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
The Backwater’s Micro Crab is one of those simple crab patterns that I really enjoy tying. I really dislike tying complex patterns when a simple fly will do the job just as well. My time on the vise is at a premium most days, and so if I need to build an arsenal of effective patterns, those with fewer steps involved rise to the top of my list. I would tie this with a straight silver or black painted barbell rather than the painted eyes as you already have a set of UV eyes on the pattern. No need to duplicate it. The silicone legs tied in the rear makes for an easy time of wrapping the polar chenille body. If you don’t have the calf tail, craft fur or fox will work just as well.
Backwater’s Micro Crab Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad C47SD #4
Thread: Danville 210 Denier
Weight: Small lead dumbbell
Eyes: UV eyes (homemade)
Legs: Silicone legs 6-8
Body: Medium polar chenille
Wing: Calf tail
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Nick Davis has a great idea with his video tutorials paired up with some premium Lightsaber Pinfish fly tying kits, hooks not included and some assembly required. This video features one of his patterns, the Lightsaber Pinfish, and there are several different kits available with full tying videos to accompany. The video is filled with some good tying tips and explains how to color epoxy with some powdered make-up. The fly is a really crisp and clean tie despite the use of sometimes mess inducing epoxy. You can search through 239flies for other kit variations on the fly pattern.
This saltwater baitfish pattern is a killer looking fly for snook, permit and rooster fish in the salty water, or pike and bass in the swampy water. I’d like to try tying a few freshwater baitfish with the pattern, and the glow in the dark throat. I’ve had a lot of success fishing for trout and using glowing elements on the fly.
Lightsaber Pinfish Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Gamakatsu SC15 #1/0 (short shank wide gape)
Thread: Tan 210 denier (Danville)
Tail: Tan creft fur
Body:gold Polar Flash
Belly: Pearl Polar Flash
Throat:Blue Glow Flashabou
Eyes: 1/4 Inch Jurassic Eyes
Head: 5 Minute Epoxy mixed with gold eye shadow
Brown Permanent Marker
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