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Carp are a tough fish to fish for. However, they are really rewarding when you finally hook into one. They pull like a freight train, and are challenging to even hook. Many times you have to go with lighter line, and small flies, which makes it tough to bring them in. Here is a fly that is tied to swim hook point up. You are going to be fishing carp on the bottom for the majority of the time, so this fly needs to be somewhat weedless. Being hook point up really helps with that. Last time I went out fishing for carp though, I ended up hooking into a really nice brown trout, on this pattern. So it obviously will work on more than just carp. Below is a list of materials, and below that is a step by step on how to tie this fly. Materials: Hook: Firehole sticks #516 in size 10 Bead: 3.2mm black tungsten slotted bead Thread: Veevus 10/0 in red Tail/Body: Medium "ultra chenille" in red Collar: Brown Marabou Cement: Hard as Hull Tying Instructions: Step 1 - Put the bead onto your hook Step 2 - Start your thread right behind the bead Step 3 - Measure out your chenille to 3 times the length of the hook Step 4 - Tie in your chenille right behind the bead, and on top of the hook shank, and down deep into the bend of the hook Step 5 - Tie in another piece of chenille on top of the hook shank, tying it back to where you tied down the other piece of chenille Step 6 - Make touching wraps up the hook shank with your chenille stopping a bead length shy of the bead. Step 7 - Make a dubbing loop with your thread Step 8 - Pull off the fibers of the marabou feather Step 8 - Place those fibers in the dubbing loop, so the tips extend out to just past the length of the hook. Step 9 - Spin up your dubbing loop Step 10 - Wrap your marabou hackle around the hook shank, pulling all the fibers rearward with every wrap Step 11 - Whip finish your fly. Step 12 - Add a drop of head cement to keep the whip finish in place Step 13 - Burn the end of the chenille with a lighter to give it a taper Most important Step - Fish your FLY!
Red Annelids are a very important and common food source for trout in almost every river in the world. In many rivers like my local river (The San Juan River) trout will gorge themselves on these small yet high protein worms. This means that using flies that mimic them will yield high results. The red hook is a popular hook for mimicking these red annelids. You can literally just fish the hook, without anything on it. Many guides do this because their clients loose so many flies, it makes short work of loading their boxes with annelid patterns. And it hurts less when they are lost. However, we who love to tie flies have some other options of this popular fly. Including this one, which uses some micro tubing for ribbing and a black head. Here is the list of materials I used on the fly. Hook: Daiitchi 1273 in size 20 Thread: Veevus 14/0 in black Wrap: Micro Tubing in Yellow Head Cement: Bone Dry UV Curing Resin
Tied up one of these last week on a #6 offset worm hook and it worked better than expected catching a few small bass and a number of bream and tons of nips. I modified slightly and used a 3306 #6 for the front hook and snelled a size #12 down eye nymph hook as a stinger to get more of the tail nipping bream. It's 2.5" long and casts easily with my 4wt, a larger bass is bound to eat this sooner or later.
Started fly tying last month and been doing a whole bunch of woolly buggers and worms. I would like to see everyone's woolly buggers and worms. Post them here, I know you have some or can tie some. Show your best or just show what you have tied. Doesn't have to be pretty, but the more images the better. Different styles and colors give us all new ideas on tying this fly.