Been a lit busier here than normal over the past couple of weeks, and in addition, my wife had some fairly serious surgery completed, so providing support and care seems essential. Anyhow, we passed through the March Mayhem basketball stuff with the usual frenzy around my home, which is not much at at all to be honest……… However, I would like to share a pattern with you all that has fished well for me over the years. It is a pattern that I picked up somewhere, somehow, and made a few tweaks too it and the results have been good! Check out my form of
The “Mayhem” is tied to represent a Perch Fry or small Perch in the water. Now, I know that I have had success with this pattern and I think I know why. Other fish love too eat little Perch! This pattern is not designed to catch you some Perch, however, it will……. It is designed to catch the Bass, Walleye, or Trout that feed on the smaller Perch. Best way too fish it is too find a school of Perch to begin with. Often times Perch will school up and the trick is too finding them and the correct depth to fish. Aggressive other species in the water will take care of the rest if it is going to work at all……. So let’s tie a “Mayhem”
- Hook – Size (6) or size (10) 3xlong hook of your choice – I use size (10) for Bluegill.
- Thread – Black 6/0 Uni-Thread
- Tail – Hot Orange Krystal Flash
- Rib – Small Gold Wire
- Overbody – At least (6) strands of Peacock Herl
- Body – Orange Scrubby Chenille
- Beard – Hot Orange Krystal Flash
- Overwing – Hareline Baitfish Emulator
- Begin by tying on your thread and bringing it to the rear of the hook at a point straight up from the barb.
- Select several strands of the Krystal Flash and measure them to be length of the hook shank approximately. (Before you tie them in, I will give you an option for you to think about. I used a Black Permanent Marker to color in a black bar across the end of the Krystal Flash strands. This makes it look similar to Golden Pheasant Tippet if that suits your fancy, Anyway, probably totally unnecessary, but, I liked the effect.)
- Tie in your Krystal Flash tail directly above the barb of the hook. Trim off the excess towards the front of the hook.
- Tie in Gold wire rib at same place you tied in the tail
- Select at (6) Peacock Herls and tie them at the same place as tail, also, extending rearward.
- Tie in Orange Scrubby Chenille. All of your tie in’s are at the same spot. Begin wrapping the chenille towards the eye of the hook and leaving just a small area for the rest of the materials to be tied down.
- Take Peacock Herls and pull them directly over the back of the chenille and tie them off just in front of the chenille. Creates the Overback!
- Counter wrap the small Gold wire spiraling it over the overbody and Scrubby Chenille. Tie it off at same point as the Peacock Herl.
- Turn your hook upside down and tie in the Krystal Flash for a beard. The beard should stop just short of the point of the hook.
- Turn your hook back upright and tie in the Baitfish Emulator Overwing. Tying it rearward. The length of the Overwing should stop just short of the length of the tail.
- Finish with a good Whip Finish knot and add a good coating of Head Cement surrounding the tie off spot. This will help lock everything tied in at that point.
- Go find some Perch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Tyin’ and causin’ some “Mayhem”……………………..