Deep Water Flies
lead by Ward Nicholas
Ward led the group in a session focusing on the flies he uses for fishing deeper water for targets such as mackeral and finger mark.
We focused on two patterns. The first essentially being an imitation of a squid, and the second more of a flashy bait fish profile.
The common theme to the flies is the necessity for weight, because the flies need to get down to the bottom in 10 to 15 metres of water, and sometimes more. Obviously casting can be an issue, but distance is not usually a requirement when fishing these styles of fly.
The white 'Squid' Fly
Step 1. Find a nice strong hook.. Ward likes to use size 4/0 to 6/0, however depending on the targets size 1/0 and 2/0 hooks can also be effective. (look at Gamagatsu SL12s or Owner)
Step 2. Tie on some heavy eyes, an option here is to also add some lead to the shank as extra weight
Step 3. Tie on a large pinch of white bucktail, so that it extends no more than about twice the length of the shank.
Step 4. Choose four saddle feathers to add to the tail, tying two on each side of the shank.
Step 5. Tie in some UV Polar Chenille from the front of the bucktail and feather tail right to the back end of the eyes.
Step 6. Tie off and whip finish, adding a small amount of glue to the eyes and head of the fly.
The 'metal slice' fly
This is a fly to use when your lure fishing mate starts catching fish on metal slices and you can't buy a bite on the squid fly.
This pattern is tied much more in the deceiver / clouser fashion.
Step 1. As previous, find a nice strong hook usually from about 4/0 to 6/0 in size, and tie on some nice heavy eyes.
Step 2. Tie in a pinch of bucktail, extending about twice the length of the hook.
Step 4. Tie in 2 saddle hackles on either side of the fly. Using a short and long feather on each side. The long feather sits close to the fly and the shorter one sits outside.
Step 5. Add a good pinch of silver flash, whether sparkle flash or crystal flash I'm not sure it matters too much.
Step 6. Tie off and whip finish.