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Eli Berant – Great Lakes Fly – Part 2

Eli sent me so much information on his arsenal of muskie/pike flies that I felt it deserved a two part post. So here are three more big bad streamers from Eli Berant of Great Lakes Fly.

Halfachunk

Halfachunk

Halfachunk

(7-8”)
Hook: 5/0 or 6/0 Spinnerbait hook
Thread: UTC 280
Rattle: Jig rattle on a spider collar arm tied off the back of the hook
Tail: Clump of Icelandic Sheep Hair tied off the back, bucktail tied in on both the top and bottom of the hook with another clump of Icelandic Sheep tied on both top and bottom of the hook.
Body: Bucktail tied in traditionally,on both top and bottom (2 each), add 3 saddle feathers to each flank, add flash, and, tie 1 more section of bucktail on top and bottom
Flash: Magnum Halo Flashabou and Krystal Flash
Head and Collar: Spun Deer hair trimmed to shape

Threads protected with Clear Cure Goo or similar

Chunkamonk

Chunkamonk

Chunkamonk

(10-12”)
Hooks: Rear: Spinnerbait hook 5/0 or 6/0 Front: Gamakatsu SL12S 8/0
Thread: UTC 280
Rear Hook:
Rattle: Jig rattle on a spider collar arm tied off the back of the hook
Tail: Clump of Icelandic Sheep Hair tied off the back, bucktail tied in on both the top and bottom of the hook with another clump of Icelandic Sheep tied on both top and bottom of the hook.
Body: Bucktail tied in traditionally,on both top and bottom (2 each), add 2 saddle feathers to each flank, top with Magnum Holo Flashabou, tie 2 more sections of bucktail on top and bottom with 2 more longer saddle feathers added to each flank before tying on the final clump of bucktail. Finish with Clear Cure Goo or similar.
Front Hook:
Connection .024” coated wire and 4 beads
Body: Bucktail tied in on top and bottom 3 sections
Rattle: Jig rattle on a spider collar arm tied off the back of the hook added to a top section of bucktail
Flash: Magnum Holo Flashabou and Krystal Flash
Head and Collar: Spun Deer hair trimmed to shape
Threads protected with Clear Cure Goo or similar

Moonbat

Moonbat

Moonbat

(10-12”)
Hooks: (2) 6/0 Spinnerbait Hooks
Thread: UTC 280
Rear Hook:
Tail: Magnum Holo Flashabou tied off the back, with the closest 1 inch of material to the hook stiffened with CCG Flex, or goop. a section of SynYak or similar tied in reverse style on both the top and bottom of the hook.
Body: Alternating sections of bucktail until you get about ¾” from the eye of the hook. Before you tie on the last top piece of bucktail tie in 2 long saddle feathers along each flank, then magnum halo flashabou, then 1 more saddle feather along each flank. Top that off with another section of bucktail. Slide on a popper head reversed and secured with goop. Tie in a section of Icelandic Sheep on both top and bottom and finish this section with a collar of a schlappen feather palmered.
Front Hook:
Connection .024 Wire with 4 beads, secured to the front hook.
Body: One section of bucktail on both top and bottom, add a popper head reversed with goop. Add one section of Icelandic sheep on top and bottom, then 1 or 2 sections of bucktail if you can fit it with the ratttle being on the head.
Flash: Magnum Halo Flashabou and Krystal Flash
Collar: Schlappen
Rattle: Jig rattle with nub cut off tied on top at the eye of the hook
Head: Jig rattle wrapped in standard chenille and then cactus chenille, and add ½” 3D dome eyes with goop.

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Eli Berant – Great Lakes Fly

Eli Berant of Great Lakes Fly has sent me an arsenal of Musky flies. Below Eli describes how to fish these big bad dudes and offers a lot of information on each of these patterns. I’ll post the rest of the group next post. Great stuff, enjoy!

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Fishing these patterns:

Personally I fish these flies on a sinking line 97% of the time.  These lines help to cast these larger flies as well as helping with the action while achieving the appropriate depth to be effective.  On Lake St.Clair we are targeting waters mostly 5-12 ft deep and we want the fly to spend most of the time near the middle of the water column, and these sinking lines do the trick,  Anything from a 350-500 grain line does a good job, you just need to find the line that works best for you.

We use a variety of retrieves and change them up constantly to see what the fish are interested in at the time.  Anything from a slow and steady, almost “wooly bugger” like retrieve, to a rod in the arm pit  hand over hand retrieve to move the fly as fast as you can.  We also do a lot of the Jerk Strip retrieve popularized by the book Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout.  Keep the fly moving, and when you have a chaser, KEEP THE FLY MOVING!

Materials:
I am always looking for different materials to use in these flies.  I like materials that both hold a profile, but also offer movement while being durable.  Bucktail and Synthetic Yak are 2 standard materials I use frequently.  Flash is something that I feel is underused in most Predator/Streamer flies, put as much flash as you ever think you might need, you can always trim it out if it is too much, having said that I have never trimmed flash out of a fly.

Foosa

Foosa

Foosa

This is a fly that I tried to just blow up a deceiver into a predator pattern.  A bulky profile, where the tail dances with the strip, and the finn raccoon collars grab the water helping create more of an underwater disturbance.

(7-9”)
Hook: Mustad 32608 Spinnerbait Hook or equivalent Spinnerbait Hook in 5/0 or 6/0
Thread: UTC 280 or equivalent
Tail Section: Synthetic material such as SynYak or SF Fibers, 6-8 Saddle feathers, and Magnum Flashabou
Tail Collar: Finn Raccoon
Rattle: Jig Rattle with nub trimmed off, secured to the top of the hook and wrapped in estaz
Flash: Magnum Flashabou and Krystal Flash
Body: 7 bunches of Bucktail (not reverse tied) 4 on top / 3 on the bottom with Finn Raccon laid over top finished with Clear Cure Goo
Eyes: ½” 3D eyes secured with goop and the CCG

Optimus Swine

Optimus Swine

Optimus Swine

The design of this fly was intentional but the result was far better than I had ever imagined.  When designing this fly I set out to have a fly in my arsenal that fell through the water column more slowly than the flies with a heavier nose.  So I toyed with the idea of adding a reversed, foam popper head in the fly towards the back of the fly and a synthetic head (Senyo Lazer Dub) and it worked, but what also occurred was the placement of the popper head at the rear of the hook throws off the buoyancy that makes this fly kick from side to side under a jerk strip retrieve, unlike any fly I have ever used and it catches fish.

(7-9”)
Hook: Mustad 32608 Spinnerbait Hook or equivalent Spinnerbait Hook in 5/0 or 6/0
Thread: UTC 280 or equivalent
Rattle: Jig rattle on a spider collar arm tied off the back of the hook
Tail Section: Synthetic material such as SynYak or SF Fibers, 2 saddle feathers down each flank, and magnum flashabou
Body: Rainy’s Mini Me Popperhead (Md) reversed secured by goop. 7 bunches of Bucktail (not reverse tied) 4 on top / 3 on the bottom
Head: Senyo Laser Dub
Eyes: ½” 3D eyes secured with goop

Note: This fly can be scaled down to 5.5” on a 3/0 or 4/0 spinnerbait hook and a Mini Me (Sm) popper head substitutes.

Bingo

Bingo

Bingo

I have worked this pattern over and over looking for the right materials to allow for the size/profile I ultimately wanted.  This is where I had first discovered SynYak or Synthetic Yak hair, this material was perfect, took on the flash I wanted to mix in, I added the rattle to the back and BINGO…there is was.  This is my go to fly when trying to “match a hatch” presentation is important.

(6-9”)
Hook: Gamakatsu SL12 in 6/0 or 8/0
Thread: .008 Clear Mono Thread
Rattle: Jig Rattle tied off the back of the hook and secured with CCG
Body: 4 layers of SynYak on both top and bottom, tied in tapered and reversed
Eyes: ⅜” or ½” 3D eyes secured with goop.
Head: Finish thread head with CCG

 

Tune in tomorrow for the next three patterns by Eli Berant.

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Chad Johnson’s Deer Head SlugGo

Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher guide Chad Johnson ties his Deer Head SlugGo for trophy brown trout on the White River. The SlugGo is one of the regular patterns in the boxes of our streamer guides, for its predator attracting action.

Video produced by Brian Wise: Fly Fishing the Ozarks http://flyfishingtheozarks.com/
in conjunction with Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher, Cotter Arkansas. http://theozarkflyfisher.com

Material List
Hook: Gamakatsu Worm Hook 2/0
Tail: Rooster Saddle Hackle olive.
Wing: Ginger & Olive Bucktail
Body: Ginger Crystal Hackle
Wapsi Olive Schlappen
Articulation: 50lb Mono. Dally’s Streamer Balls Metallic Beads
Flash: Fire Tiger Flashabou.
Head: Bucktail Ginger & Olive

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Flash Bang Intruder – Fred Telleen

Fred Telleen at the Big R Fly Shop in Great Falls, MT is behind the vise tying his Flash Bang Intruder. Purple and blue are great colors for Salmon and Steelhead. Pink and Chartreuse can also be good, especially for bright fish. Adding pink and chartreuse accents to the darker materials can often trigger that extra aggressive take.

MATERIALS:
• Senyo’s Articulated Shank 1″
• 20# Maxima
• Spirit River Real Eyes Plus – 3/8″ Gold/Chartreuse
• Daiichi 2557 Intruder Hook – Size 2
• Senyo’s Laser Dub – Chartreuse/Purple
• UV Polar Chenille – Pink
• Krinkle Mirror Flash – Pearlescent
• Purple & Blue Flashabou

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ProLite Tying Lamps

lamp3I’ve been using a ProLite Dual Lamp for about 6 months and I wanted to use it for this long to get a good feel for the lamp. I know many fly tyers who use these lamps and wondered where they purchased them. Surprisingly, I’ve found that Rite Bobbin sells them directly from their website. I really have enjoyed using mine and like the fact that I don’t have to worry about changing bulbs. The one thing I had to get used to at first was the light coverage. These are strong lights that produce plenty of light, but it is direct light. Meaning, it shines directly on your subject. If you are accustomed to a normal lamp which spreads the light out, then it will take you a short time to adjust. By using the dual lamp, I can angle each of the lights on each side of the fly I’m tying and it gives me all the light I need even if the rest of the room is pitch black. This is the only thing that stood out for me when adjusting to the new light. Everything about the lamp is in in good quality and I have found no problematic issues at all. See below to see the specifications and visit the Rite Bobbin site for pricing.

Basic lamp description:

  • LED bulbs (100,000 hours, plenty of illumination and no heat)
  • pure white light
  • C-Clamp for bench or table mount
  • Post Mount capability (great for traveling)
  • Heavy Base with tray (4 lbs)
  1. Single lamp + magnifier combination.
  2. Dual lamp configuration also offered.  This is my personal favorite, I orient the lamps in a “V” at about 10:00 and 2:00 o’clock and  the fly is never shaded by my hands.  AND, I( can look through the “V” and watch the ballgame!  🙂

These lamps were originally designed as circuit board inspection lamps and the fly tying modifications were added by the company president, an avid fly tyer.

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Four new flies in FrankenFly Online Store!

I’ve added one streamer and three more classic Michigan dry flies to the FrankenFly online store. Each are explained in this post. Order now to make it in time for Christmas! Click here to go to the FrankenFly Online Store.

Bearded Biscuit

Bearded Biscuit

You might wonder why I call it the Bearded Biscuit. It’s simple. It has a beard and it is a biscuit for fish. A snack, if you will. Anyway, this is an articulated streamer with weighted dumbbell eyes. You can fish it with a jigging type action or strip it in at a normal to fast speed.

Borchers Parachute

Borchers Parachute

This is the parachute version of an extremely popular fly in Michigan called the Borchers Special. A lot of guides use the parachute version as their “go to” fly still today. It is a big producer and could give the Adams a run for its money. No joke!

Yellow Bellied Mattress Thrasher

Yellow Bellied Mattress Thrasher

This pattern was created by Craig Perry back in the early 1980s. Craig is a river guide on the Au Sable River in Grayling, Michigan. This is a generalized stone fly imitation. You can twitch it! It can also be used as an attractor pattern like the popular Stimulator type fly.

Roberts Brown Hackle Drake

Roberts Brown Hackle Drake

Originated by a well known fly tyer in Michigan named Clarence Roberts, the Brown Hackle Drake tied as a size 10 makes a good spinner imitation. The fly was originally designed to be fished as a big night fly. I offer it in a 4, 6, 8, and 10. The extra hackle allows the fly to float well.

Roberts Brown Hackle Drake

Roberts Brown Hackle Drake

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Tying Layne Smith’s “Lefty Kreh’s Bonefish Fly”

Layne “Smitty” Smith demonstrates tying his bonefish fly pattern. As well as a great fly for bonefish, it can also be used for Redfish and Sea Trout when tied in different variations.
Filmed at the 2013 FFF Florida Fly Fishing Expo in Crystal River, FL.

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Regal Vise – New Catalog and Website

Regal Vise has their new website up with their new lineup of vises. They have their new catalog available showing new head designs and current products. Click on the catalog below.

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Hang Time Optical Minnow – Brad Bohen

Bankable predator fish ammo. Balanced and lifelike with many, many actions at all speeds from still to thrill.

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White River Fly Tying Videos – coming soon

Stay tuned for our series of tying videos for the hottest fly patterns on the White River system. From monster streamers, to regular trouty fare soft hackles, midge patterns, sowbugs and more. Plus some of the finest smallmouth flies for Ozark streams.

With the help of the incomparable Brian & Jennifer Wise from Fly Fishing The Ozarks we aim for this series to have the hottest patterns, the finest tutorials and the most fun.

Coming to a YouTube near you soon.

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