There’s suprinsingly few flies for pike you see that look to american flies for Musky. Sure there’s bits and pieces like reversed bucktail being used, but that’s more of a saltwater hollow fley Bob Popovich style. So I’ve been starting to look around a bit on Musky patterns, there aren’t that many original patterns to be found online, but there’s a few names that come up where ever you go looking. One is Brad Bohen and his patterns The Buford and the Hang time. So last night I decided to try me a little variant of the Buford pattern.
It’s a very classic musky pattern featuring bucktail and sadle feathers as its main materials. I didn’t have the right colors of Sadle feathers so I ended up using barred Schlappen feathers instead.
The idea is to fish it on an intermediate or faster sinking line to draw in under the surface and to have the big buctail head make all sorts of “noise” under the water and make it skip irregularly from side to side and up and down.
Hook: Partridge Ultimate predator X 6/0
Thread: Veevus 6/0
Tails: Two yellow barred schlappen feathers and Sybai tinsel hair
Body: Bucktail, orange and yellow barred schlappen and Sybai tinsel hair
Head: Butt end of bucktail, spun and clipped down.
I don’t pack the head very hard, and I don’t clip it down very neat either, just like on the original Brad Bohen fly, I don’t want it to be super buoyant, my intermediate line need to be able to get it down a bit.