Normand’s post of the Flick Fly Nymph / Wet reminded me of this one that sometimes tempts my “orange-loving” trout into striking. It’s almost always a “stained /muddy” water fly for me.
It fishes fairly well on a 5 wt if you give it longer strips when retrieving. The start/stop motion of the spinning blade is what they seem to want. I haven’t had much success with it in low, clear water, but it does ok here when the streams are high and dirty.
Wouldn’t call this a variant of Normand’s post, but it does have similar features. You can skip the bead if you want a low water version.
I weight the top (belly of fly) hook shank with a length of lead sub wire and use a fine brown stainless wire to create the loop that holds the swivel. Both wires are attached to the hook shank with lots of thread wraps and some “insurance” gorilla glue on the wraps.
Just another thought. If you also spin fish (gasp) or have friends that do, this style works great as a “wooly spinner”.
An even simpler version is effective for warm water species. Basically it’s just an in-line spinner where the typical weight/beads are replaced with a wooly bugger style dressing on the spinner wire. Can post a photo of these too if desired.
Very nice fly. I have done some "attachments" to place in the front of tube flies with a similar spoon. Not lucky so far (neither without lately) for salmon but trouts like them better when using very small tubes.
Thanks Nelson. Do you also use “propeller” type blades in front of your tubes? That little “spoon” is just a very small in-line spinner blade.
I’ve tried flies with the propeller style blades sandwiched between two metal beads at the head of the fly. For me, just like this post, they are only occasionally better than flies dressed without the spoon/blade/propeller “attachments”. If you have a different set of experiences, I’d really like to know about them. Thanks for any info or thoughts.
I’d like to ask you about your experiences with both the blades and propellers on flies? There is a small but noticeable difference in catch rates when these are fished for warm water species. Not so much in colder waters.
The posted fly mimics a “Road Runner Jig” in my mind although as posted it lacks the usual marabou dressed tail. I also mentioned propeller blades flies. Those seem to work only on smaller fish except the prop flies can get the crappies going on occasions.
I also “tie” a simpler version that has been good on warmer waters and ok in cold water. I use a longer shank barbless streamer hook and slide a bead - clevis (with Colorado blade) - bead set up going up to the hook eye. Then I just tie a standard wooly bugger pattern on the rest of the hook shank. Works real well in black and in olive on my warm waters. I tie this in a large range of sizes but need to enlarge the holes in the clevis for the really big hooks where I can use up to a size 5 blade. I use the Colorado style blade because it turns more easily. Of course you can fashion an “open-ended” short shank spinner using beads and clevis/blades, then just hang whatever fly you want on it.
Share your experiences please.
@trublubug . I haven't tried the propellers yet but a friend of mine has a set of pink wooly buggers with them and the stocked rainbows like them.
My attachments are a short piece of tube with a smaller diameter than the tube of the main fly. I round one end with a lighter and then I place one bead, spinner blade and other bead. I finish it with some wraps of threat and head cement, leaving a few mm of tube after the wraps so I can connect it to the cone head of the tube fly.
I'll upload a photo when I arrive home.
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