Flat Wing Baitfish Pattern by David Nelson

Flat Wing Baitfish

Materials:

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
Flash: optional
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.
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Sea Rabbit

The Sea Rabbit series of flies is a combination of different tiers’ styles of tying on one hook! It combines a hy-ty back with a flat wing style double rabbit tail and a bead or cone head to get the fly down. It can also be tied as an intermediate fly by eliminating the cone and replacing it with a set of bead chain eyes. Color combinations for the fly are endless. Tie it all black and it’s an eel. For schoolies, try chartreuse and tan or all chartreuse or all tan. The two colors come from pieces of rabbit zonker fur tied on opposite sides of the hook, thus the two color possibilities.

Because the two pieces of fur are tied at the head on opposite sides of the hook it leaves room for a top wing of peacock sword or a hy-ty of flash material or both. Fish this fly and other bunny flies all spring and summer right through to the fall. I’ve caught blues, stripers, fluke, weaks and yes even false albacore find it irresistible.

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Bailey Squid

Nearly all game fish throughout the world feed on squid. It is one of the most common baits in the oceans. Along the East Coast squid are a staple in the diet of striped bass, weakfish, blues, drum, even fluke (summer flounder).

This fly is designed to imitate a squid while at the same time maintaining an aerodynamic shape to help cast it further. It fulfills these requirements very effectively! The large eye is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of a squid and is very important to this pattern.

Squid naturally come into more shallow waters at night to feed. Bass and other game fish anticipate this so I most often fish the fly at night. I normally fish the fly on an intermediate line using a moderately quick strip-pause-strip retrieve. This simulates the movement of a squid darting to avoid predators. It can also be fished during daylight in deeper waters using a fast sinking line such as a Teeny head. In this case a more steady retrieve simulates the swimming action of a cruising squid. The fly is highly effective both in the spring and fall. Bass and other game fish will often attack this fly with reckless abandon even when squid are not the primary bait in the area.

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Beginner Level 1: Saltwater Fly Tying Manual

This class is designed for people who have never tied a fly before. The objective will be to emphasize repetition and simplicity as a foundation for learning new patterns. Basic skills of identifying hooks, identifying thread, identifying tools, identifying the most common materials and simply applying thread to the hook with a handful of different material types will be taught.

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