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Tom Nixon’s Calcasieu Pig Boat Bass Fly

The Calcasieu Pig Boat (Show Boat Version) is a fly designed by the late Cajun fly designer Tom Nixon. Nixon was known for his bass flies and for his books on the subject. (http://amzn.to/2yE4rr4 Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Bass and Panfish)

The Calcasieu Pig Boat gets its name by combining the name of Tom’s home waters in Louisiana with the moniker given to the German submarines during WWII. Like the subs, the Pig Boat has proven to be a deadly and stealthy adversary to the warm water targets.

The fly was designed to act like the popular Hawaiian Wiggler lure which was doing quite well with bass anglers.

The original fly was tied without the tail section and in all black. Tom was not a purist and was know to add a pork rind on the hook.

Other versions include the Showboat (rubber legs tail), Serpent (saddle hackle), rabbit and marabou.

There is an excellent article in the Autumn 2004 Fly Tyer magazine which dives a little deeper into the history of the fly.

Calcasieu Pig Boat fly pattern recipe

Hook: Talon DV314 (Bass Stinger)or B10S http://amzn.to/2yCUudF
Thread: Black FWN (210 d)
Tail: White silicone skirt tab (half)
Hackle: Olive grizzly neck
Body: Olive crystal chenille
Collar: Olive silicone skirt tab (half)
Head: Black thread
Eyes: Painted white/black or stick-on


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The Predator – Skip Morris

Kerry Pitt turned me onto this pattern a few years ago after he added a couple to a swap we both took part in. The fly has an incredible surface presence and has since been responsible for bringing many browns and bows to net during the fall hopper season. I hear it also works well for bass and panfish, so I’ll be testing this out soon.

The gang at Fly Fish Ohio has put together a great step by step sequence and video on how to tie up the Morris Foam Predator. Click Here for the tutorial and video

The Predator designed by Skip Morris
The Predator designed by Skip Morris

Hook: Large Dry Fly Hook, size 6 to 12
Thread: Brown waxed 6/0
Tail: Deer body hair, color to match
Body: Squirrel fur dubbing
Shellback: Craft foam or furry foam, cut to a width not greater than the hook gape
Eyes: Mono eyes, medium or large depending on hook size
Head: Continuation of shellback foam
Wing Case: Continuation of shellback foam
Legs: Sili Legs or small diameter round rubber legs