Fly Tying: The PMOT

Updated on April 19, 2018
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Purple Marabou Orange Thing... "PMOT"
Purple Marabou Orange Thing... "PMOT"

Born Out of Frustration... The "PMOT"!

The Purple Marabou and Orange Thing or "PMOT" is a fishing fly that targets spawning Largemouth Bass. It was born out of frustration when the Bass tended not to bite!.

As spring arrives, so follows the Largemouth Bass spawn. Oftentimes when stepping softly along the banks of our favorite ponds, we observed Bass resting on their beds ready to chase away suspicious characters like other fish, a crawdad, or a fishing fly!

One particular fishing fly that has been effective for Bass is the COAF Damsel Fly. Bass would strike as the fishing fly passed their beds with a stop-and-go retrieve. This was great when the Bass were aggressive and readily struck at this passing "threat" to their nests.

However, when the Bass were hesitant and wary to strike, a slower, more cautious approach was needed. Sight casting to the Bass, we would drop the Damsel Fly in their beds and twitch it lightly.

We would do this until the Bass struck. Sometimes we would have to recast many times was the case. It's worse when a five pound Bass eyes your fishing fly, even nips at it, but decides not to strike... Frustration!

To alleviate our frustration, we developed the Purple Marabou and Orange Thing or "PMOT."

It uses minimal material, is simple and fast to tie, and rests with marabou plumes floating upward while the bead-chain head rests on the bottom.

When dropped in a Bass bed, the PMOT can be allowed to sit where it lands staying in the strike zone for lengthy periods.

No need to recast; instead, let the PMOT rest on the bottom. Then, give it a light twitch to impart movement. Else, leave it alone and let the plumes sway enticingly at the Bass!

To learn how to tie the "PMOT", do read on!

Materials
Materials

Materials

The following is the material list for the PMOT:

  1. Size 8 Streamer Hook
  2. Two Purple Marabou Plumes
  3. Orange Dacron Tying Thread 6/0
  4. Bead-Chain Eye
  5. UV Glue and Curing Light

Step 1 - Build the Thread Base
Step 1 - Build the Thread Base

Step 1 - Build the Thread Base

First, build the thread base using the Orange Dacron Tying Thread:

  • Begin wrapping a thread base as you would normally do when tying a fishing fly.
  • Stop the wrap about 1/4" from the hook eye.

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Bead-Chain Eye secured to the hook shankPlacing the Bead-Chain Eye onto the hook shank
Bead-Chain Eye secured to the hook shank
Bead-Chain Eye secured to the hook shank
Placing the Bead-Chain Eye onto the hook shank
Placing the Bead-Chain Eye onto the hook shank

Step 2 - Bead-Chain Eye

In Step 2, the Bead-Chain Eye is added:

  • Place the Bead-Chain Eye where you left the thread in Step 1 which was about a 1/4" from the hook eye.
  • Secure with cross wraps and finish with figure-eight wraps.
  • Once secure, continuing wrapping the thread rearward along the hook shank toward the hook bend, stopping about a 1/4" from the Bead-Chain Eye.

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Apply UV Glue to the Bead-Chain Eye thread wrapsApply UV Glue to the thread wraps along the top of the hook shankApply UV Glue to the thread wraps along the bottom of the hook shankCure the UV Glue per the directions on the brand you are using
Apply UV Glue to the Bead-Chain Eye thread wraps
Apply UV Glue to the Bead-Chain Eye thread wraps
Apply UV Glue to the thread wraps along the top of the hook shank
Apply UV Glue to the thread wraps along the top of the hook shank
Apply UV Glue to the thread wraps along the bottom of the hook shank
Apply UV Glue to the thread wraps along the bottom of the hook shank
Cure the UV Glue per the directions on the brand you are using
Cure the UV Glue per the directions on the brand you are using

Step 3 - Applying UV Glue

In Step 3, the thread wraps around the Bead-Chain Eye and the along the hook shank are glued using a UV Glue of your preference. UV Glue is used in this step because of its strength and quick-drying ability!

  • Apply UV Glue to the thread wraps of the Bead-Chain Eye.
  • Do the same to the thread wraps along the top of the hook shank,
  • And then, flipping the fishing fly over, apply UV Glue along the bottom of the hook shank.
  • Cure the UV Glue per your brand's direction.

Note: the UV Glue used for this article was "5-Second Fix". It includes a built in UV LED curing light and can be readily purchased at Walmart, CVS Drug Store, or online (see below).

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Remove the hook from the vise, then secure it again with the hook bend upPlace the Marabou Plume on the hook shank just past the midpoint. Secure with thread wrapsTrim the butt end of the Marabou Plume and secure with additional thread wraps
Remove the hook from the vise, then secure it again with the hook bend up
Remove the hook from the vise, then secure it again with the hook bend up
Place the Marabou Plume on the hook shank just past the midpoint. Secure with thread wraps
Place the Marabou Plume on the hook shank just past the midpoint. Secure with thread wraps
Trim the butt end of the Marabou Plume and secure with additional thread wraps
Trim the butt end of the Marabou Plume and secure with additional thread wraps

Step 4 - Add Marabou Plume #1

For Step 4, the first Marabou Plume is tied on as follows:

  • Remove the hook from the fly tying vise, flip it over so the hook bend rides up, and then secure in the fly tying vise.
  • Place the Marabou Plume onto the hook shank just past the midpoint tending more to the direction of the hook bend.
  • Secure with thread wraps, trim butt end, and the continue over the butt end with additional thread wraps.
  • Stop the thread wraps at the midpoint of the hook shank which should be forward of the Marabou Plume.

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Place Marabou Plume #2 at the midpoint of the hook shank and secure with thread wrapsTrim butt end of the Marabou Plume, then build the body using tying threadContinue building the body, ending forward of the bead-chain eyeApply a Whip FinishAlmost done... proceed to the Final Step!
Place Marabou Plume #2 at the midpoint of the hook shank and secure with thread wraps
Place Marabou Plume #2 at the midpoint of the hook shank and secure with thread wraps
Trim butt end of the Marabou Plume, then build the body using tying thread
Trim butt end of the Marabou Plume, then build the body using tying thread
Continue building the body, ending forward of the bead-chain eye
Continue building the body, ending forward of the bead-chain eye
Apply a Whip Finish
Apply a Whip Finish
Almost done... proceed to the Final Step!
Almost done... proceed to the Final Step!

Step 5 - Add Marabou Plume #2 and Build the Body

In Step 5, the second Marabou Plume is added, the body is built using the tying thread.

  • Place the Marabou Plume onto the hook shank at the midpoint, secure with thread wraps.
  • Then, trim the butt end like in the previous step, and then begin building the body using the tying thread.
  • Build the body so it is slightly less than a 1/4" thick at its widest, then stop the tying thread forward of the bead-chain eye.
  • Apply a Whip Finish, and then proceed to the final step!


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Apply UV Glue to the Head and BodyDon't forget to apply the UV Glue to the underside as wellCure as before... per the Brand's directions
Apply UV Glue to the Head and Body
Apply UV Glue to the Head and Body
Don't forget to apply the UV Glue to the underside as well
Don't forget to apply the UV Glue to the underside as well
Cure as before... per the Brand's directions
Cure as before... per the Brand's directions

Step 6 - More UV Glue!

Step 6 is the final step! It calls for more UV Glue to be applied to the fishing fly.

  • Apply UV Glue to the head and body.
  • Flip the fishing fly over, and apply UV Glue to the underside.
  • Cure as before... per the Brand's directions.

All Done... Time to go fishing!

The "PMOT" in action... Plus a quick tie fly tying demo!

Suggestions

When fishing the PMOT, here are a few suggestions from the COAF Field Team!

  • After casting the PMOT, let the fishing fly sit undisturbed. Count to ten, and then twitch the rod to hop the fly off the bottom. Pause for another count of ten, and then repeat. Be prepared for the line to come taut as the Bass takes the fishing fly as it rests on the bottom.
  • Adjust the count between twitches based on the aggressiveness of the Bass. If the Bass are striking soon after the PMOT lands in the water, drop the count to 5 or less. If the Bass are lightly striking well after the count to 10, increase the count in increments of 5 until you find the pattern.
  • If Bass are actively chasing bait fish, then forego counting and use short pulls on the fly line. Do wear polarized sunglasses, and be on the lookout for a Bass trailing your fishing fly.
  • When Bass have started to spawn and are protecting their beds, drop the PMOT just past the bed, and then work it along the bottom to the edge of the bed. Then, let the PMOT sit, and wearing your polarized glasses, watch for the Bass' reaction.
  • If the Bass ignores it, shake your rod tip to make the marabou plumes pulse. If the Bass does not strike, slowly drag the PMOT a few more inches into the bed, and repeat. Be diligent and prepare to set the hook if you lose sight o the PMOT.
  • If the Bass continues to ignore it, move to another location and let the Bass rest. But, do come back later in the day, or the following morning.

Good Luck and Good Fishing!

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