Mini Candies [Archive] - Fly Fishing Forum

: Mini Candies


Dble Haul
05-28-2002, 06:47 PM
These flies are small versions of Bob Popovics’ Surf Candy. One day many moons ago, I was frustrated with the lack of response that I was getting from some smallmouths in a Maine river. I went against the grain and tried throwing a 1/0 chartruese Surf Candy, and the results were eye-opening. If fish didn’t hit the fly, they at least showed a lot of interest. This led me to try tying these flies smaller and in colors that are more tailored to fresh water applications.

Hook: 2XL streamer, size 6
Thread: Clear mono
Body: Ultra hair, color to match pattern
Flash: Braided Krystal Flash, color to match pattern
Eyes: Stick-on
Head: One coat of 5 minute epoxy

I only use one coat of the epoxy on the head because I want to maintain the slim profile of a baitfish. By keeping the head profile slim, the flaring of the tail is more pronounced and moves more water as the fly is stripped. The red/yellow pattern seems to be a winning combo for pickeral, the olive/gold is very good for smallmouths, and the blue/orange/yellow combo works well in any waters that have immature sunfish as a food source. The color possibilities are endless, so see what works best in your area.

striblue
05-28-2002, 07:25 PM
I don't believe it,You must have been reading my mind.. I went though my flys down the Cape this weekend and decided to bring my surf candies up .. I wanted to post the tandem flys and then put on the box with the others... then I see yours... very nice... I think the smaller the better.

Dble Haul
05-29-2002, 10:15 AM
That is kind of weird, John. I guess that we were posting on the same astral plane.......:eyecrazy:

DFix
05-29-2002, 02:53 PM
Originally posted by Dble Haul
That is kind of weird, John. I guess that we were posting on the same astral plane.......:eyecrazy:

(Oh, God - Dreamweaver Airlines !!! :eek: I hope you guys don't have Sitar music on this airline; it's bad enough thinking about the same 'plane' and tie dyed fly patterns:whoa: )

juro
05-29-2002, 05:08 PM
Hmmm... we don't have an official curmudgeon... any nominations? :devil:

fredaevans
05-29-2002, 05:32 PM
He knows where I live.:whoa:

striblue
05-29-2002, 06:47 PM
Dave, you need to groove a little...You know, man, catch some of the vibes...be cool... don't bum us out, man.... Take the plane ride,,, be one with the ball...nanananananar...be the ball...be the fly, think like the fly,man...

DFix
05-30-2002, 09:06 AM
John, that must be the problem. While I WAS 'moving and grooving' I was ALSO 'turning and burning', which must have confused the signals I was receiving. No, wait - confusion would have come from trying to figure out what higher ranking (than I at the time) hard-asses were talking about :eyecrazy: instead of doing my own thing :cool:

Guess I should have stopped listening sooner, and I wouldn't have missed out on the 'groove' :whoa: :whoa: :whoa:


Hey, man, you oughta know, I'm cool, I'm groovin', not lookin' to bring anybody down, no bumming out, no prob, brother :smokin: :smokin: :smokin:

(Juro - the curmudgeon is my evil twin :devil: )

Mark - do those swim belly down because of hook weight ???

Dble Haul
05-30-2002, 09:39 AM
Dave- The flies do swim hook down, just like a conventionally sized candy. I've made them before with a monofilament weed guard, but then stopped because I realized that I don't use these flies in very heavy cover.

With the direction that this thread has gone, maybe we should be calling them "cosmic candies". :p

DFix
05-30-2002, 11:00 AM
'Cosmic Candies' - love it :D

Add glitter to second epoxy coat of Thirty Minute, to keep from yellowing, trail several strands Peacock Flashabou over dorsal aspect of epoxy head - new name: 'StarBlaster' or 'Captain Fantastic' or 'Curmudgeon's Curse' :chuckle: