Warmwater Fly of the month: April, 2002 - Tony's Froggie

Tying Tony's Froggie


Tony Spezio
Although Tony started tying flies in 1945 with no formal training, it was not until 1989 that his interest really took off. Prior to that time Air Force and raising a Family slowed the flyfishing and tying. From 1989 to 1993, Tony has tied mostly for the warm water species including deer hair and foam bugs. He first tied his "Tony Froggie" and the Epoxy minnow in 1991 and likes to experiment with oddball materials. Toney has tied at several International shows, commerical shows, fly fishing dealers conventions and a good number of Conclaves for the past ten years. He has also taught fly tying classes. Tony's Froggie has been featured in national fly fishing magazines and is particularly effective on bass (smallmouth and largemouth) and bream. Tony is a native of New Jersey has moved to Flippin, Arkansas.


This fly came about when I was shown this method of tying at a bass fly class I attended. It was changed several times and this was the final results.

The Froggie has been a very good fly for bass and pan fish, some large trout have also been taken on it.

Bass have come out from under a log in bright sunlight to take it, it may be that the Froggie is translucent when held up to a bright light.
The Froggie is tied using sheet Fly Foam for the body , 1/8 to1/2 inch thick. The tails have been tied with feather, Krystel Flash, marabou and no tails.

The thread is Flat Waxed Nylon, or Gudebrod " Super G" thread, you can spin the bobbin to the right as you are wrapping,this will flatten the thread and give a smooth wrap on the shank. The eyes are small teardrop or round head colored pins, they can be found in sewing departments or fabric stores

I generally use a trailer fly on a 18" length of mono tied to the bend ofthe Froggie hook. It makes for a lot of double hook ups. Make your cast and just let it sit there, then just jiggle the rod tip enough to make the Froggie shimmer . Retrieve in stop and start motion and let it sit again. It makes no sound, just small wakes from the eyes.

Tony at the Sow Bug Roundup. Tony was the innovator of the North Arkansas Fly Fishers Sow Bug Roundup which hosts more than 100 fly tiers from all over the United States.



Hook: 3 or 4 X long streamer hook 4-14
Thread: Chartreuse Flat waxed nylon ( F.W.N.) or Gudebrod Super"G"
Tail: Chartreuse hen neck saddle hackle
Body: Strip of 1/8" X 3/16" white Fly Foam for sz. 12 hook. Wider on large hooks.
Eyes: Small round head pins, yellow or red and Slick Fabric Paint. Black, Yellow, Red
Color: Marking pens, Florescent yellow for the belly and Pantone 283 for the top.

(Click on picture to enlarge)

Step 1: Strip of 1/8" X 3/16" white Fly Foam for size 12 hook. Wider on large hooks. Wrap hook shank to the bend with the flat wax nylon.

Step 2: The tail in tied in by first selecting two hen feathers as shown in the picture. Tie, one hen hackle on the far side of the hook shank and the second feather to the near side of the hook shank closest to you. The feathers should be tied so that the feather curves inward as shown. Wrap the thread forward to just behind the eye of the hook.


Step 3: The tail that was tied in Step 2 should look like the first picture to the right.
Tie in the foam strip with "X" wraps 90 degrees to the shack of the hook just behind the eye leaving 1 1/2 shank length of foam strip on the far side of the hook. Move the thread to the back of the hook to where you tied in the tail.

Step 4: Take the foam strip that you left on the far side and fold it back (parallel to the shank) against the shank to there where the tail tie in and tie it off with two wraps of flat waxed nylon. Fold the near side foam strip back (parallel to the shank) and tie off with a whip finish
Step 5: Cut the tag ends of the foam leaving about 1/8" beyond the tie off wrap. Split these extensions vertically to make four little legs.
Step 6: Color the bottom Florescent yellow and the top with the 283 pen (drafting pen). I put black stripes across the top and spots on the bottom, the lines look like ribs in bright sun light through the foam.


Step 7: The pins are now shortened and stuck into the foam with Super Gell (Super glue). (pins can be found in any sewing or craft and hobby store)


Step 8: . Dot the eyes with Slick Fabric Paints. Let the first application of the dotted eyes to dry before you put on the second color. Your eyes should look like the far right picture.

Step 9: Your froggie should look like the one to the right. After the Froggie is good and dry, dip them in "Rain X", this will help keep the color on longer.Colored foam can be used instead of white. I have used green, yellow, gray (for mini froggies), orange and black. The black has done well in daylight or dark.