The Bully’s Blue Gill Experience
The Bully’s Blue Gill Spider is a staple of blue gill and river bass fishing in Central Texas. Develop by Roxanne and Terry Wilson, this fly makes use of the aggressive nature of bass and sunfish by descending quickly and fluttering while stripped to mimic a struggling or escaping insect. With a body made of chenille, Bully’s blue gill spiders can be constructed in any color of available chenille. The legs MUST BE RUBBER! No silicone legs! The specific action of this fly requires legs with the flexibility of rubber. Silicone is not flexible enough at short lengths to achieve the same effect in the water as rubber. This versatile fly has even led to controversy in our club as rival sunfish anglers debate which color variant out fishes all others. Woolly bugger chenille in brown with brown rubber legs versus chartreuse medium rayon chenille with white rubber legs is often the local debate.
The Secret squirrel has become one of my go to river flies and might be the "fish catching-est" fly I have ever developed. The key to this fly is the jigging action combined with its size. By tying this fly on a barbless jig style hook for nymphs I obtain a small profile with a hook point that rides up.
The secret squirrel was developed during low water conditions when bouncing along the limestone bottoms of the central Texas rivers was not so much a technique as an inescapable fact of fishing. In combination with my regular habit of "perch jerking," the necessity for a small "jig-like" fly that could hit bottom and not hang up became critical. I would love to say this fly has gone through many hard tested iterations to become what is it, but the truth is that I put the idea together one night at the vice and it paid off big. The only real addition I made from the original first fly was to add lead wraps for a faster sink rate in deeper waters.
This fly is one designed to produce numbers.....The fly first proved itself on the Llano river when it pulled 28 fish (including 4 different species) out from underneath a single overhanging tree and later that day I lost my last secret squirrel to something big enough to drag me around the river and brake me off (ALWAYS RETIE!). At a later date it won Most Fish in the the local one fly tournament on the Nueces River with 69 fish in one day on one fly. (For durability in this scenario, I add super glue after all the steps.) Finally, this fly also has my personal best trout from the Guadalupe River to add to its list of accomplishments and this fish happened on one of those "no one is catching anything" days when I switched over to this fly because I had no better ideas.
Olive is my go to color, but I also tie it in red and tan and chartreuse. Enjoy the video.
One of the challenges of moving across the country several times in a single year has been trying to track down the local fishing shows. Upon discovering the Sacramento International Sportsmen's Expositions show, I knew I had to get my fishing show fix. The show was dominated by outfitters for both hunting and fishing which definitely have their place. However, anyone who follows this blog will realize I must seek out the tying tables. While there not numerous tiers at this outdoors show by fly fishing show standards there were plenty to keep me entertained. Enjoy.
I was asked for a breakdown of Central Texas River flies by a friend. The flies listed here should cover rivers like the Llano, Medina, Guadalupe (non-trout season), San Antonio, Nueces, and Frio. While I will wager these flies will work on the other central Texas rivers such as the Colorado, the greater depths of some rivers may require weighting the flies more heavily then I usually do. Adjust to the waters you fish.
2/0 Foam Fruit Cock Tail
I'm happy to announce several great things with this post.
- Siren Flies has been upgraded from just a blog site to a full website. For now the content is still a little slim and the old Siren Flies Blog will remain up, but I will not be adding new content there.
- Throw back Thursdays: I will be transferring most of the old content from the original siren flies site to this one with a new post of "classic" content each Thursday.
- Relocation: Siren Flies and myself will be relocating for the summer to Sheridan, Wyoming as I begin a new job. As you might expect once the move begins I will probably be out of touch for about three weeks as of today.
- During this time I will not be doing the weekly Ebay listings. However, I want to thank everyone that purchased my flies. It was very helpful in getting me through the months until the new job began.
- It should be obvious that relocating is going to send me down and whole new path of fly tying as I actually get to target trout in "real" trout streams. You can anticipate a slew of new experiments in things like dry flies and big streamers. I'm probably going to throw big poppers at them to just to see if I can get a trout to each a foam fruit cocktail.
- I don't know how far any of blogs have reached, but if you are in the Sheridan area please touch base with me on the Siren Flies Facebook page. I'd love to meet fellow tiers and fishermen in the area.
I look forward to creating more content and continuing to educate anyone willing to read my thoughts.