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Old 03-23-2011, 03:44 PM
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couple o' flatwing sandeels




And my attempts to duplicate it



I figured that any predator will see the pink on the nose like the original, and the mark of its snout.


under the sun lamp :




I used white kip hair for the head and then pink or lavender bucktail for the snout/collar.

The collar is pulled back and bug bonded to make the snout. eyes are added, a mark for the nostril vent and then bug bonded again.


The rest is your standard three saddle flat wing (olive over yellow over white) on a bucktail support.

next time I will refine by using the softer kip tail on the snout.

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Those look great Mark!
fish them on a sink tip to put them down on the sand.
I am sure they will work.
A suggestion: work a little (more) lavender color into some of the ties...(a hackle or flash)
(I re read your post and saw where you already had some lavender in there....!!!! )

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Nice ...Really nice...looks real!!!
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No doubt, those will catch fussy prey if placed in front of them in the food line. Just wondering, how long are they and did you weight them? I have very strong feelings that enough weight to effect a pretty fast sink rate is key, at least while sight fishing which is what I would think these are for.
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I will tie mine which I will copy from here but will tie them all with clouser eyes.....Before Abrames feather we were using thin saddles to tie sand eels. Benson did it with grizzly hackles. They were ribbed but effective and thin. Another tier here back in 2003 when the rage of flatwings was out tied a number of them. I even did a few featherbrain flies but used several stands instead of one or two...here is a picture of one by a member named Boarmountain who was once active in tying here for a year or two.
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They were ribbed but effective and thin. .[/QUOTE]

Ribbed for the fish's pleasure?
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No doubt, those will catch fussy prey if placed in front of them in the food line. Just wondering, how long are they and did you weight them?
Jon - they are 6" ish.

and unweighted. I intend to fish them dead drift on a floating line at a cape cod bay UDL


I do have weighted patterns too, tyed on a 60 degree EC jig hook - they are rear weighted to make them dart :



that one has a lavender superhair wing. this one has a grey bucktail wing :



I got the idea from Dan Blantons website. under the mylar is lead wire at the back and chenille at the front to make an even body.

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