This weekend I had 3 goals to accomplish. The first one was to smoke a pork shoulder. I have never done this before so I was going to babysit my smoker while the pork shoulder was cooking. Fortunately I have a remote thermometer so I wouldn’t have to literally watch the smoker 24/7. This would allow me enough free time to tie up a bunch of Zudweg Zudbubblers and a foam version of a Moorish Mouse.
First up on the tying agenda would be the Zudbubblers. I attended a Bar Fly night sponsored by Schultz’s Outfitters back in February. The guest tier for the evening was Matt Zudweg and he showed us how to tie his Zudbubbler. This is a very simple pattern and the color schemes are endless. As a matter of fact, Matt states that to get creative with the color scheme’s. I plan on using these for top water bass both on The Huron and up at Sanford Lake. I had ordered a bunch of the foam heads from Matt a few months ago now all I needed to do was tie them up. I think they will work.
Next up were the mice. Years ago I used to tie up deer hair mice for a fly fisherman to use up on the AuSable for big browns. Foam flies were pretty much nonexistent back then but now the different patterns seem to be endless. Earlier this year I came across a video by the guys at Hook Shots on Facebook. The author showed a quick and easy recipe made with foam and rabbit strips that resembled a Moorish Mouse. I was all for it since it met my requirements and a bonus feature. It was cheap, easy, looked cool and it didn’t involve trimming deer hair, something I try to avoid whenever I can. I tied a bunch up in different colors figuring I could use them for bass as well. They should really shine though on a river where they can imitate a mouse that has fallen in and is trying to swim across, against the current. I should be able to swing these as well. We shall see.