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    Default Cones and Dumbell Eyes

    hi there all you salty chaps!

    how many of you guys (1) use or (2) would use tungsten cones and/or dumbell eyes on your salty-flies?

    cheers
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    tricky ..... tungsten weighs more for the same mass/size. This means u can tie a smaller fly for the same job. But do u want a smaller fly in the salt. I prefer bulk hence using jumbo aluminum eyes on my clousers.

    But I would like to give it a bash and maybe find different application.

    Keep in mind that the heavier the fly the heavier the flyline the heavier the rod. U dont wanna be stuck casting bonefish flies with a 14 weight.

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    i hear you. i guess they might have a spot when fishing small gulleys off the rocks, or maybe in estuaries? i dunno, i'm guessing here!
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    Tungsten eyes are a serious win in strong currents/rips, if you need your fly to get down quick. I fish a spot where there is a Major rip current, it pulls against the rocks going out to sea. In this case even steel/lead dumbell eyes battle to get down. So I would say yes. Are we placing an order?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rory View Post
    Tungsten eyes are a serious win in strong currents/rips, if you need your fly to get down quick. I fish a spot where there is a Major rip current, it pulls against the rocks going out to sea. In this case even steel/lead dumbell eyes battle to get down. So I would say yes. Are we placing an order?
    looking at it. depends on the price and quantity though
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    Good morning guys

    Can anybody tell me what the biggest & heaviest available lead eyes are?

    Also, where can I find them?

    On the tungsten topic:

    Very good idea but costing can be a problem.
    They are available in small sizes but then only in gold.
    It would be interesting to find out what they would cost in something along the lines of 8 or 10 mm diameter.

    Cheers
    MC

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCC View Post
    Good morning guys

    Can anybody tell me what the biggest & heaviest available lead eyes are?

    Also, where can I find them?

    On the tungsten topic:

    Very good idea but costing can be a problem.
    They are available in small sizes but then only in gold.
    It would be interesting to find out what they would cost in something along the lines of 8 or 10 mm diameter.

    Cheers
    MC
    hi MC

    i'll see what i can find out for you - the Cones and Dumbell eyes that i have found are available in a variety of colours and sizes. i am still waiting on specifics

    cheers
    Devlin
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    Thanks Devlin

    I am going to Mozambique in May and am trying to tie 6/0 Clousers as heavy as possible. At the moment I am adding a shaped worm weight to the shank just behind the eyes. The weight is good and the fly does not look half bad, but it takes a bit too much time.

    The other patterns that I will tie is a basic Whistler or Sempler, also with a worm weight between the tail and hackle. The weight serves the same purpose as a bump of chenille would but it adds serious weight.

    These flies are meant to be fished over reef structure in excess of twenty meters down and need to sink faster than a 750 grain line.

    Tungsten could be the solution, but again cost might be a problem.

    Thanks again
    MC

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    MCC I use the JUMBO DUMBBELL SALTWATER EYEZ ... from http://www.saltwaterflies.com/catalog.html#eyes

    Not sure about weight bu they are big enough for 6/0 clousers , maybe look at their jumbo lead eyes.

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