Recreate this fly 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.
- Gamakatsu SL12S Hook (#2 or #1/0)
- Danville Flat Waxed Thread, 210, Fluorescent Orange
- Painted Dumbbell Eyes, Medium, Yellow
- Krystal Flash, Pearl
- Bucktail, Orange (barring w Black Sharpie)
- Bucktail, Chartreuse (barring w Black Sharpie)
- Rabbit, Cross Cut, Red
Design Inspiration & Detail
This fly was designed and tied by Jesus Mora of Salty River Fly Company in Naples, FL. When considering a hook for this fly, he prefers the heavy duty Gamakatsu. A great less-sturdy option would be a Mustad C47SD Shrimp Hook in size #1 or #1/0. For eyes, red is another great option – vary the weight according to the desired sink rate. If more swimming action is needed in the fly, use marabou instead of Bucktail. Yellow makes for another great color when designing the body. Jesus indicated two strands of Krystal Flash on each side works best. Chartreuse is a great alternate thread color and Red Arctic Fox is great alternate material for the gills. Consider using a blue and red Sharpie for dual-tone barring.
Over the last several years, Jesus spent most of his time fly-fishing the Gulf side of Florida, including a good portion of the Everglades and 10,000 Islands. A majority of his fly-fishing is done on foot, wading with alligators and the occasional python. These are testing grounds for some of his original and creative fly designs. To learn more about Jesus and his line of fly patterns, see our post on Salty River Fly Company.
This particular fly was designed to attract all varieties of freshwater Bass – many other species (in fresh and saltwater) will also take the fly.