Posts Tagged ‘Bass’
There are a lot of options of pre-made foam popper bodies, the come pre-shaped, as cylinders, or you can buy solid foam blocks. But what if you want soms custom color options and specialized shapes? Check out this vido on how to build adn shape your own custom bodies. Once you get the technique down, the color and shaping options are endless.
In my world, one of the best things about a warm summer is the explosive strike from a Smallmouth or Largemouth Bass to my popper. I love fishing poppers for bass, it’s nearly as exciting to me as big brown trout on dry flies. The instructions below will guide you through tying my favorite popper [...]
The Geezus Lizard and Texas Ringworm are two bass flies that have finally evened the playing field. They have allowed fly fishermen to dabble into the not-so-secret voodoo world of conventional bass anglers worldwide. Their existence was born of a desire to find a viable fly rod application for lessons I’d learned in youth about [...]
Classic Wet Flies Patterns from Ray Bergman’s Books: Trout, Just Fishing, and With Fly, Plug, and Bait Photos, flies, text, and updated recipes by Don Bastian This photographic collection of traditional wet fly patterns, recipes, and notes, when completed, will contain four-hundred eighty-three flies selected from Ray Bergman’s books. This number was determined by including [...]
Here at Hatches, we’re always on the lookout for interesting fly patterns. Probably the single greatest resource we have at our disposal for finding them is the Fly Pattern Database (which has grown to over 10,000 fly patterns!). No where else on the web can one find a greater archive of fly patterns, and we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to it. To express our great appreciation, and to make sure “older” patterns aren’t forgotten, we have decided to highlight three fly patterns from the database each week. We’ll share the best of the best, from the past to the present.
Cicada. The word grabs the attention of any fly angler within earshot. Fly shops buzz with anticipation weeks before the first bug even emerges. The word rolls off the tongue and has a pleasant sound, doesn’t it? “Sih-KAYYY-daaa.” The word generally means it’s time to wet-wade and fish large terrestrials to large trout. But this [...]
A few summers ago, I noticed a small mouse swimming in my pool. He struggled and fought for dear life, nose barely breaking the surface, legs churning like it was on a hamster wheel. I was inspired by his heroic efforts and chose to create a fly that mimicked his final death dance. Most mouse [...]
The Ragin’ Craven was originally developed as a permit fly that could be fished both on the drop and the retrieve. See, most permit flies are to be dropped in front of the fish, and act like a crab as they drop, but lack the movement and profile to entice a grab after the fly hits the bottom. I have never had a permit eat a fly once it touched the bottom, although they generally will eyeball the hell out if it and it gets a bit frustrating. Therefore, I went to work to come up with a fly that would drop like a crab pattern, but then have the movement and profile to morph into a shrimp or other flats critter once on the bottom, allowing the angler a chance to move the fly without blowing his cover. The Ragin’ is my answer.
The first time I talked with Bob Mead was sometime during the Spring of 2006, while I still lived in northern Michigan. It was basically a short series of emails from a young tier trying to pick the brain of a veteran. Coincidentally a few months later, I wound up living 15 minutes from him, [...]
Let’s face it; a lot of our fly tying is not done to impress the fish. From realistic flies that amaze one and all to full dress salmon classics, flies are tied as much as art to hook people as they are to catch fish. I argue the same can be said sometimes for deer [...]
The following is an excerpt from Barr Flies written by John Barr, fly tying photos by Charlie Craven (Stackpole Books, August 2007, 184 pages, 570 color photos, 22 illustrations) which is available at Fly Shops and booksellers everywhere.
In all likelihood, the debate began soon after the creation of the second fly. It’s human nature to make lists, and we rank everything from influential world leaders to sports bloopers. What makes rankings debatable, and interesting, is that we all have our own criteria and opinions. Fly fishermen are no exceptions. We all rate [...]
Hans van Klinken lives in Harskamp, a little village in the center of Holland with his wonderful wife of almost 25 years Ina. Who has gained her own fame in Canada for spectacular catches of Inconnu (See: http://www.ffinternet.com/html/canada_yukon3.htm) She started fly fishing in 1991. Hans is 53 years old and has worked for 27 years [...]
Step 1: Tie 3/0 thread to #10 long bend nymph hook. Step 2: Tie on a Pheasant rump feather or a pheasant marabou feather, leaving it long enough to overhang the hook bend by half the length of the hook. Step 3: Tie on a Pheasant under-fluff feather (See Hex gill pic.) Step 4: Add [...]
From what t I have read this traditional streamer was named after the infamous drugged drink (“Mickey Finn” is a drink that is meant to render its drinker unconscious). Having stood the test of time this streamer, like most, is designed to imitate a baitfish, and once the beginner learns to tie this pattern they [...]