Hooking Bass With A Scrapyard Plug & A Rabbit Strip
I was convinced by a co-worker today to forgo all the work I had to do and take him fishing. The result was a block buster of a bass day and even if they didn't get that big, the amount of fish we caught in two hours was amazing.
The fly this guy had in his mouth was a simple little black rabbit strip streamer I tied up only a few moments before I tossed it in the water. It worked just as good as the prototype rabbit strip I caught a ton of bass with last year. This version was tied with a bright orange head as apposed to the original red head but I doubt the fish had any complaints.
After having fun with the rabbit strip I found an old friend buried in the depths of my fly box. It was the Scrapyard Plug and I decided it was time to give this fly some action. On the first cast it hooked up and then the hits just kept on coming. Before I knew it I had landed a good two dozen bass with the Scrapyard Plug. I even threw in a few large sunfish that hit the plug like a frying pan over the head. It performed just like it had last spring and it got me thinking about how this wonderful fly came to be.
After reading a very old fly fishing book of the art of crafting flies for Black Bass I soon found myself in the garage experimenting with an old wooden dowel. The diagram above was exactly how I put about a dozen of these plugs together.
Pretty it is not but effective it is. I believe the key to this wooden dowel bug is that it does not float. I had constructed this fly with the idea of making it a small popper. What it turned out to be was an under water bug that is the most effective when you twitch it towards you or along the shore in a variety of short tugs. The plug dips, dives, and twitches like a struggling piece of bait. The bright red spray paint I used to coat the fly was only the icing on the cake. I have tried blue and green but the bass just seem to love the red. The proof is in the pudding and nothings better to prove that a simple home made Scrapyard Plug can actually work than to show it in a fishes mouth.
Long live redneck ingenuity.