Celebrated Jumping Frog
Tied by: Bill Trublubug Southeastern PA, US
Bill Trublubug

Bill Trublubug
1 year ago

Of Calaverus County

Total prototype.

Looking to get a frog fly that could jump on retrieve. Wondered if an offset shank worm hook would make the frog jump from lily pad to water and back again. Thought perhaps the offset hook (when twitched) would give a “lift” to the whole thing. Followed the curve of the hook shank hoping the curved foam body would lift up as well.

Didn’t try matching any colors, just tied/super glued body parts to hook. I envision this “sliding up or better yet, hopping up on a lily pad due to the curve of the body.

Anyone have thoughts on this “jumping” notion? Just another nonsensical idea????

Caleb Kurchak
1 year ago

It looks very nice Bill. I like it a lot.

Doug Grover
1 year ago

One of the best frog patterns I’ve seen. Is it all foam?

Bill Trublubug
1 year ago

@dgrover Thanks for the compliment Doug. Yes, it is mostly foam. The legs are homemade similar to Cohen’s Creature Frog legs and the head is medium to larger chenille wound around the hook shank offset area. The main body is made using a light colored 2mm foam for the belly and a 8mm foam back. Didn’t have any 8mm thick foam so I superglued 2mm and a 6 mm thick foam together to get the thickness. Remember this is really a prototype fly and I’ve not fished it. I hope this really can be jumped but I don’t know if it can be. I like using frog patterns on my largemouth waters and I’ve posted a lot of different ones here. If interested, check out my posts. Try using Kermit’s Revenge and Spro Frog as search to see some that have proven track records. There are more frog patterns posted here but you can decide if you want to see them.

Doug Grover
1 year ago

@trublubug This design should work really well. It could even me modified to have a mono weed guard on it. Being that it’s an offset hook that should be pretty easy. I could definitely see myself using something like this for bass. I also fish for snakehead and this in all black would be the perfect pattern for that. I may try to tie up one here in the near future and I’ll tag you in it so I can see it!

Bill Trublubug
1 year ago

Thought about the weed guard @dgrover Don’t really like them but you are right, would be easy to add one. Really looking forward to seeing your version.

Henrik Andersson
1 year ago

Ive pondered the same thoughts as you @trublubug and I have tried it to. Not as well developed fly like your frog but same idea and hook. And it work pretty good, if you don’t make to long cast with it. This flys biggest problem is it’s shape, it will spin like a prop during the cast. Only way to mitigate this is using a fly swivel. The Swedish company’s J:son has an excellent swivel that I’ve used for plus-sized foam mayflys. But your fly is really awesome!

Bill Trublubug
1 year ago

Thanks for sharing your experiences with the leader twist issue and providing a solution Henrik. Hadn’t fished this prototype so didn’t even consider spin as an issue. Also thanks for the compliment. I won’t likely get to fish this one until next summer.

Bill Trublubug
1 year ago

Oh, as an after thought for you Henrik. I wouldn’t recommend that you admit to having same/similar thoughts as I do. There’s an inherent danger in allowing your mind to wonder as mine often does. LOL. Some folks think I’m 🥜, others say I’m 🦇

Henrik Andersson
1 year ago

Yea @trublubug I know exactly what you mean. Even some of my fishing buddies say that I might have a unhealthy relationship with fly fishing. 😂 And often I reply that I’m not thinking about fishing all the time, only about 98%!

Nathan Bettencourt
1 year ago

Bill, Love the frog..Love the concept and I think it will work..My only concern is the amount of hook clearance..Are you hoping the foam will collapse and give you more “bite”?..Nate @Bill_trublubug

Bill Trublubug
1 year ago

Thanks Nate. Agree the hook gap is too narrow on this prototype. While the foam may compress a bit on the strike with this one, the second permutation uses a split back at the hook shank and a slightly opened bend to the hook. Really appreciate your picking up on the flaw. Will also try some softer foam so it gets “crushed” on the strike. Love your thoughts and suggestions.

James Sackett
1 year ago

I have never done it but I think if you would a little weight to the back it would elevate the front of the fly and create a hopping motion; Pretty much the opposite of a diver. @trublubug

Nathan Bettencourt
1 year ago

By the way Bill..being from California originally..I like the name of your frog..I’m sure Mr.Twain would agree!!..Nate @Bill_Trublubug

Doug Grover
1 year ago

@trublubug I made an attempt at this pattern. Definitely not as easy on the eyes as yours haha. This is a very difficult pattern to tie on an EWG hook.

GW
7 months ago

This is a great pattern. Need a video tie of this.

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