The Alien is a simple-to-tie, all-artificial
surface fly, developed and tested in the waters
of north Texas on warmwater species for the
Text and photos by Richard Komar firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alien is virtually indestructible and
unsinkable. It was designed to resemble
a generic floating life-form to fish. It
floats on its elongated head with its deadly
underbody suspended just below the surface.
Materials: The Alien
Hook: Mustad 94840, sizes 6, 10, 14; Mustad 3366 size 2.
Thread: 6/0, 8/0, Black.
Body: Ice Chenille, Black.
Head: Rainy's Float Foam, Black.
Legs: Round Rubber, Black.
Tying Instructions: The Alien
1. Wrap a thread base along the hook shank
starting just behind the eye, leaving enough
room for attaching the Alien's head.
2. Wrap the shank with ice chenille and tye off.
3. Tye in a pair of rubber legs to form the
Alien's thorax and abdomen.
4. Cut the Rainy's Float Foam at an angle
on both ends. Length should extend from
the eye to the hook bend.
5. Heat a bodkin needle and pierce a hole
in the front of the Alien's head.
6. Apply a dab of Super Glue gel or brush-on
liquid to the bare hook shank behind the hook
eye and slip the Alien's head onto the hook.
How to Fish the Alien:
The Alien is fished like a popper. After
casting this creature out on the water, let
it sit motionless till the water rings from
its noisy landing subside. Then twitch ever
so slightly to impart a hint of life to the
legs and chenille exoskeleton. The hook bend
is concealed amongst the strands of ice chenille.
If no strike yet, start pulling the Alien slowly
toward you. This slow creep will start a very,
very subtle side-to-side motion. Let it rest
again till all rings disappear. Finally, jerk
the Alien like a popper. Repeat the cycle.
For added excitement, fish a size 14 baby Alien
on a 12 inch tippet strand extending from the
hook bend of a size 2 mother Alien.
Rainy's Float Foam and hook sizes:
Size 2 XL
The Alien is a deadly visitor to warmwater
worlds. Its next visit: coldwater environments.
Size 6 L
Size 10 M
Size 14 S
Richard Komar is a warmwater flyfisher
residing in Plano, Texas and is a member
of the Great American Bass Club and the
Dallas FlyFishers. You can reach Richard