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Belly Ache Minnow

Basic minnow proportions, but dam! When this puppy hits that water, I’m in love. The guts of the pattern are a tungsten bead that will keel over the hook (great for avoiding snags) and really bomb that fly down quickly. If nothing else, just watch from 8:18 to the end. I love that action! The fly as a great mix of material with color and a beautiful taper. This is tied with saltwater in mind, but it looks perfect for bigger salmonids and bass too. Check it out!

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DNA Clouser Minnow

We featured a fly (DNA Thundercreek) tied with the DNA materials a while back and had received some great feedback on the pattern. This Clouser pattern is a nice complement to that updated classic, and is a sexy looking fly when wet. Nate Stansberry winds the thread on this fly specifically designed for fishing off the Oregon Coast for rockfish and ling cod. I’m sure most other species wouldn’t mind seeing it as well.

Click here if video does not play –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydYpNoZ5x7g

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Bucanero – Aaron Caldwell

We don’t often feature saltwater flies on the blog, but they are an important part of the fly tyers diet. The good folks at Fish Tales Flyshop in Calgary have been busy adding some quality tutorials to their site. The shop organizes trips to warmer climates and they also have a selection of flies and materials to service that clientele.

This patterns features a Enrico Puglisi dubbing brush to give some bulk to the body. The material is nice to fish with with and I use the unwound version in streamer wings quite often. When it gets wet, it has a nice translucent appearance.

Here is a quote from the site about how the pattern came to be.

This bone fish fly has an interesting history. It is actually a combination of ideas that were introduced to me by two different tiers; David Blair and Terry Johnson. Terry makes a palmered rabbit hair fly with splayed feathers out the back that he calls the 10X10. Named that because on one of Terry’s trips to Cayo Coco it caught 10 good bones by 10 in the morning. David suggested using the Enrico Shrimp brush instead of the palmered rabbit hair to achieve the same type of fly.

Happy tying.

Bucanero - Aaron Caldwell
Bucanero - Aaron Caldwell

Bucanero Recipe – Click here for the tutorial at Fish Tales Flyshop

Hook: Daiichi x point or 2546 #4
Thread: Fluorescent pink or red flat waxed nylon by Danville
Dubbing: Shrimp pink ice dub or Enrico shrimp dub in pink
Claws: 4 hen cape feathers
Body: Enrico shrimp brush in pink.
Eyes: bead chain or x-small lead depending on depth of water to be fished.

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