Hot Spring Flies
It sure seems that winter has lasted a long time this year! However, the great thing about not being able to be on the water every weekend is that there has been lots of time to build up my fly collection, work on some new patterns and refine some old ones that have been “go to” flies in the past.
I thought this week I might share some early season flies that can make for great days on the water. I call these flies but I guess I’d have to admit that term is a bit of a stretch when it comes to traditional patterns that are designed to imitate naturals like midges, caddis, may flies and the like. But even though these patterns may not be for the purist, these patterns flat out catch fish, and big fish love them!
At some point we’ve all probably tied on a San Juan worm when all else has failed. Not quite like fishing “Garden Hackle” but pretty close. The aquatic worm imitations are great in the winter, spring and during any high water time. But lets take this a step further and talk about a different worm, it’s called the “Pig Sticker”. Basically this is a giant San Juan worm but I’m not using any soft materials. I tie this on hooks that are very different than normally used for traditional flies. These hooks are different shapes and often much larger. In fact, if you saw some of the Pig Stickers in my box, you would think I was suffering from exposure! I love using the new Lazer Trokar Octopus style hooks for these flies because they are the sharpest hooks in the world – PERIOD! The shape is great also and I tie them in sizes 6 all the way to 2/0. I’ll also use the Trokar Kahle style hook which makes for some great worm shapes. Basically I am using vinyl ribbing material to build the body in a number of colors. There are a number of kinds of ribbing material but I find the flat ribbing in size medium or Larva Lace works best.
Start low on the hook shank, way down where it turns toward the point of the hook to accentuate the shape of the worm. About half way up the shank, I’ll tie in some scud back material before continuing the ribbing. About 4 more turns of ribbing and then I’ll wrap the scud back material in circular wraps over the ribbing to add a little bump in the middle of the fly and then tie it off before I finish the ribbing to the hook eye. This scud back material gives the worm body a natural segmented look and really seams to increase my catch rate.
So, I encourage you to fill your box with a few different colors and sizes of the Pig Sticker and get ready for some great spring action when the teeny, tiny little naturals are just not turning fish!
Fish Strong & Fish Often!