Big flies

When fishing for salmon in the middle and upper Pere Marquette River, you tend to snag quite a few. This is part of the deal and while you certainly try to avoid it, it happens. But it is not true that salmon won’t legitimately take a fly. They do all the time. One way we maximize fair takes and minimize foul hooks is by using big, usually brightly colored flies. The fish can see it and are forced to make a decision: whack it or get out of the way.

Kevin’s Morlock’s Rabbit fly is a great example of this type of salmon pattern. He restocked his ammo box last week and sent along these pictures. For tying instructions, click here.

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