I wanted to do a realistic floating mulberry just for the sake of realism. Other than my flies being black instead of deep deep purple (almost black) I think i did pretty well. The first fly i came up with is probably aesthetically unpleasing to most and may not hold up well, and for that matter may not set well in the fishes mouth because of its large size.
After i did two of these…(Frankenstein berries) i tried a different tactic. Instead of a full piece of foam i cut a piece in half. Also, instead of slicing a slit in the bottom i made a hole with my scissors and inserted the foam over the hook eye after I had the rubber stem and a good thread base coated in supper glue, and then trimmed to shape. I think they may both work. I will just have to see how the fishing goes.
If i wanted to get stupid anal i would head a head finishing tool and melt little circles into the base of this but that would be dumb right? I think the second two are better all around (looks and fishability), how bout you?
Its still my preference to fish a small black fly with bead chain eyes like the Black Ops as that fly works as well if not better than any other I have ever fished…for just about any species out there (I like size 6 and 8 for mulberry fishing). A floating fly gives carp too much opportunity to inspect and analyze your fly. If you move it when they are looking often they will freak and often if you try and place it again…they already know better and will freak again. Many times I’ve placed a fly behind a fishes ear…he turns interested and eager but when he see’s the fly that freaked him a couple of minutes ago…he bolts. Also, once you’ve caught a couple of fish under one tree, the fish may stop feeding on the surface, but continue below. Or just find a safe place to wait out the storm. When you fish a black ops no one really knows what got jimmy…so the fish can’t get sensitized to what your throwing as easily as they can with a floater.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not shunning these flies from my box(es) but i just love the underwater unseen hook up as I’m stripping my fly. Its kinda like being at the bluegill pond, only the bluegill are 20-30 lbs or more.