On my last trip to Lake Travis I took along my 6wt but I really wanted to take along my 5wt or even 4wt as I think it would be more fun to fish. However, I really would like to throw a "big" fly to get the attention of bass. I was thinking I could lighten up one of my current patterns and stay away from a lot of zonker strips. Instead, I thought about and decided on modifying the lightweight Seaducer pattern slightly.
The Seaducer is a great shallow water fly. It is composed of mainly feathers so it is light and is great to present to shallow fish in that it falls on the water softly. It is also buoyant and the hackle sheds water easily on the back cast. Those are great characteristics but I do need it to stay below the water so I decided to make a simple modification and add some medium bead chain eyes which are not too heavy but should be enough to get it below the surface.
In order to give it a little bit more "action", I added a small tip of olive grizzly marabou to either side. The idea behind this also serves to change the profile slightly so they look like fins (I hope).
The collar on the fly is composed of red hackle though I may do another one in black or olive.
The components of the pictured fly are:
- Gamakatsu size #2 SS15 hook (a light hook)
- Black medium bead chain eyes
- Four Olive/Black rooster saddle feathers
- Two grizzly marabou feathers
- Peacock flash
- Hot red saddle hackle
- Red 6/0 UNI thread
EDIT: It has come to my attention that this fly pattern is essentially a cross between a Whistler and a Seaducer fly.