This is my second favorite Smallmouth Bass pattern. When it comes to bass - what's the saying? - "More legs is better". I use weighted Pat's Rubber Legs - anywhere from a size 10 to 6 and the odd 4 here and there. I find these flies challenging (but not too much) to tye. All those legs! I had to do some shopping around to find the right color legs and chenille - think I found chocolate brown chenille somewhere last year. Honestly, tying your own PAt's Rubber Legs beats paying around $3 for a fly.
Back when I almost exclusively fished for Panfish on small creeks, I used to carry different trout nymphs and those found in Tom Nixon's Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Bass and Panfish - such as the Jeremiah Nymph 1 and Nymph 2 - of which I can't remember because I gave the book to someone else. Obviously, it mimicks a Stonefly but I also would like to think the fish believe it's a Hellgrammite. I guess you could tie in some marabout or rabbit strip. Mainly, I just drift the fly but I will occassionally strip it.
I would give a tying recipe or instructions but this video that I found at the Die Fische Blog is the best tying video I have seen on Pat's.
Just as Die Fische gives credit - please note it was made by Tightline Productions.
Can't wait for warmer weather - love wet wading.