Full Motion Hex
by Steve May - April 08, 2005
As a guide and multi species angler I always look for versatile and effective flies that are easy to tie. The Full Motion Hex or FMH is one of these flies I have come up with. I must admit that I “borrowed” most of the elements for this fly from a Michigan steelhead fly tied by guide Jeff Bacon called the “Chicken Bone.” The Chicken Bone is an easy to tie hex pattern that I really like, but I couldn’t help but add some personal touches to it. I dropped the biot legs and added partridge hackles for more movement and to create a more mottled looking fly. I also add a bit of fish attracting flash in the form of a flashabou rib.
The Full Motion Hex has been a saviour on steelhead streams. Highly pressured that have seen too many egg patterns respond well to the motion of the jigging rabbit strip tail, glittering bead head and subtle motion of the partridge hackles of the FMH. This fly is at home under an indicator or on the swing.
For smallmouth the FMH can be fished slow near the bottom, swum through the water column or ripped near cover. The bass don’t seem to care what you think the fly resembles, they just think it is food. In a drift boat I run this fly on a deep nymph rig. Running this fly through deep slow runs with scattered boulders with the occasional twitch can produce amazing results with feisty bronzebacks.
Hex nymphs and small generic streamers work well on most trout streams. This “two for one” approach makes the FMH a solid option. On my home river it has fooled some nice brown trout both under an indicator and by tossing this fly into fishy looking pockets and stripping it out quickly to imitate a fleeting minnow. I am sure you will find a place for this pattern in a prominent place in your fly boxes.