Puglisi Big Threadfin Shad 1/0
The Puglisi Threadfin Shad is one of my favorite gamefish flies for fishing in the Southeast United States. Threadfin Shad is a very important forage for trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, stripers, white bass and many other predator species. The Puglisi Theadfin is the best imitation I can find anywhere. These flies look realistic in the water and they work well.
Though we buy these from Enrico Puglisi and apply the black dot and chartreuse tail with markers, I actually tie my own and have for years. To do a good job tying this particular fly, and trimming it correctly would take me 45 minutes to an hour to accomplish. Thankfully they are very durable. I know these flies are not cheap. The time to tie them drives the price.
We offer three different sizes of the Puglisi Threadfin Shad and this one is the big guy. It is 3 /12 inches long and it is tied on a heavy 1/0 hook. I would use this fly in waters where I know the threadfins get this large. This size would target very large trout, bass and stripers.
This fly will also require a heavy fly rod if you want to cast far. I suggest at least an 8 weight and I would prefer a 9 or 10 weight. You will do fairly well with the 8, but cast much better with the higher line size rods.
If you fish lakes for large bass, trout or stripers, you should have one of these flies in your collection. The same holds true if you fish for these species in tailwaters that have populations of threadfin shad. You might catch the brown trout of a lifetime on a fly like this one. And, you might catch the smallmouth bass of a lifetime. These big shad patterns are capable of enticing trophy fish.
This fly comes standard with a mono loop weed guard which you can cut off if desired.
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