Monday, March 23, 2015

Crossing over

As a fishing guide you have to be a firm believer in the faith.  I have written about it before, but believing in what you're throwing is critical to success.  I have been incredibly fortunate to start saltwater fishing, and will be heading back to Christmas Island in just over a month.  That being said, a week of fishing there last year wasn't enough to really earn the faith in patterns, especially for the Trevally when you only have a couple shots in a week.  Big EP flies are cool, and I love learning new tying techniques, but they don't have the sex appeal that your typical steelhead fly (or trout bug for that matter) do.  I tied a wad of them, and they worked fine, but there was nothing that I was looking forward to tying before my return, much more of a tying out of necessity.

That thought stuck with me till I saw this post courtesy of the Chum.  flies with natural materials, hackles and flavor.  Not just a wad of synthetic on a big ass hook.  Surprisingly, finding good hackle tips have been the hardest part of the equation to find, but as I come across them I have been experiementing.  Part deceiver, part marabou and part Kinney's skagit minnow, I am pumped to see how they end up working, and hopefully I can get the faith.

1 comment:

  1. Willow,

    For some additional inspiration on using natural materials for saltwater flies, also check out what is being done by tiers in the northeast for striped bass. Ken Abrames with his book "A Perfect Fish" brought the flatwing style of tying out into the open for use in swinging up stripers, and others went on from there. Jonny King does an incredible job both with naturals and synthetics and with blending the two together ( and lots of other tiers on the SOL forum are doing incredible stuff as well with natural materials ( - hope that provides another angle for you to think about.


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