Published Aug 8. 2017 - 11 months ago
Updated or edited Aug 8. 2017

Jay Zimmerman's Backstabber

Jay Zimmerman designed this carp fly pattern over a few years, but its genesis came from a tying session of big articulated bass flies. Jay was working in stages to tie the flies and while inspecting the marabou tail sections, it occurred that this may be a good fly for carp. With a series of iterations over the following years, Jay arrived at the Backstabber as we know it.

The fly may be tied in a variety of colors, but Jay suggests darker, drab natural colors for the best results. Marabou is used for the wing but may be subbed for fox hair or synthetic hair so long as it maintains the movement.
Jay states that he has caught hundreds if not thousands of carp on this pattern over the years.
Backstabber Carp Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Gamakatsu SL45 or carp hook
Thread: Black 6/0
Eye: 4mm brass or lead
Body: SLF dubbing or custom
Wing: Black marabou
Collar: Chinese hen hackle or Brahma hen (olive)

Source: The Best Carp Flies: How to Tie and Fish Them


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