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    Gonna try and hook my first mahi down in the keys on a fly... what readibly available fly can be purchased? thx
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    Chartruese over white clouser should do the trick.
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    Throw some chunks of bait in the water get them in a feeding fenzy and they will hit any fly you throw. If you can keep one fish hooked the school will stay around you for a while making life easy. I think of them like bluefish. I use my oldest flies as them chew them up like blues.

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    Good article in Saltwater Flyfishing this month on NJ Mahi...just got it today.

    Ray has been catching them on the fly for a few years now so he would know.

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    Before I learned to tie I bought my flies from www.hillsdiscountflies.com I still have boxes of 5/0 and 2/0 Chartruce over white with a red throat decievers I bought $1.75 ea. per dozen.Blues and bass love it on a 325 grain sinking line.They are well made too.
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    Not that it matters but where are you going in the Keys? If you get into them, any fly & or popper will work. Also, How do you plan on getting into them?? Not as easy as the articles say. I do hope you have a great trip.
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    In will be in marathon... I haven't been there in the summer before.. but on my other trips I have murdered the mahi. Want to get my first mahi on a fly... [img]smile.gif[/img]
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    I just returned from Duck Key, and while there went out on a full day charter for Mahi. Unfortunately, the fishing was slow, and the catching was limited. As a result, we never had fish in close enough for a chance on the fly.

    From what I understand, once the fish are turned on they will eat anything that moves. They are very fast growing fish, and as such are very aggressive feeders. You certainly can't go wrong with clousers or deceivers in chartreuse over white, and all white apparently works well too.

    Good luck and I look forward to the reports!

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    Fast and Shiny, that's the recipe. Hook one on Spin, put the rod in the holder with the fish hooked and that will keep the fish close enough to grab on fly! Good luck!

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    Jesse If I haven't before, BIG welcome & I enjoyed your web site. Might be in touch next winter. Have some good memories from Marco, Goodland area. Again, welcome & I look forward to you imput.
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    The " keep one hooked" trick works well but I have also had it bite me in the ***. Someone told me that the fish can actually change color to warn the school. Didnt actually see the change in color but have spooked fish doing it.
    If it aint chartreuse it aint no use!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparse grey
    Jesse If I haven't before, BIG welcome & I enjoyed your web site. Might be in touch next winter. Have some good memories from Marco, Goodland area. Again, welcome & I look forward to you imput.
    Thank you sooooo much, I have been busy lately and have not had a chance to post on the forum, I just updated my site...check it out and feel free to call or write anytime!

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    traveling to florida to get a mahi on the fly? just go out to the northeast canyons like you always do, just toss a streamer type pattern behind the boat when your on the chunk or backed up to a ball thats what my old man does everytime hes out.

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