Category Archives: Carp flies

Crazy Dad – McFly Angler

From McFly Angler:
“This small crawdad streamer works so well, I was catching fish I want even targeting with it. I went out fishing for carp, and got a carp and even some smallmouth bass. In fact, the carp I caught on this fly was 30″ long, and the largest bass I caught that day was a good 3.5lbs. Most crayfish patterns are larger sized streamers, that are heavy and hard to cast. This fly is refreshingly light, and small. Easy to cast, and also easy for fish to swallow. When targeting carp or trout, sometimes too large is a bad thing.”

Materials list:
Hook: TMC 9395 in size 10
Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 140 in Brown
Claws: Rubber Legs (preferably two tone)
Dubbing: STS Trilobal Dub
Weight: Gold Dumbbell Eye 4mm or 5/32″
Top Wing: Fox Fur
Adhesive: Solarez “Bone Dry” UV Curing Resin

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Flies Around the Net – April 2017

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Filed under Carp flies, Dry Fly, Foam, Muskie, nymphs, Pike, Realistic, Saltwater, Streamers

Brandon Bailes Live – 2.0 Reaper & Warmwater PT


Reaper v2.0 and panfish nymph

Posted by Brandon Bailes on Monday, January 30, 2017

Perch and Bluegill 2.0 Reapers

2.0 Reaper

v2.0 Reaper material list:
2/0 worm hook
large dumbell eyes
small rattle
Ripple Ice Fiber
magnum zonker
barred crazy legs
Polar Chenille
1.5″ EP Foxy or chromatic brush

Warmwater PT using Gumball Purple FrankenDUB Nymph dubbing.

Warmwater PT

Warmwater PT material list:
Gamakatsu b10s size 10
small beadchain eyes
pheasant tail
small size wire ribbing
MFC skinny skin
Frankendub nymph dubbing mixed with wiggle legs

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Filed under Carp flies, Largemouth, Panfish, Smallmouth, Streamers

Flies Around the Net – December 2016

Here are the final Flies Around the Net for 2016. It has been a year of good vibes and good times for FrankenFly. I want to thank all of you for coming and visiting the website. I’m glad all of you are finding it interesting enough to come back to the site to get even more into fly fishing! I love this sport and I’m glad all of you do too! Here’s to an even better 2017!

Thank you!


Filed under Carp flies, Catskill, Deer Hair, Dry Fly, Intruders, Muskie, nymphs, Pike, Realistic, Streamers, Trout flies

Shaggin’ Dragon carp fly – Pat Cohen

Pat shows us in this fly tying video how to tie one of his favorite and most productive carp flies, the Shaggin’ Dragon. Pat says, “We all know that carp love dragon fly nymphs and this fly does the trick..”

Pat is tying the orange version in the video and mentions the olive version from time to time. The olive version is shown below.

Shaggin' Dragon

Shaggin’ Dragon

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Carp Slider Craw – Bug Wild

Daniel Seaman of Bug Wild shows how to tie a Carp Slider Craw in this fly tying video.

Partridge Boilie Long Carp Hook #6
Large Bead Chain Eyes 4mm
140 Denier UTC or Danvilles thread
Pine Squirrel Zonker
Hareline Buggy Nymph Legs
SLF Dubbing
Veevus 200D Gel Spun Thread
Deer Belly Hair
Super Glue

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All Day Breakfast

Daniel Seaman shows us how to tie his All Day Breakfast which is a carp fly.

Ahrex Hooks NS172 Size 8
Lead eyes
Casters Squirmito
Natures Spirit Emergence Dub
Coq De Leon Hen Soft Hackle
Round Rubber Legs
Peacock Hearl
Wiggle Dub

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Carpin Crunch

Thread: UTC 210
Hook: 3X Long Streamer #8
Eyes: Spirit River Real Eyes 5/32” or small Painted Lead Eyes
Tail: Olive Wooly Bugger Marabou
Legs: Silicone Micro Mini Legs, Orange or Olive
Body: Peacock Simi Seal or Dazzle Dubbing

Fred Telleen mentions, “I prefer sticking with the Olive/Peacock color scheme for the tail and body. When fish are in the clear, I like an all olive fly. If they are mudding and the water is stirred up, I will use Orange legs and FL. Orange or FL. Green thread. While providing some movement, the legs become outriggers to help the fly remain hook up, as it rests on the bottom. They also slow the flies decent on a drop. Let it set a foot or so in front of a fish. Then give it a bump so it puffs some silt. You’ll soon be in your backing.”

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Fly tying of Daniel Seaman

Daniel Seaman

Daniel Seaman

My name is Daniel Seaman and I own and operate Bug Wild out of eastern North Carolina. I have been fishing a little here and there my whole life, but really started fishing consistently while in college with some friends. After graduation, the job search was a bit slower than expected, mostly due to the downturn of the economy (especially with an architectural degree). I needed something to pass the time while job searching…so I began fishing more and more, basically every day. Eventually, spin fishing got somewhat predictable to me so I decided to pursue fly fishing. I quickly found that fly fishing was actually more efficient at catching fish than traditional spin fishing, at least for me (I was never a great fisherman).

After two years of slinging other people’s files—mostly from online value stores—I decided to give tying my own flies a shot. I have always been somewhat “artsy”, so this was a good way to incorporate that into a useable application. Living in Rocky Mount, NC a lot of folks around here don’t fly fish at all. In fact, the closest fly shop is several hours away. I really have to rely on the internet for advice, materials and ideas.


I purchased my first vise in June 2014. Needless to say, it has been slowly downhill since then (in a good way). I have never been as addicted to anything in my entire life, as I am with tying flies. Something about the mindset and process really calms me down. If you know me personally, you understand what I mean by this. I have little, to no patience for anything…..except tying flies.

When I first started tying, I began researching fly patterns and popular artists and stumbled upon Pat Cohen’s work randomly in Google Images. I thought his deer hair work was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen and knew I had to try it myself. After several hundred attempts of my own, folks were starting to notice my work and wanted to purchase flies from me. I had no intentions on selling flies, and never thought I would ever be at this point….it just sort-of happened.

I tie mostly warm water flies, specifically for targeting the larger species in my local waters, such as bass and carp. I really love when a big bucket mouth inhales a fly. I enjoy tying articulated flies and top water bugs. You can easily see who some of my major influences are in my flies (including FrankenFly). I would not be where I am today without help, advice, and ideas from the best fly tiers in the world.


I am not a large commercial fly tier; I really prefer small custom orders. I work a full time “8-5” job as an estimator at a metal building company, so this is absolutely not my main source of income. I honestly don’t know how folks do this as a full time job. I have tremendous respect for the professionals. I always believe in quality over quantity, in everything I do in life. I am probably much slower than some folks, but I believe if you take your time, you can accomplish anything. People constantly ask me for advice on how to improve their fly tying and I say, “test your flies.” You can tie the prettiest flies in the world, but if you don’t test them out in the water, they could look like total garbage to a fish and not perform as expected. You don’t need anything fancy to do this, just a sink or a bathtub.

I am truly honored and humbled to have been asked to write something up for FrankenFly. I have been following the website since I’ve started fly fishing. I am very glad people are enjoying my work; it makes me extremely happy, and motivates me to continue doing what I do. I am also very thankful for certain companies for giving me professional opportunities along the way. Stay tuned for more to come!

me carp



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Carpin Toad

Josh Lively,s Carpin Toad Variation.

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