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Balsa Swimming Minnow- Smallmouth/bass Fly


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I enjoy working with balsa. I also like to fish the "wiggle minnow" for smallmouth= so I made a balsa version. Nothing too original- this is a balsa diver- but the shape of the head really gives it some wiggle. Pretty simple to make/tie. Really anxious to try this when the bass get more active. Already stuck some pond bass with it.

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Any how-to's on how to make something like this? Looks real nice and as I want to try flyfishing for bass in the future it'd be something good to know how to make.

-- Jim

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. -- Doug Larson

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That's a good looking bait. This may sound like a stipid question, but, Do you do most of your sanding before you put it on the hook or after?

If fishing was easy it would be called catching.

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Very nice. Care to share the dimensions and angles?

Its on a size 2 8089- Id say the body is around an inch and a half long, the angle on the lip is about 45 degrees give or take. I have made these in several sizes and its hard to mess them up as long as they are kind of curved- like with the belly cut out. That way they stay upright- just like a crankbait. The tail is just a single marabou plume with a little flash and a hen hackle skirt. I'll work up an sbs once i get my tying stuff settled down- we just bought a house so we are in the midst of the horror that is moving.

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Looks easy to tie if it's similar to a popper, but on this one do you use a small drill bit to get the hook's eye out the front?

-- Jim

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. -- Doug Larson

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