For my birthday me and my dad are doing a two day fishing trip to Lake Erie on the two days before my birthday my birthday is July 28 and we are going to Erie on the 26-27 what flys are the best for shore fly fishing/ pier fishing I want to catch many species so give me flies for walleye, perch, smallmouth, and freshwater drum!
Agree with Zeke. Any of his suggestions will catch. Don’t overlook the schooling white bass. When these drive the baitfish to the surface, you can get arm weary. Try tying a few clouser minnows in chartreuse/white but substitute a section of a foam cylinder (parachute post) for the weighted eyes. Let’s you take advantage of the surface feeding frenzy.
Smallmouth in Erie like crayfish. Any pattern you like including real simple ones will work. Small shiner imitations are a good bet. You’ll need to find the fish in their favorite depth which usually means a bit deeper this time of year. The venerable wooly bugger in all black is often a winner as well
You’ll likely need both floating and sinking lines to cover all the water. Walleye can be difficult unless you get a lot of overcast weather. Again any smaller baitfish pattern should produce. Wishing you tight lines.
Got some feedback from a buddy who fishes Erie. He suggests you try imitating the round goby that has invaded all the Great Lakes. No specific pattern was offered but sculpin imitations should be reasonable mimics. He suggests patterns that are weighted to keep them close to the bottom structure. I’ve not tied or fished a pattern that is specifically a goby imitation.
I’m not all that sure about this suggestion. Here’s why.
From my reading, I’ve learned that this species is very abundant (high densities of the natural) and that may make an imitation less appealing. Still, my buddy says that the larger smallies seem to like them. I don’t know myself, just repeating some thoughts for you to consider.
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