9.04.2012

The Backstabber Fly

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











© 2012, BrookFieldAngler

11 comments:

  1. nice tribute to a great pattern. talk about multi-species

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    1. No kidding! This fly continues to surprise me almost every time out.

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  2. Well no imma have to tie one up! Def working for you brotha.

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  3. As a very novice fly angler, this seems like a great fly for me to try. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. It's generally a pretty easy tie! Make sure your barbell is tied in almost at the hook point. This will give you enough room for the bulky marabou and hackle up front.

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  4. I need to use them more, I've only a couple in white as in another great blog that was well spoken of. Sort of the "everybody uses them so I won't," a non sensical frame of mind.

    Gregg

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    1. I get into that as well with some things but there are other things that I have no qualms about doing. This fly is one of them.

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  5. Really a life like pattern with lots of hackle, which is one, of the main things I look for in a nymph warm water pattern. I assume the sink rate on this particular pattern is a slow fall which can produce some salvage hits as proof in your images. Those are some outstanding bass on the pattern. Thanks for sharing the tie.

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  6. I play with sink rates on this fly quite a bit. If I am fishing shallow water for visible fish, I tend to use lighter bead chain eyes. If I am fishing deeper water and/or blind casting, I tend to go heavier lead.

    I've even played with a weightless version for spooky suspended fish in real clear water - quite successfully I might add!

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  7. Nothing like a lure that works on everything. :D

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