When fishing warmwater for bass, pike, and panfish, I typically will start with subsurface patterns. Be sure to experiment with various color and size combinations until you get to the right recipe for your waters. The following patterns have produced for me over the years, and will do the same for you!
I can't say enough about how effective this pattern can be. Tie the Clouser Deep Minnow is various sizes, colors, and weights...then fish it with confidence!
Featured in this YouTube fly tying tutorial is the "Sculpzilla," an excellent representation of a sculpin from the Solitude Fly Company. This is a nasty streamer that is known to catch some really large fish, plus an easy pattern to tie when broken down into individual steps. Most importantly, you can vary the size and color of this pattern to match sculpins, leeches, and other bait fish in your area.
John Barr's Meat Whistle will get the attention of fish! I love to tie this pattern in different colors, though tend to return to the purple version you see in this video.
Put together a sculpin and woolly bugger, and here you go! This is a pattern with lots of weight to get to the bottom quickly...right where the fish tend to reside in warmwater situations. Have fun with this one, and be sure to experiment with the various color combinations.
In this fly tying tutorial, I share a popular streamer, the Zuddler Conehead Minnow, which is a cross between two other extraordinary patterns. This fly, part Zonker and part Muddler Minnow, has lots of characteristics that fish like, including great movement from the rabbit strip and a front profile that resembles many bait fish.
Guest tyer John Mlakar ties a great pattern known as the Swimming Crane Fly Larva and then shares some of his personal variations (which I highly recommend looking into!). John also gives us some tips to fish this fly, which is a simple and effective one.
In this fly tying tutorial, Chuck Furimsky is our guest tyer and shares his Turbo Tail pattern. This unique tie features Chuck's Bugskin material, and there is no doubt that his creativity shows with this one. Chuck does an excellent job tying, plus shares a lot of great stories and thoughts along the way. ***Pike LOVE this fly, trust me!
In this fly tying tutorial, I demonstrate the tying methods for a fly called the CrawBody Crayfish. Representing a favorite meal of both trout and smallmouth bass, the crayfish as a pattern is intended to be fished lower in the water column, and can be utilized in both streams and lakes. There are many variations that you can make to this intermediate pattern, thus feel free to experiment and determine what works best on your local waters.
Crayfish are an excellent food to imitate, and this one uses "Furry Foam," an easy to obtain material that looks great when wet. Large fish, such as smallmouth bass and brown trout, key on crayfish, especially during the summer. This is a great pattern to try, and I discuss some other colors in the video that I've had success with.
Nothing says "bass" more than a fly representing a leech! This is a pattern that has served me well over the years and I am happy to share it with all of you.
There are many leech patterns out there, yet this one may be the fastest I've ever tied; thanks to Landon Mayer for creating this simple yet effective pattern! This fly is a variation of his original, being that I have modified it slightly for carp...but don't forget that Landon recommends tying this in smaller sizes for bass and panfish.
Yet another leech that I tie for bass! In the video, I tie one in white, though tend to use the black leech (especially in the summer). This is a great pattern that really takes on life when wet.
Featured in this "Two Minute Fly Tying" tutorial is the Krazy Carper from Jamie Kaminski. The Krazy Carper is a simple one to tie, plus allows for many color combinations and variations with its body material. ***Don't just use this for carp, as bass LOVE this fly, too!
Traditionally tied as a saltwater pattern, use your creativity and select some muted colors...you can thank me later when using variations of this in a warmwater setting! ;-)
Following the same format as a typical Woolly Bugger, this Schlappen Bugger has much greater movement in the water. It's one I recommend for many settings, particularly warmwater.
There's something about the color combo in this fly that really tends to attract fish in warmwater situations. Have fun with this one and be sure to let me know how it works for you.
When it comes to successful patterns, sometimes less is more, and it sure seems that way on the MS Bugger. This is a pattern with few materials, yet has an incredible look both at the vise and in the water. On the water, there are many ways to fish the MS Bugger, and fish seem to like them all!
Quite possibly one of my favorite variations of this fly...the fish love it nearly as much as me!
A little-known fact about Chuck Furimsky is that he used to be in the leather industry, and he's applied those skills to one of his newer patterns, the Chuck Nymph. This unique fly features a specially-cut leather called Bugskin, which has great action in the water. ***I have personally seen Chuck catch MANY fish on this one in lakes and ponds!
This is a great nymph to have in your box when you start to notice caddis in the lake or poind where you're fly fishing. I will fish this on a dropper setup for lakes, and slowly strip it through the water.
Though distinctly different from the original Hare's Ear, this modified Guide's Choice is a killer pattern that can represent different insects at various stages. In this version, the pattern is tied on a jig hook and intended to drift lower in the water column. Definitely experiment with the pattern and determine which color combinations and weights work best for you.
Featuring this in warmwater patterns is a no-brainer! I've caught largemouth bass, panfish...even stripers on this one!
Is it bad to say I've caught MANY warmwater species on the Mop? Well, the truth is that this fly works, and I hope you're not afraid to try it for bass, perch, panfish...and more!