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Big Flies ..Big Fish ?

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Hi all

I'm a salt-water fly fisher and fly tier .. I'll fly fish for anything but bass are my thing

On most of the UK forums I frequent, Anglers seem set on using what I class as small flies , I've never caught a bass on a clouser the smallest fly I've caught a Bass would be a 7" Flat wing .. Do any of the SWFF'ers on here use big flies ? or have you tried big flies without success ?

Jim Hendrick published an article in Irish Angler earlier in the year .. this is what he has to say about big flies

As far as I'm aware all the specimen ( 10lb plus) fish that have been caught by him in the past few years have all fallen to bigger flies

your views ?
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This is such an interesting thread and one that I sometimes struggle with... I come from a pike fly fishing background (originally a lure fisherman - and still am occassionally!). The premise is bigger the bait the bigger the fish... talk to the Dutch guys and they are tying pike flies like feather dusters... a devil to cast but apparently provide the results... jacks tend not to go for the bigger fly according to one dutch flytyer I know... I have a tendency to fish deceiver type flies up to about 4-5 inches for most of my piking and they work.

Switching over to bass fishing this summer I had a hit on a small clouser (size 6) in chartreuse and white whilst on Jersey... I then go out on Mick's boat and for the sake of everyone's sanity I used the lure rod... I get two bass - 1 at 2lb and t'other 4lb on the nose on a 6inch Bomber Long A-Salt... now why the difference and why would you fish small and sparse as opposed to big and brash?

I appreciate that big fish will feed on small stuff... I took a size 16 hook out of the lip of a 10lb pike on Chew that a pal of mine caught... and I've had uber small jacks "worry" large flies...

Is there a right answer? or a common theme?
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