To see the article that goes along with this post, view: Larry’s Lizard Bass Fly
More success with Larry’s Lizard at Oregon’s Davis Lake. Mid-April, 2014 season. Friend Mike T. and I had nearly 30 hits on a Larry’s Lizard or Midnight Special, then lost as many Largemouths as we ended up keeping for tasty bass filets!
CURRENT RECOMMENDED SOURCES FOR MATERIALS (check your local fly shop first!)
Best source for Mustad 3366 hooks (5 cents per hook!)
Rivers Wild Sculpin Heads 11mm (Sportsmans Warehouse)
Beadalon 19-wire, .018″ (Jo-Ann or Michaels Craft Stores use a 40%-50% off coupon, or Amazon.com)
Cactus Chenille – large (flyshops or Spirit River)
Blue Metallic Fishscale silicone skirts (Spirit River)
Why use hooks instead of articulating shanks? Hooks are stronger, more compact, and the Mustad 3366 is available at less than 5 cents a hook, while the articulated shanks are 25-35 cents apiece. For this Larry’s Lizard fly, you are using wire cutters to remove the bend and barb of the front hook, after the fly is finished. It is possible to leave the front hook in place, which would give the fly a tandem hook setup.
COMING SOON, a descriptive recipe for the original Lizard pattern as tied by originator Larry Godfrey of Bend, Oregon.