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Old 12-04-2004, 04:23 PM
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PhurryPharSideCephalopod...(10")

Pheathers and Phur and a bit of Phlash...
Long shank 4/0 Tiemco popper hook...
Sparse phlash and some long hackles (with phuzz) tyed in just above the bend...
BIG EYEZ epoxied in place...
Cross cut Wabbit wapped on weaving woom for the phinal palmered hackle...

Can be downsized to suit...(#2 barbless for early spring mini Stripes)
Big Stripes LOVE Big Squid! (and so do I)
Brick red was once my Sugar Reef go-to colour d'jour...
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Old 12-04-2004, 06:51 PM
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Pete... absolutly bueatiful... that must be great in the water.... BTW... was going to call today. I was at Al Brewsters house and spent all afternoon interviewing him... what a tying room.
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Old 12-04-2004, 09:33 PM
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That is pretty damn awesome!! I miss the striper action back east!!

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Old 12-04-2004, 10:25 PM
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At the risk of being censored again...CephPhamilyPhoto...

BadaBing-BadaBoom...
Several months later...
Phraternal twins enter the phood chain...

...downsized to a #2 Mustad O'Shaug S71S SS SignatureSeries...
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Old 12-05-2004, 07:57 AM
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Looks like I'm going to tie up some squid this winter, nice job Penguin.
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Old 12-05-2004, 02:34 PM
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Verry, verry nice. I think some of them will show up in my fly box this season. One question, when wet do they slim way down? Would an underbody bulk them up?
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Old 12-05-2004, 03:56 PM
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PhloatInThePanTest...

Hi Steve...
Without ballast (lead wrapped on the shank from the get go) these will tend to be slightly boyant...NOT necessarilly a bad thing!
The photo below shows how the rabbit and hackle fluff up to swim in the water...long strip, short strip, long strip, rest, BANG!
I prefer to minimize material to "insinuate" shape...less is sometimes more...
Too much bulk can inhibit the cast and defeat the desired illusion...
One of my favourite things to do (while clothed) is to watch a phat Stripe crush a near-the-surface squid...(diving birds can be/has been an issue...bring a towel to quiet the bewildered aviary victim)...
If deep is my goal, I rely on a 350 (or heavier) sink tip to drag it down for rip/surf fishing...relatively short 4-6' flouro leader...down you go!
...otherwise, I use a full floater or intermediate so as to fully appreciate the take and the determined/preditory look on the phish's phace...
The cephilopod morsal will stay near enough the surface to allow witness of the lethal assault!
But I degress...
To answer you question...
What ever floats your boat!?
Sure you could add underbody...but I don't think it's necessary since the profile is fairly acceptable and there is already good movement potential going on (even when not being stripped)...colour variations are always an interesting option!
Try a prototype...go outside the lines!

Chase down that Fuzzy Notion!
The Phracas Buffet reopens in about 5 months!
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Old 12-06-2004, 08:50 AM
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Old 12-07-2004, 05:06 PM
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What colour works best for you?!

I've done well with brick red/brown, subdued orange...at first/last light...
Pink is on my Spring list...
Any suggestions?!
Thanks...
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If the water is mostly devoid of phoreign substances pink is ephphective
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Old 12-08-2004, 01:57 PM
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I call this one...

Bob...Bob Pink!

Bob's going to be riding around on the dash board to mellow out for a while...
Over time, the sun will tone down the bright colours...
He's got 5 more months to chill...
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Old 12-08-2004, 02:06 PM
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Are those my Christmas presents?

Nice work Pete!
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Old 12-08-2004, 03:10 PM
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Pete those look great

How do you epoxy the eyes on there? Are you epoxying each eye to an individual saddle or gooping the whole thing up?

Never done well with squid flies but I can see I've been using the wrong ones!
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Old 12-08-2004, 06:02 PM
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PharSideEyez...Heli-arc welded in a zenon gas vacuum...

Dave...
I like it when you ask me questions that I can answer!...
When I use mylar braid to form the body for squid, I usually goop the eyes right to it...
This pattern started with the eyes epoxied into the material near the hook bend...
Messy...and I wanted them farther to the rear for better proportions...
I came up with this idea last winter in the middle of a snow storm...
"PharSideEyez"...Go Phigure!?

Take heavy mono (in this case 200#)...form a tight loop by crimping in half and hold with hemostats or similar device...
...I got mine in the goodies bin near the check out at Ace Hardware (I boycott Aubuchon's because Charlie Moore annoys me so!...) ...but I digress...
Epoxy the eyes to the tight loop and let cure...
Goop or Aqua-Seal would probably work even better but I don't have that sort of patience when I'm on a mission...
The photo below says it more clearly...
Position/Secure the "PharSideEyez" to the fly with thread and Zap-a-Gap...
Cover with follow on material...
Add salt water and present to a "PhishyPhocusGroup"...
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Old 12-09-2004, 08:41 AM
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Pete thanks for the explanation..that's a good idea.

I'm surprised you don't like Chahlie Moore..a fellow "Mad Fishahman"
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