Fly Tying: The 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!
The following is the material list for the PMOT:
- Size 8 Streamer Hook
- Two Purple Marabou Plumes
- Orange Dacron Tying Thread 6/0
- Bead-Chain Eye
- UV Glue and Curing Light
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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!
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!