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: Floating Sandeel


striblue
11-02-2003, 01:29 PM
This was an attempt to tie a guarenteed floating sand eel. The tail is tied in with about 5 strands of pearl large saltwater flashabou then covered on top with 4 long olive hackles and the bottom with 3 long white hackles with the base feathers intact. Then spun olive deer hair on top and spun white dear hair on the bottom. The eyes are small Puglisi eyes ,burnt in and then secured with goop. Fly is 8 inches long.

juro
11-02-2003, 01:47 PM
Awesome!

MCorder
11-02-2003, 02:24 PM
Great looking fly!!

Doc Duprey
11-02-2003, 04:49 PM
John,

Beautiful job! The deerhair work looks great. How big around and on what kind of hook?

Best regards,

-Doc

striblue
11-02-2003, 05:24 PM
Doc... it's rather small... but about as big as my pinky finger... the hook is a 3/0 long shank. The head is about 2 inches long.

FishHawk
11-03-2003, 05:52 AM
As usual the Ironman creates another winner. FishHawk:smokin:

Dble Haul
11-03-2003, 09:15 AM
John, the fly looks like a winner. Have you considered pretreating the deer hair with some type of floatant to extend its bouyancy? In my experience, deer hair gets waterlogged after a while and even after squeezing it out a few times it just doesn't have the same floatability until completely dry again.

Just curious.

striblue
11-03-2003, 09:22 AM
Mark... I did one popper a while ago which I coated with epoxy and it held up well... the bouyancy was maintained... but your point is well taken... I will try both ways... Thanks

saltydog
11-05-2003, 05:55 PM
STRIBLUE, nice fly, heres one I did on a NO.6 hook works great on the vinyard for SLURPING STRIPERS.

IT'S EASYBODY W/ yellow float foam inside, just color colored the back w/ green marker, an some small molded eyes
'GOOD LUCK GOOD TYIN":smokin:

striblue
11-05-2003, 11:38 PM
Rich... what do you mean.."yellow foam inside... Did you thread it though and then tie it down????

saltydog
11-09-2003, 10:16 AM
Striblue, it's rainys float foam.some guys used to tie on fly lines as a strike indicater cause it floats, but now used for small flys.
an YES you puss it into the tubing.
example 1.
GOOD LUCK GOOD TYIN"

saltydog
11-09-2003, 10:21 AM
STRIBLUE, heres a little black floater w/ the same material w/out easybody an a true floater also. all Idid was put a hole in the tail section an glue the material in for the tail. on a no.6 hook.
'GOOD LUCK GOOD TYIN":smokin:

striblue
11-09-2003, 11:19 AM
Rich..good thinking!.. they look like nice whispy work horses.