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08-19-2006, 12:00 PM
Phirst Phunny Phish of the season at an undisclosed early evening SouthSide location from the end of a jetty next to a convenient river with a fresh outgoing rip on a floating line with a slow retrieve...:rolleyes:

I tye them a little long and carry some scissors to trim them back, as needed, to better match the appropiate size d'jour...

Great potential phishing phorcast for the RipTrip and the BoneClave! :biggrin:

08-19-2006, 01:32 PM that a touch of purple under the rootbeer, or just my eyes?
Nice tie as usual.

08-19-2006, 02:10 PM
I threw in some "lavender" to see if you (and the phish) would notice...(and I wasn't disappointed...) ;)
Did it make any difference? :confused: Probably not but...
Super hair has a subtle fiber-optic light transmission charateristic that I like to play around with...
I usually prefer less dark material on the back and a more robust white belly...with a slight lateral line bit of contrasting flash...
The red foil eyes are a departure from my usual silver selection...They seem to compliment the colour scheme...

A very successful LI Sound Captain (Jack B.) came upon a RecessAnnie CPR doll head at a yard sale...
(one man's trash is another man's treasure...go phigure?!)
He scooped her up and has been using the slightly reddish/rootbeer synthetic hair with GREAT T-Tailed Speedster success ever since... :D
I'm constantly trying to replicate those candies...
Works for me...
To start, I'll rig a dropper with a rootbeer and an olive...when the fish decide which one they like, the other one goes back in the box...

08-19-2006, 03:33 PM
I like lavender. Always have put at least one strand of chartruse in my deep eels. Now I also always include a bit of lavender, in the middle, transistioning to the olive, rootbeer or tan topping.

Prey tell, was that jetty downstream of my abode?

08-19-2006, 04:46 PM
About as far dowstream as you can go without getting wet while looking over your shoulder at a million dollar sunset! :Eyecrazy:

...and lets not forget about the aesthetic inspiration of an insinuation of pearlessence! :rolleyes:

08-19-2006, 06:20 PM
Success Pete...the lavender "caught" me. The more I fish and experiment with flies, the more I wonder if it just comes down to the fly resembling something familiar and they are in a feeding mode (no insult intended!!!) For example I saw a guy last year kill them at Monomoy with a sandeel fly that had just about every color of the rainbow in it...including red, purple and orange and yellow...the guy used a strand or 2 of every colour imaginable...his theory was that "natural" bait tends to reflect all the colors surrounding it (all colors top to bottom...dark to light)....I haven't had the b_ _ _ s to board Keith's vessel with a fly that looked like his...but maybe there's a place for one in the chest zipper pocket of my waders.:)
By the best producing sand eel the last 2 years has been superhair tan over bright white with about 6 strands of purple topping (no flash at all). Fly vs confidence???? Who knows????
Now to tie some reds and rootbeers for the funny fish season :-) Knew I should have saved those dolls!!! :)
Either way Pete, I think that your fly contributions are creative and outstanding...keep on tying and posting.

08-20-2006, 07:40 AM
I am a big fan of rootbeer too in flies, never drink the stuff myself.

More of a G&T man actually.

I really like to blend colors in phlies.

Rootbeer and Olive produces some very spooky effects. Ishallsay no more :smokin:

08-20-2006, 07:46 AM
Years ago I was looking for a twist to the deep eel (search 'root beer') tying it in root beer was the right stuff but the mean green still gets the call on the surfside and rips.

Last night a sliverside blitz erupted at my feet. I simply put my stripping basket and scooped up a swarm for observation as the spunky 6# blues tore them up. I could have dapped them up were it not for my desire to preserve my fly.

Looked like I had a bucket of rootbeer with silver swizzle sticks handles in the fading light. Pretty cool visual.

08-20-2006, 08:36 AM
Albies love Rootbeer Phlies. FishHawk

08-20-2006, 01:48 PM
Pete, they were there this morning. Basser and I watched from the truck as they blew up within 20 feet of the breakwater. I put my rod together and threw on a shell. Horizontal side pour and 30knts out of the south. Didn't get a cast off before they'd moved upstream.

08-20-2006, 02:35 PM
Fred -

Not sure if the channels are set up the same way as they were BUT... I used to canoe out to the end of Stage Island just up from where you were and they would blast right in front of me for the greater part of an hour on the flood. I have hooked up there on multiple occasions under these circumstances both bonito and albies.

Page's slim jim variations worked really well there, stripped to make a wake.

08-20-2006, 03:09 PM
As it turns out, most of the bird activety was on the other side. Access was denied by the plovers. Haven't fished there this year so I don't know about the channel setup either but I suspect a good place to setup would have been the spit that sticks out at the base of the eastside breakwater.

08-20-2006, 03:15 PM
Man I am getting some hardtail fever to go with the big beach night crawling jones... think I'll try the 'hit and run' route along the Vineyard Sound shoreline next time I go over the bridge.

08-22-2006, 04:06 PM
I like lavender. Always have put at least one strand of chartruse in my deep eels. Now I also always include a bit of lavender, in the middle, transistioning to the olive, rootbeer or tan topping.

I do the same with pink - a snip of goats tail or even polar bear fur if i am feeling dangerous. it gives a nice translucent 'real' belly to the fly.

I started it last year and it definately improved my own meagre catches.