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MrEsox 04-28-2008 09:44 PM

Top Prop
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Did some looking around, did some thinking, and came up with a prop type topwater fly. The hope is when stripping line, the prop will spin and the body of the flys will give enough of a bloop. Should be very good on smallies.

Body is deer hair
Hook is 1/0
Thread is thin nylon and floss

Key is to ty just far enough from the hook to allow epoxy to be applyed with out getting the hook or prop covered. Have done 3 so far. Got big hopes on this one

BigCliff 04-28-2008 10:05 PM

Re: Top Prop
Its been a while since I tied or fished any, but there's one tricky aspect of prop flies: you've got to give the prop a good surface to spin on. I've found that a thread mound often doesn't work, but a brass bead held in position with a thread mound helps.

Also, beware of their tendency to spin in flight and inadvertently make your leader a furled one.

All that aside, they REALLY catch fish. It just takes a little more attention to get the fly set up right and to cast it without creating problems.

MrEsox 04-28-2008 10:20 PM

Re: Top Prop
Yes, I have thought of those samethings you mentioned Cliff. That is why I used epoxy to give it a surface to spin on. I could not find any beeds that I could get on the hook and that did not hinder the fly in some other way. Now you got to remember that I am in an area that the craft department at walmart has the closest things to fly material. With that said, I get a lot of my stuff from on line stores and if I get a chance to, a city 100 miles from where I live does have fly stuffz. But I dont get that way too often so...I have to make do with what I got. So far I got one that will spin almost on will. As far as the spin in air goes. That is one of the reasons I put the majority of the fly away from the prop itself. I plan on doing a rear mounted prop just have to find a way to stabilize it.

fyshstykr 04-29-2008 11:54 PM

Re: Top Prop
Cliff, I have a question about the leader twist, where this looks like a bigger fly.
Will it still twist badly if you go with a little heavier tippet? Would that counteract it?

BigCliff 04-30-2008 05:20 PM

Re: Top Prop
A heavier tippet would most likely help quite a bit to counteract the twist.

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