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Pryal74January 2nd, 2011, 5:19 am
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing
Jmd123January 2nd, 2011, 7:20 pm
Oscoda, MI

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NIIIICE fishies there, James!! So, a "small minnow pattern", huh? Colored like a natural? I have often thought my original Killer Bass Fly would work for steelies - that is, if I actually got out and fished it more often and got it down on the bottom (using dumbell eyes instead of bead-chain). Hmmmm, you might just have inspired me for hitting the next thaw...

Just what pattern were you using? It wasn't a KBF by chance, was it? Are you willing to share details?


P.S. Looks like I will be finally heading up to Oscoda soon, and I will try to stay (as in forever!). If that's the case, perhaps I will pay you a visit this summer!!
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Pryal74January 3rd, 2011, 11:42 pm
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
I really like a marabou type fly that is weighted. I feel that most ride too high much like Bass flies I have used before. I like a natural looking retrieve or swing. In my opinion, most do not do what I feel is as good as possible. I made a Salmon fly myself and the first take still wasn't as heavy enough. It would take some time to explain what kind of fly it is but it's much like a marabou style minnow much like a Clouser's. The first Steelie cranked the fly before I even could raise up on her but then in a split second she took again and I hooked her. The very next cast I had the second skipper on in less than 3 seconds. John, if you do happen to swing on up here, let me know ahead of time and I'll take you up on some great water. Summer time is so much fun because you can fish for almost anything. I have a hard time choosing between Brookies, Browns and Rainbows or Smallies and Largies or even Muskies. What a life huh?
-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing

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