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  1. #1
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    Default Any tips for perch on canals?

    What flies should I be using?

    I saw a local fella here in Manchester pull a nice one from the local canal. Didn't think to ask him about his set up, but I was very surprised.

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    Default Re: Any tips for perch on canals?

    There is an article in the month's Fly fishing/Fly tying mag with some great tips

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    Default Re: Any tips for perch on canals?

    Excellent I'll pick up a copy.

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    Default Re: Any tips for perch on canals?

    Quote Originally Posted by M6mzp View Post
    Excellent I'll pick up a copy.
    I have been trying to target good sized perch on the fly this winter. The basics are a heavy jig fly on a floating or sink tip depending on the depth you are fishing and then a slow retrieve where you bounce the fly along the bottom. You don't really want to get the fly to move more than 6" off the bottom as then it can be shifting out of the strike zone
    I would use a light trace if there are pike about wolfram 2.5KG I find are good and light so as to not destroy the action of the fly.

    I used a light rod for the size of the fly 8' 4wt for a size 2-4 fly with a heavy head of about 1g. I get away with that by using an OPST line and a fiberglass rod.


    Once the weather warms up we should be able to ditch the heavy fly's and increase the retrieve as the perch will chase more and be up in the water.


    They are keeping me fishing with the rivers always too high on a weekend.

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