Also known as the Thunder Creek Silver Shiner, the Thunder Creek Minnow is one of a large group of themed patterns that makes a robust and effective imitation of a small baitfish. The Thunder Creek range was devised by American Tyler Keith Fulsher to imitate a whole variety of fish species.
The Cicada fly is a great summer-time dry. There are many versions of it but it is a most effective fly to use when the cicadas are around often the bush is filled with the noise of the cicadas indicating this is the time to use these flies.
Del Brown’s Merkin Crab is an old standby fly that’s been around for years. You can’t beat this pattern for sight casting to permit, but don’t limit this all purpose crab fly to just this species.
Try it out any time you find fish crabbing.
Since the introduction of foam into fly tying, many tiers have been quick to take advantage of this material case in point, the Suspender Buzzer.
The Suspender Buzzer imitates a small, hatching midge and sits with only its thorax floating in the surface film.
Originally developed by Gary Merriman , the Tarpon Toad (left) has rapidly become one of THE flies for Tarpon. This version, as tied by Chris Beech, is the Australian Flyfishing Outfitters‘ go-to fly for many of the species on the flats, including Barra in and around the snags – hence the weed guard, and should be good fun on bream and flathead.
The Sppooky Shad is a combination of some techniques developed by Anthony Hipps and John Gulley.
“I have always wanted to have a fly that emulated the Zara Spook.
“John developed a fly called the lil spook and built it around some double sticky sided foam tape.
This is a really good fly quite at home in any puddle – be it saltwater or fresh. It’s basically a caricature of something living.
The secret is the fur over the wing as this gives the fly action even when it’s not moving.
The Foam Minnow is a realistic looking fly that appeals to both fly fisher and fish.
- Hook: Mustad R74-9672, #6-#10
- Thread: GSP, White
- Tail: UV2 Grizzly Soft Hackle, Olive or Brown
- Underbody: 2mm Sheet Foam, White
- Overbody: Mylar Piping, Pearlescent or Pearlescent Dyed Olive
- Eyes: Stick-on eyes
Tying Note: Use permanent markers to colour and mark body to match your local baitfish or fry.
Target Fish: Whiting, Bream, Flathead, Blackfish, Taylor and Mullet.
Always have a few bread flies prepared and make sure you bring at least half a loaf of stale bread for burley – you can catch all sorts plus the burley will get things going.