Next on the idea list was to experiment with a deeper Murdich design. I wanted it lightly weighted, but weighted enough to reach deeper than the top foot of the water column where the unweighted version excels. I opted for a size 6 30* jig hook and a set of extra small dumbbells. I obviously inverted the pattern to ride point-up. The other slight change I made was to use Ice Dub in the body of this version instead of the customary Ice Chenille or Estaz. I liked the effect and result, and went to bed last night hoping for a field test soon.
That chance was to come much quicker than expected. My wife cancelled lunch plans on me due to the weather. A steady rain was going to make eating with our young son outside a bad option. Luckily for me, having gear in my Jeep and being prepared offered me the chance to fish over my lunch break instead. I studied the radar situation, which didn't look good.
It appeared there was a slight break coming in the rain, and the USGS online gauge for the river still showed a very good level. I took the chance and went for it. As the old basketball saying goes, you don't make 100% of the shots you don't take. I got wet, I got cold, and I also had a pretty good 45 minute test for the new fly.
Ironically, I seldom catch many spotted bass in this stretch of water, but that's the intended target of the streamer design I was testing. We find a lot of nice spots in smaller creeks in my area, and I thought this pattern would be perfect for them. I managed to catch 4 spots in just about 45 minutes of fishing. Not too bad for a last minute change of plans and roughing out the weather. And who says trout are the only fish with pretty markings?