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Antiwobbler 2


The tail of the baitfish imitations is normally 1,5-2 times longer than the fly body. The tail is made out of soft materials like Marabou or some synthetics, sometimes mixed with flashy fibers. Too stiff a tail makes the fly «lazy».


The body of fish imitations I normally wrap with Pearl Flashabou on top of silver foil, and then covered with clear finish. Bigger size flies and insect imitations can have body of chenille or dubbing. The final painting of the back with waterproof markers makes the fly similar to the fish you want to imitate. Waterproof paint is another solution for the body cover.


The wing is made only on some flies, which need wider silhouette of the fore part. For instance, it is possible to tie to its back two soft feathers — same way as when you work on Matuka fly. Stiff feathers worsen the fly action. Alt-AntiwobblerAnti-wobblers were catching fresh pink salmon in both sea and river.

Foam back:

Comparing with normal wobbler-flies, the Antiwobblers do not need the buoyant foam back; many of them I make with no foam at all. The flies with no foam have good action as well, but the ones with foam move differently. On retrieve they come up faster, move higher than the fishing line, and have wide sweeping action. On the contrary, the flies with no foam have higher frequency of vibrations, and do not pull to the surface too much.


Red throat is an important element of different fish imitations. You could either tie in a little bunch of a red fibrous material, or use some red paint.

Alt-AntiwobblerA sunset at the Amur River. The Anti-wobbler could be presented near the bottom, in the middle layers of water, under the surface, and on the surface as a skating fly. It is an excellent choice for the big rivers. It is a good searching pattern which allows checking different water layers of a deep pool. If you see a rise of a predator, it is easy to lift it off the water and cast to the wake. The Antiwobblers are rather difficult to fine-tune. The tuning of the wobbler flies and Antiwobblers is done same way: by cutting the edges of the blade in semi-circles. It is necessary to get a stable wiggling action on retrieve with different speed (from 40 to 100 cm/sec). The most agile flies start wiggling on the speed of 30 cm/sec. A good fly is not falling on one of the sides, and is not rotating even on strong current. Alt-AntiwobblerThe Anti-wobbler is one of the best flies for skygazer from the Amur River. Same as other types of wobbler flies, Anti-wobblers are not much sensible to the thickness of the tippet — if they are tied with a loop. Flies on # 8-10 hooks I use with 0,20-0,22 mm tippets, on # 2 & 4 — 0,30 mm; the ones on #1/0 and bigger can be used with 0,35-0,40 mm mono tippets or steel tippets. These flies have many advantages comparing with regular streamers of the same size. They make it possible to fish very shallow areas; upright blade is helping to lift even a big fly out of the water. When retrieved below the surface, they look like a living creature, and emit vibrations. Alt-AntiwobblerOn some days this strange fly works much better than any spinning lures. I am most often fishing with these flies with full sinking line, or with fast-sinking sink tips. This tackle allows fishing in different layers of deep waters. On retrieve with jerks they send up the line vibrations which the fisherman feels with his hands. On fast retrieve or on strong current the fly comes to the surface and starts skating. I am using Anti-wobblers in both Amur River and sea. Snags for the bottom are rare — the fly is moving higher than the sinking line. In slow current and stagnant waters it is possible using clear intermediate line. Slow presentation with pauses allows the fly to sink deeper before it starts moving to the surface. This imitates baitfish which is feeding from the surface, or a wounded one. The flies with good «liveliness» vibrate even during sinking. There is one more option — using a floating Antiwobbler with foam back with sinking line. The line goes on the bottom, and the fly is moving above it. This is one of the best approaches to the predators of big rivers. Alt-AntiwobblerYellowcheek’s feeding patterns are the cruising in the middle layers of deep pools of the Amur River. This fish is hard to catch with a fly, but the Antiwobbler allows covering such water efficiently.*