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Dumbbell-shaped black plastic eyes are popular for shrimp and insect patterns where a weighted eye is not desired.
The Perfect Mono Eyes
Saltwater fish often key on eyes. I use large mono-eyes for gurglers, shrimp patterns, and crabs. I have even tried them on spoon flies with great success. Redfish and seatrout are the targets that we seek in our coastal waters and I can't think of a better eye imitation when little weight is needed or even wanted.
May 3, 2010
I live and fish at the NC Coast. A lot of the critters that I am matching have small black eyes such as the "sippy bait" that False Albies are dining on now as well as small minniows, shrimp and other invertibrates. The patterns to imitate the critters often demand that they not sik to the bottom like a rock which is what happens when using even the smallest size lead dumbbell eyes. These mono eyes provide that "beady eye" look and allow the fly to float and move a bit more naturally.
October 20, 2007
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