Piscator wrote:I used my T140 for years, but standing was tough for an old and overweight guy. I got Commander 120 not long after it came out and standing was fairly easy. The bench seat is great. I would pole along using the paddle and it was so much easier to see fish and cast while standing. I now have two 7.5 foot fly rods, but have not been able get them on the water yet. This will be the year to do several fly rod only trips. I have paying attention to your fly selection.
I like to have a fly that can work a little deeper, 2-4 feet, along with me in the fly box. What's nice about having the extra rods ready to go at my feet is that I can have on a fly that's weighted heavily on one set up, a lightly weighted one, and an unweighted one. I could have a set up with sinking line in the mix, a sink tip, an intermediate line. I most enjoy fishing floating line and fishing areas that aren't much deeper than 4 feet, so all of my set up have floating line with fluorocarbon leaders.
The little 3/16" tungsten bead sends the shrimp fly down pretty quickly, about a foot a second. Not as quick as a 1/16 or 1/8 ounce lead jig head rigged with a soft plastic, but you can still get that bounce off the bottom, jigging action that seems to really stimulate the fish to strike. My neighbor uses those 1/16" ounce lead jig heads so very well the way he bounces it off the structure I was partly going for a match his hatch kind of deal with the shrimp fly. But the shrimp fly has more potential for finesse than a lead conventional tackle jig head. I do a mud minnow tied the same way with the bead and it works too.
But if I'm in shallow water and going for sighted fish the tungsten beaded shrimp is more of a liability. It's tougher for me to deliver it on target, lands harder, and will get hung up on any shell as I can't strip it in fast enough. I've gotten into that Avalon permit fly because it looks so buggy and the bead keel, I use glass beads or a mix of glass and metal, makes a little noise that I believe will turn a redfish in sensory range towards the fly . So many times around here you have shallow murky water where you can see the fish feeding but it can be tough to get the fly in close enough mainly because in the murk often the fish isn't visible anything like 100 % of the time. So I try to combat this with a pattern like the Avalon Permit fly that has a built in noise maker or use a version of redfish crack that I put in a flashy eyelash yarn collar in place of the EP.