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Beginner Bass Flies

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#1 texag17

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 01:03 PM

I have google searched and nothing of any significance ever comes up for tying beginner bass flies. I have done some searching within this forum to find it but haven't had much success. Can anyone tell me some good largemouth bass patterns to tie for beginner fly tiers? and possibly good links to recipes for them? I have just scraped the surface of fly tying so I don't know much yet but I am learning quickly.

 

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#2 flytire

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 01:28 PM

clouser minnows

 

woolly buggers

 

anything with foam

 

balsa, foam, cork poppers

 

crayfish

 

chenille worms

 

murdich minnows

 

wiggle minnow

 

crease fly

 

google "easy bass flies to tie" or "simple bass flies to tie" and search the image results. pick out the ones that look easiest for you to tie


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#3 Charlie P. (NY)

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 01:46 PM

Also:

 

Ed Shenk's Minnow  (You Tube has it was Ed Shenk's White Minnow but all colors work).

 

 


 

Shenk Minnow

 

Thread: Yellow 6/0 (140 denier).
Tail: White marabou.
Body: White Sculpin Wool.

Hook: 3X- or 4X-long streamer hook, size 10 or 8.

 


I also weigh the above and fish it deep. 

 

 

Harry Murray Strymph.

 

 

Murray Strymph

 

Hook:   Heavy wire, 2X or 3X long, sizes 8 to 2. (The hook shown is a Gamakatsu F-36.)

Thread:   Three-ought of a color to match the color of the body.

Weight:   Lead wire.

Tail:   Ostrich herl of a color to match the color of the body.

Body:  Black, olive, or cream rabbit fur.

Hackle:   Speckled brown hen saddle.

 

Easy AND two of the best.


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#4 vicente

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 03:36 PM

Tie something with lots of movement in green or black or purple maybe brown some white if you feel like it, throw in some flashy stuff it'll catch fish

#5 Charlie P. (NY)

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 04:11 PM

Too true.  Stick a hook 1/2 inch in along a 4" x 1/4" strip of rabbit fur and it will likely out fish anything else on some days. 

 

But where's the fun in that? 


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#6 vicente

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 05:47 PM

I actually like it let's me have more fun and try just tie without really working about following a pattern, just an idea that's in my head.

Texag17 if you need any materials for warm water flys I highly recommend checking out fly tyers dungeon, they have a great selection of synthetic dubbing and flashes cheap and good prices on eyes.

#7 mikechell

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 06:02 PM

Flip flop foam for the body.  Rubber legs.  Synthetic fibers or natural marabou for the tail.
 
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#8 Peartree

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 06:15 PM

Some of my most productive and simple to tie bass flies are

Olive wooly bugger
Black/purple wooly bugger
Chartreuse/orange clouser
And small poppers in blue or green

#9 Poopdeck

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 07:08 PM

Clouser minnows
Gurglers
Zonkers
Poppers

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 07:11 PM

A basic bass fly:
Tail:purple hackles feathers tied in whole
Body:black marabou wrapped forward to the eye.
Hook-any stinger or bass hook

Mix the colors and materials up.It will produce!
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Posted 11 March 2019 - 07:12 PM

I actually like it let's me have more fun and try just tie without really working about following a pattern, just an idea that's in my head.

Texag17 if you need any materials for warm water flys I highly recommend checking out fly tyers dungeon, they have a great selection of synthetic dubbing and flashes cheap and good prices on eyes.

+1 on FTD!Always good stuff at phenomenal prices!
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#12 mikechell

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 07:49 PM

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How to tie them:
 

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#13 DarrellP

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 07:16 AM

Bass eat minnows, crawfish, dragonflies, salamanders, and anything that they can fit in their mouth. I think the keys too a good bass fly are movement, eyes, a bit of flash.
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#14 Capt Bob LeMay

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 08:33 AM

Some of the best, most productive flies I ever tied for bass... were actually saltwater patterns.. Here's two, the first one for really shallow waters - my version of the old Seaducer... in sizes from #4 all the way up to 4/0....

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Tie in any colors you choose - what's not showing is the wire weedguard we do this bug in.  Fish it a number of ways but make sure to pause between strips since it suspends in place (or sinks so slowly it appears to suspend) if tied properly.  Pretty simple pattern - every part of it is saddle hackles - three on a side splayed for the tail (six total...), a bit of pearl flashabou in the middle of the tail, then three saddles for the collar tied in butt first with as much of the "fluff" left on the saddles as possible (where the thick stem of the feather begins to thin down so that the saddles as a unit can be palmered forward.  Thread - any you choose - I use flat waxed nylon since I just don't need the fine threads that most freshwater tiers prefer...

 

The second bug is tide very similar to the Seaducer - with a few exceptions... Called the Tarpon Snake - this fly also is a perfect alternative for anyone used to working plastic worms for bass (and I used to catch them all the time with it when a house we had backed up on a freshwater canal..). Here's a pic or two... 

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Once again an all saddle hackle pattern - I've tied this in sizes from 1/0 up to 4/0 and a bit larger (the 4/0 size is between six and seven inches overall)... and it's meant for working slow in bad places so it has a wire weedguard (for bass fishing work it slower -but keep it moving...).  With hook in vice tie in large beadchain eyes one eye width back from the hook eye (the same size beadchain that's used for pulls on vertical blinds - old time hardware stores call it "plumber's chain").  With eyes in place, wind thread (flat waxed nylon) back to just in front of the hook's bend then tie in eight saddles (four on a side with curve inwards, streamer style, on top of the hook.  I mate up the ends of four saddles at a time, hold them in my hand while doing the next four saddles - then marry them the same way you would with a Deceiver pattern (streamer style)  and tie them in as a unit... Flashabou accent in pearl is then added to each side - at least 8- 12 strands, staggered... then the tie in point gets a tiny drop of super glue... Then three wide, webby, saddles are tied in by the butt with fibers stroke from the tip of the hackles back towards the tie in point to make them stand at right angles to the feather stems, and allowed to sit for a moment while you move the thread in front of the beadchain and tie in the weedguard under the hook shank... leaving the end of the wire sticking out.  Now you go back to the saddles for the collar and wind them back over the beadchain to the hookeye - then tie them off, snap off any saddle tips still remaining and finish the thread with a few more turns of thread - then a whip finish, and a tiny bit of super glue (on the thread only...).  When it's dry, bend the wire down into position, trim it even with the hook barb then add a slight finishing bend where the wire meets the hook point.  By the way, the size saddles I use for a 4/0 fly start out as 6-7" strung saddles - not easy to find these days in good quality.... For a 2/0 size six inches or a bit shorter saddles will do just fine.

 

Tie this bug in any color you choose - light colors if lots of bait is present - dark colors to fish it deeply in tangles, bright pink for discolored or muddy waters... When we're using these for giant tarpon we fish them with a full intermediate fly line that allows us to fish them just sub-surface or all the down to the bottom in small rivers nine to thirteen feet in depth by counting the fly down, since it sinks at the exact same rate as an intermediate line sinks.  For bass fishing in shallower waters a floating line will work - but that intermediate does provide quite a bit of flexibility to the angler as far as exactly what depth you want to fish the fly....


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Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:33 PM

Add some rubber legs to your wooly bugger. Weight it with a bead or lead wire. Fish it on the bottom. It makes a good crawdad imitation.





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