Tuesday, January 12, 2010


The first of my wobbler-flies was Wiggle Bug; this was a gift from one of my friends from USA.  He had told me that this "fly" is used for bass.  I wanted to make some similar flies, but it was hard to find hard enough foam for the body.  I had to invent something different for the blade.   

It came out that the most convenient material for the blades comes from clear plastic syringes.  It is necessary to choose plastic which is soft and not brittle.  Out of this plastic it is possible to cut the necessary blade shape with scissors.  The hook comes through a hole in the middle of a blade.  The next step is to fasten the narrow "tail" of the blade to the hook shank with thread and glue. 

During the winter I had tied very many wobbler-flies of different size, shape and color.  Most of them had a back made of foam.  All flies of this type should be fine-tuned in the water.  During retrieve a good fly will wiggle with its back up; it should not rotate. 

Nagaevo Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk near the city of Magadan.  The first fish caught in the sea was a big sculpin. 

Marine sculpine had grabbed the fly near the bottom

In the Amur River I was catching different fish: mandarin bass, ...

... Amur catfish, ...

... and skygazer (so called Korean tarpon). 

Pink salmon were biting small, bright patterns of the fly. 

Armenia, wild brown trout from the Arpa River (drainage of the Caspian Sea)

Blunt-nose lenok is biting the 6 cm long Wiggle Bug on a heavy #2 hook

100 cm long Siberian taimen from the Uchur River (Lena R. drainage) was caught...

... with the same fly.

1, 2 - trout; 3, 5, 6 - different "warmwater" fish; 4 - pink salmon; 7 - Amur pike. 

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