Not only is fishing for bass and panfish one of the finest ways to fly fish but coming up with new flies makes the experience complete. We all have tried and true flies that we love to fish and consistently produce fish. However, when we know we have an ace in our back pocket we just have to try something new. It is this drive that gets our cognitive wheels turning. We sit down at the tying vise come up with a pattern and then hit the water with it. We see what worked or didn't and refine the pattern. Eventually, we tweak the pattern to where it becomes one of our "tried and true" patterns. Then we start all over again.
Jr. has to be one of the most prolific fly tiers I know. He is always coming up with something new and likes to focus on warmwater flies. He has two new patterns that he is having lots of fun fishing this summer; The Pill Popper and The Micro-Mini Frog. I will be heading out this Friday with Jr. to fish some of these flies and will have more photos of these flies in action. I might even scrape out some time for some video of the action of these flies. Regardless of how we do this Friday, we have plans to record these flies in the next week and will soon have some tying videos for everyone.