Inspired by the "Ask About Fly Fishing Podcast w/ Kelly Galloup" and by reading Scott E. Smith's book on fishing for trophy brookies in the Nipigon area, I decided it was a must to tie up some big, meaty articulated butt monkeys.
Huh? Butt monkey? Ya! These bad boys are one mean, wrecking machine on trophy trout. They seem to get under the skin out of trout and make them charge at it. In certain colours they can imitate a sculpin pretty well. While other colours are just for getting on their nerves.
This batch of flies was tied with lead eyes to compensate for the healthy spring currents that will be greeting me when I get to Nipigon next week. You can tie these with just a wool head, with no weight or add eyes like I did.
Kelly Galloup always talks about articulated patterns and I thought I'd try my hand at tying them. Very easy once you get the system down.
-tie the back (trailer) first
-tie in your eyes on the front hook
-tie in a piece of 20lb mono or wire
-add appropriate amount of beads for rigidity and spacing
-slide the line/wire through the eye of the trailer hook and back through the beads.
-tie in the other tag end of the mono/wire down and add superglue or epoxy
-finish the front fly.
Here's the results.