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At the end of September, I joined a horde of people who had been looking forward to the re-opening of the recreational cod fishery. I was invited to stay with my buddy, Wally Harris in Clarenville, so we could fish Smith Sound for what we hoped would be a productive trip with lots of large cod for the table.

Every fly fisher knows what a 'bomber' is.
To the uninitiated, it is definitely not an aircraft designed to drop bombs from serious heights on unsuspecting targets on the ground below.
In fact, it is a fly designed by a New Brunswick angler, the late Father Elmer Smith, several decades ago. It is a very effective surface fly, made from spun deer hair, which is trimmed to a cigar shape and wound with a rooster's neck hackle.
It has both a rear tail and a front wing and causes turbulence on the surface when retrieved, which in theory attracts a salmon's attention and causes it to strike. Due to its large size (usually tied on #2 or larger streamer hooks), the fly can often be mistaken for a large bomb falling from a great height - hence its name.
There is one negative aspect to tying this pattern, and that is the mess made when trimming the deer hair into shape. Clippings of deer hair are difficult to escape, and they seem to float and drift everywhere in the house no matter how hard you may try to limit them.
And - after awhile - it doesn't float well anymore as it becomes water saturated.
A solution seemed inescapable until I had a brainstorm one day while experimenting with a piece of closed cell foam. The time was several years ago, and it was through these early tests I devised a pattern I called the 'Unsinkable Poly Bug'.
The early prototypes worked, and I have since improved on the pattern and materials used.
As a salmon fly, I give it high marks (pun intended).
Len Rich is an award-winning freelance writer/photographer. He is the 1991 recipient of the Canada Recreational Fisheries Award and 2007 recipient of the OWC Jack Davis Mentorship Award. Mr. Rich is also the eastern director of Outdoor Writers of Canada, website: 'www.lenrich.net'.

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