterns from books (especially Les Johnson's book). Went out 6-7 times with no luck and then went into Pacific Flyfishers for some advice. Ben said "more baitfishy" and sold me this fly. Next day, caught my first SRC and several more on it. I've been tying copies and variations of it since. IMG_20191106_101847.jpg
 

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