08-15-2006, 10:22 PM
Unless I'd been carp fishing, the fly that you'd most likely have found tied to my 7wt during the past 3 months was a green foam head diver with a fishair tail and marabou collar. This particular fly has caught pike, pickerel, LMB, SMB, rock bass, bluegill, crappie and yellow perch, and the other day I even had a small brown trout chasing and hitting it repeatedly. When I tied the fly I needed it right away so I just used superglue to attach the head (rather than epoxy) and I didn't bother to add eyes or a weedguard. After unhooking a few fish the head came unglued, so I pulled the head off, wrapped a chewed piece of bite tippet around the shank and put the head back on. It still spun around a little and needed to be repositioned often, but having the detachable head made it easier to unhook the fish when they engulfed the fly, which was usually the case if it was a pike, pickerel or largemouth. I'd lost several similar flies due to bite-offs in the past, so I'd started using a 40# fluoro bite tippet. As a result, this fly survived longer than the rest, but it gradually lost bits of foam (mostly from my pliers) and it lost enough of its bouyancy that it started taking longer to resurface. I generally like to fish these divers using quick short pulls, allowing the fly to float back up before the next tug so it stays right on the surface, but because of the heavy fluoro tippet and the waterlogged, disintegrating head the fly stopped floating up as fast as I liked. I started giving the fly a few tugs right after the cast and then retrieving quickly to make another cast, which made the fly run a few inches below the surface. I quickly discovered that the fish like to eat the fly when it's retrieved underwater too :cool: . Here's what the fly looked like after several nice largemouths and one deceivingly strong pike that I got on Sunday. I was ready to grab the camera until I saw that the pike was only about 24"/4lb.