The Bouncer is one of the very first wet flies I ever tied so many years ago. I chose it because of the matched wings and I liked the tag of orange floss for the tip. I don’t know much of the history of the Bouncer but I do know it is an old pattern as it is listed in Ray Bergman’s book Trout. It is on Plate #2 and the recipe is listed on page 426. I did search around the Internet for some additional information but only found a few variations of the pattern and no actual history. I chose it because I liked the look of the fly and I thought it would do well in my warmwaters for bass and panfish (which it has). It is a great fly to get started tying wet flies if you are interested in this style of fly. The wings are very straight forward as is the body and the rib. The throat is like most tied on wet flies but you could collar a hackle if you prefer. The only real trick to this fly is the Orange floss tip in the rear. It is only about three wraps of floss but if you just wrap in the floss at the end of the body it has a tendency to migrate down the bend of the hook, all the way down the bend! I learned this the hard way with a number of flies doing this when fished as well as just touched when tying them on. Fortunately, there is an easy fix. I first learned of this little trick from Don Bastian’s DVD on Advanced Classic Wet Flies where he tied the Sabbatus. It has a red floss tip and to prevent it from migrating down the hook shank you need to tie in an extra strand of floss that gets brought up over the top of the other wraps and secured in. This extra strand of floss will trap in the wraps that make up the tip and keep them from moving down the hook shank. If that does not make sense watch the video and you will understand what I am getting at. Once you understand that little trick for the tip of the fly the Bouncer comes together very easily (maybe with some practice). Just remember, the fish don’t care that your fly is not perfect. The ones that you learn on go fish them. When you start getting them just right, those give to friends to impress them. – Enjoy
|Danville 6/0, Black & White
|Danville 4-Strand Rayon Floss, Orange
|Danville Silver/Gold Mylar Tinsel, #16/18
|Danville 4-Strand Rayon Floss, Black
|Duck Quill, Yellow
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