Lachmann’s Stickleback

here’s one of those baitfish imitations that brings up the questions: how could i top this and why would i need anything else ?

to be honest, apart from tweaking it here and there by changing its size and colour schemes to match local baitfish, with less or more lead wraps or even weighted with dumbbell eyes maybe for a pronounced jigging action, i don’t think i could and this fly sums up what a baitfish imitation should be so, can’t and no.

be sure to check out Holger Lachmann’s site The One Fly for lots more in the yummy fly department. enjoy !

Connor’s Jerk

by Connor Jones via Gink & Gasoline 

a simple to tie, great profiled, minimally explained (big bonus points !), all-purpose baitfish imitation that’s cute and sexy, easy to cast because it won’t hold water for long, wiggles and jiggles the way a baitfish imitation should and all that to a nice soundtrack by Adrian Belew. what more could we want ?
tie them smaller, bigger, maybe weighted with lead wire wraps if it needs to get down a little faster and in different colour combos to suit your local needs, baitfish and target species. enjoy !

Fly Tying- the Hang Time Optical Streamer

by Brad Bohen via TheNewFlyFisher

i really like this guy’s style. fur. feather. flash. repeat. sweet. neat. enjoy.

I think I love you.

after what seems like centuries.., buddy Ulf Hagström has finally ! gotten around to making a fly tying video: one of his notorious articulated pike flies, the Wild Thing
with a start like this, well, i’ll just say i hope he keeps this up. enjoy !

Ulf’s latest blogpost kinda says it all:
yearofthepike1
to see a lot more yummy pike flies be sure to visit Ulf’s blog by clicking the image above.

Combed-Over twice

two options:
you can have your Comb-Over like this,

comb_over_minnow

or like this…comb-over

being predominantly bald (by choice) i can’t help with option no. 2 (it is sexy though… ) but if you’re interested in serious streamer design here’s another great tying video tutorial from Curtis Fry at Fly Fish Food.
contrary to what seems like a lot of anglers/tiers might think, creating a successful streamer is a little more involved than just sticking a whole bunch of materials on a hook. Curtis demonstrates several key elements that not only make this design more ‘fishable’ but also more ‘fishyable’.*

“When you’re tying flies that will imitate any sort of baitfish pattern, there are a few factors to consider. Among these factors is buoyancy, lifelike action/look in the water and also “castability”. The Comb-Over minnow is an example of how to incorporate a few of these aspects.”

amongst other goodies to learn in this great tutorial, be sure to take note of the way the back material is tied in evenly around the hook bend, how the head shape is secured by a little dab of UV resin without having to create a hard encased ‘bullet head’ and the use of thinning shears/scissors to finalize the fly and give it the perfect combination of taper, shape and translucency. the last being a very important aspect in my eye with flies made of synthetic materials, something that really makes them come alive. enjoy !

and if you’re in an ‘out-of the-box’ frame of mind, some invert the color scheme on flies of similar design to be able to visually track the fly. a pretty ingenious idea that brings up the possibility that predator fish, similar to those who like to attack a fish that has just taken a smaller one,  just might be more attracted to baitfish that swim upside-down !

Paul's 'usd' double-bunny* the ability to excite fish while simultaneously relaxing them so much they’ll simply open their mouths and blindly gob.

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Gum Drop

here’s a baby fish imitation i’ve been working on for a while. the naturals are very abundant after spawning and bigger fish love to gobble them up because they’re easy prey and a great source of nourishment. since i’ve been showing this fly at different shows and demonstrating it’s construction quite a bit recently, the idea of making my first tying video with this pattern has been running around my mind a lot, so until then here’s a preview of this micro-streamer with a short materials list.

total length is 25mm (just under an inch)

made with-

love
Maruto C47 barbless hook #14 from Troutline.ro
Veevus  14/0 thread white
black bead-chain eyes
Super Long Hair and a wee bit of home-made dubbing