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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Clouser Minnow

The Clouser Minnow is a staple of North East Saltwater Fly fishing. Its darting and falling action coupled with ability to get down to bottom-hugging fish makes it a highly productive pattern. It can be tied in a variety of sizes and the proper placement of the dumbell eyes ensures that the hook-point rides upwards, thus reducing snags on rocks and vegetation.

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