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????
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.
@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!
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!
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.
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 🦇
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%!
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.
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