probably. Yesterday I did see several super fat big boys/girls hanging out right next to the boat dock. One in particular was absurdly rotund...of course, there are loads of suckers spawning in the shallows too.Do you think any of the newly planted little guys get eaten by the big boys?
You might need to tie up some baby TM patterns.
If you're tying in the "breakaway" portion (I've since stopped adding it), tie it as short as you can, that way your turnover won't be affected as much. You don't have to be literally in the rocks or in the middle of the structure like you might with largemouth. If you do get hung up, stop strip setting, paddle to the opposite side of the stump and just pull your fly off. If it still won't come off, that's when you're screwed. Also, you only need about a foot of bite guard. Also, unless I'm using a floating line (almost never for me), my total leader length is only 4-5'.
I know @dustinchromers uses furled leaders, which will provide better turnover overall, and they might be a little longer.
View attachment 278270 These are just as much fun as steelhead flies! Not really sure how to evaluate them in the water....but they cast, and they get wet.
How do you guys tie an 80 lb mono leader on? I've got to come up with a better way. I went with 5 feet of 80lb mono, then 14 inches of 25lb mono as a breakaway, then about 20 inches of 80lb mono again with the world's largest monoslip loop knot. Was I even close? I do need a breakaway section as a snag in a kayak can be a disaster.
My first outing turned into a fiasco....but learned a hard lesson.