Warmwater Fly of the month: January, 2005 - Easy Bass

Tying the Easy Bass Fly

Easy Bass

(Tied By Elmer G. Meiler)

The first time that I was introducted to this pattern was when Dave Whitlock was the Cornhusker Fly Fisher's speaker for the day. Dave shared this easy bass pattern. I do not recall wheather Dave said it was his or that he was just shaing an easy pattern. The pattern does not show up in any of patterns that Dave developed. Here is a very simple pattern to tie that will catch bass.




Body: Phelps Floater Jig
Thread: 6/0 (any color)
Legs: Rubber Hackle (any color)
Tail: Marabou (any color)
Tail Collar: Saddle Hackle (any collar)

(Click on picture to enlarge)

Step 1: Place the hook in the vise.

Step 2: Put a thread base atthe rear of the hook right before the foam body begins.

Step 3: Select some marabou and cut it about the length of the hook.

Step 4: Attached the Marabou on the thread base at the rear of the hook.

Step 5: Leaving the thread about even with the barb of the hook.

Step 6: Select a saddle hackle feather and strip off barbles from the stem. Leave about an 1 inch of bare stem.

Step 7: Secure the saddle hacke right after the marabou. Wrap the thread forward and then back to the rear.

Step 8: Wrap the saddle hackle foward to right behind of the start of the foam body.

Step 9: Hold the saddle hackle securely with one hand and with the other move the thread forward going throught the hackle. Make a couple of more wraps of the thread at the end of your wrapping to tie down the hackle.

Step 10: Cut off any excess hackle.

Step 11: Wrip finish

Step 12: Apply some cement.

Step 13: Loop your rubber hackle through the needle threader.

Step 14: Carefully pull the needle threader with the rubber hackle through the eye of the needle.

Step 15: Find a stop along the body of the fly.

Step 16: Push the needle throught the body..

Step 17:Carefully pull the needle and rubber hackle throught the body.

Step 18: Grab the two piece of rubber hackle and trim to the desire length you wish the legs to be. You can pull as many legs on the fly as you wish.

Step 19: The finished Easy Bass Fly.