Category Archives: Panfish Fly

Tying a Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail Nymph Jig

The Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail Nymph is a fly design from Justin Aldrich (check out his channel here – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa5G…) and was featured on JStockard’s blog in May 2018. This variation of the Pheasant Tail Nymph (#PTN ) incorporates a unique hotspot, taking advantage of some seldom used real estate over top of the tungsten bead. I’ve used a hot pink floss for my demo flies, but any hot color that contrasts with the bead should work well. Try a black bead with a chartreuse floss or a silver bead with purple floss.

Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail Nymph Jig Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Partridge SUJ #10-16 or similar jig hook
Bead: Gold tungsten (3.3mm for #12)
Thread: Rusty Brown 8/0 (70d)
Hot Spot: Floss (hot color)
Tail & body: 6-8 pheasant tail fibers or CDL fibers
Rib: Copper Ultrawire (sm)
Thorax: Peacock herl

Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail Nymph
Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail Nymph

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Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
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Cluster Maggot or Maggot Cluster?

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)

Cluster Maggot fly pattern
Cluster Maggot fly pattern

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Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
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Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller tied by Bob Reece

This small caddis nymph pattern was developed by Shea Gunkel and tied in the video by Bob Reece. The Splatte Roller is pretty straight forward as far as the tying goes, but this tiny fly packs a lot of punch for fishing deeper pools on small water runs. You may run into a bit of difficulty when applying the top coat of epoxy to the fly. Just be sure to go slow and try not to get it into the thorax dubbing and legs. If you are tying quite a few, you may want to tie the fly in stages and apply epoxy or UV resin to the abdomen first before tying in the legs and thorax. Either way, the epoxied fly is near bullet-proof and should last quite a number of fish. You can add a little bit of lead wire behind the bead if you find more weight is needed.

Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller fly pattern recipe

Hook: Umpqua JB01 #12-18
Bead: Black Tungsten
Thread: 70 denier (8/0) chartreuse (abdomen) black (thorax)
Ribbing: Black small wire (UTC)
Legs: 24 strands Wapsi Fluoro Fiber
Thorax: Peacock Black Ice Dubbing
Topcoat: Epoxy

Sources

Youtube Channel: Bob Reece
Youtube Video: Shea Gunkel’s Splatte Roller fly pattern
Instagram: thin_air_angler
Website: thinairangler.com

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