On Tuesday, November 10th Jack Keller will take to the fly tying bench and teach us two versions of the Hammer Head fly. One of the versions is intended for carp and the other for inshore species like redfish.
The Carp Fly version looks similar to a crawfish. The extra weight is provided by tying in a series of bead chain eyes so that two beads protrude from each side. This should get the fly down to feeding carp. I've had a chance to make casts with the fly and found no problem at all casting it even in the wind.
The buggy pattern is certainly to immitate different prey species. Although it is labeled a carp fly here, I can't see why it wouldn't work on Guadalupe bass or large bream.
We're going to tie it on a saltwater hook just in case you get the urge to try it on the Laguna Madre.
This pattern will be followed by another pattern. Although related its slightly different and intends to immitate a crab.
The Crab pattern is similarly tied and should entice a redfish rooting for crabs on grass flats. This fly looks even easier to cast than the carp version. Hopefully, it makes enough of a plop as it hits the water to catch a predator's attention. I wouldn't be surprised if a sheepshead doesn't think of it as a meal. Those rascals are sometimes picky and easily spooked and its appearance would not be threatening. The added beads shouldn't cause a loud enough sound to scare off a fish.
Hope to see you this next Tuesday, November 10th at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room. The session will start at 6:30 p.m. Members tie free and non-members can join RGVFTC or pay a $3 fee.