|Randy Leonpacher's Jitterbee
|Randy reports that the Jitterbee is an excellent bead head nymph that looks like a bee with a cricket-like tail. The
best colors are black/chartreuse and black/yellow for greenish water while black/red or black/orange works best for
brownish water. Other colors will also catch fish. The fly is Randy's first choice for bream. It can be fished deep or
under a strike indicator.
|Step 1: Smash the hook shank barbs on the Baitholder
hook and straighten the slight bend/offset. Bend the
hook point enough to soke on the bead. After, bend back
Eagle Claw Baitholder #080 in size 8 or 10. The Eagle Claw 181
baitholder hook found at K-Mart can be used as a substitute. Both
are 2X heavy and have large eyes suitable for the large metal bead
4mm 10K gold plated metal bead (Randy prefers the Halcraft
brand found at craft stores).
Medium chenille (3mm) or fine chenille/vernille (2mm) in black,
red, burnt orange, yellow or chartreuse. The medium is right for
the size 8 hook. The fine is perfect for the size 10 hook.
Black silicon rubber skirt material (used for spinner baits, round is
|Step 3: Tie in two contrasting strands of chenille behind
the bead. Wrap thread over chenille toward the tail so as
to secure to hook shank. Wrap thread forward to bead.
Color combinations of chenille such as black/chartreuse
or black/red work best. The look can be changed by
alternating the order of the banding.
|Step 2: Wrap the hook shank with thread and tie in a short piece
of silicon rubber leg. Double over leg to form a forked tail.
Secure with thread.
|Step 4: Wrap chenille forward as a pair to form bands of alternating colors. Secure
chenille by tying off just behind the bead. A small amount of head cement added to the
thread prior to tying off adds extra durability to the fly.