I originally heard of the Bronze Goddess from Ward Bean's Warm Water Fly Tyer website. Ward had it posted for over a year, but did not give pattern details (other than it was tied by Mike). I tied up a few Bronze Goddess's from the picture and hit the river. I knew right away it was a winner....the Bronze Goddess has all of the characteristics of a great pattern.
The size is perfect at about 3" long and the color is
outstanding. The mottled color resembles many food choices!
Mike also has a variation of the Bronze Goddess called the Boss Tom. I had only seen pictures of this fly, but I tied a few up based on the pictures. It seems to be a variation of the Goddess that uses wild turkey feather for the tail. This is another very effective pattern for smalmmouth bass. I had a special evening with the Boss Tom last week where I caught 4 fish over 16" in one hour. Like the Goddess this fly has great curb appeal without the use of rare or hard to find materials.
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Mike Jacobs really is a great fly tyer and has helped many people get started fly tying. His online store the Hawkeye Fly Tyer is a fantastic place to get materials if you decide to shop online. Hats off to Mike for the great flies and his article in Fly Tyer Magazine.
Here is a link to The Iowan Magazine that features Mike Jacobs and Ward Bean (along with some of their friends).