For the past several years trout fisherman have been experimenting with articulated flies with a lot of success. So this past season I decided to experiment with large articulated saltwater looking flies. The first couple attempts swam great but were ugly and had a poor hook up rate but after nearly twenty different prototypes The protein shake has become my favorite large baitfish pattern.
Because of the bulky head and a tapered tail consisting three joints this fly swims like a real baitfish. When retrieved on a steady strip (I prefer a double hand rod under the armpit retrieve) this fly has a very seductive S shape swimming motion.
The fly is made of 100% craft fur and flash which makes this fly have consistent movement throughout.
This fly is tied on the Gamakatsu SL-11 3H 6/0, which is large enough to keep the large fly keeled on even the fastest retrieves.