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Predator

 
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Fly Type: Terrestrials & Midges,
Target Species: Panfish,
Recommended Region: Southeast US,
Imitation: Hoppers/Crickets,
Material List:
Hook: Daiichi 1280 #10
Thread: Gudebrod 6/0 Chartreuse
Eyes: Large Black Mono Eyes
Tail: Florescent Lime Green Krystal Flash
Body: Green Craft Foam
Dubbing: SLF Florescent Lime Green
Legs: Orange Medium Round Rubber.

Tying Instructions: 1.Tie in the mono eyes in the usual way.
2. Place Krystal Flash along the shank of the hook & tie in along shank and just starting down the bend of the hook.
3. Place a piece of craft foam about 1/8 inch behind the mono eyes and bind down along the shank to the point down the bend where the tail was tied in, leave the rest of the strip extending behind the hook.
4. Dub the body back to the mono eyes.
5. Fold the strip of craft foam back over the dubbed body and tie down just behind and then just in front of the mono eyes.
6. Tie a piece of round orange rubber on each side of the foam. Tie it down where the foam was tied down just behind and then just in front of the eyes.
7. Dub the area where the foam and rubber were tied down behind and in front of the eyes.
8. Fold the piece of craft foam again, back over the eyes and tie down just behind the eyes.
9. Whip finish at this point.

This is a fly from the video "Hooked on Fly Tying: Panfish Flies That Work" by Chris Helm. It is available from Green Caddis Outfitters. It contains other very effective panfish flies.
Presentation Tips: Cast to a likely spot and let the Predator float on the surface quietly for some time. Very slowly and at long intervals nudge the fly with the rod tip. Make the movements as slight as possible. Just enough to cause the slightest disturbance on the surface of the water. Bluegills will not chase an insect that swims without stopping to the shore. However,they will nail one that appears to be stationary but alive.


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