As I pole through the flats of the no motor zone
I take a look at my life and realize there’s nothin’ left
Cause I’ve been draftin’ skinny and castin’ so long
That even my mama thinks my mind is gone
But I ain’t never caught a fish that didn’t deserve it
Me trout set, you know that’s unheard of
You betta watch how you’re talking and where you castin’
Or you and your homies might be lined in chalk
I really hate to trip but I gotta loc
As they croak, I see myself in the pistol smoke, fool
I’m the kinda G the little homies wanna be
At my bench in the night tying gurglers in the street light

Been spending most their lives, fishing in the gangsta’s paradise
Been spending most their lives, fishing in the gansta’s paradise
Keep spending most our lives, fishing in the gansta’s paradise
Keep spending most our lives, fishing in the gansta’s paradise

Gangstas carry sawed off 8-weights and wet wade in Air Jordans – no laces. Gangstas never blind cast; straight sight fish homie. Gangstas ghost ride the skiff. Damn it feels good to be a gangsta. Nick Davis should know. He lives in a gangsta’s paradise.

Thomas Harvey

MATERIALS LIST

Daiichi 2546 size 1/0 hook
Grey Danville flat wax 210 denier thread
Prismacolor marker (tan)
Prismacolor marker (brown)
Red or orange medium cactus chenille
239 Flies crustacean eyes
Cream craft fur
Sand craft fur
Root Beer medium palmer chenille
Green grizzly hackle
239 Flies white/tan foam strip
Tan EP tarantula brush (½ inch)

1. Start your thread at the eye of the hook and advance it back to ⅓ the way down the bend of the hook. Tie in your cactus chenille and palmer to the point where the hook begins to straighten on the shank.

2. At a 45 degree angle, tie in your 239 Flies Crustacean eyes right above where your chenille ends. You may need to wrap several times in and around each eye to space the stem from the hook. The end result should place both eyes about a ¼ of and inch away from the hook.

3. Cut 4-5 clumps of both sand and tan craft fur off the hide and place on a table separately. Pull the “long and shorts” out of each clump so you have clean and tapered clumps. Stack the sand clump on top of the cream clump matching the tips and trim the butt section off so that you are left with 1 peice that is approximately 2 ½ inches in length. Tie your craft fur just behind the eyes and bar them with the fat end of the tan marker and slim end of the brown marker.

4. On the bump created where you tied in the craft fur, tie in a 2 inch piece of root beer palmer chenille and palmer forward 5 wraps.

5. Tie in a green grizzly hackle and palmer forward 6-8 wraps. Break off the excess and wrap you thread backwards (away from the hook eye) pressing the last wraps or two of hackle fibers down.

6. Advance your thread to ¼ of inch behind the eye and tie in your 239 Flies foam strip. You should tie very firmly back to where the hackle ends. Your thread should be hanging nearly touching the green hackle.

7. Tie in your tan EP tarantula brush and palmer forward to ¼ of an inch behind the eye of the hook.

8. Fold your foam strip back and down and tie onto the hook shank ⅛ of an inch behind the eye of the hook. Whip finish 2 times in front of the foam strip and cut the foam to length.

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