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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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comming from a fly fishing background i will always set out to "match the hatch" unless im deliberately trying to provoke a take and then i tend to fish big!!!!

having said that.......on slow days i have scaled down to catch anything to avoid the blank!!!!! and have had quite alot of bonus fish!

if i was to offer a plan, it would be this:

1. Match the hatch (size/colour/action/speed etc)
2. if you know fish are in front of you but are not responsive FISH BIG! and fish accurate, stick the lure right in front of them daring them to have a go!!!!
3. scale down looking for smaller (or different fish) generating a bit of action in the swim can switch on the bigger predators.

works for me!!!!
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