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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.
A misguided yellow jacket that finds itself struggling on the surface of the water does not linger there for long. These hornets disappear in a slurp, and the only trace of their existence is a vanishing set of concentric rings on the surface of the water.
If you have not chased pickerel with a fly rod you're missing out on a lot of fun; their explosive topwater takes will get your adrenaline flowing. They are acrobatic hard fighting fish that will have you begging for more.
The wooly worm is a predecessor to one of the most popular and effective flies ever invented, the wooly bugger. Coming from the same bloodline, it is just as effective as it is more famous relative.
Our first fly swap was organized by Panfish On the Fly contributor Jake Wade. The exchange was opened up to the first ten individuals who signed up. The requirements were simple, tie ten of your favorite panfish patterns...