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April 21st, 2015: Dragging Bottom for Freshwater Drum

Its that time of year again… time to sample the Freshwater Drum population in your local creek or river.  Get yourself an appropriate sink tip or long leader and a couple weedless lead eyed Hammerhead Missouri Buggers/ roughdubs/ or HH sculpins and its on like donkey kong… I’m using a 16 ft fast sink tip, 6ft leader and lead eyed, weedless fly. Tap bottom till something taps back. Likely spots are around boulders, rock piles, gravel bottoms, heads and tails of pools, water outlets, and tail-waters.

 

 

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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.

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Some Big Bass and a Very Very Rare Catch!

In order

nice bass

 

Big Bass fly fishig with hammerhead sculpin fly

 

 

 

#2  Spot the Crappie….

 

Yes that's a tail coming out of his throat.

 

 

big bass on a hammerhead weedless warm water fly for all species

 

That point in his belly is probably the Crappie's head

 

 

 

 

 

Both of these fish took a size 2 weedless dark olive hammerhead Sculpin…

hammerhead sculpin warm water fly

Junk in the Trunk Hammerhead sculpin with turkey flat pecs

 

And now for the Real Surprise…

trout caught in a st. louis, mo creek on weedless wooly bugger fly

My mind is blown...This fella must have an interesting story to tell

This is a warm water creek…so I can’t image the journey this fish has been on…I think his days are numbered.

Totally Awesome.  This fish took a size 6 weedless woolly bugger with beadchain eyes.  A new sure winner that I am now offering, but you will have to contact me to get them…weedless flies will let you do things you’d never try with your normal flies, talk about a confidence booster when your banging structure or sinking the fly deep next to a beaver damn…the difference between losing 4 flies in a day vs none…I chose none.

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How to Beef Up Your Backstabber and More…

 

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Stationary fighting craw mode...strips spread legs flare

 

looks like a dad!

 

 

In my book, the backstabber carp fly should be as ubiquitous as the clouser minnow, or the wooly bugger.  Not only is the fly in the same class, but its far more versatile as far as  materials and styles in which it can be tied.  Perhaps I exaggerate.  In my last post I showed how to use mallard feathers to make delicate backstabbers.  In this post you get a recipe for a fly at he opposite end of the spectrum.   Weather its a crayfish or a sculpin …this fly is sure to do the trick.

In order to get the big fly I wanted here, I tied on size 2 and 4 hooks and used my Hammerhead style to get some size, rattle, and stability on these babies.  This fly gets turkey flat pecs, and two 1/8th inch barred zonker stirps for wings, finished with a collar hackle and a weed guard for bottom work.  The end product is certainly worthy of large freshwater species and saltwater species as well.

Take note that the pecs look quite large.  However, in wet testing the flies, I found a good looking delta wing shape that looks a lot like a sculpin or gobi.  And when stationary in the water the wings seem to be just about right for crayfish legs.   All in all, I expect to take some heavy fish on these boys soon.  This would probably make for a really nice Great Lakes carp fly, and general predator probe.

bouble bunny backstabber with pecs

First the turkey flat pectorals get tied in. The the rabbit goes on top. Whats cool about this fly is that the feathers flare to the sides, but also vertically between the two strips, forming a dorsal fin of sorts.

 

 

 

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Carp fly bass fly

These Claws tend to float relative to the rest of the fly and waive around quite a bit. I decided to hit the under side of the claws with some marker to put this fly over the edge, don't forget the flared mallard tail.

 

 

Carp fly, warm water fly fishing fly

I'd eat this!

 

 

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vargo's carp fly Missouriflies carp

 

looks like a crayfish carp fly great lakes

 

Carp on the fly weedless warm water flies

Notice on this fly how the pectoral fins meet in the center and shoot up. I like this a lot! (Turkey Flats)

 

 

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Weedless great lakes carp fly

This basic color, shape and make up of fly has been absolutely deadly in the past coupled with a weedguard and you have one bad ass sculpin or giant tadpole. This fly rocks. The second set of double eyes went on the rear of this fly. the set up rocks...gives extra room for mid body tie ins and is supper stable for bottom dragging.

 

 

great spring catfish fly

Great pattern to have in your Midwestern warm water arsenal. Can be tremendous on Catfish Hybrid Bass and Drum

 

 

great for fly fishing for catfish hybrid bass drum etc

Same here. Tie this fly with your favorite bright dubbing or estez, nothing to it. Deadly in the right circumstances.

 

 

 

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carp flies that can be used for any species

 

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Dragon Buggers