I'm digging these Norm. I can see this pattern working for a host of stuff out here beside smallies. Shad, surfperch, river coho & chinook come immediately to mind. Even steelhead in the same stillwater fisheries I mentioned. Hell, for that matter it looks like a great flats pattern. This fly have a name?
....^ What Ive says. I fish the Columbia and some its tributaries (manmade, the big one north of Sun Lakes). Smallies seem to eat pretty much the same thing that carp eat.
One of my go to carp/smallmouth flies. I either use ostrich herl (orange) for the body or dubbing, I fix swiss straw on one side (you can't see it in this picture) to simulate the mudbug's shell.
Just a simple beadhead woollyworm that I added peacock breast as a tail. My largest smallmouth ever ate this - and it has proven itself on several outings. The grizzly hackle is really webby and soft.
This fly is tied with ostrich herl wound around the lead eyes, squirrel tail wound around the hook and as a tail with larvae lace legs. Ahrex NS172-2. I need to play with this hook and tie to try and get the hook point up (of course then the eyes foul on bottom structure).
Looks great pretty close to Cecil's ty .
I like them even better with some feathers out the back and I think a brown or black one with some buck tail and or rabbit would do well for a mouse imitation . When you catch some shoot me a few pics if you get a chance so I can show Cecil .