Most of us have a favorite or "go to" fly. Sometimes our favorite fly changes from month to month or much more frequently. For the first three months of this year I and two local fishing friends have had great success with Glen Mikkleson’s Epoxy Baitfish fly. It has caught fish for us around Long Island and for me at Martha’s Vineyard where I also happened to overhear a local guide talk about "hammering em" on a Yellow Mikkleson. On many days, it’s been the only fly we’ve used. This fly catches all our local gamefish, can be tied in various color combinations and profiles to match local bait, and is castable and very durable. In Bob Veverka’s book, Innovative Saltwater Flies, Glen modestly traces the origin of this fly to the legendary Joe Brooks and his Blonde series. In any case, I can assure you this is a proven fishcatcher. The fly below is green over white and tied sparse to imitate a sand eel.
- Hook: 1/0-8 standard SW
- Thread: White size A
- Tail: White bucktail
- Flash: Green and pearl krystal flash
- Body: Silver braid
- Wing: Green bucktail
- Rib: One strand of compatible flashabou
- Eyes: Small silver and black stick on
- Tie in the tail, krystal flash and one strand of the compatible flashabou. Bind down along entire shank to the bend.
- Wrap the entire shank with the braid.
- Tie in the wing at the head and while holding the wing down at the bend, spiral the flashabou forward.
- Tie off and add the eyes.
- Glen, the consummate professional, finishes the fly with 3 coats of two ton epoxy and after the first coat adds red gills underneath.