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MEGA MUSHY

 

 

 

 

 

Hook:  Tiemco 600SP (2/0-8/0) or other short shank hook

Thread:  clear mono, fine

Tail:  pre-tapered white or polar bear Super Hair and Flashabou Mirage

Belly / Back:  pre-tapered, blended 12" Slinkyfibre and MEGA MUSHY flash (click here to learn Steve Farrar's flash blending technique)

Eyes:  molded 3-D prismatic eyes, held in place with GOOP or Zap-A-Dap-A-Goo, and finished with 5-minute epoxy

Note:  Softex or Soft Body glue must be applied to the tail and back / belly areas to prevent the fly from fouling during the cast.

The Mega Mushy is perhaps the most versatile member of the Mushmouth family.  It can be tied in lengths from 2" for inshore or freshwater species up to 14" for stripers, billfish and other fish that chase large baits.  Slinkyfibre and Kinkyfibre are the most commonly used trade names for the primary body material.  Hanks of this material can be found in both 8" and 12" lengths.  The 12" variety is necessary to tie the fly pictured below.  A ten-weight rod or better is necessary to cast it with ease.

These flies are so durable that  they are usually retired due to a beat hook point rather than a garbaged fly.  You can take about 2 or 3 dozen stripers on one of these before the glue begins to delaminate.  They are repaired simply by poking some fresh Softex glue into them with a bodkin.

The Mega Mushy is my first choice for taking big bass in the Spring.  Early season keepers key in on herring and they are typically disinterested in small patterns.  Some GIANT stripes have been take on this pattern the past few years.  Capt. Jaime Boyle guided a client to a thirty-five pound fish a few years back and Jason Zimmer is shown below with a matching fish that he caught during a trip with Capt. Brice Contessa this past June.

Jeff Blair of Gaithersburg, Maryland fished the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel with some buds late in 2006 and grabbed this forty-seven inch rockfish and a whole bunch more just like it on a 2/0 Mega Mushy.  Sick.

Paul Popeo fooled this whopper bass on a Mega Mushy while fishing with Capt. Joe LeClair last summer.  Great catch, Paul!.

Step 1

1) Using clear monofilament thread and a 4/0 6/0 short shank hook, tie in a tail of white Super Hair mid-shank.  Make sure to taper the ends of the Super Hair by pulling the center strands out to longer lengths before tying it in.  Take one or two turns of thread under the tail to cock it up at a slight angle.

Step 2

2) Cut off 12 full-length strands of Flashabou.  Stagger the ends of the flash and fold it in half.  With your thread just in front of the Super Hair tie-in point, hook the loop of Flashabou (formed by folding the flash in half) under the hook eye and tie down with the clear thread.  This should put equal amounts of flash of varying lengths on either side of the Super Hair tail.

Step 3

3) Prepare 2 bunches of blended 12" Slinkyfibre and MEGA MUSHY flash for the body, a light color for the belly and a darker color for the back.  The two bunches should be prepared so that they are longer than the length of the tail plus about 3 - 4".  The bunches should be pre-tapered so that the thickest portion of the bunch is at the tie-in point (just in front of the Super Hair) and getting progressively thinner towards the tail.  The easiest method to achieve this taper is to PULL the center strands out to form a staggered appearance.

It is critical that you prepare your Slinkyfibre / MEGA MUSHY bunches ahead of time as you want to tie them in while the Softex or Soft Body glue is still wet.

Apply a liberal dose of Softex or Soft Body one-part adhesive to the Super Hair / Flashabou tail along the entire shank and PAST THE BEND.  I find it easiest to apply the glue with a bodkin.

Step 4

4) Tie in the light color bunch of the Slinkyfibre blend underneath the shank just in front of the tail (about 1/3 of the way back from the hook eye) while the glue is still wet.  Take a moment to take the fly out of the vise to equally distribute the bunch of Slinkyfibre on either side of the hook bend.  It is far easier to do this now, before the glue has set, than later.  DO NOT TRIM off the butt ends of the bunch.

Step 5

5) Tie in the darker color bunch of Slinkyfibre blend on top of the shank at the same spot as the bottom bunch (about 1/3 of the way back from the hook eye) while the glue is still wet.  Again, DO NOT TRIM the butt ends of the bunch.

Advance the thread forward, tight to the hook eye, taking care that the dark color stays on top and the light color stays on the bottom.  Comb through the bunches (both behind and forward of the hook eye) with a bodkin to remove any snarls that may have formed when blending the bunches.

Step 6

6) Apply an additional liberal coat of Softex or Soft Body around the exposed thread wraps and along the back PAST THE BEND.  Apply a small amount of glue along the belly fibers.  Due to the large size of this fly, some Softex must be applied to both the back and belly fibers past the bend by poking your glue-covered needle into the fibers.

Step 7

7) Fold back the remaining Slinkyfibre bunches and tie down.  I typically reverse and tie down the dark color first to prevent any spillover of the dark color to the belly.  Whip finish.  Clear the eye area of any random filaments of flash as they will make the epoxy head application messy and difficult.

Step 8

8) Arrange the fly in a vertical position in the vise.  Stroke a clean bodkin through the Slinkyfibre fibers to take out any remaining snarls.

Step 9

9) Trim the fly to shape with long-bladed scissors so that the fibers closest to the top and bottom of the fly are the shortest.  The longest fibers will be in the center, nearest to the Super Hair / Softex spine.

Step 10

10) Apply a small dollop of GOOP or Zap-A-Dap-A-Goo to the head thread wraps.  Apply a 3-D prismatic eyes to each side, close to the hook eye.

Step 11

11)  Let the fly dry on a flat surface or while hung vertically with the head up until the GOOP and Softex dry.

Step 12

12) Mix 5-minute epoxy and fill in the gaps between the eyes (top and bottom).  DO NOT cover the eyes 360 degrees as this makes the head area the size of a beach ball!  I think this final epoxy application is more for the tier's benefit than for the fish.  The GOOP is plenty strong enough to hold the eye.

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