Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Yummy Foam Popping Bugs - Bluegill and Bass Fly Pattern
Body - 1/4 inch cylinder foam (can be purchased through catalogs or some stores such as Bass Pro Shops.
Hackle - yellow
tail - yellow marabou
hook - size 6 aberdeen style
legs - rubber insect legs
I made these to sell on ebay because of this bluegill fly pattern is easy to make and is effective. Duh, it's a popping bug.
Step 1 - You may have to cut 1/4 to 1/3 inch sections. The foam comes in about 10 - 12 inches length.
Step 2 - Poke a hole through the middle of the foam body (long ways) with your bodkin or whatever other tool.
Step 3 - Poke a hole short ways through the middle of the body FOR THE LEGS.
Step 4 - Use your threader tool, poke it through the hole and place the legs into the eye and pull it back through.
*If you do not have a threading tool, you may be able to accomplish this with your bobbin. If you screw up the size of the hole and the legs are loose, dab some glue.
Step 5 - Put some glue or Zap - A- Gap on the shaft of the hook and push the foam onto it. Make sure legs are placed level.
Step 6 - Tie on marabou
Step 7 - Tie in hackle
Use whatever color foam. You can create these with other types of foam and pieces from old flip flops.
Let me know if you've got any questions.
I would suggest using OX, 1X or 2X tippet and leaders with these flies.
Place the fly around structure and pop it. You can even drift it past structure or under brush and branches while popping it.
This size fly will allow you to screen out the little sunfish and be attractive enough fly pattern with a decent hook for a bass.