The Tarpon Bunny
A favorite tarpon fly. Red, purple, and black seem to be the best colors. Make sure you use a strong hook just like this Gamakatsu. Traditionally tied with rabbit for the tail, adding the dragon tail makes it even fishier. Try fishing it in freshwater with some dumbbell eyes for pike or bass. This fly has movement!
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Pav’s Hot Spot Worm
Great fly to fish in high or murky water. I like this worm because it is a little more of an attractor than an accurate representation of the analids in the river. This fly is for sure to save the day on a guide trip. Tough meal for a fish to pass up on the dead drift!
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Pav’s Micro Flesh
After fishing 4-10” long flesh flies on big rivers like the Kenai, I wanted a little something for the small creeks and tributaries that get salmon runs. Though this fly is a simplistic tie, it is super effective. Pegging a bead above this fly makes it a little more fly fishy instead of the alternative of fishing a naked hook under your pegged bead. After hooking more fish and bigger fish in the small creeks, I was sold on this pattern I created. Just like any other fly you fish you have to match the hatch (the hatch being deceased salmon floating down the river) By August there should be enough salmon in the river that start dropping off to fish this fly. Rainbows and dollies are gorging on eggs and these chunks of flesh floating down the river. When you catch a whiff of death on the river think about breaking out the micro flesh.
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The Balanced Ghost (Balanced Leech)
The balanced leech is fished best under an indicator in stillwaters when there is some wind causing top water disturbance to give constant action and movement to your fly. 10-20 feet of water seems ideal over weed beds. Tied in many colors, this fly is great for imitating a leech or a minnow. Try tying one today!
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