Fly Tying with Ryan – Rainy’s Slider Head Pike Fly
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Rainy’s Slider Heads make a great topwater pattern, as well as fishing on a heavy sinking line. We’ve had great luck fishing this pattern on a heavy sinking line like the SA Sonar Titan series. Let the line sink almost all the way to the bottom and start retrieving – the buoyant foam head will keep your fly out of the weeds, but near the bottom where the fish are. This is a great topwater pattern fished on a floating or intermediate line as well! This fly is a 4/0 with a medium head.
The late Jack Gartside created quite a number of fly patterns during his long fly tying and fly fishing career. Jack’s Soft Hackle streamer is a one of his most popular and earlier fly patterns. The Soft Hackle Streamer has been adapted for targeting a number of sportfish species. These include bass, pike, snook, baby tarpon, trout, striped bass, steelhead, and Atlantic Salmon to name a few.
The fly can be tied for either saltwater or freshwater. Choose hooks based on where you plan to fish the pattern, and for the species you want to target. The colors selected should also be tailored for the specific species. The fly is tied similar to the famous Alaskabou or Popsicle fly designed by west coaster George Cook, but there are a few differences in the fly patterns. The Gartside fly is tied with a front hackle of water fowl and the marabou is tied in butt first.
The marabou is an excellent choice of material and imparts a lot of life and action to the fly when it hits the water.
Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer fly pattern recipe
Hook: Paxima Iseama #2 (14)
Thread: Dark olive 6/0
Tail: 5-10 strands silver Flashabou doubled
1st collar: Olive marabou
2nd collar: Tan marabou
3rd collar: Lemon wood duck flank
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Flies or lures? These straddle the line I think, but they have some unbelievable action in the water. The Frog, water dog and crayfish all look like some killer bass / pike flies. I give kudos to Emerge for going the extra mile to produce the video’s to showcase their flies. All tied on jig hooks for an interesting action on the retreive.
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