The head-stand attitude and swimming action is perfect but at first I was worried that they would be too heavy. They ARE heavy, but this June/July I spent allot of time slow-wading knee and thigh deep water for pre and post-spawn tailers. It turns out that the SH McLuvin is perfect for that, and I ended up fishing it almost exclusively for over a month. I even broke them out on Lake MI and caught two nice carp on it there. I had such a good month that there is no way I can keep this fly off my favorite carp fly list. It even landed my first grass carp!
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HOW TO FISH:
This is NOT the fly that you want on the end of your like if you are fishing 8" deep flats. Don't get me wrong, if you are fishing knee deep flats and bump into a shallow fish you can make it happen,
As a matter of fact I have already caught several carp in super shallow water with it using various indirect presentations but that is just not what nature intended for this fly. Instead this fly should come to mind when you are fishing to to deep (knee to mid-thigh) tailers.
Now, in terms of the presentation this fly seems to be very noticeable to tailing carp. I don't know if the head makes turbulence on the drop or if the broad flattened profile is more noticeable but the dinner plate seems to be bigger with this fly than normal. For whatever reason I can make carp move further than I am used to for this fly. I have repeatedly found that I can drop the fly 6 to 8" further away from tailing carp than I expect and still trigger a response. Generally making carp move to your fly if they will is a good idea because it makes detecting the take easier.
RECIPE: This is the recipe for an olive version which is what I have caught all the carp on so far.
- Hook: Size 6 CarpPro Gaper
- Thread: 140 Denier, any color
- Body: Spirit River UV2 dubbing Scud Shrimp Olive.
- Tail: Wapsi micro pine squirrel zonker, sculpin olive.
- Collar: 1 to 3 wraps of the same micro pine squirrel.
- Head: Fish-Skull mini sculpin helmet, olive.
I haven't fished it yet but a rust version seems reasonable (doesn't it always?) with rust pine squirrel, brown sculpin helmet and the "Scud Shrimp Fl Orange" UV2 dubbing.