New Flies: Art(iculated) Frog

February 11, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Glen Davis admits that his Art(iculated) Frog is not “practical” in the purest sense of the word, but it sure is fun to look at and more than a little inspired. Using clipped deer hair, rubber legs and three hooks (two of which are cut at the bend), he’s crafted something that makes me want to go hop into the canoe right now. “When I first got the idea it was because of three criteria that I didn’t like about typical Deer Hair Frog patterns: Loose feathers, hair and marabou catches air, making them difficult to cast. Feathers do not store well in fly boxes, often coming out broken or bent. The frog patterns looked like good attractor patterns but not very good frog imitations. The Art Frog was my response, the closely clipped and tightly packed deer hair frog does not catch air like its feathery counterparts.”