I've tied up a squadron of "Stealth Bombers" in preparation for spring bass fishing.
If you're not familiar with the Stealth Bomber fly, it's a foam pattern originated in the early 1990s by Kent Edmonds- a guide from Georgia who uses this pattern for Shoal Bass (Micropterus cataractae). I originally saw the pattern in the May/June 2010 issue of American Angler in an article about Shoalies. Tying instructions that originally appeared in the magazine are available online. Those directions don't provide much detail, but tying instructions for Kent's original version are also available on his website and are slightly more instructive. Either way, it's a really easy pattern to tie, and the variations you could come up with are virtually limitless. I tied a minor variation by accident, because for the first few I didn't realize that I was supposed to cinch down the head right behind the eye of the hook. Consequently, my first few have slightly larger heads that are more popper like... I have a feeling they'll still catch fish.
I also varied my pattern a bit from the recipe by using larger hooks, leaving off the underwing (don't think fish can see it anyway), and using different materials for the"belly" of the fly. I used several types of chenille for the belly while the original recipe suggests dubbing. I honestly don't think it will matter much. This isn't a very technical fly... it's an attractor pattern for bass.
These may be the first Stealth Bombers I've ever tied, but they won't be the first that I will ever fish. I found a few in the bargain bin at our local fly shop, Deep South Outfitters, last year and landed my best bass of 2012 on one.
I'm looking forward to catching some more like that with that aid of my new squadron.
Let's hope they're on target.