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Old 04-09-2002, 07:33 PM
Bob Pink Bob Pink is offline
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The calamari evolution....

One of the things that I have tried to develop is a reliable BIG FISH squid pattern. Here is a sampling of some of my early efforts culminating in one of the best squid patterns I've ever seen for proportion and action.

( apologies in advance for all the image downloads )

Some of the early efforts from two years ago, pretty basic but trying to find a pattern that would push some water ...

Tried a stiffer mantle by working E-Z.Sparkle Body into the fibers

Then I was distracted into thinking that I needed LOOOONG tentacles to make it work...

Now, all of these did catch fish but I never went LARGE with one. Couldn't figure it out until I started really looking at the proportions and 'texture' of this bait... Up at the StonyBrook social Hawkeye & I had a chance to brainstorm breifly about building extended bodies for squid patterns. Then I saw this pattern posted on the SOL board by a member by the handle of Tidewater. His names Brian Dowd and he was nice enough to post the instructions.

The Tidewater Squid! It's going to be in my box this year for sure...

A detail of the eye/beak section

Just for reference, this is about 8" long tied on a 6/0
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