Mallard Backstabbers, Whats New in Carp on the Fly!

Carp fly made with mallard


Ok, lets move past that dubbing post.  Mallard is one of my new Favorite materials.  I think this backstabber looks hot…Notice the “unfinished” head.  I really like this set up for more reasons than the ease…its clean and fishes well, even in the smallest sizes.  This is proven technology here after all! …F dubbing through the eyes! keep it simple folks.  You can pick the top patterns of all time and focus on those, with maybe one or two of my flies…hahaha.   Backstabbers of all shapes and sizes, buggers of all type, my black ops, rough dub crayfish….leeches.  Anyhow, what we have here is a backstabber style fly originated by Jay Zimmerman.  Jay likes his eyes in the middle of the hook with  the wing and collar in front of the eye. A devastating pattern no doubt, I prefer the simplistic ease of creating very delicate and very simple flies using very little material and keeping the eyes all the way forward.  This fly would also take a weed guard well compared to the alternative.  When I finally do get on the water I will certainly be getting these flies wet, I don’t have any doubts this fly will do the trick and do it well.

In the water…

Carp flies in the water backstabber style

on land…

a new carp fly using mallard backstabber style



carp fly tied with mallard


Note: Wing is a single feather with the tip cut out but can be two separate feathers depending on how much bulk you want on the fly.  Collar is two separate feathers with tips tied in on either side.  Keep in mind that the angle and amount of dubbing at the head of the fly plays some role in the splay of the wing and collar, I could really care less if my “claws” cross or flare or what…looks good at this point.  Hope that sparks some ideas for someone.  Got my Mallard at Cabela’s.  7.50  for a big bag… unsorted sizes but I really like the material now that I’ve tried it, beautiful barring and tone.

7 Responses to 'Mallard Backstabbers, Whats New in Carp on the Fly!'

  1. Those do look great. I’ll have to try that. I can see them working well for bass too.

  2. Manny says:

    I like it… how about some dark brown / orange or even wine instead of the green wrapping?

    Now that I’m in Denver I’ll have to order a fee!

    • Great Idea Manny! you sound like you have something against bright green…in favor of brown wine or orange? I thought you would say pink white yellow red orange, not brown wine orange. :) hahaha all in good fun, I tend to play it conservative with my carp patterns as 1 tone usually get’s it done but there’s something to the curiosity of a strange bright/dark spot on a little fly….true true.

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