02-24-2014, 04:38 PM
Re: Lake Maxinkuckee Smallmouth
I'm out on the road now, ( tractor trailer driver) so hope this works. My typing is not great to begin with either.
Those Clousers are tied with tobacco brown, Danville Flat Waxed Nylon thread, bar dyed rabbit strip tail, and the hair is coyote tail with much of the underfur removed. The upper portion has been dyed, but the white portion is natural colored. Come to think of it, that white hair might be from a fox tail, I can't remember exactly. Anyway, doesn't matter as both types of hair are good for patterns like this and you can tie them in any color you wish. I like using various colors, but particularly like tan's, olive's &
rusty brown shades for crayfish.
There's a few strands of Polar Flash in there as well.
The pictured flies are tied on a 2/0 Matzuo Sickle bait holder hook, but any hook you like could be used. I was experimenting with these hooks at the time. I tie a lot of bass flies on straight shank plastic worm hooks also.
The eyes used are lead barbells that have a flat side for adding stick on eyes. I don't recall the brand, but it's not critical, as any barbell eyes will work.
The last fly is tied with a dark brown thread, again doesn't matter what color thread you use. The tail is a olive variant or "grizzly" rabbit strip with a few strands Polar Flash tied in first so it's under the tail.
The body has some holographic silver Estaz Metallique, then the front portion is straight cut Australian Opossum strip. However, any strip type fur could be used, even rabbit. Again, I was experimenting! I will sometimes use straight cut strips to wrap bodies, as it makes them look fuller & gives them a bigger profile compared to cross cut strips. As you can see the barbell eyes are the same I used in the Clouser style flies.
That's pretty much it for the pattern's. They're fairly simple & easy to tie.
The Murdich Minnow is a bit more complicated, but still not a difficult pattern. That link has a good recipe. I substituted a product called "Hackle Flash" (Cascade Crest) in the body, because I had some & had used it before. I purchase it from JStockard. The flies pictured are tied on stainless saltwater hooks, but again use any hook you like. They're also over 6" long, but they can be scaled to any size.
Hope this helps! If you have any questions feel free to ask here or by PM.
Remember, no one likes to be behind the big truck, but that's better than being under it!