I am not an innovative fly tyer by any means. I steal ideas from great tying minds to fit what I am trying get a fly to look like. I wrote a bit about this here.
The past couple years I have been trying to fix the one thing I dislike about the majority of poppers / sliders used for salmon in the Pacific Northwest. These patterns work exceptionally well and myself and others have caught loads of salmon on this style of stinger hooked surface pattern. The problem I have is that I just don't like the aesthetic of these phallically shaped flies.
I have been looking for a way to tie salmon popper patterns with a more realistic taper from head to tail. I was wasting time on the computer the other day and found a step-by-step guide for Jonny King's Kinky Muddler. The way the body was constructed I knew that I had found an idea to fix a problem only I have.
I used a Dremel to create some space on the backside of the foam cylinder to allow a smooth transition from popper head to the SF Blend body and I think this will be a success when it comes to Neah Bay coho this August.
I present the Kinky Banger.