Not too long ago, I was in the local fly shop doing
some lunchtime window shopping and ran into Gary Miller
of Texas Warm Water Fly Fishers fame. We got to browsing
through a catalog of fly patterns and were noting that
many of the warmwater patterns were basically woolly
buggers with unique names. This perusing reinforced
our thoughts that there really was not much new at
all in woolly bugger fly patterns.
By Robin Rhyne
Tied and Photographed by Richard Komar
In that light, I present the "Patent Pending." It is
an application-specific use of some standards intended
to hopefully give you some fly angling excitement.
Materials List: Patent Pending
Hook: 8 - 1/0 Streamer Hook.
Weight: (optional) Lead wire.
Body: Black Zonker Strip.
Rib: Medium Silver Wire.
Head: Black deer body hair.
Tying the Patent Pending
That's about it. Now for the fun part!
1. Tie in some ribbing wire near the eye of the
hook and wrap it on down to the hook bend. Tie in
some lead wire at this point if you want it to get
the fly down in the muck. (Leave enough bare shank
near the eye for the deer hair spinning of the head
that will take place a bit later).
2. Tie in the tip of a black zonker strip where
the wire begins near the eye. This will hold the
strip in place and allow tension to be placed on
it while binding it down with the ribbing wire.
3. Bring the wire forward, standard Matuka style,
and tie off the wire.
4. Spin a head of black deer hair to suit taste or
style of fishing. Spin and trim standard Muddler style.
5. Glue/cement the various tie-off points according
to your preference.
Fishing the Patent Pending:
Find some overhanging willow trees, dead trees in
the water, undercut banks or other suspicious spots.
Get out there very early, preferably at dawn, and
start dragging the fly around like a particularly
foolish baby catfish or tadpole. Hang on tight! ~ Robin Rhyne
I started fly fishing when I was twelve years old.
No one else in the family was a fly angler. I had
been an Outdoor Life and Sports Afield
addict for some time and fly fishing came up so much
that I just had to try it! I also tried ferreting
and blow gun hunting, but fly fishing is the only
one that stuck!
My casting has not improved all that much over the
years, but the tying has fortunately. I do a lot
of fishing, tying and casting with the Texas Warm
Water Fly Fishers, Blue River Fly Fishers and the
North Texas Casting Club.