the Lady Gaga fly

apart from matching yellow rabbit fur hairdos, i can’t really see any resemblance with the pop singer but i won’t hold that against Eric because he ties a wicked fly !

a relatively simple tie, what makes this one stand out is it’s double tail. these things wiggle and jiggle like crazy even with a slow retrieve.
this seducing action doesn’t come without a price though as these things just LoVe to wrap like crazy around the hook while casting (this greatly changes or even ‘kills’ the flies action on retrieve. it’s lumpy and bumpy and we all know how unsexy lumps can be…
but ! there’s a rather simple method to reduce those wrapping-arounds.
– avoid trying to cast far as this promotes the possibility of wrapping because casting far makes it harder to control line tension than with shorter casts.
– cast as slowly as possible, no jerky power application. think whip-cream smooth while taking the time to taste it’s creamy smoothness.
– try to adopt the two-plane Elliptic style (some call it Belgian, Austrian and who knows what else… ) meaning, and traditionally, the back cast is performed as a side cast and before the line straightens out, ‘drift’ the rod tip back up  in a continuous move to where the rod would be at the end of a ‘normal’ overhead cast and then initiate the front cast in an overhead plane.
all of this is done in one smooth move and if done correctly, the fly, leader and line all keep a pretty good amount of tension and what we’re really achieving with this is the Gaga hairdo is always pulled away from the hook and not wrapping itself in some horrid dreadlock around the bend !

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