Illawarra Flyfishers Club

Bass Vampire


Photos and Text by Andrew Susani

Hook Gamakatsu B10S (stinger pattern)
Thread 3/0 - 6/0 colour to match body
Eyes Dumbbell or machined eyes (Real Eyes used)
Body Ice or crystal chenille
Flash Comes Alive or Krystal Flash
Wing Polafibre or Kinkyfibre

The bass vampire was created by John Schofield (the Steve Waugh lookalike pictured, left) and has been used to win him many bass tournaments in SE QLD. This is no mean feat as he fishes fly almost exclusively amongst the majority of angler who fish soft plastics and spinnerbaits. When picking a fly, this pattern is usually his number one choice. The original pattern was a black and purple fly with glow in the dark dumbbell eyes. This was fished from a boat using a fast sinking flyline to fish found on the sounder - some of these fish were very deep, up to 20-30m. There are many different adaptations to this fly, and the target species range from bass to bream and other estuary species.

Tying Instructions

1. Start thread behind the eye of the hook and add a drop of super glue to the hook shank. Take a few thread wraps along the shank so that the glue holds the thread securely onto the shank - this will go a long way to stopping the eyes from spinning around the shank after repeated casting. Take a pair of lead or machined dumbbell eyes and bind them onto the hook with figure eight wraps. You can add a tiny bit of super glue at the base of the eyes to hold them onto the thread if you wish.
2. Take the thread to the bend of the hook and tie in a bunch of flash material. The bunch doesn't need to extend very far past the bend, so roughly trim it so it is 5-10mm long.
3. Tie in some ice or crystal chenille in your choice of colour at the hook bend. 
4. Take the thread up and leave it hanging behind the dumbbell eyes. Wind the chenille up to form an even body and tie it off so it is hard up against the dumbbell eyes.
5. Rotate the fly in the vise and tie in a short bunch of polafibre or kinkyfibre for a wing.
6. Tie another darker colour on top of the wing if you like, form a neat head, whip finish and varnish. The fly is complete!