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My Weapon of Choice for Grass Carp, Catfish, and Bluegill: Dubbing and Tie.

Here’s a how to piece on a simple fly that outperforms almost everything else where I fish.   Throw on a Marabou tail and boom, another killer pattern, though geared more towards catfish and bass.  Do a hackle with that and get a hook point up wooly bugger!  Really though, I’ve barely tied on anything else the last month.  Did I mention how simple it is? You don’t need anything special just some black dubbing, eye’s, turkey feather in black or similar, and a hook.  Mix your own dubbing and you’ll have endless fun with this pattern… The flies below are all on size 4, which is good for bigger fish during the berry drop, maybe year round? Its a step up in size for me, but just barely.  Deadly effective, no matter what you fish for.  Have fun with it! Change the colors up and do whatever, but black and brown are my favorites.

top warm water fly

Late May – Early June : Backstabbers are Key Warm Water Flies

Grass Carp on a Backstabber Carp Fly


big bass on a backstabber carp fly


Backstabber Carp fly variation

Time on the water has become much harder to come by these days, but I’ve been making it count by tying and testing a number of flies.  One of those flies is the  Backstabber Carp fly by Jay Zimmerman.   Believe it or not, this is a new fly for me but one I will surely be tying for years to come…Over the last week, I’ve taken numerous grass carp on the Backstabber, typically damsel green in color…heavily weighted with painted yellow lead eyes in size 4.  This pattern really stands out in that it takes all manner of fish from largemouth to drum and catfish, bluegill, hybrid bass etc and oh yeah, carp!  The fly often gets hammered by fish you didn’t even know where there!  If you’ve never had a subsurface hook up with a big grass carp, you don’t know what you’re missing.   Now, not every fish you throw to will be interested, but the ones that are hit like a ton of bricks.  I made it down to the Missouri main stream today after fishing the lake…the water was low as hell at 12ft on the St.Charles gauge, and the river was cruising by at about 10 mph .  There were carp and grass carp in the backwaters behind some of the wing walls but I made my way to the current side and started casting around.  Within a few minutes I briefly saw what looked like a grass carp sufrace feed just off the rip rap wall just in front of me in the strong current.  I still had the burnt orange backstabber on I’d just caught the above Bass with…I plunked it just to the side of where the fish had just fed.  Instantly the fish hit hard and was off into the current ripping line like nothing I have experienced.  All sorts of things ran though my mind; what the F was going on, was I going to be able to land this thing, was it even a grass carp or something much much larger, should i start running down the rip rap wall to keep up? ….At one point the fish was steady going like he had wrapped me around a submerged tree floating down stream, he actually may have briefly.  Just when the fish seemed to slow and I thought maybe I could make progress…fish off.  The fight of my life  only lasted maybe 15 seconds, turns out  something failed at the loop to loop leader to tippet connection.   My terminal seagar 20lb fluorocarbon  perfection loop appeared to be the culprit.  Its a new fluoro for me so I’m taking personal notes…The tippet took quite a bit of abuse over the last two days…probably explains it, or the submerged log I was afraid he had wrapped me on did it.  All in all it was a flippin awesome hook up while it lasted….truly incredible experience hooking up with a grass carp in deep strong current.  It was probably something akin to steelhead fishing.  Which is better, Big Bass or main stream Grass Carp? ….I’ll take another Grass Carp in the current thank you very much.   I’m already plotting my return!



Have I covered all the Bases

Pretty sure I could go out and catch 90-95% of whats out there with whats right here…Bass bluegill trout catfish carp you name it.

Carp flies, catfish flies, trout flies, bass flies, bluegill fliesgood flies for carp and catfish but also bluegill bass trout and more

A Gagle of Mulberry Flies

Maybe these flies should be called the “don’t ask can’t tell”  series because I don’t know why a mulberry with a tail swimming through the water catches grass carp? do you?  Please tell.  Perhaps it looks like a mulberry sucking leech….(an new warmwater fly im going to come out with!) I know for sure that the plop as the fly hits gets the carp’s attention and they begin to search for what made the noise…you would assume they would automatically be thinking mulberry…why they hit when the fly is being stripped is beyond me.  I should fish the fly dead…but takes can be so hard to detect on a carp coming towards you…carp in general for that matter, which is why i strip the fly, and it seems to help the fish find the source of the plop,  “if it aint broke don’t fix it”, so i continue to strip the fly.  Perhaps i will get to do some more fishing soon and test out some new patterns.  water is on the rise slightly and there was a good bit of debris on the water yesterday so who knows what i would find today or tomorrow if I did go.  And the water was getting so clear…now its mudded back up…fishing was still good though.  I had been using predominantly black flies with black UV ice dub which looks kind of purple and sparkly, got some new stuff today and the flies are way more purple.  Dubbing is a mix of black yarn and different purple dubbing, which give that deep purple of a mulberry with some extra zing.  Hope the fish like these, i can hardly wait to get out and test the no tail no weight flies and the deep berry fly.  I think the deep berry might be good for catfish.  I bet some of these berrys go all the way to the bottom or the creek…so far haven’t needed to go that deep because the fish are coming to me!   It would be nice to get the fly deep and see who’s down there.  Anyway without talking you to sleep here are the flies.  Maybe I will call them the Purple Penetraters , they look guilty as hell to me, bunch of Perps!

good flies for carp and catfish but also bluegill bass trout and more

Carp Grass Carp and Catfish flies

Carp Grass Carp and Catfish flies

Carp Grass Carp and Catfish flies

Carp Grass Carp and Catfish flies

fly for Carp Grass Carp Catfish bluegill etc

carp catfish fly

no weight no tail

carp catfish fly

Deep Berry

carp catfish bass trout bluegill flycarp catfish bass trout bluegill flycarp catfish bass trout bluegill flyAnd I couldn’t resist tying up a bunch more on top of these.  Added to the list is a no weight with tail, a size 4, a rabbit wing mini stabber, and some foam core no tail “berries”.  Looks like i will have to get up early and make the trip doesn’t it.  Oh the shame of going fishing yet again while good men and women work…What will become of me?!

carp catfish bass trout bluegill fly




slow sinking mulberry for carp and catfish

Foam core...not sure if it will float or not...hopfully it will just barely float like a real berry


Carp catfish fly

Mini Stabber


Catfish Grass Carp fly

Size 4

grass carp catfish flies

Guilty as hell!