With all the flavor-of-the-month materials out there, I still haven't found much that out-fishes the real thing. I'm a huge fan of Icelandic sheep hair and wool in general; it puffs up in the water, adding bulk, and the action is unsurpassed. Big fish are headed this way, and I'll be throwing this one at them. Hook: Eagle Claw 3/0 LO67. Tail support: 80-pound mono. Tail & wing: Icelandic sheep fleece, tied in sections up the shank. Flash: Angelina Fiber. Belly/throat: arctic fox. Head/eyes: black thread & acrylic painted eyes. Head cement: Liquid Fusion. Targets: striped bass, bull reds. (cobia, tarpon?)
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 10:23 AM
Awesome looking fly! I agree about the icelandic she, its one of my favorites as well. HAs such great action in the water and is surprising durable for how soft it is.
Posted 17 April 2018 - 11:22 AM
Thanks, Andy. The only drawback I've ever found with the stuff (and it's a minor one) is that it occasionally develops a mat. I always carry a pocket comb in my bag, and it only takes a few seconds to brush it out. Besides, I always like to look my best when I'm stalking the beaches, and the comb can be a godsend when there are paparazzi lurking behind the dunes. As you know, maintaining a clean-cut public image has always been important to me. We celebrities can't be too careful nowadays.
Posted 17 April 2018 - 03:27 PM
PETE !!! That was YOU ???
And here I was, trying to catch up to that shaggy dog trying to pet it.
Ewwww ... I'll never pet another white, shaggy dog again !!!
Barbed hooks rule!
My definition of work: Doing something in which effort exceeds gain.
Ex-Marine ... quondam fidelis
Posted 17 April 2018 - 05:15 PM
Sorry for not stopping, Mike. I was in a rush to get to the airport to catch a flight to Katmandu. The regular Yeti guy for April went home sick, and the Sherpas were beginning to get a little cocky. Let's see how brave they are tonight when the moon is out and the blood-curdling howls once more echo through the Himalayan passes. There'll be no milking the yaks tonight. BTW - in case anybody asks: the wi-fi really sucks on the Tibetan Plateau.
Posted 17 April 2018 - 05:34 PM
Good looking bug.. it should draw strikes wherever you find baitfish that size. If you were down my way I"d be looking for a few in dark colors as well....
Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:29 PM
Nice ty Peterjay and it looks like you have enough material to ty a lot more of them!
Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:25 AM
Thanks guys. It feels great to be tying again - it's been a couple of years. I've been tying that pattern for 20+ years in various sizes and colors; originally for stripers in the Rhode Island surf, but I've had good luck with it down here as well. My mission this season is to do some sight fishing from the beach for bull reds. (up to 50 pounds or so) Nobody does that in this neck of the woods, and when I mention it, there's a lot of eye-rolling and tapping the temple with index fingers. I guess they think I'm a little nuts, (a reasonable assumption) but we'll see how it works out. Hardly anybody sight-fished the surf for big stripers either until a friend of mine wrote a book about it; now it's pretty common. Bob - the tarpon fishing around here is mostly done in relatively deep, murky water. The specialists live-line spot and crabs; what colors would you use under those conditions? Sounds more to me like Costa Rica than Florida, and I've got a couple of trips planned. Your advice would be most welcome.
Posted 18 April 2018 - 02:34 PM
All black, brown and orange, black/purple, all black with a red head (or fl. green head)...... You might have to add big bead chain eyes (so that fish can feel it move when they can't see it clearly....). All on a full intermediate line so that once you count it down the line and the fly stays at the exact depth you started stripping in.... Then work it slow with using long strips, about two feet each, with a twitch at the end of each strip... Then hang on!