In the non-fly fishing world, there are those lures that seem to catch just about every kind of fish known to man.
For my buddy and fellow blogger, Ken G, that lure of choice is the white grub. He loves that thing and has caught everything under the sun with it. Smallmouth, largemouth, carp, walleye, etc....It just flat out produces!
When I started this fly fishing journey, I was in search of a fly that could become the white grub of the fly world. One popular fly that fits this bill is the old wooly bugger. People use it to catch just about everything and they do very well with it.
Not long ago, however, I wanted to find a fly that was specifically intended for carp. I went on a feverish internet search and found a fly called the backstabber. It had a fantastic reputation for carp slaying so I tied a few up.
While it is an absolute carp catcher, the fly simply catches everything. In the past months, I have come to the conclusion that this fly is also a "white grub"!
So far, I have hooked carp, largemouth, smallmouth, drum, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, gar, and even a bowfin!
It excels in slow moving to still water. I find it best fished by getting it to the bottom and slooooooowly dragging it across the bottom. If that isn't working, I'll stop every foot or so and let it sit for up to 30 seconds.
My personal favorite color combo for this fly is black with a rust orange dubbed body.
For tying instructions, I'll turn to the inventor of the fly - Mr. Jay Zimmerman
Here are few fish that have fallen for the backstabber
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