great looking beast. Have to try a version of that since warm water is my outlet these days
No one else ties panfish flies?
Like those Boudreaux flies. look like mini hellgrammites. trout like those too!
The Boudreauxs are an easy tie.
sz 12 scud hook
silver tinsel body
one black hackle feather
1. Tie in your beadchain eyes and wrap thread past barb of hook.
2. Tie in a tail of 5-6 barbs near the back of your hackle fiber. The longer fibers right before the webby feathers are what I try for.
3. Tie in silver tinsel and your hackle feather. Wind thread back to the beadchain eyes.
4. Palmer the tinsel around the hook shank to form the body. Tie off at eyes.
5. Palmer hackle to the eyes and tye off. Form head in front of beadchain and whip finish.
6. Trim the hackle tips to about 1/4" all the way around. Leave the tail long.
These work well for me. They are a variation of Carter's Rubber Legged Dragon. I like the Crawfish Orange and Chartreuse best. They are great for big bluegill. I promise I'm not trying, but for some reason I catch a lot of catfish on these too. They are tied on a TMC 2457 #6.
Those are good looking bugs!
Those are great flies Byron. I've caught a few carp on those rubber legged dragons also. A multi species fly.
I've been fishing a lot of hoppers lately now that we are into the dog days of summer and the fields along the banks have high grass growing in them.
This is a version of the "Improved Thunder Thighs Hopper". I tied most of my first ones last summer with only flexy floss for the legs, but feel they needed more movement on the water, so I switched back to round rubber legs on the front. My next batch will have a mono loop on the rear to attach a dropper or tandem dry fly. I do this a lot on big smallmouth poppers. makes it easier to fish multi rigs instead of tying onto the hook shank.