PoP Says Time to Change Your Knots

Fly fishing knots need to change for the seasons

Do you ever wonder which knot to tie to give the right action to your fly? Well, it’s really not that complicated.

The most active eating weeks / months for fish require the most active fly knot. What is an “active fly knot?”

An active fly knot is one that gives a PoPs fly more action. Feel Free To Think, when fish are more active, they are chasing bait that is, for sheer survival, more active, right?

So as the activity shows itself to be heading toward its peak, you want to switch from any cinching knot — to your favorite loop knot.

The loop knots, always impart more action to a fly. And, they just make more sense to a fish that would pursue that fly! Add to the knot a change in the retrieve speed, and it may JUST BE the ticket for more takes of your PoPs flies.

And don’t forget to change one OR the other meaning: Keep a tight knot and change the retrieve speed, or keep the retrieve speed and change the knot. These are the days when you might have to experiment to find the SPEED, ACTION and DEPTH for the fish you are looking for!



Lunker East Texas Bass on PoPs Fly Shop Fly

Black bass black fly

PoPs Fly Shop Black Bass Fly

This photo just arrived from a fly fisher in East Texas. The fly, along with eight others, was sent two days ago. Now it ends up in the lip of a Texas largemouth bass.

Score one for the Black/Black bass Clouser!

#bassonfly #flyfishing #texasbassfishing

New Batches of Flies Heading Out

We sent a couple of shipments of the forever-deadly Clouser Minnow pattern out today.

Clouser Minnow on Jig Hook

One shipment was a donation to the Texas Reel Recovery group of men who will be participating in the next North Texas event. PoP  is familiar with Texas Reel Recovery because he was a participant last year, and now was a good time to start giving back to the organization.

Clouser Minnow fly

The other shipment was for a fly fisher east of Dallas who wanted to not just hook, but land hybrids near where he lives. He took PoP’s recommendation and went with the middle weight Clouser on a circle jig hook – black/black, chartreuse/white and the all-around red/white. That last one, the red over white worked to perfection for PoP late last week in a size #2 Mustad circle jig hook. Pop had been using the very expensive Tiemco 600SP, but after testing the circle hooks, PoP realized a new approach.

Instead of using the bone-piercing Tiemco, the only hook that will consistently stick inside the hard mouth of hybrids, PoP is finding that the circle hooks do exactly as advertised. They come all the way out and find the softness of the hybrid’s lips to STICK. It also helps that these are darn sharp hooks as well!