The tail is tied to the hook after the blade. It could be made out of different fibrous materials such as synthetics, wool, soft feathers, Flashabou, etc. The length of the tail could be about a half of the hook shank length, as long as the hook, and sometimes twice longer than the hook. The tail of the fish imitations normally consists of three layers: dark on top, flashy in the middle, and white (yellow) at the belly part.
After installing the tail the hook shank is wrapped by different materials which form the fly body. These could be foil, Flashabou, synthetic or natural threads, dubbing, or chenille. Instead of this on some flies I just cover the hook shank and the narrow part of the blade tied to it with waterproof paint, bright or light. Anadromous charr fresh from the sea is normally not too interested in the regular flies, but the wobbler-fly it is always grabbing with mucho gusto
The floating foam back and the blade pulling down (and the added weight of the hook bend) form a force couple, which stabilize the wobbler-fly on the retrieve. So, the lures with more «contrast» between their back and belly are much more stable even on strong current. The fly back is made out of a strip of a buoyant material, most often — synthetic foam. It is easy to obtain in different thicknesses and colors.
The most «active» flies are vibrating even on slow current (about 30cm/sec) or on slow retrieve. The «lazy» flies are suitable to be used only in rather strong current.
Wobbler-flies should be tied in a loop. You could use either the Rappala knot (see the image below), or the Duncan Loop.
The Rappala knot is forming a permanent open loop
One more way to connect the big size wobbler-fly to the tippet is the use of a clip use by spin-fishermen. I am using these clips only with steel tippets which are a must when fishing for toothy fish species.
To the snap or a swivel of a steel tippet the line is connected with a Double Clinch knot.
The biggest wobbler-flies (on the hooks #1/0 and bigger) work well even on 0,4 mm tippet; if necessary they could easily carry a steel tippet with a swivel and clip. With the flies on the #1 and #2 hooks I use the tippet up to 0,35 mm, and the ones of the
The main types of the wobbler flies
- Fish imitations with dark back and light belly, tied on the #8-4/0 hooks.
- Lamprey or loach imitations — black or brown flies with slow, sweeping motion and long, soft tails.
- Imitations of mayfly and stonefly nymphs — small flies on
#8-12 hooks.In the water they should have the characteristic wiggling movements of the aquatic larvae. Any nymph of not too little size could be also ties as a wobbler-fly. The tail of the nymph is made out of a bunch of olive of brown marabou.
- Medium size flies on
#2-8hooks with intense movements and bright, fantasy colors are designated for catching char and Pacific salmon. Same as other fantasy flies they are also efficient for catching many different fish species in murky water and in low light conditions.
The flies which were working well on some fish species: 1, 2 — Amur River carps; 2, 3 — brown trout; 4, 6 — pink salmon; 5 — Amur catfish, Mandarin bass; 5, 6 — coastal fish of the Sea of Okhotsk; 7 — Amur pike.
Wobbler-flies are more difficult to cast comparing with the regular ones. Their blade catches the water surface which complicates the initial lifting of the tackle. Shorten the line and then lift it up to the fly off the water — the fly will be airborne.
The general approach to the wobbler-flies presentation is the same as with the regular streamers. In the swift streams I use the current and let the fly swing with no retrieve. The fly speed could be changed by directing the cast and mending. The fly vibrations are easily felt with a hand holding the line. If there are no vibrations, you know that the fly hook had caught the tippet, or caught some debris.
In slow water I make the cast and retrieve the line into the boat or stripping basket; the average retrieve speed is about
Wobbler-flies are working well on Pacific salmon. I was even able to catch some sockeye salmon (#8 black or dark blue flies). Pink salmon were biting