Last night at 11:46pm I came to the realization that after all of the hard work and fanfare over my new DIY fly tying desk, I neglected to actually tie anything on it.
Two weeks with no fly tying makes me cranky…
With a burning desire to put some Bigmouths on the end of my new Sage Bass rod, I decided to tie up something furry.
On my first three Mad Toms I used MAGNUM bunny strips which gave the flies some nice bulk. The fur is barred olive, green bucktail on top, white bucktail on bottom.
The second and third Clouser Mad Toms I tied I decided to go with painted bead chain eyes. These flies remind me of baby frogs and I decided yellow would look better on a frog than red. I also like the smaller profile of bead chain.
My fourth and fifth Mad Toms were tied with Cabela’s bunny strips. This fur was much thinner than the magnum variety and gave the flies a slimmer and more baitfish like appearance.
It’s hard to tell from the photos but I used darker bucktail on the top and lighter on the bottom for both of these. This blue Mad Tom has a a little bit of crystal flash for “flair”.
All of these flies were tied on #6 4x streamer hooks. Now that I’m playing in the realm of Bass I think my next purchase will be some larger hooks.
Overall these flies are fairly easy to tie and have a very short materials list. I think I’m going to get my act together and see if I can go
catch some Bass lose some of them today!
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