|Barracuda Flies and Barracuda Fly Fishing|
Giant Barracuda or Atlantic/Carribean Barracuda is in the family of Sphyraena. Often called "Cuda" and feared because of their razor sharp teeth. Cudas like to stalk
|their prey and then ambush from short range. They are amazingly quick and can literally move faster than the eye can see. They eat any kind of fish that they can catch. They love to eat bonefish or jacks that have been hooked by fishermen. Big Cudas are smart and learn to use wading people or people in boats to flush their prey to them. Often when you are wading for Bonefish or Permit||
|you will see a big Cuda pacing you, waiting for you to flush fish to him. This is often their undoing as a large fly cast ten or twenty feet ahead of the Cuda and stripped fast can produce a vicious strike. Never retrieve the fly toward a Cuda as it will spook him. Big Cudas over four feet in length have proven to be nearly impossible to land while wading. The best fishing is from a boat positioned in deep water off the edge of a shallow reef or flat. Throw the fly into the shallow water and retrieve over the edge. Large Cudas are usually in dispersed populations. Often a lot of water has to be fished. Trolling flies|
|along the edges has proven to be easiest. However once a big Cuda is spotted, expect it to remain around that location. They seem to have established territories. Points have proven to be better cover than coves. Deep mouths of tidal creeks are great holding and ambush places for Cudas. Large flies over 12" are needed to attract larger specimens. Make your fly look wounded or disoriented. Jerky retrieves have been most effective. You can not retrieve the fly too fast. Use 12" of light piano wire for bite tippet. Cudas can easily bite through any monofilament. Average Cudas caught on big flies are 30" to 50" long. The world record is 6' and 106 pounds.|
An easy to cast Balyhoo or Needlfish imitation.
|99800-2/0||Barracuda Eel||2/0||3 for $7.95||-->SALE ENDED|
The standard Caribbean Cuda fly.
|99821-2/0||Cuda Needlefish||2/0||3 for $7.95||-->SALE ENDED|
This 12" monstrosity isn't easy to cast, but is sure juices up the biggest Cudas. Casts best with a 12 wt. rod & 400 grain head.
|63250-4/0||Mark's Needlefish||4/0||3 for $11.50||-->SALE ENDED|
|Bauer M Series Reels
Awarded: "BEST OF SHOW" 1995 International Fly Tackle Dealer Show! BAUER Large Arbor Reels offer several advantages. They are very lightweight to balance with modern fly rods, but very durable and reliable on the water with prolonged use. Bauer M-Series reels are beautifully finished for smooth operation and pride of ownership. These fine fly reels feature internal disc drags, quick change spools, high gloss anodized finish and diamond wood handles.
Spey Casting Classes
Your teacher is Mark Bachmann an ardent spey fisher and experienced communicator. Start at the beginning to achieve a thorough understanding of how spey casting works. This 4 hr. class is for beginning or intermediate spey casters who want obtain better casting and fishing skills quickly.
Classes are per 1 or 2 students and are available by appointment only.
This class starts in our class room
with a half hour video presentation. Then the class moves outside to
flowing water and the instructor demonstrates the different casts
commonly used in spey rod fishing in our region. Then he will
show you how a spey rod is used most effectively to throw casts at all
distances. There will be a narrative of exactly why certain moves with
the rod and line produce predictable results.
Price: $150 per (1) student class or $200 per
(2) student class.
1-800-266-3971 flyfish@flyfishUSA.com -for appointments.
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