Fly Tying: Dill's Pickle

Here's a fly that will put a smile on your face. I formulated this fly after the Smallmouth favorite Gary Yamamoto Senko, bringing a whole new meaning to fly-finesse.

Fished best with an intermediate fly line, this wiggly worm will attract every #fathawg along weed lines, or under that fly-snagging log. The trick is to jerk the fly back violently, but with long 3-4 second pauses between each strip.

As the fly falls, the marabou turn up, displaying an irresistible show no bass can deny. If you are a believer of scent, you can spray crawdad or anise scent on the chenille mid-section to really sell it to those high nosed bronze backs.

Tied up of only marabou, chenille, and 30 lb. mono-filament, this fly is just how I like it INDESTRUCTIBLE. The only weight is the lip ripping Gamakatsu SC17 Tarpon Hook that will tow up a stump before it straightens.

This fly is for the fisherman that dare to throw out the book, and step off the beaten path.





Black Thread Size 210

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I was raised in the lettuce capital of the world Salinas, California with hunting and fishing running through my veins. I don't remember when I started fly fishing, but there are pictures of me stripping wolly buggers on Henry's Lake when I was 4 in my Snoopy life jacket. In California, I fished for every kind of bass, but my favorites are definitely striped and white bass. I am fortunate enough to spend every summer in the Yellowstone region where I get my trout fix for the year. I have worked 7 years in a few different fly shops in West Yellowstone, Montana and Last Chance, Idaho. I graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management in 2015 right before I moved up to Ponderay, Idaho where I began working for North 40 Outfitters. I love the area I currently live in and I'm always looking for more fishing or hunting partners. Stop by the Ponderay fly shop anytime and tell me of your latest fishing experience!

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2 thoughts on “Fly Tying: Dill's Pickle”

  • Bryant Williams

    Do you sell the Senko wacky worms?

  • Tom

    As tied in the video, will the fly sink on its own? I have tied a few of these with some patons bohemian yarn ( which was recommended for other senko worm patterns and iIthink is chenille) and mine floats... The hooks i am using are not as heavy for sure but I have added lead wire to the shank on a few of the ones i tied. I am trying to figure out if an intermediate line will be enough to get my fly to sink at a decent rate or if i should try a faster sinking line. Awesome pattern!!!

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