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Intruder Fly Action To Try To Build Into Our Tenkara Flies

PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:35 am
by Karl Klavon

Re: Intruder Fly Action To Try To Build Into Our Tenkara Fli

PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:29 pm
by Karl Klavon
Here is a video on how to tie a simplified Mini-Intruder fly pattern:

Re: Intruder Fly Action To Try To Build Into Our Tenkara Fli

PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:22 pm
by Karl Klavon
For Fixed Line Rods and Tenkara fly fishing, some of what we saw above will need to be greatly scaled back to be able to cast the flies created with our rods. The Waddington Shanks and Intruder Wire can be completely discarded and a Jig Hook and Slotted Tungsten Bead added to get the hook point to ride up in their places, with far less weight and tying complexity involved.

Fewer and lighter weight, and much more flexible, fly tying materials can also be easily substituted in. Things like ostrich herl, dyed partridge hackle, Midge Flash, Mini-Barred-Silacone-Legs, Micro-Chenille and Midge-Braid, as well as Mini-Barred Marabou feathers can all give the same kind of action in the water with far less weight and bulk than what the videos above show. Peacock herl and swords, as well as Pheasant Tail flues, and various other types and colors of animal hairs and feathers will also do a good job of representing bulk for little weight and wind resistance in casting. All that's really needed is some imagination, experimentation and the desire to try something new and different. Hopefully, these posts will stimulate some thought to try some experimentation. I believe just about everyone here can agree that the action of those Intruder Fly Patterns in the water is very attractive to the fish we most want to catch.

Green and Orange Intruder Fly Pattern Materials List & Info

PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:38 am
by Karl Klavon
Hook: .............UFM U555 Streamer Hook - #12
Bead: .............Black 1/8" Slotted Tungsten
Thread: .........UTC 70D Black
Tag: ...............FL-Yellow Chartreuse (#11) and/or FL Orange (#7) Glo-Brite Floss
#1 Bump: .....Black Ostrich Herl
#1 Hackle: ....Natural Guinea Hackle Feather
Body Wraps: UTC Sparkle Braid FL-Yellow and/or WAPSI Sparkle Braid FL-Orange/Pearl
#2 Bump: .....Black Ostrich Herl
#2 Hackle: ....Natural Guinea Feather
Head: ............Black Thread

The Intruder Fly Patterns were orgionally developed to appeal to spawning runs of Steelhead and Salmon, fish that are no longer feeding so there is no need to imitate their food forms. The flies are designed to be highly visible, provide a lot of attractive wiggling action with their materials in the water, and to create pressure wave action to stimulate the fish's lateral line sensors. When trout go into spawning mode, they also will quit feeding and these same fly pattern attributes will be equally effective on trout, bass, crappie and bluegill, breeding or not.

The Tenkara Intruders listed above are greatly simplified in their tying, requiring only a single hook, no Waddington Shanks or Intruder Wire or lead wire wraps to complete the fly. The UFM U555 Hook is a Jig Hook, and the Slotted Tungsten Bead causes the hook to ride point up, greatly reducing lost flies and usually hooking the fish in the lip or the roof of the mouth. The Tag is like a tail but only equal to the hook's gape in length. The Tag's being made of Glo-Brite Floss provides the action of marabou with far better durability, and a Fluorescent Hot-Spot of a UV-Reactive material at the business end of the hook for the fish to target. The purpose of the Bumps is to keep the soft hackles from completely collapsing down against the hook shank and the tag in a stripping retrieve or current flow. The bare body wraps of Fl-Sparkle Braid provides flash but with a much more subtle glowing tone than the much brighter Tags do. The Hackles of Natural Guinea flank, with all those bright white spots are highly UV-Light Reflective and contrast against the black background to provide very high visibility for the fish in any lighting and/or water coloration condition. The Black Bead imitates the pupil of the critter's eye far better than shiny beads do.

The first time I tried one of these flies I was not actually fishing it. I cast it out before leaving for the day just to check out its action in the water, which was very impressive. The Salt and Pepper Hackles wiggled enticingly and were quite easy to see in the green-cloudy-algae-bloom of this bass pond. The FL-Tag showed up like a little beacon and also had a great action. The body separating the two hackles gave off a subtle flash and an enticing glow as well. And pods of small bluegill readily attacked the fly even though none of them were quite big enough to get the hook into their mouths.

On higher lakes over the summer I got somewhat mixed results with the Intruders on trout. I was disappointed with them on a golden trout lake as the Orange Slinky, which has no hackle at all and 3 strands of FL-Orange Krystal Flash along with two wiggly Orange Ostrich Herl tails, did much better on the fish than either of the Intruders did. Golden trout are Spring spawning fish. Brook trout, on the other hand, spawn in the Fall. And while the brook trout in these two lakes were not actually spawning yet but still feeding, the males were all decked out in their bright orange spawning colors. And the Intruders generated far more excitement and savage strikes than any of the four more flashy Slinky patterns did. So, while the Tenkara Intruders may not be the best general all purpose patterns you could fish, I believe the Intruders have high value for fishing to Pre-Spawn and Spawning trout of any species, any place you find them.