I tied these two fly patterns up a few weeks back but never posted any pictures. Take a look and let me know what you think of their Basstastic ability.
This fly is made of two hooks and probably leans more towards the Muskie/Pike world but I decided to put together a perch pattern with a whole lot going on. Maribou, Flashabou, Bunny strips, hackle feathers, Deer Tail, lead eye, mono-weed guards, this fly has it all. The only thing it is missing is a nicely tied head…
I haven’t had the
sore arm pleasure of throwing this one yet but I can’t wait to see what it looks like in the water. Depending on the action (and wet weight) I might thin this one out a little bit next time. Also I think the recipe can be cut back a little for simplicity.
Speaking of Simplicity, this next pattern is what I like to call my quick and dirty foam frog. While it’s a far cry from some of the high quality fly fishing poppers out there it is a quick, dirty (and need I say cheap), alternative to conventional foam poppers.
Yes I know I tied something like this before but this one is a little easier.
Quick and Dirty Foam Frog fly pattern
- Stack and glue craft foam squares to desired body length.
- Shape foam block with razor blade (these are quick and dirty foam frogs so no need to be perfect)
- Tie mono weed guard to hook bend
- Tie in some olive maribou for a tail
- Tie in a few hackle feathers for legs/tail
- Palmer in a nice bright hackle
- Build a little thread on the rest of the hook for body to glue to
- Tie off
- Make a hole in the foam body, glue hook and slide on. I prefer this to slitting the body because I like to do things the hard way
- Tie off mono weed guard at the eye of the hook (requires starting thread again and hook eye) you may also have to slit the body a bit for the weed guard to bend around
- glue on plastic eyes
- Style with paint or permanent marker
- Coat body with epoxy (If you feel like it)
While it is a far cry from “pretty” popper bodies, this fly’s rough body gives it an almost organic appeal. If you are convinced that fish aren’t that picky, give this guy a shot. Experiment, do what seems fun. Most Largemouth Bass are aggressive enough to bite almost anything.
Do you have a favorite fly for Largemouth Bass or Smallmouth Bass? Muskie? Pike? Let us know in the comments below!