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Quentin 03-11-2002 12:54 PM

Super Hair Perch
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I wanted a yellow perch pattern that could be dragged slowly along the bottom to imitate the yellow perch that are a primary food source in the local river. This is what I came up with. The hook is inverted to help prevent snags, and there are strips of lead on the shank to make the fly sink without having a jigging action. I used Super Hair for the wing because it seems durable enough to withstand some abuse from the hungry pike that live in the river.

3/0 bass bug hook, point up. White thread. Small bunch of hot orange Fluorofibre for "tail" (pectoral fins). The body is two strips of lead lashed to the bottom of the shank and covered with pearl body material. I left about 3/4" between the body and the eye of the hook. I also made one strip of lead slightly shorter than the other so the body is tapered. Obviously, you can vary the amount of lead to produce different actions. You could also use a weighted keel hook. On this fly I covered the body with pearl fabric paint, but I will probably just use pearl ribbon in the future.

The wing is "hi tie" style with white Super Hair with a few strands of pearl Krystal Flash, then yellow Super Hair, then olive Super Hair with a few strands peacock Krystal Flash, then a few strands of black Super Hair. I used markers to color the top of the head to match the wing and to make the black bars on the wing. I applied one thin coat of epoxy back just far enough to cover the location for the eyes. After it hardened I applied stick-on eyes and a second coat of epoxy just to cover eyes.

After the epoxy was fully hardened I trimmed the fly to give it the proper shape. I also "thinned" the end of the wing so it has a more tapered look when viewed from above. I did this by carefully trimming the outer layers of hair on the sides of the fly. (try not to cut the krystal flash!) I noticed that the vertical bars got messed up when I trimmed the wing. Next time I will put the bars on last.

pmflyfisher 03-11-2002 07:04 PM

Great imitation of a yellow perch.

How long did it take to tie one ?


Quentin 03-11-2002 09:13 PM


Originally posted by pmflyfisher
Great imitation of a yellow perch.

How long did it take to tie one ?


Thanks. I hope the fish agree! This one took a while to tie, partly because I'm still a "newbie" but mostly because of the drying time for the fabric paint and epoxy. The second one I did went much faster because I used pearl ribbon for the body instead of fabric paint. An experienced tyer could do one in a few minutes, excluding drying times.


FrenchCreek 03-11-2002 09:24 PM

The fly looks great!
I'll tie up a few and try them for walleye, SM & LM bass and pike this spring..
I'll let you know about the results

pmflyfisher 03-11-2002 10:30 PM


Better tie up a bunch of these. Those pike are rough on lures I can just imagine what they will do a fly like that with all of those long fibers stuck in their teeth.

If there are walleye or suckers in that river tie up some of them also.

Good luck,


flyaweigh 03-03-2003 10:32 PM

perch fly
that is a great looking perch, it's a definite winner.

striblue 03-04-2003 09:06 AM

Really nice Q...... and great profile. I like the way you tied it with the body done as it is....

Adrian 03-04-2003 09:30 AM


Thats a great style for bottom/weedy environments.

I can see that pattern style in appropriate colors doing serious damage in Salt Water too - on the sandflats when the Killifish are on the menu ;)

John Desjardins 03-04-2003 09:45 AM

Q, I don't know how so many of us missed this one when it first went up. It looks great.

DFix 03-04-2003 01:10 PM

Nice work
Q - nice tie !

Also don't forget the pearl body braid stuff in the craft store; comes wound on a card in two or three different widths, lays nice and flat if you wind it or you might insert the leaded hook body through it.

SDHflyfisher 03-04-2003 03:36 PM

looks almost real

Quentin 03-04-2003 06:31 PM

Thanks guys. Unfortunately, as I said in the SW thread, this fly has yet to catch any fish. It seems to be one of those flies that looks better to the fishermen than it does to the fish. Or maybe it just needs more testing, say, during the pike clave :devil: ?? Its much simpler cousin (no body, no weight, less superhair, no epoxy, no eyes, no magic marker) proved to be much more successful and has caught many bass and pickerel and even a couple bluegills and yellow perch. As an added bonus, the simple version is much easier to cast as well! I'll post the recipe for that fly in a separate thread.


jfbasser 03-06-2003 11:04 AM

The most effective vertical bar crankbait pattern in the lower Northeast for bass has been a brown crawdad pattern like that used on the Storm wiggle wart crankbaits. You might want to try a few in that color scheme.

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