Bluegill Candy Hopper fly pattern adopted from the Hopper Juan pattern.
Every other week a few friends and I get together and tie flies and B.S. for a couple hours. During one of these get togethers Ben from Arizona Wanderings mentioned he was working to get a new logo made for his great blog. I immediately had a couple ideas pop into my head and emailed him later that evening looking for some thoughts about what he was looking for etc. Within a week we had a final product from inception to logo. Ben was great to work with, and I hope he enjoys his new logo and look.
This combination works great when casting to cruising, tailing or even rising fish. The heavier "main" fly works to sink the Carp Chow dropper, but the Carp Chow is fighting this sink with a little bit of foam inside to keep it almost neutral boyant. So the pair of flies sink slowly with the Simi-Seal Leech leading the way, when they hit the bottom, the Carp Chow slowly follows the leech to the bottom. A lot of the times the fish will key in on the Leech and any movement of the flies will snap the fish around and they gobble the Chow fly fairly aggressively. I've also run this as a dropper under a large Stimulator when they are slurping the surface in the early morning and late evening. Same response as the leech, they are attracted to the surface fly, but end up taking the Chow fly.
It has been working great lately for me, I hope it works for your fish too.
Mini Hopper Fly Pattern from Ben @ Arizona Wanderings.
AZ Foam Cicada. Simple adaptation of the Absolute Hopper pattern tied to imitate the Cicadas we get here in Arizona and are a favorite food for big and aggressive fish.
- Size 10-14 hook
After building the first DIY Silent Compressor I had an obsession to build a smaller version using a mini refrigerator motor and some re-purposed tanks for the air reservoir. Unlike the previous build, there was no donor compressor to start with. This would be a complete scratch build that required a bit more fabrication than the previous, and was quite fun to build.