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The Back Bend

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

My first bend back pattern
My first bend back pattern

You might think “The Bend Back” is some esoteric, magical cast that guarantees long, accurate casts each and every time you try it. Or it’s a great exercise to get ready for a long season of fishing. Wrong, “Bend Backs” are really just a somewhat obscure type of fly, unless you are a regular Florida Keys angler. I was introduced to “Bend Backs” about 15 years ago when I first got the opportunity to fish in the Tampa Bay, Sarasota area for redfish and snook. For many years, TMC had a hook model called 411S. The 411S was essentially an 811S with the 1st 20% of the shank bent approximately 15 degrees up and away from the hook point. Unfortunately, TMC discontinued the “Bend Back” hook so now you’ve pretty much got to do the bending on your own.

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So Now You Are Hooked

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Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

A well-heeled, older guy walks into a fly shop. The young, scruffy clerk behind the counter asks “Sir, how can I help you?”

“Well I am in town for a week and I hear they are biting on #12 Royal Wulffs with #16 Hare’s Ear droppers down on the Ole Mill Stream. I’ll need to pick up a few of those.”

With a smile the clerk says, “Of course, we’ve got those, they’re in the bins just behind you.”

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