Here in Ontario I use 6" - 8" long flies made of bunny strips, saddle feathers, long bucktail, synthetic hair, etc., .......anything long, but have started to bullet proof them a bit using 5 minute epoxy along the hook body wrap (pearl) and the head. Wanted to extend the lifespan of the flies as well as try something new. Getting ready for 2nd Sat in May when Pike season opens here in Ontario, so I've been working on Perch Clousers............3/0 hook, long materials, deep sea alum dumbbell eyes and they're lookin pretty good. If I can ever figure out how to post a pic here I'll send in some. Have fun with the fresh water Barracutas fellows.