View Full Version : Barbies aren't just for little girls!

09-16-2007, 07:37 PM
Barbie Bugs that is! I spent the weekend visiting my sister over in middle Tenn. outside of Mcminnville. They have a nice 2 acre pond they built 3 years ago and stocked with gills, bass and catfish. While my dad and nephews were happy to catch plenty of 2 pd cats on worms under a bobber, I was just as happy to C&R at least 40-50 of these gills using a #8 walts popper with a barbie bug dropper about 2 ft under it. I even had several doubles! great weekend to wet a line and visit with all my family.


Paula Begley
09-16-2007, 11:09 PM
Being the 'namer' of said fly...I say Barbie Bugs RULE! :biggrin:

Seriously, if anyone is too skeert of pink to use this fly...you are missing out.;)


09-17-2007, 10:33 AM
Gary that sure sounds like it was fun. One little 10 inch smallmouth saved me a "skunking" Friday evening and that's the last chance I got this weekend. Things are looking up a little though with the showers last week and the cooler temps.
BTW, what rod were you using there in the picture? Just curious, I still haven't put that finesse down yet. I've fished it for everything since I went with you.

09-17-2007, 11:36 AM
Bran, I was using my Diamondglass 8ft. 5wt with an Orvis midarbor 3 reel and Rio Clouser 6wt line. I took my Lamiglass 3wt., but the wind was blowing about 10mph and I started out throwing lead eye brown buggers. I wish more rod manufactures made fiberglass rods, the full flexing actions are so smooth and every fish no matter the size is fun.

09-17-2007, 01:28 PM
I'll have to try one sometime, I've never thrown one. After a month I can tell the limitations of my 4 wt throwing the heavier flies. I have picked up my Launch 6 wt. a couple times but the Finesse 4 is too much fun to leave at home, I just enjoy casting it if I don't catch a thing.
I was at a shop in Raleigh last week and started looking at some tying books and mat'l. I told my wife I think the bug is biting me to learn to tie flies now. It would be something fun in the Winter months to make some Helgrammite and crawfish patterns and maybe a few dries for Bream or Trout.

04-01-2008, 11:22 AM
May some one please post a link for a barbie bug. Thanks in advance.

04-01-2008, 11:47 AM
Its probably in the online catalog but this is the ones I tie. #10 or #12 hooks glass beadheads look good on them also.
standard version:

bluegill version:

04-01-2008, 12:03 PM
Is that online catalog the General Fly Tying forum or something else?

04-01-2008, 12:18 PM

Scroll up to the header board for the online cat. button to search. but heres the direct link

04-01-2008, 07:12 PM
If you really want a good lesson on tying all kinds of flies I would highly recommend the tying classes at LRO. I took all 3 this past winter, and it gave me a great base to tie almost anything I want. Troutman is an excellent fly-tyer, so whatever he recommends I would go with.

04-01-2008, 09:47 PM
Great report Gary. Thanks for sharing!