February 12, 2012

Money Shot

Because sometimes, you only have one chance to make a good first impression...

Money Shot
It's been awhile since I've sat down and fooled around at the vise. Lately, most of my time spent at the tying station has involved filling orders, favors, or the obligatory fly swap. So much for fun time; it's been all business. After tying up a bunch of Carp Cracks for a customer recently, I figured it was about time that I do a little experimenting. I love the simplicity of the Carp Crack, it's profile, and I love the burnt orange color scheme. The carp do too, obviously, since this is my most productive fly, go-to pattern, and my best selling fly. Time to have some fun.

Money Shot
Money Shot
Money Shot:
Hook: Mustad 34007, Size 6
Thread: 6/0 UNI, Red
Tail: Grizzly Marabou, Burnt Orange
Body: Roughfisher's Seal Sub Dub, KB Orange
Hackle: Ruffed Grouse
Legs: MFC Centipede Legs, Hot Orange (Medium)
Thorax: Roughfisher's Seal Sub Dub, KB Orange
Head: #8 Bead Chain, Black

Money Shot
Money Shot
I'm toying with the idea of adding some UV Krystal Flash to the marabou tail. I'm not sure if I want more flash on this fly, or if the spectral dubbed body will provide enough bling. As much as I love a little spice, too much flash can spook weary fish. I might have to do a little field testing to see whether or not it will make a difference. All I know is that this fly has all the makings of a perfect carp fly: A great profile, excellent coloration, a little wiggle, and a near zero splash entry construction. The light weight of the bead chain, the soft hackle and touch dubbed body, and the addition of legs to the thorax will help cushion the entry of this fly. The last thing you want to do is splash a little somethin' somethin' in a carp's eye. Trust me.