It seems fitting that we
should start off this, our sixth season of free, downloadable fly tying
videos and articles, with a brand new fly first seen in January 2011 at
Somerset Fly Fishing Show. A new season, a new fly, a new application
of materials and new opportunities are all associated with this pattern.
That it came from the fertile imagination of
Jay "Fishy" Fullum should come as no surprise.
Fishy Fullum retired from a
career as a graphic designer and commercial artist some fifteen years ago
and decided to devote himself to the sport of fishing and the art of fly
tying. He has a regular column in
Fly Tyer magazine
and is their "artist in residence." Fishy is knows for his creative
use of materials to generate a highly impressionistic result that is
emminantly fishable. His 2002 book Fishy's Favorite Flies
(ISBN 0-8117-2616-9) is a favorite volume in the Fly Fish Ohio library and
is a great catalyst to get the creative juices flowing if you're looking
for fresh tying ideas.
The unique aspect of this
pattern is its "double truck" bead chain eyes. According to Fishy,
the black bead chain is vital. All crustaceans and most bottom
dwellers that end up on a game fish's menu have black eyes or spots.
I got a 3-foot length at a local Ace hardware store for less than $2.
Tying a string of four eyes to act as stabilizing outriggers for the fly
to sit properly on the bottom is the kind of simple genius that makes us
all smack our foreheads and wonder "now why didn't I think of that?"
When this fly hits the bottom, it sits just like you see in the picture
above. Fishy suggests not moving the fly or moving the fly very
little because the Flexi-Floss legs will provide all the action needed to
trigger a take.
I've modified Fishy's fly in
this video. The image above is a fly Fishy tied at the January show.
It features a thread body, Polar Fiber wing and Flexi-Floss legs, in
addition to the four bead strip of chain. I've added an overwrap of
D-Rib, Jelly Cord or heavy monofilament over the thread body to provide a
meatier, segmented appearance. I have no idea if it will matter to
the fish, as I've not had a chance to cast this fly into any water... yet.
I just liked the look of the translucent abdomen just a bit more.
While I have absolutely no
doubt this fly will take bonefish and redfish, my first thoughts were
copper. This fly has carp written all over it! I'll
have to get back to you with the results of my tests. In the
interim, tie a few for yourself and be sure to post pictures of your
success on the
Fly Fish Ohio Facebook Fan Page.
Hook: Saltwater size 6, 1XL ring eye
Thread: Pink or color to match bottom or natural forage
Eyes: Four black bead chain eyes in one
Body: Tying thread covered with D-Rib,
Jelly Cord or monofilament (optional)
Polar Fiber in shrimp pink or color to match the bottom or local forage
Flexi-Floss 1.5 to 2X hook length