I've been working on some bass bugs the last month or so. Pictures at end.
Meade's Gutless Frog. A new pattern for me this year. There was a post in this section about it, a month or so ago. It's supposed to be weedless. It looks like it can be fished off a sinking line so I did a couple up in crayfish colors. I'll find out in a couple of months when the weather warms up.
Tony's Froggie. I learned this pattern from Tony Spezio, a local NJ tyer, until he retired and moved to Arkansas to live on the White River. He designed it as a panfish fly and I usually tie it on size 6 2xl for bluegills, rock bass and other sunfish.
The third fly really doesn't have a name. The initial template for the panfish version was the soft foam spider bodies you can buy on line and in fly shops. Usually, tied on a size 6 2 xl hook.
For lack of a better name I calls this one the Heart Popper. Based on a foam pattern shown to me by Harrison Steeves, instead of the head being glued to the sides of the body, I left them open. I added legs on the ones in the bottom two rows since I took the picture. Has a bit of a Jitterbug action when retrieved with a steady strip.
Some general information. They're all made out of craft foam. 6 mm for the first three patterns. The first two are strips of the 6 mm foam. The third is an arrowhead shaped piece of 6 mm foam. Tied on 2/0 Ahrex Trout Predator Long hooks. The last batch are tied with a heart shaped piece of 2 mm craft foam. Tied on a size 4 Gamakatsu B10S. Colors are permanent markers. Legs are spinner bait skirt layers, otherwise known as Sili Legs or Crazy Legs.
Yes, mine are just for display. I frame a lot of fancy flies and also incorporate them into shadowboxes in larger mats surrounding paintings.
However, this style of fly copies a tying genre that was common a century ago, mainly in New England. There was a popular style of streamer fly with feather wing tied on a very long shank hook or with some type of trailer hook. This was designed to create a very long fly that resembled a smelt. These flies were usually trolled on a pond or lake by an angler in a rowboat targeting brook trout or landlocked salmon.
You can still fish with feather wing streamers like this and they still work well, although few FFers use this style of streamer anymore, preferring deer hair, marabou, synthetic or other materials for streamers.