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
Let’s mix things up a bit. I don’t fish the slat often, but it doesn’t mean I don’t tie flies for the salt. I often tie orders of tarpon and bonefish flies for clients heading south on their winter vacations. Here is a cool pattern tied up by Capt. Matthew Thomas called the Green Tarpon Toad.
Hook: Gamakatsu SL12S
Eyes: Gold Bead chain
Weed guard: 20lb Fluorocarbon
Tail: Chartreuse Marabou
Body: Chartreuse Puglisi Fibres