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
Ripple Ice Fiber is fast becoming a favorite material for seasoned fly tyers. The ripple in the flash removes some of the artificial looks that synthetic materials can have. This imparts a more natural look on the finished fly. Hans’ Ripple Ice Minnow is the perfect testing ground for the new flash.
Hans ties this pattern by tying a series of clumps onto the hook and trimming the fly to its final shape. The range of colors allows you to create a broad selection of baitfish.
This pattern is going to be a killer for bass and pike this summer. I can’t wait to get a few of these Ripple Ice Minnows tied up for the fly box.
Ripple Ice Minnow Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Arex Trout Predator #4 (superglue base)
Thread: GSP white
Flash: Pearl Ripple Ice Fiber
Tail: Barred rabbit zonker and wood duck barred marabou
Gills: Red Polar reflector flash
Belly: Pearl Ripple Ice Fiber
Back: Copper Ripple Ice Fiber
Eye: Fire Living Eyes
Once again, fly tyers can enjoy another innovative product from the R&D labs at Flymen Fishing Co . Faux Bucktail is the latest product to hit the shelves and it brings some new choice to the market. The new Faux Bucktail addresses some of the issues found in natural bucktail
“However, as fly tyers, we share in the general frustration of the difficulty of finding quality bucktail with long fibers on a consistent basis. We wanted to create a synthetic fiber with similar features to bucktail and properties that would allow it to be used as a more multi-purpose tying material with improvements over existing non-tapered synthetic fibers.”
The synthetic hairs come in a 6″ length, providing lots of room for even larger hair flies. Most natural bucktail is in the 3-4.5″ range. Tyers have a palate of 12 vibrant colors to choose from. It features a natural-like crinkle in the fibers and tapered tips. The hairs are not hollow and will not flair like the natural bucktail, so this should be taken into consideration when using the Faux Bucktail in place of natural.
Here is a simple baitfish pattern from Flymen below which gives you a nice look at how the material handles on the hook.
My thoughts on the bucktail are that it looks like a promising material to tie with. I’m impressed by the tapered tips, long length, and ease of use, but I think the 6″ length may be wasteful for the needs of most tyers. Tying smaller flies will mean that you have a lot of waste product. I would like to see aa smaller length available down the road, say 4″. Another issue that I believe will pop up is the lack of give in the solid fibers. When using bucktail, the hairs can be compressed and this helps to keep them in place (and can cause the most hollow to flare).
I have not yet had a chance to tie with the Faux Bucktail but will be getting the chance to soon. The material has a lot of potential and I am looking forward to seeing the new fly patterns that emerge with it. If you would like to try it out for yourself or would like some more information, visit the product page on the Flymen Fishing Co. website.