Monday, May 18, 2015

the unacceptable creature... is it a fly?



What does it take for a fly to be considered a fly?  one that allow us to "fly fish" with a clear conscience and call ourselves fly fishers.  most (though not all) will rule out the use of bait or scents.  after that, though, the rules get less clear as we delve deeper into the grey areas.  does a fly just have to be "tied" to be a fly?  must it use all natural materials like feathers, hairs, and furs? does it have to have at least some natural materials or can it be totally made of synthetics?  if it can be made using synthetic materials, does that include any synthetic material?  does a fly have to be unweighted or is a little weight "allowed"?  if so, how much?

we all must make our own decisions about what we consider to be acceptable to be tied to the end of our tippets.  that is the beauty of an individual sport like fly fishing (and living in a free country like america)... you can do whatever you want.

one of the most popular and deadliest (i say deadliest because hawaii is still largely a catch and keep fishery) lures in hawaii is what locals call a "curly tail".  the rest of the fishing world calls them curly tail grubs or twister tail grubs.  these lures work well for just about any fish that swims in hawaiian waters or any water for that matter.

curly tail (grub)

there have been a number of "fly patterns" over the years that incorporate this curly tail concept.  the most current one on the market is a bass/redfish fly called the "class four twister".

class four twister

i also tie a fly (note i said tie, not use) for bonefish (and bass) that i call the "unacceptable creature".

clay's unacceptable creatures

i named this fly the "unacceptable creature" because i wouldn't be caught dead fishing a "fly" like this no matter how effective it is.  the incorporation of the curly tail on this fly falls just outside of the rules of my own little game of fly fishing.  still, my game is not everyone's game.  so if you are down with the unacceptable creature by all means give it a chuck.  bones love them!

unacceptable creature close ups...

 tan unaccceptable creature

the bass-tard

brown unacceptable creature

materials for tying the unacceptable creature:
hook:   mustad c47sd or c68sd sz.1 (mustad 3366 or similar for bass version)
thread:  tan or dark brown (black for bass version)
eyes:  3/16 brass black (medium plated lead eye for bass version)
tail:  grizzly marabou and wapsi fly tail

wapsi fly tails

body:  varieagated tinsel chenillle
hackle:  saddle hackle or hen saddle
ribbing:  any color wire
shell back: thin skin fly specks cut into 1/4" strips (clear/black for tan u.c., tan/black for brown u.c., olive/black for bass u.c.
thin skin




extremely effective fish getters? yes.  within the self imposed "rules" of fly fishing.  well...

if you are more like me, slight modifications to the unacceptable creature can put this fly into the zone where you can fish it with a clear conscience.  this is the version i call the acceptable creature.  exact same fly except i eighty-six the fly tail and replace it with a couple of silicone legs on each side of the marabou.  the resulting fly looks like this...


the acceptable creature

materials for tying the acceptable creature:
hook:   mustad c47sd or c68sd sz.1 (mustad 3366 or similar for bass version)
thread:  tan or dark brown (black for bass version)
eyes:  3/16 brass black (medium plated lead eye for bass version)
tail:  grizzly marabou and perfect rubber or silicone legs
body:  varieagated tinsel chenillle
hackle:  saddle hackle or hen saddle
ribbing:  any color wire
shell back: thin skin fly specks (clear/black for tan u.c., tan/black for brown u.c., olive/black for bass u.c.

now if the use of silicone and plastics like thin skin are still no-no's in your fly fishing game... fear not.  the unacceptable creature can be further modified to suit your game as well.  i call this version the purist creature.


the purist creature.

materials for tying the purist creature:
hook:   mustad c47sd or c68sd sz.1
thread:  tan or dark brown
eyes:  3/16 brass black
tail:  natural grizzly marabou and two grizzly variant neck hackle tips.
body:  natural brown rabbit fur dubbed
hackle:  natural ginger saddle hackle
ribbing:  saddle hackle stem (with hackle fibers striped off)
shell back: grizzly hen saddle 




the purist creature.

the purist creature uses all natural and undyed materials.  the only unnatural materials are the hook, thread (depending on what kind of thread you use) and brass eye.  if that is still not "acceptable" in your game of fly... i'm afraid you are just SOL.


the purist creature, the acceptable creature, and the unacceptable creature... where do you draw the line?

no matter where you draw the line between what is a fly and what is not a fly, there is a creature out there for you.  these flies are also great examples of how to substitute materials and basically tie flies however you want and do whatever you want... lucky we live america.  tie one up, try one out, and enjoy the good times.


clay,


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

kirkstafarian...

My long time fishing buddy kirk checked in  with this hybrid papio (trevally)  which looks like a mix between a bluefin and white trevally.  he caught it using one of my favorite poppers, the bob popovic's banger.  the banger is easy to tie, easy to cast, and makes a unique "kabloonk" when stripped that drives fish crazy.  nice fish kirkstafarian... definite good times.

clay.


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Sunday, May 10, 2015

summer in the islands is here!

bruddah craig checked in today.  the boyz did a little light tackle spin fishing for papio (trevally) and cudas (barracuda).  apparently the bite is on.  craig reported that they pounded over a dozen papio and a bunch of barracudas.  a sure sign that summer in hawaii has begun!


 nice omilu (bluefin trevally) craig!

doug doing his thang with the cudas... good going boyz.  wish i was there (sort of).  summer in hawaii... good times.

clay.


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