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
Youtube Channel: Dakota Angler & Outfitter
Youtube Video: Ripple Ice Minnow
I ran across Reece’s Masked Bandit streamer, thinairangler.com and Bob Reece’s other fly patterns via an article on fly tying efficiency posted on Gink & Gasoline. Bob, a commercial fly tyer and guide has some great looking patterns and also produces fly pattern kits for for a number of his signature fly patterns. The kits are well packaged and include the materials need to tie 3 flies. It is a good way to get a pattern without needing to spend a bundle on the needed materials.
The Reece’s Masked Bandit uses a new Hardline product called Ripple Ice Flash, a fiber that combines flash and kink. The material is versatile and has a number of useful applications and a wide range of colours to choose from. The fly is tied on a short shank Gamakatsu Octopus hook, so much of the material extends out past the hook. This makes it a good candidate for aggressive striking fish. I might want to also try out this pattern tied on a short 25mm shank with a trailer hook in case you find the fly is getting short strikes.
Reece’s Masked Bandit fly pattern recipe
Hook: Gamakatsu octopus #4
Thread: 6/0 matched to zonker
Flash: Ripple Ice Fiber (Hareline)
Tail: Pine squirrel zonker
Collar: Pine squirrel zonker
Head: Flymen Fish Mask w/ Living Eyes – Earth
Youtube Channel: Bob Reece
Youtube Video: Reece’s Masked Bandit fly pattern