This is a VERY effective pattern for me with largemouths and large pickeral in any body of water that has a population of yellow perch. If the population is a bit stunted, so much the better because the size of this fly (about 4 inches) is a great representation of a large fraction of the perch population.
Hook: Size 4, 3XL or 4XL long
Thread: 3/0 yellow monocord
Tail: Gold Krystal Flash inside paired olive, grizzly, and yellow hackle tips
Skirt: Yellow hackle
Body: Alternating bands of green/olive and yellow deer hair
Eyes: Plastic stick on, glued in place
I have found that this pattern fishes best just beneath the surface, like a confused or injured perch that's easy pickings. It's so-so on top, but much better underwater. For that reason, I don't pack the deer hair too tightly. I want the water to penetrate the fibers and eventually pull this fly under where it works best. When it does get pulled under, it tends to sink very slowly, much like the bunny clousers. This near nuetral bouyancy coupled with and erratic retreive tends to drive fish nuts. 6/0 thread can be used, but the 3/0 is better for spinning the hair. Weed guards can be tied in, but so far the hair collar seems to do an adequate job. I've tried hooks with a larger gape for fear of missing fish, but the tail tended to foul when casting so I eventually gave them up. FWIW, I have not noticed a difference in hooking percentage with a standard gape.
This pattern caught my largest ever pickeral, and I expect it to do the same sometime in the near future for largemouths. I will not go to a pond or lake that holds perch without it.
That's a great looking bug, I'll tie some and try them on Pikers this weekend.
Better picture...the head of this fly is crumpled a bit because some large pickeral have whacked it. :devil:
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