The Booby Frog fly was designed to look, move and float the way a real frog does on a pond, but stay easy to cast with a lighter fly rod and remain completely snag free. Arguably the most common and enjoyable type of top-water bass fly is some sort of cork or spun deer hair popper tied with the general size, shape and color of a frog. These flies have the ability to fool many un-pressured fish, but lack the subtlety and movement to do well on every body of water and in all seasons. Like a real frog, the Booby Frog does not always float…and when it does, it sets in the surface film of the pond at a 45 degree angle with it’s legs splayed out and just the big foam eyes popping out of the water. And the fisherman need only touch the fly line to get the front-facing rubber legs to twitch back—often being just the right trigger for the big bass lurking nearby. This fly has so much great movement and action in the water because the natural materials are not bound to the entire length of the hook shank. The Booby Frog is tied on a large stinger-style hook, but all the materials are tied in at the same 3/16th of an inch of the hook shank directly behind the eye of the hook—this allows the frog body no restrictions in movement. Also, this frog may be the first ever to offer the bass fisherman a top water fly that rides hook point up (almost out of the water!) completely eliminating the need for any cumbersome and distracting hard-mono weed guards that only partially work. The Booby Frog casts easily with a common trout-weight fly rod and crawls easily and seductively over even the thickest weed beds, logs and lily pads.
Booby Frog Recipe:
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S Size 2
’s 3/0 Waxed Monocord (Dark Gray) Danville
Body Bottom: Marabou (Cream) Wapsi (MB002)
Body Middle: Marabou (Golden Olive) Hareline Dubbin, Inc. (M8BQ159)
Body Sides: Mink (or Squirrel) Zonker Strips (Olive Brown) Wapsi (MKZ089)
Body Top: Grizzly Marabou (Olive) Hareline Dubbin, Inc. (GRIZM263)
Foam Eyes: Rainy’s Olive Foam Boobie Round Eyes X-Large (BE-09144)
Fly Centipede Legs (Speckled Yellow Medium) (0-5-125-807-2) Montana
Hard Eyes 1: Loon Outdoors UV Fly Paint (Yellow)
Hard Eyes 2: Black Sharpie Marker
Hard Eyes 3: Loon Outdoors UV Fly Finish (Clear) (Or UV Knot Sense)
Booby Frog Tying Instructions:
Step 1: Build a 3/16th inch thread base directly behind the eye of a Gamakatsu B10S Size 2 hook using Danville’s 3/0 Waxed Monocord (Dark Gray).
Step 4: Tie in a Mink (or Squirrel) Zonker Strip (Olive Brown) to either side of the fly. Trim the leather part of the zonker strip to ½ inch. This should make the overall zonker about 2 inches long.
Now go take him fishing!