Saturday, December 10, 2011

Captain Caveman

Hook:  Gamakatsu Spinnerbait Hook (5/0)
Thread:  Red Flat Waxed Nylon
Tail:  Yellow Hareline Chinese Saddle Hackle
Flash:  Chartreuse Wapsi Holoflashabou
Body Layer 1:  Hareline Baitfish Emulator Flash
Body Layer 2:  Yellow Bucktail
Gill:  Red Bucktail
Body Layer 3:  Hareline Baitfish Emulator Flash
Eyes:  6mm Holographic Eyes
Cement:  Aleenes Fabric Fusion

Do you remember the cartoon called Captain Caveman?  All this pattern needs is a club and it would be a dead ringer!  Unga...Bunga!

I have been dreaming up a large pattern for pike to post for my BIG FLY theme and I came up with this one.  Like every other pike fly the Captain is a layered hog of flash and feathers that ultimately ends up looking like a chicken on a hook.  I really like the Baitfish Emulator because it allows some of the lower layers to pass through, especially the gills.

The Captain Caveman finished out at just over 8" and has some nice features.  First let's look at the hook.  Some of my buddies have been straightening out hooks on the river lately, so they decided to go with a heavier hook.  This fly uses a Gamakatsu Spinnerbait hook for added strength and super durability.  At first the hook looked massive, but put into perspective it's actually a perfect choice.

At all of my tie in points I slathered on Aleene's Fabric Fusion to make things bulletproof.  If you haven't use Aleene's yet you need to run down to Walmart and pick up a bottle.  Aleene's is safe to use without gloves, has no fumes and dries clear.  I think the entire bottle costs under $5 too.  If you have children that are interested in tying flies Aleene's is a water-based solution that won't kill brain cells or harm their skin.  Once finished I applied a final layer of Fabric Fusion completely over the eyes and thread to make sure this fly can withstand strikes from hungry pike.

I hope you are enjoying the posts, these flies have been a blast to dream up!  I know I'll catch a smallmouth on this pattern too....can't wait for spring!

Hareline Baitfish Emulator - Great Stuff!


  1. Any fly with that much color has got to land fish---exceptional pattern that will drive the smallmouth crazy. Thanks for sharing

  2. I make a pike fly almost exactly like that. Love the Baitfish Emulator flash. This fall we threw the fly like yours and the smallies did eat it. I also make a giant Murdich Minnow that is just killer for pike and big smallies.

    jonn graham

  3. By the way, love your blog. As you can see I live in Illinois and smallmouth are my passion. Been that way for about 25 years. My blog I keep fairly active, but in the winter the smallie posts will be a little slow. My rivers are starting to ice up. In mild winters, I am able to catch smallies all winter long.