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Although it looks very similar to the traditional Hornberg Special, the Hornberg Streamer performs differently. The fly is weighted and uses materials that absorb water so it sinks quickly unlike the traditional Hornberg Special which can be fished as a dry fly.
The Hornberg was initially designed as a dry fly to imitate down winged insects like caddis and stoneflies. Somewhere along the line someone drowned the fly and took fish with it under the surface
I have spent the last season experimenting with several variations of one of my favorite warm water flies, the James Wood Buck Tail. By changing body and wing colors, I have created fly patterns that imitate other species of immature warm water fish.
There are few things better in fly fishing than explosive topwater takes on a popper. Poppers are some of my favorite flies for warm water fishing when the conditions are right.
The fly gets its name from the unique hook and body used to create this fly. The fly is designed using a floating jig head called a Gum Drop Floater.
Being in a warm water state of mind at that moment, the fly looked like it would serve as a reasonable imitation of a dragonfly or even a damselfly nymph. That began my experimentation with the pattern as a warm water fly.
In warm water environments, all species of panfish and larger fish like largemouth and smallmouth bass feed heavily on damselfly nymphs. Even though a size eight Green Eyed Damsel is a relatively small fly, drop one on the nose of a largemouth bass patrolling a shoreline and he is likely to pounce on it.
Flies using dust mop material have been around for many years now. Mop flies as they are known, are embraced by some and scorned by others.
Every once in a while you develop a pattern, fish it for years, then see something similar designed by another tier. Sometimes, as is the case here, the other individual’s concept of the fly is better than your own.
The McGinty, while well known as a wet fly for trout, was originally developed for bass in 1883 by Charles McGinty. The fact that the McGinty was originally designed as a warm water fly has a unique appeal to me.