Tying the Stealth Bomber Fly
About The Fly
Kent Edmonds' Stealth Bomber topwater fly is a complex fly to tie to include the use of his special foam cutting tool. It is unique for a foam fly in that it is a diver when stripped aggressively. Mr. Edmonds supplies a video featuring the fly in action and gives an interesting history of the fly and how it got its name. His foam cutter kit has tying instructions for the fly. However, I was unable to find a video giving tying instructions. While I could find tying variants on video, I really could not find one that replicated the original fly. Therefore, I made one.
About the Video
The fly tied in my video uses Mr. Edmonds' size 6 hook foam cutter. I tried to stay with original materials and methods, but I did deviate a few things. They are:
- sparkle dubbing is tied on the hook with the foam body laid over it. Upon completing the entire fly, I could not prevent the foam body from wiggling around on the hook. So, I replaced the dubbing with a doubled strand of Krystal flash wrapped around the hook. This allowed glue to adhere the foam and to the hook resulting in a secured body.
- fewer legs are on my fly than the original and they are not colored with marker.
I have learned that there are a fair number of deaf fly fishers and no doubt deaf fly tiers. In response, my video relies on captions for instruction.
Author's Tying of the Stealth Bomber
Kent Edmonds Video on the Stealth Bomber
- The Stealth Bomber: A Top Water Fly - YouTube
From Kent Edmonds at Fly-Fishing West GA.