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natrix 01-25-2005 01:47 PM

The Ducky Fly
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The Ducky Fly

This is for real, but it started out as much of a gag as any thing I promise you wont stop laughing when you see this thing in the water.

This is the size of a hatchling mallard.

Hook: 3/0 stainless TMC saltwater popper
Body: Spun deer hair
Head: Double layer of 2mm yellow foam and Prismacolor marker
Feet: Black rabbit zonker strips
Tread: Flat waxed nylon

Tying instructions:

Construct a wire weed guard on the hook, or not .

Spin the deer hare on the hook, packing it tightly
then trim the hair to the shape of an egg with a flat bottom.
Prepare the foam head material and cut out the head and neck. Cut the lower part of the neck to a long point. Apply (goop it on) some fabric glue to the bottom of the neck and then push it into the deer hair body and allow it to set.

Turn the fly over in the vise. Cut the rabbit strip about 2 inches long and cut off the hair about 1/2 inch back on the end. You want the tips of the rabbit hair pointing upwards. Apply some fabric glue to the end of the rabbit strip and then push it into the deer hair body with a bodkin or dissecting needle. Complete the other foot. Trim both feet to length.

Use a marker to apply some dark brown stripes to the back and shoulders.

Go take your duck for a swim. You may need to tune the body so it floats upright so take along a pair of scissors.

I fish this with a 10 wt and an SA Head Start floating line and a 10 “ of 20 lb vinyl coated wire bite tippet. Short quick stripping motion will simulate the swimming of a duckling. Repeat this mantra. “Hey mister Musky Im a little ducky and Im sooo lost”. Repeat short quick stripping motion. Hold onto your gear.

Rimouskois 01-25-2005 03:01 PM

That is hilarious, though I am sure it works for all those mean sit and wait predators. Ernie from Sesame Street would be very sad to see such a thing.

How about a big toe fly next? Keep up the creativity.

bluegillbob 01-25-2005 04:03 PM

That's a great fly!

How many pickeral, bass, pike, and muskies will pass up a duckling? Very few.

Cast that duck in the shallows, near the weeds, and hang on! :)

Post some pics of the fish you catch with "the duck." :D

natrix 01-25-2005 04:22 PM

Big Toe Fly
In regard to that, I recall a story in the paper regarding some hot young babe in her bikini with her feet hanging off the end of the boat. A huge Tiger Musky came up and bit her on the foot. Presumably the fish was attracted to the disturbance in the water, but we all think it had more to do with the bright red toe nails.


Quentin 01-25-2005 05:29 PM

Looks awesome! But . . . I just don't think I could tie it to my line if there was anyone else around to see it :chuckle: . Then again, it would be really funny to catch a fish on it with other people watching. Bet it would work great for gators and snapping turtles too!


teflon_jones 01-25-2005 07:15 PM

Looks awesome! I can't wait to see what you'll catch on it. Are you planning on tying any variations, like wood duck? :cool:

Dble Haul 01-26-2005 08:37 AM

After all those years spent fishing in my bathtub.....I really could have used this one.

Great fly.

natrix 01-26-2005 10:47 AM

Looks awesome! But

Seriously, I have allot of fun with this. If I was worried about what other people thought Id have to stay in the house and tie ..... trout flies.


The ducky is one of a kind. I doubt Ill lose it but when it gets trashed Ill tie another. There just isn’t room in the stretcher for more than a couple flies this size.

Stay tuned for "The Rat"


bluegillbob 01-27-2005 07:58 PM

I'm ready for "the rat." Bring it on, my friend! :)

teflon_jones 01-28-2005 07:28 AM

How about a blue heron fly while you're at it? :)

Possumface 02-25-2005 10:28 PM

how about a possum fly :chuckle:

bd12345678 02-27-2005 07:14 PM


A huge Tiger Musky came up and bit her on the foot.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm all for a toe fly (red nail polish included)! But really, it looks great dude! I was inspired myself and tied some with foam and feathers! Still, I really like the simplicity and great realism of yours. Let us hope that no mother ducks see that one!

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