Tying Video – SMP Fly

Fly Fishing in central Indiana is all about the warmwater species.  Smallmouth may be king but panfish are a major target fish in warmwater.  Why not?  They are plentiful, you don’t need fancy flies and equipment to catch them and they are very eager to take a fly.  In fact, many fly fisherman and women in the Midwest experience their first fish on a fly rod as a panfish.  So it is no surprise we here in Indiana perk up at the thought of a new Bluegill fly.  Years ago, that is exactly what happened we I ran across the SMP.

The SMP is a panfish fly created by Skip Morris.  It is very basic in terms of tying and how the fly is fished but is a big time fish catcher.  The beadchain eyes provide a very pronounced and visible target and the marabou comes to life in the water calling the fish in.  I originally tied these using red floss for the body and yellow and red marabou.  I have changed it to Fl. Orange thread and Yellow and Fl. Orange marabou in the past few years.  I find this shows up in our waters better.

I also developed a could of variations of the fly that have also proven very effective.  Every spring the White Bass in local waters will swim up the rivers chasing suckers and shad as well as to spawn.  I started tying the SMP with Silver lead dumbbell eyes to get the fly down in the water column quicker, a Pink or Fl. Red body, Silver Oval tinsel and Pink over White marabou.  This has proven a very productive White Bass fly.  Another variation is on a larger hook (sizes 6 and 4) with extra large Gold beadchain eyes, white body, large Gold oval tinsel and all white marabou.  This is the perfect size and shape to mimic a very common baitfish we have in our rivers that the Smallmouth just can’t get enough of.  Many years ago I managed to take two 20+ inch Smallies out of the same hole in the span of 15 minuted on one of these white SMP flies.

The SMP is also one of those flies that over the year I have often though about doing a video on tying it.  So, now I have.  I am planning on doing a follow up video in the coming months on the two variations I mentioned above. I think most viewers will agree it is a fun pattern to tie and even funner to fish.  If you would prefer to  purchase a few SMP flies rather than tie your own, or perhaps you want one in your hand while you learn them, you can purchase some SMP flies here at Dressed Irons (while supplies last).  

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can.   Enjoy!

Remember…..  It’s Fly tying…..  If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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