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Location: Lake District
|Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:52 pm Post subject: Needle Fish
|My own tying, which I made up a few years ago, and which had until recently laid unused in my fly wallet for many a trip. This year down in Key West, we were trying to catch some Barracudas to use for chumming up sharks to the boat, and after struggling for some time, at my guides suggestion I (reluctantly) tied one of these on. The result was amazing, and it proved the real deal as far as the Cudas were concerned, and not only on that particular day.
I left a couple with my guide when I returned to the UK, and he has since emailed me telling me how successful the pattern had been on a good number of days since then, and asking me to send him out a few more.
Hooks: Standard or Shorter Shank hooks of your choice in sizes 2/0 to 4/0
Thread: White 8/0 (White Uni Big Fly 3/0 or heavier to partially build up head)
Tail: Medium Pearl or Silver EZ Body Tubing partially filled with Blue or Olive Super Hair and Opal Flashabou Mirage.
Last 1" of tail bound down with tying thread and epoxied & the EZ body beyond the tying down point shredded throughly to expose some of the Superhair and Mirage
Head: Shaped and tapered with a combination of the 8/0 tying thread and Uni Big Fly 3/0 or heavier. When complete, colour the top of the head either blue or olive with pantone pen, then with wetted fingers blend down each side of the head to form a two tone effect. Add dome or flat eyes.
Finish: Colour the whole length of the EZ body braid along the topside with same pantone pen, and in the case of the blue fly, overlay with a light application of a black pantone pen. Wet fingers slightly to blend. Once completed, coat all of the head and a little of the braid to a point immediately behind the hook bend with two applications of Tuffleye or Epoxy, for strength.