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.