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Missouriflies’ Custom Dubbing Mix Chart Goes Live

The Missouriflies’ Dubbing Chart Arrives! Click lower right to go full screen. Select Edit Workbook from upper left, click edit in Excel web app. Once you have made your blend click File -> Share -> Share with People from upper left and send me and email.


Every dubbers nightmare is not being able to repeat a prior performance.  With the new Chart we can eliminate the guess work and kick out Kick Ass Dubbing every time.  Mixing dubbing is dangerous, and even addictive, let me do the dirty work while you sit back and marvel at your creation…all repeatable.  Save your spread sheets, take notes, and pass them along…Basic dubs you should find to be quite economical and are typically 3:1 soft fiber to coarse sparkle fiber and a touch of UV Ice dub..@ 1.80 per 2 gram bag…the same bags that go for $2.00-2.75 at the store.  Below Is the Chart with example numbers from a Mix I did today for some size 4 Hammerhead Rough Dubs. pics of the dubbing after that. This is a work in progress but the chart is live now! You can edit the sheet on your end and email it back to me…I can give you a quote at that time. I accept paypal.



This is what it looks like…

Carp fly pattern




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fly tying materials dubbing custom dubbing Chart bulk dubbing




mix your own dubbing

Missouri Goes Big : New Additions and Old Favorites…Part 1

Here’s a quick teaser for all you Great Lakes guys and general warm-water guys,  no particular order…more coming soon. Oh yeah, check out the
Great Lakes and all around freshwater Page too if your interested.



freshwater crayfish fly with wide body and extra eyes for rattle and size

Hammerhead Rough Dub Crayfish


Carp fly

Great Lakes Blind Squirrel


carp fly for the great lakes

Depth Charge


Hammerhead Depth Charge Carp fly freshwater fly fishing

Hammerhead Depth Charge


big backstabber fly for big game and big carp

Hammerhead Backstabber


awesome great lakes carp fly

Rabbit Charger Deep


big fat freshwater saltwater fly good for great lakes carp

HH Fatboy 2 Tone


freshwater saltwater fly carp in the great lakes

HH Rock Dartrer


Killer fly

Pink Mallard Meat


Carp fly for great lakes tied with mallard on stainless with rattle hammer head

Mallard Meat


Crayfish fly for carp and other freshwater species

Painted Puglisi Craw


Carp fly for Great lakes carp

HH Barred Reactor Bug


barred carp fly

Barred Bugger

Alton Lock and Dam Fall 2012


Freshwater drum caught on a crayfish bottom bounced St. louis, MO

Wow… I hit up Alton Lock and Dam again.  Water temps are starting to cool and at least some fish are feeding.  As has been the case all year, water levels are low and clear!  I ran into all sorts of fish this time, but the action was hit and miss requiring lots of treacherous hiking over worn rip rap walls.   Day 1 I started with a drum followed by a smallmouth, both on the big crayfish pictured later.


That is my first ever St. Louis smallmouth!


I hiked back a side channel branch and landed a bunch of grass carp, some drum, a few gar, and even a bowfin! That doesn’t happen every day.  In the evening I ran into a bunch of Hybrid Bass landing about 6 of them, and then they were gone.


Bowfin on a tiny carp fly (same as below)


Grass Carp on a size 8 Scorpion Gaper Headstand Backstabber


Carp flies

Headstand Backstabbers on Scorpion Gaper hooks size 8


Hybrid Bass on Size 6 Scorpion Gaper Squirrel Tail Clouser


Gold Eye


Carp fly

Squirrel Tail Clouser on size 6 Scorpion Gaper hook


On day two, I fished and hiked my way downstream about as far as anyone should ever care to walk.  At the point where I stopped heading downstream I also got into a good sized group of Freshwater Drum.  These fish tend to be caught along rocky drop offs and points with good depth and boulders.


drum on the fly

This Rip Rap wall drops off to depths of 10-15 ft quickly and also pushes out into the current (which there isn't much of these days). Look for fish in the upstream pocket of such " small outcroppings" or anywhere along rip rap walls or wing dikes. In low current conditions try to find the most current!





Fish will seldom bite unless your fly is ON the bottom!  In this case I was using a size 2 weedless hammerhead Roughdub.


The Most Bad Ass Crayfish I Have Ever Fished


Weedless Hammerhead RoughDub Crayfish in the Water


The whole trick is to get the fly on the rocks about 8-20 ft down and creep it up the bank wall with some dunt dunt dunt burst to get that crayfish vibe going, followed by slow creeping.  You will see or feel the hit…usually right around the time your about to pull your leader through your rod tip….right in close.   Sometimes long casts and leaders are required to get the fly in the right depth and possition…and of course your full array of whatever sinking line/head you like to use.  I have a full float or a full sink (which isn’t real friendly) so this time I used up to a 15 ft leader and the heaviest big rattle crayfish I had(forgot the split shot).  All in all I had a great time landing in the neighborhood of 30 fish, not bad!

Big shout out to Dan Frasier for the Scorpion Hooks, so far so good!  Dan is involved with and is doing a Carp on the Fly podcast everyone should check out!….I know I learned a lot of stuff from the first airing, I wasn’t expecting that!



Hammer Head Rough Dub Crayfish: Top Producer, Beaver Island Michigan (and Everywhere Else)

Carp flies
Crayfish fly pattern for carp and other species

Anyone who has followed my blog has probably heard me talk about a fly I call the “Rough Dub Squirrel Tail Crayfish“.  Two years ago I fished almost nothing else.  After a brief hiatus I’ve come full circle but with a twist.  Several months ago I received a request to provide some patterns for a trip to Beaver Island Michigan.  I’m used to tying small crayfish but was looking to beef things up a bit.  Having been around a while I am aware of the Hammerhead Carp fly by Ian Anderson.  One thing led to another and before you know it I was tying gobies with 4 eyes.  The extra eyes allowed for a larger dubbed body but left me a little cold with with  the big flat bar of eyes across the front.  Not only did the flies look a bit funny the eyes were subject to large amounts of torque.  I settled on a 6 eyed fly that allowed me to build out the body, protect the double eye set and still have a reasonable head profile.  Being such a fan of squirrel tail crayfish it was inevitable that the Rough Dub would take on 6 eyes and become the Hammer Head Rough Dub. After the trip to Michigan the official report on this fly was that it took more fish than any other single pattern.  I honestly wasn’t surprised at all.

warm water fly for carp drum bass and more

Even without the extra eyes the pattern is highly effective.  If you  put one of the HH versions up to your head and shake it you will hear why the fly can be so effective and is killer in off colored water where the fish could use a little help keying in on the fly.   Once they are close enough to see the pattern, the squirrel tail claws and custom dubbing do the rest.   The fly easily takes lead eyes and can be tied in sizes 2-6.  Virtually every fly I tie for myself is weedless.  That allows me to put the fly deep over rock and snags losing only a few flies in a good days fishing.  Aside from carp, this has to be the best Drum fly I have ever tied and should kill the Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, and even trout.  Individual flies available or contact me for quotes on custom packs.

Carp flies

Using the name Hammer Head seems a little cheesy but I honestly don’t know what else to call it…come up with a name that sticks and I will send you a complimentary craw pack.

For those interested you can view the HH Craw gallery here.