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St.Mary's Rapids in July

I've never been to the Soo before for fishing.

What lines and tips would be recommended for the rapids (assuming the Atlantics are in)?

I just got a 15' 8/9 rod and now I'm trying to figure out what heads and tips I should bring.

Also any suggested flies? I've been told small and natural looking stuff.

Given that I haven't had fished in over a month I'm just looking forward to swinging some flies. Any pulls will just be icing on the cake.

Thanks in advance and if anyone is going to be there the 2nd weekend of July let me know as Zencaster (Brayden) and I are thinking of a road trip.


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I like lines over heads. Long casts are the norm. 55' - 65' floating [or longer] saves a lot of stripping. 90% floating line with an occasional intermediate tip or poly in summer conditions.

A size variety of sparse Muddlers along with a few smallish dark leeches are staple. Should have a couple smelt patterns but might be getting a little late for them.

Your new 15' rod will be right at home. Best of luck..

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I would have liked to make it with you guys !!
Jimmy is in Scotland and I'll be in London around that time . Hopefully I can still get up there this year though ....

These work Preston :









I would be taking an arsenal of Classic Spey and Dee flies , along with Classic Salmon wets with me as well







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Thanks Shot gunner and Mike. Mike, what size hooks do you suggest?

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I have sent mostly #6 and #8 Spiders to guys targeting Atlantics .... mainly my Copper Dragon and the Copper Stone (photos #2 and #3) with very good feedback . I tie these on heavy Irons for them , they use floating lines and florocarbon leaders , so the heavy Iron helps to sink the fly . Along with those , Lady Carolines and Black Kings are favorites too . Tied on #2's up to and including #2/0 . But I'm sure any Raich , King or Speal style fly would work as well . These "old school" speys can represent many food items found in the St. Marys rich waters . They are just so buggy


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Pretty much everyones got it right
Mikes flies will work great, they love buggy looking stuff

but if you haven't hooked up and you really want to feel that pull dont forget about the trusty bead headed green wolly bugger

make sure you cover lots and lots of water. thats probaly the most important tip i could give you, dont be afraid to move around and fish weird/wonky looking runs

hopefully ill be able to make it on the water with you guys


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I've never been to the Soo before for fishing.

What lines and tips would be recommended for the rapids (assuming the Atlantics are in)?

I just got a 15' 8/9 rod and now I'm trying to figure out what heads and tips I should bring.

Also any suggested flies? I've been told small and natural looking stuff.

Given that I haven't had fished in over a month I'm just looking forward to swinging some flies. Any pulls will just be icing on the cake.

Thanks in advance and if anyone is going to be there the 2nd weekend of July let me know as Zencaster (Brayden) and I are thinking of a road trip.


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Preston,give me a call.I will fix you up with some lines.
Maybe meet up at Bean Park for a cast before you go.
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I don't have your phone # Neil. I sent you an email. Hopefully you get it.

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