Category Archives: Paul Beel, Frankenfly

FrankenDub Update

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, J Stockard Pro Tyer and Owner of FrankenFly

It’s been almost 2 years since I first released FrankenDUB. I spent a lot of time researching, mixing, and testing the various FrankenDUB dubbing offerings and I’m extremely happy with the response from fly tyers. It has been very well received and always gets terrific reviews.

If you are not aware of what FrankenDUB is, then you can check out my dubbing page on FrankenFly.com and it will tell you all that you need to know. Basically there are three lines of FrankenDub, Monster, Nymph, and All Purpose. Monster is long and made for streamers. Nymph is of course for nymphs, but it could also work with dry flies. All Purpose is a non-sparkle short dubbing that could be used on all types of flies.

mermaid pink

One of the newest additions to the FrankenDUB line is Mermaid Pink. I have recently included it into the Nymph Dubbing line. This is not your ordinary pink. If you look closely, you will find red fibers mixed within as well as some sparkle. It also includes natural fur with guard hairs to infuse softness and more bugginess. If you look at it from a normal eye view, it looks pink. My hope is this unique blend will help it become just as popular as some of the other colors in the Nymph Dubbing line.

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Fly of the Month – Bluegill Belly Bean

Bluegills will often hit just about anything when it is spring time and they are on their beds. They are tenacious when guarding their beds and will strike at anything in their territory. But if they are not bedding, things change, especially in late summer.

I designed the Bluegill Belly Bean for late summer time when the bluegill are no longer on their beds and usually stay deep in the water. You can get the Bluegill Belly Bean down to find them and get their attention. Cast it out and countdown and let it sink. How long to count down depends on how deep the body of water is you are fishing or where the bluegill are holding. But I would say 10 or 15 seconds is a good start. Sometimes you might be able to just give it a twitch and the bluegill will take it. Other times you might just have to leave it sitting still or you may have to strip it and get it moving before they will strike. You just have to try different tactics to see what they like on that particular day. Normally they are not as easy to catch when they are not guarding their beds. more…

TFO Impact Rod Review

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly

I recently had a chance to get my hands on the new Impact fly rod from Temple Fork Outfitters. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. From what I read, part of this rod’s origin consisted of test rods being sent out to many casting and fishing experts, like Bob Clouser, Lefty Kreh, Flip Pallot, and Larry Dahlberg, to give you some examples. TFO then made adjustments to the rods according to the feedback they received. Granted, a fly rod is a personal preference and even the experts have their own preferences. However, it seems they were after something really special with this fly rod. So I was definitely excited to try one. more…