Fly Tyer: Martin Bawden, CEO, Fly Fishing Company, creators of Fish-Skull™, Nymph-Head™ and Surface Seducer® products

For August, we feature Flymen Fishing’s new Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish tied using the new Howitzer foam baitfish popper head that imitates the head of a small minnow (or baitfish) splashing and sipping at the surface of the water. The Howitzer head is designed with a deep recess at the back so that an articulated body and tail of a minnow can be embedded seamlessly into the back of the head. As a result, the body of the minnow hangs down in the water (roughly at a 45-degree angle) and moves enticingly in a position that can be seen by predatory fish from a long distance and offers them an irresistible profile and an easy opportunity for a meal! To tie the Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish, you combine the Howitzer popper head with Surface Seducer® Dragon Eyes™, Surface Seducer® Popper Hooks, and the Fish-Skull® Articulated Shank.


Head: Surface Seducer Howitzer Baitfish Popper Head – white, medium size
Eyes: Surface Seducer Dragon Eyes – 6mm size, any of the 4 colors available will work
Front Hook: Mustad 34007 (or similar) streamer hook, size 1/0
Back Hook: Gamakatsu SC15, size #2
Shank: Fish-Skull Fish-Spine, 15mm shank
Main Body: Gamechanger Chenille, Clear
Middle Body and hook: Marabou, White with several wraps of Palmer Chenille.

Want to learn more about how to tie this fly? Read the Flymen blog, Inside Look: Designing the Surface Seducer Howitzer by Martin Bawden for a behind-the-scenes look at developing this new material, as well as videos demonstrating how to tie the Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish.

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  1. Looking for somebody to ties me up some of these exact files. Would like some of these and a mini game changer. Got any techs on somebody willing to tie these patterns for me?

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