Originally Posted by Shelldonahue
They have some weird bugs in Florida. When I go fly fishing in Mammoth, California the biggest fly I use is about 1/3 of an inch.
those are all tied on 1/0's and mlike 4inches long maybe? yea i suppose all the saltwater flies are a lot bigger generally. part of it is when you are fishing deeper water i guess 1) you need to make your presence known more and 2)not as concerned w presentation. that, and standard, 'match the hatch' most of the baitfish that the fish in the river (here, at least) are eating are a little bigger. i've fished some shrimp patterns before and they can work well in a little shallower water but you also end up catching a bunch of 4" snapper or pinfish which is annoying.
went last night, tried our hardest to catch snook, didn't catch a thing. fished some live baits under some bridges and canals and then went around when the sun went down the fly rod looking for lighted docks (which usually concentrates minnows/shrimp small stuff and usually decent sized snook will loiter around the edges)
made some little minnow patterns but no fish last night (those are #2 hooks iirc)
went again this morning and caught some fish--here is a nice little redfish i caught on my 6 weight w one of the red/white rabbit flies from above. hooked it in relatively deeper water, prob 6 ft or so, right in some mud off of a bank and got a really good fight out of it w/ the current and water depth. was really fun.