Lenny’s Betty Boop: Black
Recreate these flies at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource.
- Mustad S74SS-2XH/4XL (34011) Hook (#1/0)
- UTC Thread 210, Black
- lead wire, 0.025 (under body wraps)
- Bucktail, Root Beer
- Estaz, 10 mm, Root Beer
- Krystal Flash, Gold
- Marabou, Black (centers cut out)
- Deer Body Hair, Black
- 3D Eyes, 6 mm, Red
- Zap-A-Gap CA
Design Inspiration & Detail
John Roetman is a well known fly-tying and fly-fishing authority in South Florida, now spending a majority of his time fishing the Treasure Coast. He will frequent various fly-fishing expos throughout the year, demonstrating his tying talent and offering a look at his latest designs/ creations.
John was trying to come up with a Mullet pattern, one that would push a little water when retrieved. Evidently the deer hair head of the freshwater Muddler Minnow came to mind. When he applied the eyes and sat back to check the proportions, he couldn’t help but think the big eyes gave the fly a Betty Boop look, his dads favorite cartoon character. Needless to say, John named the fly Lenny’s Betty Boop in memory of his late father – his most memorable fishing partner.
John recommends using this color in limited-light environments or when fishing murky water. Here’s a look at a John’s Lenny’s Betty Boop in White. Lenny’s Betty Boop sells for $3.95. For further info on John and a look at more of his fly patterns, see Flies by John Roetman.
This particular fly was designed to attract Snook, although Jacks, Tarpon, and many other species will also take the fly.