Ray, been thinking about it and I am also concerned if the schoolies grew up and aren't being followed up by as many micros and twinkies as the last few years. We'll have to wait and see I guess. If and when hen the waves of twinkies finally do come
Actually it's not a "juro sand eel", I didn't invent that pattern or anything - Bob Bianchi, an attorney from Boston and avid angler, gave me two one day in Chip Gouger's former flyshop in Barnstable while I was on a business trip from Seattle in the 80's. He said "fish one, copy the other". He didn't have a name for it. I used it out on Brewster Flats with great success catching fish up to 38" in three feet of water, so indeed I fished the heck out of one and still have the other original one he told me to copy in my fly collection.
Of course mine look nothing like his anymore except for the overall design and idea to take a clouser Deep Minnow and transform it into a sand eel - hence the unassuming name I gave to it, the "Deep eel" to retain Mr.Clouser's original naming scheme and yet clarify that it is not at all a minnow but distinctly an eel, particularly when I tie them in 10" lengths for the rips and outer beaches.
There are a number of differences between Bob Clouser's tying sequence and the eel, but essentially it's what a snake is to a muddler, an angel hair fly to a deceiver, a deceiver to a bucktail streamer, etc, etc, etc... a variation on a proven theme.
Aside from the wooly bugger, Bob Clouser's minnow and it's basic design is probably the most versatile fly out there. The deep eel is just a tribute to that.
Whatever you call them, some things just plain work!