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Curly Tails - Fly Style
Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:12 PM
I'd like to try something that matches (or at least comes close to) the action of the tails on plastic grubs (think 3" Power Grubs from Berkley, although I feel terrible about mentioning something so crude on this forum).
I know there are different variations of hair, feathers, and fur available for this sort of thing, but I was wondering if anyone would mind posting their success at imparting a little more action on their streamers/tube flies. Thanks!
Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:47 PM
I've made my own using latex sheets, and they work fine but latex tends to deteriorate after awhile. I've also tried chamois, which works very well, holds up very well, and is easier to find than latex sheets. Cutting the tails out of chamois is much easier than cutting the latex too. Many hardware stores or auto parts store carry chamois cloth, as well as discount stores like Walmart.
BTW, I don't think plastic grubs are particularly crude, simple maybe, but hardly crude. They are very effective & popular lures, and I use the Berkley Power Grubs for LM Bass, SM Bass, Striped Bass and panfish quite a lot, with both bait casting & spinning tackle. One of my favorite trolling lures for Stripers is a 6 or 8 inch curltail grub or a long 7 to 12 inch ribbontail worm on a jig head. Imitates an eel real well.
I also don't think trying to create a fly that mimics the action of a grub is crude either. It only makes sense to go with something that is tried & proven if you're trying to catch fish.
If you just want action, marabou or ostrich herl will both provide plenty, but you still won't get the wiggle that a grub tail provides.
Try the chamois, it should be what you're looking for.
Posted 30 January 2010 - 10:36 PM
Tidewater - I didn't even think of chamois, which falls into line a little better than the plastic tails. And I bet I could dye them whatever color I needed as well.
I'll probably end up giving the plastic tails a shot, as well, just to compare. I just thought I'd be tossed out of here after mentioning (gasp!) bait casting!
Posted 31 January 2010 - 03:42 AM
In fact, I've known some fish to grow quite a bit larger before the fisherman even returned home.