DUAL PURPOSE FLIES ó Tying the Dubbing Head Baitfish
By Simon Graham www.allaboutthegrab.com

WITH the high cost of fly-tying materials these days, Iíve had to resort to tying and fishing a lot more with what I call ďcrossover fliesĒ that I can fish in both salt- and freshwater conditions.

Size, shape, length and material choice have all played a major role in the thought processes behind their construction. The one stumbling block that often hinders these kind of flies though, is hook choice. Choose a hook thatís too big and you reduce your chances of targeting freshwater species like trout and bass; use a hook thatís too small and you donít stand a chance of hanging onto most saltwater species.

I settled on a Ringed Chinu short shanked #4 Mustad hook for these kind of flies for two reasons . Firstly wanted to cut down on weight as Iím mainly fishing with a 6-wt rod. Secondly most of these crossover flies shouldnít be longer than 50 to 60mm in length, so a long-shanked hook really isnít necessary as Iím still able to create the much-need volume on a smaller surface area.

Over the last couple of years one of the stand out patterns for me that I fish with regularly in both mediums has been what I call the Dubbing Head Baitfish. Itís a play on a number of similar fly patterns tied by Eivind Berulfsen and used in Scandinavia for sea trout.

Read the full story in the October 2017 issue of FLYFISHING magazine.
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