Originally Posted by BrianBM
Unskunkable, if you were to target the leopards, how would you rig up? Are they willing enough to take a fly to target them?
I do target the Leopards quite a bit. Typically I use an 8-9 wt rod with either a sinking shooting head or an intermediate head, depending on the depth of the water they are holding in. Leader set up is simple I use about a 6 foot leader of 20lb test. I tie a bimini and furl the rear section to improve turnover, if I am strictly going for sharks I add a 12-16 inch section of 50 lb flouro as a shock tippet. I have used wire but they will almost always turn off the fly when they see the wire. When I am just fishing for anything then I just take my chances if they are around.
They will absolutely take a fly but with the way they feed foul-hooking is common. Take into consideration the fact they are feeding in turbid water near the bottom while you are stripping the fly fairly erratically and you can tell why. If you can see the sharks and feed the fly to them it makes life a lot easier as far as fair hooking them goes.
As far as flies go chartruese and white clousers or olive and white clousers in sizes from 1/0-4 do most of the damage. Crab flies and flies that imitate marine worms can also do very well. Fishing while there is a moving tide is a given but I do better at lower stages than at a high. I think part of that has to do with at lower tides I can see them better on the bars and in the troughs.
It is really crazy how shallow they will hang, many times I've been wading knee deep and literally had them go between my legs in murky water. That will give you a serious jolt! I've seen them in water so skinny they had to have been dragging their bellies.