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Beginning Fly Tying & Fishing: Balanced Fly Patterns

On Stillwaters, the presentations can be vertical, diagonal or horizontal. The Intermediate Clear/Camo line is indispensable for that horizontal presentation. Tonight, I was watching a WFN show (B.C. Outdoors) and Phil Rowley was mentioning a horizontal presentation with a ‘balanced fly’ beneath the slip/strike bobber (floating line). I did a little checking and discovered the fly pattern promotes a horizontal path beneath the bobber, a non-slip loop knot and the hook point riding up.

The combo of the hook eye set back and on top. The bead head and materials should be presented to provide a balanced fly when drifted with a loop knot. Phil Rowley

 The experimentation will be to extend the bead out just far enough beyond the hook eye to achieve a balanced presentation beneath the loop knot/bobber. Query ‘slip strike bobber’ in the search box upper right and you will see several past posts regarding how to rig up the bobber/pin & the ‘non-slip loop knot’. I wonder if some jig heads would achieve this same balanced presentation? Still worth a little experimentation on lakes and wind drifting a pattern beneath a slip strike bobber.

Balanced Leech Pattern by Andy Larkin

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1 Response to “Beginning Fly Tying & Fishing: Balanced Fly Patterns”


  1. 1 craig
    October 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    the europeans have used patterns like this. put a bead on a straight pin or a piece of mono and tie it on as you showed. i think taff price has some patterns like this in one of his books.

    personally i’ve not had much luck with them but they act like a rapala ice fishing jig.

    if you fish them without an indicator they tend to retrieve without the jigging motion of a regular beadhed.

    as always, you seem tapped into some fascinating concepts.


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