My buddy Andrew bought a fly that looked close to this and it did so well I had to copy it. I’ve added some changes to it, a little peacock hurl for a bit more flash and larger doll eyes glued to aluminum dumbbell eyes. I’ve fished it a lot this spring and it works. Cast it out, slow retrieve, let it sink a bit, and more than likely on that sink a fish will eat. The barbs get crushed because I’ve had a few fish inhale the fly and I’m not in the business of killing a fish. To quote the late great Mitch Hedberg, “You know when they have a fishing show on TV? They catch the fish and then let it go. They don’t want to eat the fish, they just want to make it late”
Last week I slapped a photo of this fly on instagram and promised a dude named Jeff that I’d get him a pattern so he could tie some. Here you go Jeff.
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Here’s a quick shot of the materials for the fly. Any hook will work. I prefer one with a wider gap for bass.
1/0 hook (I change hook size up depending on fly size).
White 140 UTC thread.
Super glue gel control.
Loon Outdoors hard head clear.
Targus ColorMatch FoxxFurr.
20lb hard mono.
Next, take your craft fur. Cut as close to the base as you can. You’ll need a pencil sized amount. Take your comb and comb out the bottom of the hair to get the junk strands out. Stroke the fur to remove any stragglers both top and bottom.