In all honesty, the trick is in the design of the NPD head, that is, the fly’s floatation device. Besides the hydro-dynamic and aero-dynamic features of the NPD, the design gives fly tiers a new, straight-forward way to tie big topwater patterns.
What People Are Saying
"Noel's [NPD Diver] is a new style of surface fly that I think will be a killer for many species that want a serious mouth full." - Dan Blanton
Swimming the NPD Diver in the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has led to a ton of enjoyment.
Fish do some real unique things when the NPD Diver swims by. For example, imagine… casting an 8-inch topwater fly to a tulle point and then in slow motion a double digit striped bass porpoises and slurps the fly down like a crouton on top of French Onion Soup.
What Rig to Use
9-wt or 10-wt rod
Uplined full floating or floating shooting head
4 to 6-feet of 15-20 lb monofilament leader
Besides working the fly on the surface of the water, the NPD Diver has been effective attached to an Intermediate line and fished agressively in the shallow sub-surface.
How to Tie the NPD Diver
Visit the the Hot Fly section of Dan Blanton's website, where the NPD Diver is featured.