This is a streamer pattern I’ve been tying and fishing a lot lately, mostly for Spotted Bass in the sandy Florida Parish creeks. It is basically a double Complex Twist Bugger, with dumbell eyes and an Laser Dub head. It’s relatively easy to tie, and has a ton of movement in the water. I’ve caught a good number of Spotted Bass on it in my last few trips, but some days they will hit anything, so take that for what it’s worth.
It is a rather large fly for these creeks, and it is rather heavy, especially when wet. Due to the weight I’d recommend throwing it on a 6 or 7 weight fly line. I recently picked up a vintage Phillipson fiberglass fly rod off of eBay, its a Phillipson Master 8-foot 7-weight, and it is great on the creeks because you can load it up with only a little fly line out of the tip due to the greater flex and slower action of fiberglass. Perfect for the short casts that are the norm on a small creek.
The fly should work for any species of bass, especially river bass, because the weight helps it get down quick when fishing bank-side structure, before the current starts pulling the line and then the streamer away from the bank. Below is a video of a recent fishing session with this fly, as you can see it catches bass and even catfish!
Hooks: Any 3x or 4x long streamer hook, Size 4 in the front and 6 in the rear
Tail and wings: Marabou, White on the bottom, Olive on top
Body: White Schlappen and Medium Palmer Chenille in Pearl
Intruder Wire and Glass Beads for the Articulation
Weight: Medium Dumbell Eyes
Head: Laser Dub, darker color on top, white on bottom, red for a gill slash accent
Special Tools: A dubbing spinner with an Alligator Clip attachment, and a fine brush
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