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Category Archives: Intruders
I haven’t been posting much about what has been going on behind the scenes at FrankenFly, so I thought I would write a post to give you readers an update. Hopefully I won’t bore you to tears.
First and foremost, the fishing season is in full swing. I have to say, this season has been a little rough, but hopefully turning around. By rough I mean, tough conditions mainly, then there are broken oar anchors, and broke rods to add to that. But that’s how it goes sometimes in fishing.
The primary thing I have been doing is going to a local river often and learning this river much more than I have in the past. Let me tell you, it’s a fickle son of a gun! My buddy, Josh King and I have been lugging his old aluminum row boat around, that we call, “Old Iron Sides”, and getting quite the workout rowing her down the river. Not to mention dragging her up and down hills to get into sketchy access points.
Besides fishing, I continue to make FrankenDUB dubbing. I am extremely happy with how well the dubbing is liked out there. I’ve received tons of great comments about the dubbing and that’s awesome! I just sent another shipment to J. Stockard Fly Fishing, so they can restock, yet again. Check out the tab at the top of this website for more about FrankenDUB or you can visit it at this link.
I’ve been tying flies as fast as I possibly can, but wish I could go faster. Thank you for all of the orders! Besides orders from right here on the website, I’ve recently been tying flies for Ken Tanaka at Wish4Fish. I’m sure you have seen his very cool fly fishing videos that I post here at FrankenFly. The two main flies I have been tying for him so far is his Tanaka Your Socks Off (TYSO for short) and his Pink Power Ranger nymph. If you watch Ken’s videos, you will see him catch a lot of great fish on these two flies.
Also, Feathered Game Changer orders have been coming in like crazy! With good reason, these babies move like no other in the water. Strip and pause and watch this baby dance!
In between orders or just to end a day of tying, I’ve been working on some new fly designs. I’ve sent a new dry fly to a guide friend, Chris Lessway of North Branch Outing Club, in Michigan for testing. I have a streamer called the Thunder Mutt, that isn’t really new, but I’ve got the final tweaks made at last. I’ve worked on the Thunder Mutt for the past two years.
Also, in the same amount of time, because of the inspiration of OPST, Jonathan Farmer and Greg Senyo, I’ve been diving into the world of Micro Intruders. You might say, “Intruders for bass?” Yes, all day long! That’s what I’ve been using them for, but they can also be thrown for trout. I love these things!
Intruders were initially designed for steelhead by a group of guys that included Ed Ward and Jerry French. Who then started the company, OPST. However, Olympic Pennisula Skagit Tactics, with Ben Paull, have been churning out the Micro Intruders. (By the way, the Intruder is a style of fly, not a specific fly pattern.) I’ve always been in love with Intruders and the design, movement, and look of them. But the nearest steelhead river is about 3 hours away. So, I’ve been going the Micro Intruder route and targeting smallmouth bass. I’ve been doing my homework, fishing, and tying them lately and I’m really excited about how they are performing. Needless to say, I’ll be working on new Intruder designs in the future. Check out some of mine that I’ve tied below.
So that about sums up things here at FrankenFly. I will continue to roll on and see what the future holds. Everyone keep fishing out there!
Thanks for reading!
Greg Senyo demonstrates how to tie his pattern the Slim Shady. The “intruder” style steelhead pattern employes various flash synthetics to make a flowing pattern.
opskagit.com If you love the Intruder, check this out. This video provides step-by-step instructions on how Ben Paull ties a Micro Intruder. Tied on a size 10 streamer hook, this is a pretty small intruder, but you can tie them even smaller with these techniques and materials. And if you don’t want to tie your own, we have Jonathan Farmer versions coming very soon. It’s time to get out there and swing for trout. When trout take these they do not do it delicately.
Hook: streamer, size 10
Thread: 140 Denier, Olive
Eyes: Lead dumbbell eyes, extra small, black
Butt: Fine Shrimp Pink Chenille
Tails: OPST Barred Ostrich, Yellow Green
Rib: Mono thread, 10/0
Body: Lateral Scale, Black
Shoulder: Olive Sculpin Wool, Lady Amherst,
clear barred predator wrap and UV dark olive
Wings: saddle hackles, orange
From Kevin, “A variation of the Orange Heron spey fly and the Intruder. Tied on a 45mm waddington shank, this is an unweighted fly to be swung for Steelhead.
This isn’t an Intruder in the true sense of the pattern, but rather a mash-up of the classic Orange Heron fly and the large profile stylings of Intruders.”
Orange Heron Intruder
45mm Partridge Waddington Shank
sz4 Partridge Z4 Intruder hook
Body – Orange Yarn with gold tinsel Tag/rib
Wing – Temple dog
Shoulder – Tented Jungle Cock
Hackle1 – Orange lady amhurst tail fibers
Hackle2 – Dark Purple Heron
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!
Gig Harbor Fly Shop recently had Ben Paull from OPST in the their shop and did a couple of videos with Ben about Intruders. I wanted to post both for you here because in the interview Ben goes over some important and cool materials for use in your Intruders. In the second video down below, Ben ties an Intruder and shows how it’s done. I’ve really been getting into Intruders lately myself and this is good stuff! Check it out!