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
Youtube Channel: The Fly Fiend
Youtube Video: Smallmouth Bass Predator X
I ran across Reece’s Masked Bandit streamer, thinairangler.com and Bob Reece’s other fly patterns via an article on fly tying efficiency posted on Gink & Gasoline. Bob, a commercial fly tyer and guide has some great looking patterns and also produces fly pattern kits for for a number of his signature fly patterns. The kits are well packaged and include the materials need to tie 3 flies. It is a good way to get a pattern without needing to spend a bundle on the needed materials.
The Reece’s Masked Bandit uses a new Hardline product called Ripple Ice Flash, a fiber that combines flash and kink. The material is versatile and has a number of useful applications and a wide range of colours to choose from. The fly is tied on a short shank Gamakatsu Octopus hook, so much of the material extends out past the hook. This makes it a good candidate for aggressive striking fish. I might want to also try out this pattern tied on a short 25mm shank with a trailer hook in case you find the fly is getting short strikes.
Reece’s Masked Bandit fly pattern recipe
Hook: Gamakatsu octopus #4
Thread: 6/0 matched to zonker
Flash: Ripple Ice Fiber (Hareline)
Tail: Pine squirrel zonker
Collar: Pine squirrel zonker
Head: Flymen Fish Mask w/ Living Eyes – Earth
Youtube Channel: Bob Reece
Youtube Video: Reece’s Masked Bandit fly pattern
The Stone Bugger is a cold fusion of a bugger and a stone nymph pattern from Sport Fishing on the Fly (SPOTF) and Don Freschi. This pattern comes from the season 8 episode 4, “Spring on the Columbia”. There is a pictorial step by step here. This should be a great pattern for both stream and stillwater fishing. Brown, olive, and golden colors should be tied, and a range of sizes in #12-#4, should be a good fit. I’m off to the vise to try a few of these right now.
Stone Bugger Fly pattern Recipe
Hook: Size 6 TMC 2302
Thread: Wapsi UTC 70 Black
Tail: Brown Marabou
Weight: 0.020 Lead Wire
Wingcase: Flexcement covered Turkey feather
Body: Fiery Brown Angora Goat Dubbing
Legs: Hungarian Partridge
You can follow Sport Fishing on the Fly on Youtube and visit the show website for more fly tying information by heading to SFOTF.ca.