Flat Wing Baitfish
Hook: Standard length hook (Mustad 34007, Tiemo 811S)
Base/tail: 2 ½” – 3″ long neck hackle
Body: reverse tied buck tail*
Tail: saddle hackle: extend 3″ beyond neck hackle
Belly: small, sparse buck tail*
Wing: small, sparse buck tail*
Belly flash: light color angel hair, GSS, wing & flash, or similar
Wing flash: contrasting color of angel hair, GSS, wing & flash
Cement: Dave’s flexament
Eyes: jungle cock, (optional)
* It’s a good idea to use buck tail from the base of the tail and allow it to splay as you tighten your thread wraps since the intention is to build bulk without adding weight weight – hollow fleye style.
The Flat Wing streamer has gained some popularity in the last few years and with good reason. The long thin hackle undulate in the water giving it an enticing motion that fish clearly like. The one draw back to this type of pattern is finding the right hackle to the job and still maintain a length of at least 6 to 7 inches long. I came up with the Jack Dandy simply to imitate the action of the flat wing without using the hackle to do it.
Casting the Jack Dandy requires no change in the stripping motion to achieve the same action as the standard flat wing. Strip it with long and short jerks to the fly line, then let it rest a few moments to let the natural movement of the current give the fly a very enticing sway, then repeat the process. The Jack Dandy is a mixture of both natural and synthetic material and you will find the blend of materials easy to work with.
This fly is an excellent pattern for imitating medium and large baits such as bunker, herring and mullet. It is easy to tie and very durable. The fly can be fished day or night, shallow or deep. You can substitute blue or green Slinky Fibre (formerly called Kinky Fibre) to be more herring or mackerel colored, respectively.
This is a very good pattern to use any time of year. It works especially well when there is spearing, smelt or bay anchovies around. You can also try different color combinations for the wing and throat such as green, blue or hot pink on top and white or chartreuse on bottom.
This fly is named in honor of Master rod builder Ted Simroe. Ted and the legendary Lefty Kreh developed this pattern years ago for stripers and albacore fishing. It is basically a streamer pattern. As with most streamers it is easy to cast, matches well small and medium sized baits and is very durable even with toothy critters such as bluefish. I used this pattern last fall at Montauk and stripers loved it! This pattern can be tied in an almost infinite combination of colors such as tan/white, green/chartreuse, olive/white, sea foam green/white, purple/lavender and yellow/white.