So, I just couldn't hit the water with the same flies I used last weekend, could I??
I'm still looking for that weedless bass fly that won't snag so easily. I tend to get hooked on the bottom and in the grass I fish more than I'd like. I want the hook to ride upright, and I've been experimenting with that.
I also wanted to tie something in a baitfish pattern, partially because I really haven't yet, and also I want to target bass and hopefully gar where I fish. It'd be great if the white bass will like my bait fish, too.
I started with a 3/0 hook that's NOT meant for fly tying.
I started with some small, light dumbell eyes to an odd place on the hook shank.
I used EP fibers in white, olive, and red tied only to the horizontal portion of the hook right behind the eye of the hook and above the dumbell eyes. I used the "hollow tie" method, putting the darker fiber on top and the red in the middle. I also tied in a fair amount of chrystal flash and bright green angel hair for flash. It's not showing up in the pic because I had to turn the flash off to take the picture.
I didn't like how small the eyes were, so I glued some bigger eyes onto the existing eyes. This is what it looked like after I tied on the EP fibers and glued on the eyes.
I trimmed some fiber back and you can see how the hook is situated in the fibers.
I did some more trimming, because I was afraid that it was too bulky. I wanted a somewhat smaller profile and I didn't want it to catch any more wind than necessary during the cast. I also had a marker I ordered for adding ribbing, so I did a little of that, too. Here is how I plan to fish it this weekend. I have more markers coming, and I'll do more ribbing if the red and blue ones show up.
I also wanted a light worm that I could fish over some grass, so I used another hook that wasn't meant to be used for fly tying.
I straightened the hook's weed guard to let me work around it.
I used some ESTAZ in black opal, a little piece of olive maribou for a tail, and a brown hackle.
I tied the end of the ESTAZ on the hook and then used my hackle plier to twist the estaz a whole lot of times. Then, you double it over and it will twist onto itself, giving a little more bulk and makes it a tad more rigid.
Here is the youtube video that I based this worm off of.
I used hackle and no bead. I wanted a barely sinking worm to work over a grass bed I've had my eye on. Here's the finished worm.
Nate in OK My biggest worry is that my wife (when I'm dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it. ~Koos Brandt
I have never seen a hook that wasn't designed for fly tying. I am not a fan of the offset shank hooks but i use straght shank gammys all the time when i am tying for bass and for larger trout streamers.