Wednesday, December 19, 2012

McTage's McLuvin Carp Fly

I have been working on this fly since August of 2011.  The original goal was to have a fly that takes advantage of the positive attributes of the Trouser Worm without being so...so....WORMY.  The Trouser Worm is so amazingly effective that I thought combining it's basic action with a cray-fishy profile could be a deadly alternative.

Initially, I wanted a bulky profile with this fly, but that just didn't work out.  Instead, after having success with several different iterations and getting trounced on others I have whittled the design down to a lighter, sparser and more delicate version of Option A in the video linked above.

This fly has the same unique rocking action as the Trouser Worm with a sparse but buggy soft-hackle profile.  The sparse profile and delicate micro-pine squirrel allow the fly to get down (particularly with a loop knot) without requiring too much weight and the base design of this fly will use a brass bead instead of tungsten.  This allows for a more delicate presentation in medium depths and/or moderate current.  It is probably slightly too heavy for long-range ultra-shallow still-water applications but will work at moderate range using indirect presentations such as a drag and drop.  It is also too light for heavy current, which will require substituting a tungsten bead.

It has gotten a very positive reaction on the Denver South Platte this fall, and has earned a name which will be "McTage's McLuvin".  Like the Trouser Worm, the McLuvin was specifically designed to be effective for virtually every presentation including a dead drop, twitch, sitting,  stripped or slow swimming.

McTage's McLuvin
Tying Instructions:

  
Materials List:
  • Hook:  Size 8 Tiemco 2457 caddis
  • Thread:  140 denier burnt orange Ultra-Thread
  • Bead:  3.25mm black brass bead
  • Eyes:  #6 stainless bead-chain
  • Tail:   Brown micro-pine squirrel
  • Body:  Rust Brown "Nymph Free-Range" Dubbing** (singlebarbed.com)
  • Collar:  Small brown Hungarian Partridge
  • Head:  Pink Shrimp UV Dub

**At the time of this post I am not positive "Free-Range" dubbing is still available.  I am trying to confirm if the "nymph" dubbing listed on singlebarbed is the same stuff with a new name.  If not I will be on the hunt for a substitute.  Keith Barton at singlebarbed.com has confirmed, his "nymph" dubbing available for order at his online store is in fact the same thing as his famous "Free-Range" Dubbing.

Bathtub Video:





6 comments:

  1. Thats an extremely carpy lookin fly my friend. I'll have to tie some up before spring hits.

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    1. Thank's Jason. Carpy is certainly the goal, good luck this spring.

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  2. excellent, thank you..

    much like the Kwan saltwater fly, which can be a gobie, shrimp or a crab, depending on how you fish/squint at it.. I love these multipurpose flies.

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    1. That key to my philosiphy. Put it under water and move it around while "squinting". Too often we hang up on whether a fly in a box at a shop looks exactly like a specifc food item without considering how it swims or looks under-water.

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  3. Got to go where the heart tells you to go. Hmmm, I would still probably put the hair riding up on mine, but you can't argue with success! Good job McTage.

    Gregg

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    1. That is the bueaty of rolling your own, you are free to re-interpret and put your own spin on anything! On this one my heart was wrong over and over and over until I conceded that something just a little different from what I WANTED to work actually worked.

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