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Mar 16 2011

Darth Clam Contributor: roughfisher
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Classification: Freshwater Saltwater
Category: Nymph Subsurface
Bugs & Baits: Crustaceans
Fish: Bonefish Carp Permit Redfish
Color(s): Brown
Recipe viewed 3280 times. Recipe ID: 987655849

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Darth Clam

Mustad 34007/S71SZ, Size 6 or 8
UNI-thread 6/0, Brown
6mm gunmetal
Furry Foam, Brown
Ultra Chenille, Pink

The clam fly, Darth Clam is the genesis of the desire to target those big carp who voraciously feed on freshwater mussel beds, as well as other molluscivorous fish like freshwater drum, redhorse, and other sucker species. I came across the idea for a clam pattern after some discussion with the Carpfather, John “Montana" Bartlett. John is a legend in the fly fishing circle for his frequent captures of carp over twenty pounds, including several fish over thirty pounds. We both observed that the big fish were holding in rocky areas, where crayfish, freshwater mussels, and other meaty mollusks call their home. Big fish that were brought to hand would often be puking up dozens of fingernail sized mussel shells. We finally figured out the secret to their rapid growth. After some experimenting behind the vise, I finally came upon a pattern that would cast fairly well and possessed a high sink rate, crucial for fishing this pattern along the bottom. The success of this pattern was confirmed when molluscivorous fish like carp, buffalo, freshwater drum, and redhorse would just slam this fly. It was like nothing I’d ever seen, as roughfish takes are often difficult to detect. The Darth Clam is a dredgers’ wet dream. A quick word of caution when fishing this fly: fish will tend to be deeper hooked due to their attempts to crush the fly with their pharyngeal teeth.

Here are a few posts from my blog further describing the how to and philosophy behind this pattern:
Note: The coloration of the mussel shell can be customized to local mussel populations by using different colors of furry foam and colored permanent markers.