Category Archives: Bass Fly

Tom Nixon’s Calcasieu Pig Boat Bass Fly

The Calcasieu Pig Boat (Show Boat Version) is a fly designed by the late Cajun fly designer Tom Nixon. Nixon was known for his bass flies and for his books on the subject. (http://amzn.to/2yE4rr4 Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Bass and Panfish)

The Calcasieu Pig Boat gets its name by combining the name of Tom’s home waters in Louisiana with the moniker given to the German submarines during WWII. Like the subs, the Pig Boat has proven to be a deadly and stealthy adversary to the warm water targets.

The fly was designed to act like the popular Hawaiian Wiggler lure which was doing quite well with bass anglers.

The original fly was tied without the tail section and in all black. Tom was not a purist and was know to add a pork rind on the hook.

Other versions include the Showboat (rubber legs tail), Serpent (saddle hackle), rabbit and marabou.

There is an excellent article in the Autumn 2004 Fly Tyer magazine which dives a little deeper into the history of the fly.

Calcasieu Pig Boat fly pattern recipe

Hook: Talon DV314 (Bass Stinger)or B10S http://amzn.to/2yCUudF
Thread: Black FWN (210 d)
Tail: White silicone skirt tab (half)
Hackle: Olive grizzly neck
Body: Olive crystal chenille
Collar: Olive silicone skirt tab (half)
Head: Black thread
Eyes: Painted white/black or stick-on

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Smallmouth Bass Predator X by The Fly Fiend

The Fly Fiend is back with a great streamer fly. While he is best known for some of the killer nymph patterns he whips up at the vise, he is equally adept at tying larger baitfish streamer patterns. This minnow was designed to go after bass, but any toothy critter is bound to give chase. I haven’t given the Fish Mask product a try yet, but I do like the way it finishes this fly pattern. It gives the fly a nice clean head without needing the UV resin, curing light and positions the eyes evenly, something that can be a little bit challenging.

Smallmouth Bass Predator X fly pattern recipe

Hook: Partridge Universal Predator X #1/0
Thread: Veevus GSP 100D White
Tail: White Neck Hackle
Body: White Bucktail
Lateral Line: Grizzly Neck Hackle
Head Stack: Senyo Laser Dub Silver Minnow Belly
Head/Eyes: Fish Mask #7 Living Eyes 7mm Earth

Sources

Youtube Channel: The Fly Fiend
Youtube Video: Smallmouth Bass Predator X
Instagram: theflyfiend
Website: theflyfiend.com

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X1 Minnow Brookie for Pike and Bass

This is an updated version of my X1 Minnow in the Brookie color. I have several other colors for both fresh and saltwater. The hair I use on the fly is called either Widow’s Web (MFC) or Congo Hair (http://www.flytyersdungeon.com/Materials/Chart_Congo_Hair.htm) but there are many products on the market similar. FTD has a nice selection of colors for quite reasonable prices.

X1 Minnow Brookie Fly Recipe

Hook: Mustad S71SNP-DT #2/0-4
Thread: Olive 6/0
Weight: 0.030 lead
Body: Pearl Flashabou
Belly: Orange Congo Hair
Lateral Line: Light pink Flashabou
Wing: Dark green Congo Hair
Throat: Chartreuse Laser Dubbing
Head: Olive dubbing w/ copper flash
Eyes: Gold 3D eyes

Sources

Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
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