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Old 01-10-2012, 05:07 PM
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I have come up with various bendback patterns because of the weeds in my lakes and because the monofilament weedguards suck to put it nicely. Im wonderig if anyone here has a interesting bendback pattern. I tie a deceiver bendback( a bendback with hackle and a gill). also does anyone tie them with synthetics?
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:34 PM
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anyone out there?
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The majority of the bendbacks I've tied are two colors of bucktail, some flash, sometimes a topping of peacock herl & a body of crystal chenille or estaz, or sometimes a wrapped body of diamond braid or mylar tubing. I also add some grizzly hackle sides. Most have been in a size range from 2 to 3/0.

Occasionally I'll tie small ones as well, down to size 6, and with other types of hair such as arctic or red fox tail.

I've tied them in many color combinations but most of the time they're basic, such as chartreuse over white, or olive over white.

Although I don't think the fish care, I usually add eyes to them as well.

So far, I've not attempted them with synthetics.

I have a couple bendbacks that I purchased (got them cheap on Ebay with other flies in a lot) that were tied with a material similar to ultra hair, may even be ultra hair. I guess they'll catch some fish, but I haven't used them. My preference is for materials that have some movement to it, and some synthetics may be OK. I've used natural materials for so long on bendbacks, I'm reluctant to change.
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While I was home fishing saltwater, I tied some clouser-type bendbacks on inline circle hooks. Haven't got a shot at trying them, but I'm intrigued. I'll take a photo or two when I get a chance, need some saltwater fishermen to give em a test.
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I've been focusing alot on bendbacks lately, and landed a nice red on one saturday.

Recipe:

Size 1 34011 hook

Two pieces of .030 lead wire lashed to the shank, overwrapped with pearl sparkle braid

Two colors of bucktail, darker on top- ginger and brown, black and grey, etc

Flash down the sides of the bucktail

Head made with a 1.5-2" dubbing loop of ice dubbing, picked out then swept back

3D Holo dome eyes glued on with superglue

I'll try to get some pics of the flies, but here's Saturday's fish-

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Default Re: Bendbacks

I tie a bendback Dahlberg diver that's pretty unusual. A pattern that I learned from the old Warm Water Fly Fishing magazine
It's tied on a 3/0 mustad 3407.... no smaller
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Default Re: Bendbacks

I use a lot of bendbacks. I use them for Bass. They are great. I have only used bucktails, a little strip of flash, then bucktails on top. I think I have about five to eight different colors. They range form pearl to chart. I started coping my crankbaits that I use on the lake. I have also tied them down to a size 4 hook and used them for crappie, however always caught more bass than crappie. I like using natural materials than sync. Thats just me.
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I use these alot on rock jettys and in beds of eel grass. I use mostly bucktail and have been putting a little softex between the eye and the point and work it into the bucktail with a bodkin. This makes it more weedless than a texas rigged worm. You dont need much just enough to stiffen the bucktail near the eye.
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my favorite pattern is the baby bass pattern very effective
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Can someone post a photo of a bendback?

Our ponds here become "top water salad" as soon as it gets warm.
I've tried some 'hook up' versions that work for a while. Interested to see some other weed proof versions for bass or carp (or whatever is swimming!)
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