Money Bugs: The Panty Dropper

Installment number one in our new fly-tying mini series produced by vise master Brian Wise.

Some of you may already be familiar with Brian Wise of Flyfishing the Ozarks. He’s a guide who leads clients to monster trout, but he also produces what I think are the best fly tying videos on the interwebs. Mostly you’ll find Brian tying big, gnarly, articulated trout streamers. But knowing that he has the skills to pay the bills for any species at the vise, I asked him to shoot 5 tying videos exclusively for Field & Stream. This is the first installment in a mini series I’m calling “Money Bugs,” in which Brian shows us how to tie a cutting edge muskie streamer called the Panty Dropper. In the weeks ahead, keep an eye out for more of these videos featuring new-age patterns for everything from steelhead, to smallmouths, to stripers. —Joe Cermele

About The Fly: “As a guy that actively looks for streamers to tie for videos, the Panty Dropper has been on my radar for quite a while. Mike Williams has designed something pretty special here. In the streamer world, you often hear stuff like, ‘well, that fly looks a lot like that other fly.’ The Panty Dropper, however, stands alone. Mixing the hollow tying techniques of Bob Popovics with the floating head of Larry Dahlberg and then adding his own flair with ‘whiskers’ (for lack of better word), Williams truly created a monster. Obviously, its size makes it prime for muskies, but if you sized it down and tweaked the colors, I would say almost anything that eats on the surface would demolish this fly. Fish it floating, fish it on a sink-tip, you can’t go wrong.” —Brian Wise

Materials List:
Rear Hook
Hook – Gamakatsu SP11-3L3H 1/0
Tail – Bucktail
Over Tail – Flash Blend
Extended Tail Flash – holographic Flashabou attached to stiff mono
Flash – Polar Flash
Under Body/Spreader – Laser Dub
Body – Bucktail
Under Body/Spreader – Laser Dub
Flash – Polar Flash
Head coated with Clear Cure Goo Hydro

Connection
Black nylon-coated beading wire
Plastic beads

Front Hook
Hook – TMC 34011 2/0
Under Body/Spreader – Laser Dub
Body – Bucktail
Flash – Polar Flash
Body – Bucktail
Flash – Polar Flash
Head – Foam popper head halved and colored with Sharpie
Arms – Stiff Mono with holographic Flashabou attached.
Eyes – Clear Cure Goo Eyes
Head coated with Clear Cure Goo Hydro