I first saw the Lithuanian Bat tied
on a 1994 Dick Talleur video tape that is part of the Hooked on Fly
Tying series. The "Classic Streamers" tape features several
important patterns, including a black rabbit-strip pattern I'd
never seen before. The odd name and use of soft, action-filled materials
spiked my interest and, since then, I've managed to catch a few nice
fish using that pattern. When Mustad's own "Mr. Fish," aka Jeff
Pierce, suggested some jig hooks for flies I immediately thought of this
pattern. As you can see, the design is amenable to the "non-fly
fishing" foundation the jig hook provides. I believe this
fly pattern was created as a steelhead or salmon design, but I know very
little of the actual history of this particular tie.
There is no doubting the
effectiveness of a jig-n-pig set-up. It's one of the hottest bass
lures ever cobble together. Don't let that lesson be lost when you
grab for your fly box. Try this streamer on a full sinking line
and c-r-a-w-l it slowly along the bottom. In shallower areas, or
on creeks, fish it with a floating line and fluorocarbon leader.
Let the soft rabbit fur work it's magic and be alert to those light
takes that let you know a beast has inhaled your fly. If you're
looking for a hawg, this fly needs to be in your ammo box!
Materials for the Lithuanian Bat
Hook Mustad 34185D Duratin jig hook, size
Thread .140 denier black or purple
Eyes .Small or medium lead dumbbell eyes,
Tail .Purple Magnum Zonker Strip, about
twice the length of the hook
Body - Purple Zonker
strip wound like hackle
Legs 3 purple elastic spinnerbait skirt strands
Flash Optional - rubber leg material or
spinnerbait skirt, color to suit.