Skip’s Predator Fly Step-by-Step

Skip’s Predator Fly Step-by-Step:

When it comes to foam flies, the vast majority are far more impressionistic than they are realistic.  In such flies, detail is sacrificed in the name of buoyancy, action, and, ideally, a fish-attracting profile.  Such is the case with Skip Morris’ famed Predator fly.  An attractor pattern that perhaps resembles a dragonfly nymph to the most near-sighted of fish, this pattern looks like little in the natural world upon closer inspection.  However, it is credited with catching species from bluegill to trout.

Fished on the surface or below, it imparts a great deal of action with each strip of the line and seems to trigger reactionary strikes from any nearby fish.

Tied here on a size 10, this fly is effective in sizes ranging from 6 to 12.

2x-3x Long Nymph (#6-12) 70 Denier (Brown or Olive) Materials Krystal Flash (Pearl)
Materials Dubbing (Brown or Olive) Materials 2mm Craft Foam (Tan or Brown) Monofilament Nymph Eyes (Black; Med/Large)
Materials Round Rubber Legs (Brown or Barred White)

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Skip’s Predator Fly Step-by-Step Tying Instructions:

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Tips and Tricks

  1. Color Selection – While this is first and foremost an attractor fly pattern, it also most closely resembles a dragonfly nymph.  With that in mind, stick to colors (and sizes) that most closely resemble your native dragonflies.  Browns, Olives, and Blacks should all be in play.
  2. Sinking Lines – As mentioned in the intro, this fly is as effective subsurface as it is on the surface.  Take advantage of this fact by fishing this fly on a sinking line when faced with deeper waters.  Let the line settle towards the bottom and retrieve in short strips.  The buoyant foam should keep the fly “Swimming” just above the bottom.

Proof of Concept

While I’ve landed a handful of bluegill on this fly in recent years, I am currently lacking photographic proof of these catches.  I’ll do my best to resolve this in the coming weeks, but, until then, you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Tight Line!


Species Caught on Skip’s Predator Fly to Date:
  1. Bluegill

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