Published Sep 30. 2021 - 1 year ago
Updated or edited Nov 9. 2021

How to tie the Gamechanger

The Gamechanger was originally created by Blane Chocklett and consists of multiple "spines" to make a moveable tail. The pattern has soon become a more "style" of flies rather than one specific pattern. People use feathers to make feathered gamechangers, You can make your own dubbing brush to create one with specific materials, or you can go with Chockletts own game changer chenille that he created to make tying these a little easier. I went with the latter for this fly, however you are welcome to experiment with different materials to make it your own design. Whatever material you use, the trick with this fly is making sure that it tapers correctly, so that way the tail moves fluidly in the water. They work great for just about any species of fish that target small baitfish. Bass, pike, predatory brown trout, and even some saltwater species like redfish and tarpon.

Not only can you make a very realistic looking baitfish imitation with this style of fly, but you can also make a realistic swimming imitation. There are times where I will go out and throw everything in my box at bass or other weary fish and will get some followers, but none seem to want to commit. Then I throw one of these on, and the same bass that followed the other flies all the way up only to change their mind last minute will not hesitate to engulf the game changer. The combination of the amazing movement, and the great look of this fly usually will entice even the most shy fish.

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Here is a list of the materials I used on this fly.
Hook: Gamakatsu SL12-S 1X short (Size 1) -
Discount Hook: Risen short shank saltwater hook (size 1)-
Thread: Veevus 6/0 (white) -
Shanks: Fish-Skull Articulated Spines (Starter Set).-
Tail: Whiting Chickabou (White) -
Body: Chocklett's Gamechanger Chenille (Clear) -
Eyes: Fish Skull Living Eyes (Ice) -
Filler resin: Solarez Thin -
Finishing resin: Solarez Bone Dry -

Vise: Renzetti Traveler -
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec -
Trimming Scissors: Risen 4" Razor Scissors -
Fine Tip Scissors: Risen Spring Assist Scissors -
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass -
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench -
UV Light: Ultrafire UV Super Power -

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