After seeing a couple of Matt McCall‘s posts in various fly fishing Facebook Groups, we decided we needed to reach out. His latest creation, a Baby Yoda fly was inspired by the Disney+ show, The Mandalorian, and as you know, we love us some Baby Yoda! We sat down with Matt to ask him a few questions, and how to tie the Baby Yoda fly.
Tying the Baby Yoda Fly:
- Hook: Umpqua TMC 9395
- Thread: Olive GSP Thread
- Frog Green Deer Hair
- Natural Mule Deer Hair
- Green Craft Foam
- Tan Craft Foam
- Lock-Tite Super Glue
- Clear Fly Eyes
Baby Yoda Fly Instructions:
Flylords: What is your process when you are recreating these characters on a fly?
Matt: The first thing I try to figure out is the colors I need to recreate these figures. Then I try to configure the colors on the hook in order to get the right sequencing. I then begin to shape the deer hair to begin forming the character’s shape and features. Finally, I utilize craft foam to make final touches on characteristics that I can’t make with the deer hair. I try to visualize the characters to get them as close to the real thing as I can.
Flylords: How long does one of your pop-art style flies take to tie?
Matt: Basic one-color designs take about 1-1.5 hours from start to finish. More complex designs with multiple colors take about 1.5-2.5 hours, start to finish. The process begins with stacking/spinning deer hair, trimming and shaping, cutting out craft foam pieces and assembly.
Flylords: Any tips for folks looking to pick up spinning up deer hair flies?
Matt: It is extremely messy so have a vacuum on hand! Start off with basic shapes and colors such as Christmas trees. Have a really good pair of curved serrated scissors. Be extra picky about the deer hair you buy and buy top quality furs from reputable fly tying retailers. Have fun and take your wife out to dinner so she doesn’t mind the mess too much.
Flylords: What pop culture icon is next up on your vise?
Matt: More South Park and Star Wars characters for sure. Inspiration comes from watching TV and seeing something that catches my eye and figuring out how to make it.
To check out more of Matt McCall’s crazy ties, check him out on Instagram @mattsfishingfortrout