Crappie & Perch Flies
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Crappie One-Two Punch:
SquidJit & Poiche Flies
Black Crappie on SquidJit Poiche Flies
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Fall Perch on Poiche Fly HelgaMight Fly:
Scourge of the Poconos
Fall Pickerel, on HelgaMight

Helga Might

(Brian M. Wiprud original pattern)
A key aspect is the coloration of black abdomen, olive thorax and brown head.

Hook: #6 Mustaad Streamer 38491
Tail: Root beer Krystal Flash and Brown or bar-dyed marabou.
Abdomen: Black polar chenille, palmered large black saddle feather
Thorax: Olive Polar Chenille.
Head: Brown chenille, medium to large lead eyes (unpainted.)
Thread: Brown or Olive

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   flies-helgamight-1.jpg (61349 bytes) 1. Tie on lead eyes under the shank so hook point will ride up. 
flies-helgamight-2.jpg (72957 bytes) 2. Tie in marabou tail, flanked each side by four strands of root beer Krystal Flash.
flies-helgamight-3.jpg (68227 bytes) 3. At base of marabou, tie in black saddle feather and black pearl braid. Wrap the braid forward to the eyes.
flies-helgamight-4.jpg (72935 bytes) 4. Palmer the saddle feather on top, but 1/8" short of the eyes. A glaze of Krazy Glue on the pearl braid will help keep the saddle feather durable during fishing.
flies-helgamight-5.jpg (70248 bytes) 5. Behind lead eyes, tie in brown chenille and olive polar chenille. Wrap thorax in Olive chenille.
flies-helgamight-6.jpg (79088 bytes) 6. Wrap head/eyes in brown chenille, tie off and you're done.

 Shad Flies
The American Shad's primary prey consist of small crustaceans such as copepods, mysids and cladocerans. Flies that imitate these tend to be more effective under varying conditions than just plugging away with one pattern or color fly. 
(Photos courtesy of Copepod Photos: Courtesy of Michael Marmach,© Museum Victoria. Krill/Mysid Photo: Courtesy of Uwe Kils, © Alfred Wagner Institute. Cladoceran Bosima: Courtesy of Jerry Evans Fly Photos: © 2001 Brian M. Wiprud) 

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Cladoceran Bosima:
Found in fresh water


Bifulco Fly 
(Imitates Yellow/Green Mysid) 

Wiprud Mysid Flies,


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Copepods in pink 
and yellow/green

Jen Fly

Zsa Zsa’s

Shad Fly: Copepod X
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flies-shadfly-1.jpg (71879 bytes) 1. Onto a #8 shrimp/caddis hook (Mustaad 81001BR) slide on a small pink conehead followed by a 5/32 gold tungsten bead. Set into vice barb down.
flies-shadfly-2.jpg (76343 bytes) 2. With fine mono tying thread, tie in six strands of pearl Krystal Flash for tail, and 1˝" length of pearl braid for wrapping the body.
flies-shadfly-3.jpg (73861 bytes) 3. Wrap on lead wire and wind mono forward to behind tungsten bead.
flies-shadfly-4.jpg (73254 bytes) 4. Wrap pearl braid forward and tie off behind tungsten bead.
Trim tail to no more than ˝" .

Mysid Shrimp Shad Fly
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flies-Mysidshrimpshadfly-1.jpg (65179 bytes) 1. Set a wavy #8 hook (Mustaad 9671, which can be bent) into the vise barb up. Where the shank meets the bend, use mono fine thread to tie in Krystal Flash antennae. 
Tie in bead chain eye underneith, and clear body lace on top.
flies-Mysidshrimpshadfly-2.jpg (67696 bytes) 2. Wrap vise-side of body with lead wire. Tie in pearl poly tube (with tag of pink chenille inserted) above bead chain. Wind mono toward eye and to end of lead wrap. Wind body lace over over lead to wher it ends and tie in place. Fold down poly tube "carapice" and tie in at end of lead. Trim off tube.
flies-Mysidshrimpshadfly-3.jpg (67558 bytes) 3. Wind mono, and then body lace back to eye. Tie in shork Krystal Flash "tail" over eye.
flies-Mysidshrimpshadfly-4.jpg (52271 bytes) 4. Tie off and trim. Paint eyes black, if necessary. The fly is complete.
flies-Mysidshrimpshadfly-5.jpg (27378 bytes) 5. Photo of the real thing: a krill, which is very similar to a mysid shrimp.

Pickerel Fly 
As described in the Article "Snap Tandems for Pickerel" link: http://www.algonet.se/~sjostran/English/10124.htm
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flies-pickerelfly-1.jpg (193918 bytes) Materials Required Include: 50lb+ Mono, 6lb Mono Tying Thread, Permanent Black Marker, Epoxy, Green/White/Red/Black Super Hair, Yellow/Pearl Krystal Flash, Two 2/0 Hooks Mustaad 3366 or Equivalent), Yellow Flash Woven Plastic Weave Tube.
flies-pickerelfly-2.jpg (156758 bytes) Thread two six-inch strands of 50lb mono through snap, fold in half, and weave four strands into one. Affix to shank of fore hook. 
flies-pickerelfly-3.jpg (163390 bytes) Slide on body tube from rear, slitting the front so that it reached the head of the fore hook. Tie in pace behind eye of fore hook, and tie in large lead eyes on top. Apply Crazy glue.
flies-pickerelfly-4.jpg (178218 bytes) Tie in White Super hair for length of body, with Red Super Hair approximately the length of the shank on top of that. (This is the bottom of the fly.) Apply Crazy glue.
flies-pickerelfly-5.jpg (187601 bytes) Turn the fly 180 degrees. Stack three materials: Black Super Hair on Green on Yellow Krystal Flash for length of body. Tie in at head, trying not to bind too tightly behind the lead eyes to keep a high profile for the fly's back. (This is the top of the fly.) Apply Crazy glue.
flies-pickerelfly-6.jpg (201296 bytes) Spin fly 180 degrees to tie off rear of body tube at snap. Hold hair out of way with binder clip. Apply Krazy Glue.
flies-pickerelfly-7.jpg (206533 bytes) Put second hook in vice and tie in tuft of Yellow Krystal Flash. This is the tail. Extra hooks in different colors can be tied and snapped onto the fly while angling to suit the mood of the fish. Apply Crazy glue.
flies-pickerelfly-8.jpg (175694 bytes) Apply stick-on reflective eyes to ends of lead eyes. With permanent black marker, draw in side stripes from black top hair to top of the body tube. 
flies-pickerelfly-9.jpg (164476 bytes) Mix 5-minute epoxy, stirring gently to limit air bubbles. Apply epoxy with flat tooth pick to head of fly, completely encasing the stick-on eyes and hair tie-in. Avoid cementing shut the hook eye. Put fly on electric rotator or turn by hand until glue sets evenly. Also apply epoxy to head of rear hook and to body tube connection at head of snap. Allow epoxy to cure for 24 hours before use.
flies-pickerelfly-10.jpg (157332 bytes) Completed and assembled snap-tandem fly.


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