12/24/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges


Matching Naturals - Fly Design
Continuing with Sir Hugo's questions,

Question #6:  Perfect Flies:   mayflies have only 3 tails and Extended bodies!!!
While your flies are VERY VERY close to the naturals in all stages of the natural’s
Live cycle, why haven’t you consider Plastics, injection molding and the like.
Knowing the PEOPLE you know from your pro-bass career.  Why haven’t you
Considered flies that HAVE the TEXTURE and absolute silhouette and dimensions
Like in bass fishing with “jelly”minnow patterns, using Modern plastics or injection
foam?
Your Perfection flies are MODERN and Enhanced designs, but I remember fishing
A “plastic/rubber” cricket (made of the material of a rubber worm) that was of perfect
Color had the right legs and exact dimensions where a cricket made of feathers
And fur looks close but not as realistic??  Plus the rubber Cricket had more of a
Realistic  “feel/texture” once in the trouts mouth/ .Why do none of your Perfect flies
not incorporate jelly/plastics/injection foam in there designs? Are the naturals to
small to imitate correctly?  Plastic is used in almost all other types of Fishing lures
fresh and salt water.

I'm just throwing this question out for you to be thinking about. It's a question I
cannot answer in a way that will fully explain my thoughts on the subject in a few
short paragraphs. Also, I will mention again, my pro bass career was many, many
years ago. I have exactly thirty years of fishing experience since I fished the last
bass tournament I entered in 1980. The basic answer to this question is, "yes, I
have considered this type of construction of flies". I spend a great deal of time
looking at it and even testing some things similar to what you are suggesting.

Yes, I have known and still do know some people who knew something about
making fishing lures using plastic. Two of them, Tom and Don Mann are not with us
any longer. My friend Tom Mann came up with his famous Jelly Worm at his Mann's
Bait Company many years ago. His brother Don Mann, also a good friend ran a
company called Southern Plastics that few have heard of but was a big producer of
plastic worms and grubs. They made product for Mann's Bait company and for many
other different companies. Many products were made there and packaged under
various brand names. Don, who has been gone a long time now was the brains
behind the way they were made, To give you an idea of the quantity of the product
they made, Tom showed me a picture just a few years ago of two tractor/trailer
loads of plastic worms headed to Bass Pro Shop in Missouri back when Morris only
had one store. That's a lot of plastic worms. Don was making a worm for me I called
"Miss Ripple Tail". I ran a TV ad on my syndicated fishing show for a while that
showed Miss Ripple Tail (a plastic worm) winning the World's first beauty contest for
artificial worms. It was a take off on the Miss American contest that showed worms in
competition instead of women. The Judges were all large bass.
My own "Miss
Ripple Tail" won the first and only Miss America Plastic Worm contest.
To be
completely honest, I must admit the contest was rigged. When Don died, I just lost
interest in continuing it.

I have another friend who is a design engineer that came up with some huge plastic
injection molds for his Mold-Craft Fishing Products company. Frank Johnson knows
about as much or more about molding fishing products as anyone. His large plant
molds the "Soft Head" brand big game fishing lures as well as other product I won't
mention. Over the years, he played with and designed various realistic plastic baits
that imitated such things as squid and mackerel. I also know a couple of others I
wouldn't care to mention involved with this process.

If I remember correctly, Betts is one company that came out with several replicas of
insects like spiders and crickets many years ago that were made of plastic.
Everyone called them rubber crickets and they could have been rubber but most
likely plastic. What you mentioned in your question is certainly nothing new as you
pointed out. That concept has been around for years.

One short paragraph or two and I'll get to this subject again after Christmas day. I
remember when Jim Bagley was making his excellent balsa wood bass crankbaits in
the late sixties/early seventies and when he experimented with what you have
mentioned in a different way. His crankbaits were excellent, top producers of bass
but at one point in time he came out with a very realistic version of them. He had
them painted to look just like real baitfish, shad and bream, etc. He had a shad
version that looked exactly like a shad. When i first got a hold of one, I cast it in
Lake George Florida and a bird grabbed it and fly a few feet with it. In the end, the
bottom line to this was, the baits didn't really perform any better than his original
versions of the lures or at least that was the final consensus at the time..

The same concept of making highly realistic versions of fishing lures has been tried
by many other lure designers and companies. Some of the more recently developed
highly realistic lures first used in the Southern California lakes and other similar
lakes seem to be working very well.

This is a complicated subject with many variables. You can't say highly realistic lures
aren't effective without going into many specifics and you can't say that they are
more effective without going into many specifics. In most cases, there is a point
when any lure or fly is realistic enough to serve its purpose well and other things
become more important. I will also mention again, as I have in the last few articles
regarding your questions, imitating the behavior of the natural is more important
that the exact appearance of the natural.
The way a fly moves through the
water changes its appearance every micro second.
I will get into this soon.
Meantime, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh