This fly has been my go to fly for panfish. I created it after taking a sample of the bugs in the lake I do most of my fishing in. When I started experimenting, I wanted a fly that was somewhat realistic, easy to tie, and had lots of movement in the water. This is what I came up with, and it has been killer on bluegills, perch, and crappie. It is accountable for one of my biggest bluegills this season. It even catches some bass. A good little damsel fly nymph for low, clear water and picky fish.
Hook: Wet #12
Thread: Black or tan6/0
Tail: Olive marabou, one and a quarter the length of the hook shank
Abdomen: Chartreuse Ultra Wire
Wingcase: Olive marabou
Thorax: Olive marabou
Legs: Olive marabou from legs
Here is how to tie it:
1. Start your thread a third of the way from the eye and work it back to the bend. This will be your reference point for the thorax.
2. Tie in an olive marabou feather at the reference point. Wrap the thread over the marabou back to the bend, and make the tail a little over the length of the hook shank. Clip the excess and save the rest of the feather for the thorax.
3. Tie in the wire at the reference point. Again, wrap back over it to the bend. This gives the fly a nice, even body with no lumps at the back. Wrap the wire to the reference piont.
4. Strip half the fibers off the marabou feather and tie them in for the wingcase.
5. Tie in the other half of the marabou and wrap it for the thorax.
6.Pull the wingcase forward and tie off.
7. Split the remaining wingcase fibers and double them back to form the legs. Trim them so they extend slightly past the thorax.
The finished fly is around an inch and a half, the perfect size for big gills and crappies. I like to fish it with three short strips and a pause. The bluegills like it too.
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