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Old 05-26-2008, 10:54 PM
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Favorite Eels

Hey, Stripper Fans:

What's your favorite eel pattern and how and when do you like to fish it?

Going to be bobbing around in Narragansett Bay in a few days and I'd like to fool around with the eel patterns. Thought I try to get some advice from the experts.

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Old 05-27-2008, 01:28 AM
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I read an article by Dave Souza a few years back in "On the Water" magazine about an eel pattern made from craft fur plus and ez-body tubing. Basically, using two vices, you take 30# mono and tie veils of olive craft fur plus around the mono until you've covered about 10-12". You then tie the mono to a short shank hook and wrap a couple of more veils of the craft fur around the rear of the hook shank. Next tie in some appropriate size ez-body tubing so that it hangs over the eye and tie off the thread. Finally, push the ez-body tubing over itself (toward the rear of the hook) and tie it off; try to flatten out the ez-body tubing before tying off. Use a magic marker to color the ez-body tubing to match the eel's skin color.

I also use a similar version, except I do not use the craft fur plus. I just take a hank of olive bozo hair and tie it directly to the hook shank (you have to use a mono loop or some other guard at the rear of the hook to prevent the tail from fouling). This pattern does foul a little bit even with a mono loop. The craft fur version never fouls but the tail doesn't move as much in the water.

I also will tie in dumb-bell eyes near the hook eye; the eyes will get covered up when you fold the ez-body tubing over itself.

I live in Newport and routinely fish this from all the popular shore spots as well as from my boat. It has caught some nice fish but I primarily fish this at night or close to the rocks in shallower water. If you're coming here anytime soon, I'd be throwing some big bunker flies from the boat; save the eels for fishing from the rocks.

I lot of guys around here will also tie some flatwing eel flies. Do a google search of the "Eel Punt Fly" tied by Kenny Abrames - very sexy fly!

I tried attaching pics of the flies but it's restricting me for some reason. If you want, you can PM me and I will send pics to you in an e-mail.
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:11 AM
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Hi Eric
As he is too proud to mention it himself I can say try our leader's fly - Juro's Deep eel.

I am sure that there are many people on this board with a lot of experience with this fly.

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Old 05-27-2008, 06:55 AM
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Hey, Stripper Fans:

What's your favorite eel pattern and how and when do you like to fish it?

Going to be bobbing around in Narragansett Bay in a few days and I'd like to fool around with the eel patterns. Thought I try to get some advice from the experts.

Cheers,

Steelheader in Waldport
I like a fist full of ones, but if I'm in Canada, then some loonies will do.

Best typo of all time. Seriously, the deep eel is great. I also do an eel pattern with enrico fibres that measures out at about 10" on a 6/0 circle hook- great on a sinking line in the rips.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:32 AM
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Eric,

I wouldn't be to concerned about eel patterns this early in the spring. Most fish are keyed in on silversides and bunker. Once they have that oily taste in their palletts they generally don't go after snakes.

Latter on Bro!.... it's a whole different story!
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:30 PM
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here's one I posted a little while back.
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:32 PM
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and maybe a few of these...

A talented fish magnet friend (1st time out) got his first Stripe of the season (32") on an outgoing flatz/creek tide...
Small sand lances and silversides in the area but...
The belly was FULL of only LARGE sand lances...
It wouldn't hurt to have a few DeepEels in the bullpen...
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:18 PM
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Many thanks, guys,

These look great and I bring a few eels and sand lances along.

What typo? I didn't see any typos?

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Eric
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:09 AM
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"Hey, Stripper fans......"
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:13 AM
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Things to bring...

Polarized glasses...
assorted flys...
9wt outfit +/-...
intermediate line...
sinking line...
leader material...
waders...
jacket...
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water bottle...
treats...
sunblock...
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some 5's and 10's for the opportune and oh so phrivolous "lap dance"...
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:05 PM
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Gee, Double Haul,

That warn't no typo. That merely my warped sense of word play.

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I'm a stripper fan...I also like the way Harem girls dance.
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:53 PM
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I can say with all certainty I prefer strippers over stripers
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:21 PM
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Geez, I don't know which I prefer since I've never caught either on a fly.

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I hear Slinger has a good bead on the best stripper flatz in RI.
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