It´s not a secret that I have been very much inspired of Niklaus bauers and Simon Grahams ties but I have also found some new inspiration sources and one of them is Mr Brad Bohen from http://muskycountryoutfitters.com/ and his musky flies.
It all started with Simon Grahams Musky flies,I found pretty interesting but the size was an obstacle for my casting skills,so I tried to copy them in a smaller size,I landed a fish now and then with them but pretty soon I forgot them in one of my many fly boxes,until this autumn when it was time to go out fishing with my floating tube,remember Simon said they are not intended to bang out 25-30 meters,10-12 meters will be enough to study all those small pots and pockets among the reed.
It worked pretty well but still found it hard to cast,even if I had tied them smaller they still had a size of a seagull and way too much materials which absorbed a lot of water.
Then one evening just surfing around on Youtube I noticed a video where Mr Bohen was tying a Hangtime optic minnow and some plans started to grow inside my head.
It was late autumn,pikes were feeding in shallow water so I wanted a fly that doesn´t sink too quickly,a fly that allowed me to have looooooong stops in line retrieving so my variation of this fly was to not add some eyes or UV-resin head,also used a tail copied from Simons Banger fly,spread the two first Bucktail bunches and tie them only on top of the shank,not around it as I used to do.
Winter with snow and ice came too soon so I hadn´t time to fish with this fly as much that I wanted but the few sessions I made was very promising,think this one will work fine in springtime too.
Want to tell you that I haven´t create anything new and revolutionary here,someone has surely create something like this before me,just wanted to tell you how I became to a solution like this which suite my kind of fishing.
Also made an SBS video of this tie,quality is shit but please forgive me,it´s my first attempt to do this kind of videos.Next one hopefully will be better.