The Cluster Maggot is a dream find for any hungry trout, panfish or carp on the hunt. It’s likely that one of the first baits you used as a kid was a maggot on a hook, so you know how effective the off-white morsels are for catching. Now multiply this into a larger snack pack of a dozen maggots and you’ve got a winner on your hands.
The fly is tied in a similar manner as the Crystal Meth steelhead fly and finished like the San Juan Worm with a softly touched flame to the tips of each strand of chenille. If you do choose to target carp, I recommend using a heavier nymph hook for the fly.
Cluster maggot Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Firehole 419 #12-16 (or another dry fly hook)
Thread: Buttercup 6/0 (70d) (white or cream thread)
Body: White or cream Ultra chenille
Accent: Ice Dubbing Pearl UV (Golden Brown)
The Black Betty is a variant of the Carp Carrot by Jim Pankiewicz which is an adaptation of the Carrot Nymph by Anvil Tartus. I tie this lighter variation with a set of 4 bead chain eyes to help the fly sit hook up. With the lead eyes, the fly has enough weight to turn hook up, but the bead chain version doesn’t alway hold true. the extra eyes help fix this.
4 Eyed Black Betty Carp Fly Recipe
Hook: Carp hook #4 http://ebay.to/2t5a273
Thread: 6/0 Black
Eyes: Black 3.2mm bead chain (4 balls) etsy.me/2t2CfLz
Tail: Silicone tab skirt black
Rib: Brassie wire black
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Black hen
Head: Black Peacock Diamond Dubbing
The Brasshawk carp fly pattern was designed by Texas tyer and guide Danny Scarborough. This fly is great for targeting carp in the shallows, 1-4 ft. I added a little extra weight behind the eyes with a couple strips of lead, but you could also make this fly heavier with lead or brass barbell eyes.
Brasshawk Carp Fly Recipe
Hook: Talon 8346 #4
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: Gray squirrel tail
Body: Olive soft wire medium
Eyes: 3.2mm Black nickel bead chain
Carapace: Peacock herl
Thorax: Bronze-olive Diamon Dubbing
Legs: Silicone bass skirt