Saturday, October 29, 2011
Bugs from the Bench..."Halloween Flies"
With no fishing plans this weekend due to work obligations I decided to sit down at the tying desk Friday evening and play around with some larger bucktail streamers. Since getting interested in muskies this fall I've discovered some really cool fly patterns and decided to play around with a few of those basic ideas. I didn't really have the materials needed to make the flies muskie sized so I scaled back a little and tied them on the largest hook I had available which was a 2/0 Mustad. With that size hook I had to keep the flies to around 6-8 inches to keep the proportions looking correct.
I used the basic pattern from Brad Bohens "Hang Time" fly to build the bodies , reversed bucktail..marabou...flash and hackles. Each one got just a little better and by the time the third fly was complete I actually didn't think it looked too bad.
These look nothing like his finished fly (not that much talent here!) but I wouldn't be afraid to loop one on and throw it for some browns on my local rivers , especially if the water was high and murky where the fish weren't real picky!
Sometime in the middle of tying the third fly my wife walked in and took one look at the tying desk and inquired if I was tying Halloween flies? At first I didn't understand , then when I stepped back and looked again her comment made sense. Take a look for yourself...has kind of a Halloweenish (is that a word??) feel to it doesn't it?
So there you have it , my Halloween edition of "Bugs from the Bench".
Posted by HighPlainsFlyFisher