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|Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:00 pm Post subject: The Ray's Fly
|Ray Bondorew first tied this fly in 1990, to imitate the Silverside (Spearing) bait fish, and whilst during the ensuing 18 years, there have been a number of, arguably more realistic looking Silverside patterns developed, the Ray's fly still holds pride of place amongst the fly fishing fraternity of New England.
Praise indeed, but fully justified, for what by SW standards is a very simple dressing, one which even the novice tier should be able to knock up a more than acceptable version of, in just a couple of minutes.
The key to the success of this fly is its sparseness, and the tier needs to be extremely conservative with the amount of bucktail he uses in each stage....Do the normal by taking what you think is a sparse clump of bucktail, discard half of the clump for use with the next fly, and then thin the remaining clump by about a third, and you should be about right.
Hook: Any standard shank hook in any size. It's not the hook size that is important. Match the length of the baitfish.(normally 1.5' to 3")
Thread: White 8/0
Body: Silver or Pearl mylar braid.
Wing: Sparse White bucktail twice as long as the hook. Sparse Yellow bucktail 2 1/2 times as long as the hook. Two to four strands of Silver or Pearl flashabou. Sparse Olive bucktail 3 times the length of the hook.
Topping: About half a dozen or so strands of peacock herl extending just beyond the wing.
Head: White with Silver stick on eyes (optional)
Finish: Loon Hard Head or cement of your choice over head, and if added eyes.