The Egg Sucking Ice Tiger is a fly that can be tied either on a standard hook or on a leashed shank fly. In this case, the fly was tied with a clipped shank and a wire leash. The pattern is essentially an egg sucking leach, but it is tied with a cool blue barred rabbit zonker and some icey marabou. While this fly is tied for steelhead, I think it would also be a great fly to target pike, bass and tarpon.
If you don’t have a tube vise to hold the shank, you can just use the regular vise jaws, but just be careful not to put too much pressure on the hook. Another alternative for shanks would be the OPST Shank Chuck Tool.
Egg Sucking Ice Tiger
Shank: 30mm shank or #2-2/0 hook
Bead: 1/4” Fl. Fire Orange cone
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140 d)
Leash: 20lb braided intruder wire
Tail: Two-tone white/blue barred zonker
Collars: Black and dark blue marabou
Flash: Junebug Flashabou 15 strands
Wing: White bucktail
Collar: Silver Dr. Blue schlappen
Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
Web: Piscator Flies
Finally a good use for those annoying Trolls I keep stepping on in the middle of the night. The Troll Fly is a sweet little baitfish pattern and as seen in the video, works great for redfish. For that matter, I would also be looking to throw this fly at pike and bass. If you don’t have any of the dolls at hand, a patch of craft fur will do great in its place.
Troll Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: #2-3/0 Saltwater hook
Thread: White 210 denier
Tail: Flash blend synthetic hair alternate colors white and grey
Body: Pearl Angel Hair
Wing: Blue Troll hair (Craft Fur)
Throat: Pearl crystal flash
Eye: 3d molded eyes (match to hook size)
Head: UV Resin
Youtube Channel : Catch Cam Nets
Video: Troll Fly
I’ve been playing around with some saltwater patterns and Tuffleye lately. Here is a saltwater patten I tied up called the DT Special for targeting saltwater species. I used Tuffleye from Wet a Hook technologies on this fly in place of epoxy. The Tuffleye is nice as I don’t need to mix it, or use a wheel to set it.
The pattern was developed by Captain Duane White for targeting snook. It imitates a minnow, so I wouldn’t hesitate to try my hand at targeting pike with this fly. In fact, some of the pike flies I have tied up in the past were based on this type of tarpon fly design. No harm in trying.
Hook: Mustad 34007 #10-2/0
Thread: White 6/0
Tail: White neck hackles
Flash: Peal Krystal Flash
Collar: Palmered white neck hackle
Head: Build up with thread and covered with tuffleye
Eyes: 3D Prism Stick-on eyes