Monday, February 7, 2011

Moss Bluff Special - Bass Fly Tying Pattern

The Moss Bluff Special was a fly that was either created by Tom Nixon or a possible variant of another pattern. I received this fly (not the one pictured) in a Tom Nixon fly swap. The tyer had used black and white bucktail. Whereas, I used mallard flank. The tail was wood duck side bar flank but I used some Green Wing Teal duck on some of them . . . this one has a tail of mallard flank. I have had success with this pattern landing white bass and crappie.

Tail - Barred black and white wood duck side feathers.
Body - Orange ruff with the rest of body as silver tinsel chenille.
Wing - Calf or buck tail. White then black then white - making definition of black stripe.
Throat - Small bit of orange calf tail.
Hook - #1/0, #1, #2

I purchased a copy of "Fly Fishing and Fly Tying for Bass and Panfish" by Tom Nixon many years ago. It is awesome. I am going to look through it and tie up some patterns. I forgot about the Phideaux and Yallered flies.

I will try to post those patterns. Another goal is to list some of my angling books too.


  1. I'm a book nut. I have more books than one person needs. Looking forward to hearing if we have any of the same titles. I don't have Tom Nixon's book... yet.

  2. That is one awesome looking bass fly. I especially like the hook size on this fly. I feel the color pattern is excellent because of the shad concept. Well done--thanks for sharing