Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bombers Reporting for Duty

A few years ago I was introduced to the best top water bass fly I've ever fished. When I first tried the fly I didn't understand what made it so great. It just seemed like some foam and bucktail. Then as I worked the fly I noticed it dipped under the surface with each strip and slowly rose back to the surface. The rising fly was accompanied by several air bubbles. Several bass mouthed the fly and I was amazed by how long they would hold onto it.
I can only imagine because of the gushy life like feel. The fly works well stripped fast, slow or sitting with no action at all on the water. The fly has a ton of versatility. If the dips and air bubbles don't entice a strike the rubber legs might be just enough to get the fish to commit. I've found when I fish for bass I use this fly every time with out exception.
The fly is fairly easy to tie. It can be tied in a few minutes once you get the hang of it. Kent Edmonds is the unofficial inventor of the fly and he has detailed instructions on his site. Once you see a bass crush one of these flies you'll always have one in your fly box. The great thing is there is no real wrong way to tie them. I usually experiment with several colors.
The fly on the bottom left is a frog I tried to make. I saw the pattern on another site and I loved the look of it. The fly didn't turn out exactly as I'd hoped but I still think it will work.


  1. I like it, I like it a lot and can already picture the bass it will slay, thanks for sharing.

  2. I'm also a believer... as you know.
    The first time I used one in July of 2012... I caught a 19" Largemouth which ended up being my best bass of the year. http://naturalistsangle.blogspot.com/2012/07/well-call-it-tie.html

  3. I tied up a bunch of these after reading about them on your blog. I've caught all kinds of strange things on them since! Need to tie up a mega-bumblebee edition soon...

  4. Certainly appears to be a pattern that has proven itself from what your post says and the fellows have commented on. May have to take the time to learn more about how to fish it, tie it, and "Bomb" some Bass with it!

  5. I tied up something similar during the 17 year cicada hatch we had here in Virginia last spring...I got spoiled catching 1-3lb largemouth on basically every cast with a 3 weight! I bet a cicada colored bomber would have rocked them

  6. Kevin
    I can't wait to get out on the lake and use some of these flies you mailed me sometime back. I have the cream and chartruse, and will get both a try. Thanks for the tips on how to fish this killer pattern. Thanks for shaing