BB’s Perch

Tied and Submitted by: Brandon Barber

Pattern Recipe:
Hook: Mustad Stinger Deer Hair size 1
Head: CCT Body Fur Olive and Yellow
Underbody: CCT Magnum Body Fur Gold
Body: Unique Hair Gold
Body Color: Prismacolor Markers in Black, Olive, and Orange
Eyes: Yellow Doll Eyes 7mm

Pattern History:
Several local lakes have yellow perch in them and are a preferred bass forage because of their elongated, slender profile.  Makes them easier for the bass to swallow.  Not many perch fly patterns on the market that I like, nor the bass in the lake seem to prefer as well, the EP perch fly does not have the right profile.  The EP fly has too big of a head, and then tapers back from there, not natural looking to these fish.  This pattern was created to better match the overall profile of the local yellow perch.

Comments / Special Instructions:
Tail is tied in first, a pinch of gold unique hair, tied in at rear of hook.  Underbody comes next, and is a single turn of CCT Gold Magnum Body Fur along the hook shank, tied in 1/3 of the way back from hook eye,  Then more gold unique hair along the top and bottom, tied in front of CCT underbody.  Head is CCT Body Fur, first a single turn of yellow, then trimmed to create throat.  Then 2-3 turns of olive CCT Body fur trimmed to create top of head.  Use markers to color the unique hair for desired color pattern

The Vee Tail

Tied and Submitted by: Michelle Wetherbee

Pattern Recipe:
Hook: Eagle Claw 570 #6-1/0
Thread: White 6/0
Bead: Gold Bead or Tungstun Bead
Tails: White rabbit strips, tied in front of chenille ball
Body: White Chenille
Hackle: White Saddle Hackle

Can also be tied in black, olive, brown, any color you can think of.

Pattern History:
I came up with this pattern after watching a some teenagers catching crappie on a twin tail soft plasitc grub. I decided to try to tie a fly that would work the same way. After experimenting at the vice, I tried it out. I have caught bass, crappie, trout, carp and bluegill on it. I just use a slow retreive with it, letting the fly sink a little and then jerking it up. Works pretty good

Comments / Special Instructions:
You can ether tungsten or regular beads, I like the tungsten because it sinks faster. I have done well with black and white variations.

Jae’s Channel No. 5

Tied and Submitted by: Jason Estrella

Pattern Recipe:
Hook: Mustad 34007 (sz: 2-6)
Thread: Uni 8/0
Body:  Bottom of shank-White Bucktail
      Top of shank- Yellow Bucktail
Body Flash: Krystal flash
Head:  Bottom of shank- White craft fur
      Top of shank- Yellow craft fur
Topping:  Silver flashabou
Eyes:  Large Mirage stick on

Pattern History:
This is an inshore fly specifically tied for speckled trout and redfish along the mid coast of Texas.  I like to use a baitfish pattern in the many channels fished around Corpus Christi.

Comments / Special Instructions:
I begin tying the materials mid-shank.  I try to use fairly good chunks of hair to give it a little beef.  The big eyes a re a god target for predatory fish to zero in on.  I tie this in yellow, chartreuse, and olive ( I have used the olive to catch largemouth).  I don’t like to use any weight, as I want this fly to sit about a foot or two below the surface.

Letera Crawfish

Tied and Submitted by: Aaron Letera

Pattern Recipe:
Hook: 200R Tiemco
Eyes: Blue glass bead with mono
Claws: Pheasant feathers
Body: lama or any brown dubbing
Legs: Squirrel tail
Shell Back: Tan swiss straw

Pattern History:
I developed this pattern to fish for large trout and smallmouth bass. There was a void in my fly box that needed to be filled and this pattern was it.

Comments / Special Instructions:
 This fly has great movement.  It can be dead drifted over rocks or stripped in short bursts for aggressive fish.

Fish Foolin’ Frog

Tied and Submitted by: Jeff Price

Pattern Recipe:
Hook: Mustad CK52S size 10
Body: Wapsi Perfect Popper Body size 10
Hackle: Dyed Grizzly Olive Saddle Hackle
Legs: Grizzly Barred Yellow
Tail: Squirrel Tail Yellow
Thread: 8/0 Black
Paint: Avocado, White, Yellow and Black Varnish and Sealer: Pre Sealer and Gloass Exterior/Interior Varnish
Small dowel or brass rods for the stippling

Pattern History:
I love fishing poppers for smallmouth and panfish during the Spring, Summer and Fall months.  I could never seem to get the right size I was looking for so I decided to start making my own. Through trial and error I found that the green with yellow and black spots worked like a charm for smallmouth and panfish in the Monocacy River near Frederick, Maryland.  I tightened my dots up and made them smaller.  I also started doing some black dots within the yellow dots.

Steve’s Spuddler

Tied and Submitted by:  Steve Pflugradt

Pattern Recipe:
Hook: Mustad 37187 #6-#2 or similar light wire bass stinger hook.

Weight: 6-8 turns of .030 lead wire.

Thread: Black UTC 140 or color to match fly color.

Tail: Zonker strip about 1.25-1.5 times the hook shank length.

Body: Zonker strip palmered up 2/3 the length of the hook shank.

Flash: Something that matches but contrasts slightly to the body.

Legs: Sili legs, 1/4 or a tab, cut them in half length wise then cut them in half at the connected section.

Head: Spun deer hair trimmed similar to a muddler.

Pattern History:
I developed this after watching a close bait chucker friend of mine slay some really nice bass while fishing a blown down weed mat with a smaller suspending crank bait. I’ve worked it over so that it sinks painfully slow and thus all but suspends over submerged structure allowing you to strip it over a hole and then just gently and slowly fall into it without hitting the weeds and thus fouling the fly. It has been a monster killer for me.

Comments / Special Instructions:
When the legs are tied in after the flash you’ll not want to cut them apart but leave your 1/4 strip all attached and then tie in reversed (going forward tied in by the tab end) and then pull them back towards the bend of the hook similar to a hollow tie.

Fish Foolin’ Frog

Tied and Submitted by: Jeff Price

Pattern Recipe:
Hook: Mustad CK52S size 10
Body: Wapsi Perfect Popper Body size 10
Hackle: Dyed Grizzly Olive Saddle Hackle
Legs: Grizzly Barred Yellow
Tail: Squirrel Tail Yellow
Thread: 8/0 Black
Paint: Avocado, White, Yellow and Black Varnish and Sealer: Pre Sealer and Gloass Exterior/Interior Varnish
Small dowel or brass rods for the stippling

Pattern History:
I love fishing poppers for smallmouth and panfish during the Spring, Summer and Fall months.  I could never seem to get the right size I was looking for so I decided to start making my own. Through trial and error I found that the green with yellow and black spots worked like a charm for smallmouth and panfish in the Monocacy River near Frederick, Maryland.  I tightened my dots up and made them smaller.  I also started doing some black dots within the yellow dots.

Wooly Minnow

Tied and Submitted by: Dean Myers

Pattern Recipe:
4xl streamer hook
tail: marabou, flashabou
body: rams wool in dubbing loop
Head: fish skull (also see a tutorial on tying with Fish Skulls here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwDO3wXjwKw )

Pattern History:
I have always done well with the pattern without the fish skull.  I picked up some skulls to see what they would do and it is a great working pattern.

(Editor’s Note: Dean Myers is the winner of the 2010 Fly Tying Contest so this submission is “just for fun”)

Chain Gang Crayfish

Submitted and Tied by: Dean Myers

Pattern Recipe:
DaiRiki 700B
Dumbell eyes
16 beads of bead chain
-two small rabbit strips for each claw
-foam strip glued between the rabbit strips
Antenna: pheasant tail
eyes: black bead chain
shell: furry foam
body: wiggle dubbing in dubbing loop
ribbing: copper wire

Pattern History:
After winning this contest with the chain gang stonefly, I decided to apply the bead chain concept to other patterns.  Here is one of the results.

(Editor’s Note: Dean Myers is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 Feather-Craft Fly Tying Contest, his pattern “The Chain Gang” is now in production with Rainy’s making him ineligible to win the 2011 Feather-Craft Fly Tying Contest…..so this is just for fun)