Written by Myles Wilsnach
What, you might wonder, is a Gay Frog? Is it (A) a pink ‘Froggy V-craft‘ with tassels?.. or (B) a Frenchman in Dolce & Gabanna waders with a powder blue jacket?
Well, none of the above.
The Gay Frog is actually a fly fishing pattern that bass can’t resist. I’m a fly fisherman who hangs out with beer swilling barbarians, otherwise known as bass fishermen. Now it is well known that fly fishermen are well cultured, gentle folk who enjoy the tranquility of small streams and the amber glow of good whiskey. And yet somehow I find myself in the company of a bunch of villainous cretins, aka ‘bass fishing buddies’ whose favourite pass time is to throw bright coloured lures the size of hand grenades at unsuspecting fish!
And so I started throwing flies at bass …
I tried a number of generic bass patterns, ie: gurglers, poppers, strip leeches, etc. but all with only moderate success. The truth is I was being out-fished and verbally abused by a bunch of ‘bass-tards’ (buddies) because I wouldn’t lay down my fly rod and cross over to the dark side of plastics and bait-casters. I needed a fly pattern that would produce the goods …
Enter, the Gay Frog.
I was looking through a fly fishing mag one day that featured an article on bass. The author recommended a top water frog pattern that looked quite easy to make … and so I made one, or two … or ten.
Anyway, it incorporated foam rods (green) and dubbing (green) for the body, feathers (green) for the legs, round beaded eyes and a plastic lip. After a bit of trial and error I modified the pattern by removing the eyes, lip and dubbing, and also tried a few colour combinations. I added a weed guard and some more foam for buoyancy … oh, and of course I gave it a cool camo pattern with a permanent marker pen … and voila!
Did I mention that it’s green? Yes, green, not pink. So why is it called ‘The Gay Frog’ if it doesn’t even have a little bit of pink?
Well, that should be quite obvious. Like I said before, I’m the only fly fisherman amongst a horde of bass fishermen. So you can imagine the response when I presented my little creation to them: “That’s gay!” And so it was that my dear ‘grenade-lobbing’ friend dubbed it ‘The Gay Frog’. ed: Wasn’t me.
Does it produce the goods though?
Well, after a number of bass bashing trips with the bass-tards, my good buddy (I won’t mention names since he named the Gay Frog and also hosts this blog) turns to me and says “Dude! That’s a deadly pattern.”
Say no more – I was stoked.
Large Mouth, Small Mouth and Spotties. The best results are from a float tube. Flick the G-frog against the bank … twitch, twitch … BAM!!! The water explodes and a massive mouth engulfs the frog – you don’t get better top water action than this.
A classic example … Rob had told me about a nice dam that he and Ryan had been fishing. Ryan hit a bit of a blank the previous trip so I called him up and said let’s give it a shot. He couldn’t make it and I couldn’t get hold of Rob so I struck out on my own.
As all Capetonians know, if you pull out a fishing rod the wind will start to blow. But despite a bit of wind it was still a beautiful afternoon and I decided to try a noisy popper type of pattern. The dam wall had some nice structure and so I threw the fly pattern at it. Nothing. Cast, cast, curse the wind – nothing. Maybe the fish are sitting deep. So I changed to a big leech type pattern. Cast, cast, curse, cast – nothing.
Ok, let me put the trusty ol’ Gay Frog to the test again. I spotted a fence-post sticking out of the water and flicked the G-Frog at it … BAM! Nice splash but I didn’t hook up. Some action at last.
I decided to walk the bank to the far corner as some other fishermen had arrived. After a few snags and curses I made a long cast to a clump of reeds further out … BAM! The G-Frog barely touched the water and I was fish on! Awesome! Not a big fish but a nice little fight.
In the next half hour I landed 1 more fish and lost 2 others … G-frog was working it’s magic.
But time was up and I had to pack it in.
All in all it was a good afternoon and I made my way home with a smile on my face knowing that the trusty Gay Frog had once again saved the day.
In Part two we will demonstrate how to tie The Gay Frog.
The Gay Frog
Of course it means nothing without photographic evidence:
The Fish caught on The Gay Frog.
Video of myself tackling a Clanwilliam smallie that couldn’t resist The Gay Frog
A Small Farm pond bass also enjoying The Gay Frog…at about 1:28