B.B. King Snake

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Pat Lat, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    At the fly swap kelvin showed us a snake pattern that really got me thinking about this under utilized pattern. There was talk about someone catching a cutt with a garter snake hanging out of its mouth and theres even a video online of someone catching a monster rainbow on a rattlesnake pattern, but then they never show the fly. I've seen snakes on the water and I know they move a lot of water so it seems like they perfect choice of fly for the dry side or maybe the canyon country in Idaho/oregon when it starts to warm up in the middle of the day.

    Heres what I got for a baby king snake (hehe, now you get the thread title)

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  2. TD Active Member

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    Interesting idea. Nice looking flies.
  3. Rob Ast Active Member

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    Those should work. It will be interesting to see if the stinger or regular hook makes hooking up easier. I would think for a snake the fish would grab the head first, but this is pure guess.
  4. kelvin Active Member

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    Pat, NIce ties!
    was thinking of doing the same thing with balck popper heads


    pattern looks like a buch of articulated foam
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  5. GAT Active Member

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    Ya know, those would probably work for LMB. Nifty look'n patterns.
  6. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I used a dead snake for bait eons ago when fishing for smallmouth bass back in Pennsylvania. No bites and I finally got tired and switched to other bait. About 30 minutes later a bass swam by with the snake in his mouth. Snake was less than 12 inches long.
  7. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    now you got me thinking of a long body made of foam pieces strung together with mono, hmmm, pics to follow soon.
  8. kelvin Active Member

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    me too only on tubes
  9. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I did see a youtube video of a snake fly, apparently a long bunny strip, successfully fished for trout at Rocky Ford. Kelvin attached it above. Always entertaining to watch.
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  10. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    thats a good idea I am still trying to figure out how I will keep them from flipping over though, since I will be using a lighter color on the bottom. I haven't quite been able to envision the fly yet.
  11. Steve Knapp Beach Bum

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    Cool looking flies Pat Once you guys start tying on tube sections, ask Roger Stevens about his old pile worm pattern he used to tie. It was basically 1" tube sections stacked on top of each othe as body segments. Pretty cool fly, you could add or remove sections to make it the length you wanted. Roger woul dprobably have some or the trial and error worked out anyway. Badass fly, although it looked like alot of work.
  12. Irafly Active Member

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    I imagine that you could tie the whole thing with the light color. I'm just imagining what the fish see as a snake swims, unless of course part of the intent of the fly is also to get fisherman to bite.
  13. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    ya it wont look nearly as cool to me:). Gotta have confidence!
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  14. Irafly Active Member

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    At the end of that video, they mention fishing that thing for 4 days before hitting that fish. I think I will stick with my scuds.
  15. kelvin Active Member

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    P3060154.JPG P3060135.JPG this on pencil popper foam I think would do the trick
    it sure does for Sea runs
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  16. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    nice tie Kelvin

    I think they were refering to not being able to hook a fish properly on that thing, which seems like the big issue with such a long fly, I was thinking something smaller than what they were fishing. baby size foam rattle snake maybe.
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  17. kelvin Active Member

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    he is also heard saying "I'll dream about this for the rest of my life"

    I think something alot smaller would attract and hook more fish
    As far as I can tell that thing has at least 7 sections
    might as well use a bass plug at that point
  18. Irafly Active Member

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    I dream of watching fish swim up and suck in my scuds as well, I just end up with more dreams, a variety to choose from.

    Now I have watched snakes swim across the Ford a few times over several fish with almost no interest. Now I've also watched a couple smaller snakes swim down to the bottom and that's when the fish tend to pay attention more.
  19. kelvin Active Member

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    did not know they dive under water

    good to know
  20. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    Isn't that what its about though, designing a new fly and getting that impossible take from that impossible fish. On the same scud fly you've used a hundred times before and always had great success with you might be stoked with a ten fish day, conversely you might be disappointed with a one fish day. When there's a little mystery involved that one fish you've been looking for all weekend turns into a fish to remember for a lifetime.
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