Carp Chow

carp chow08II've been having luck recently with a very simple tie run as a dropper to a size 12 Olive/Gray Simi-Seal leech.

 

This combination works great when casting to cruising, tailing or even rising fish. The heavier "main" fly works to sink the Carp Chow dropper, but the Carp Chow is fighting this sink with a little bit of foam inside to keep it almost neutral boyant. So the pair of flies sink slowly with the Simi-Seal Leech leading the way, when they hit the bottom, the Carp Chow slowly follows the leech to the bottom. A lot of the times the fish will key in on the Leech and any movement of the flies will snap the fish around and they gobble the Chow fly fairly aggressively. I've also run this as a dropper under a large Stimulator when they are slurping the surface in the early morning and late evening. Same response as the leech, they are attracted to the surface fly, but end up taking the Chow fly.

 

It has been working great lately for me, I hope it works for your fish too.

 

Materials List
Hook: Size 12 long shank hook
Thread: 6/0 Gray or Tan Uni
Body: Chenille over Foam

 

Tying Instructions
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carp chow01
Start by running a thread base on the hook.

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carp chow02
Put some superglue on the hook to secure the foam from spinning on the shank.

 

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carp chow03
Cut the foam into a coffin shape and secure to the top of the hook with loose wraps in the middle, tighter at the ends to make a nice fat tapered body.

 

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carp chow04
Secure your chenille.

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carp chow05
Coat the foam with superglue to keep the chenille in place while wrapping and make the fly more durable.
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carp chow06
Wrap your chenille forward to the eye.
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carp chow08
Whip finish and you're done!
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carp chow07
Bottom view to show taper.
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