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Flashy Profile Squid 7/0
Hook : 7/0 Gamakatsu
Primary Body : Bestway- Crinkle nylon and superhair
purple/white hot tip, lavender, brown.
Flash : Flashabou, 1/32" holographic mylar, 1/64"
holographic mylar, lavender, pearl, purple, bronze, copper, gold,
Head : Tying thread, 210 denier flat waxed nylon (Danville)
white, hot pink or Fl. red.
Eyes : Panel- fly wings from Witchcraft (or cut your own
from similar material), Witchcraft prismatic stick-on- 3mm to
10mm depending on fly size. Purple iris, black pupil, or similar.
All materials are folded, using a
very old high and low tying procedure, each layer is measured
for length, laid on hook and secured with a couple of wraps,
folded over and secured again. Nothing difficult as long as form
and balance are maintained and you have some idea of what you
want the completed piece to look like.
If the material is tied and cut off and held together with epoxy,
you are not tying an FPF. Short cuts are not acceptable, the
synthetic material does not compress so the folding keeps the
material where it belongs instead of pulling out. The deep profile
is achieved by layering above and below, keep front view thin,
side view as deep or narrow as needed.
1.) For tandem rigs: Secure chosen hooks at
the desired length using multi-strand nylon coated wire threaded
through length of shrink tube. When sire is at desired length,
heat shrink tube to bind against and melt coating on wire.
2.) Common sense should tell you that for short flies of three
to twelve inches (singles or small tandems) overall, you can
start tying on the front hook.
To form deep, thin body, apply successive material bunches atop
each other in six to eight-strand clumps for smaller flies and
larger clumps for bigger F.P.F.s. Wrap crinkle nylon atop shank
at mid-clump, rear ends extending belly length past hook bend.
Fold forward strands back; wrap down atop fold. Lift and trim
unevenly so that material has graduated lengths and does not
get that "hacked off" paint brush appearance.
For smaller or larger flies everything is relative.
3.) Should you need a little extra material to fill in the sides
and belly, now is the time to tie a clump that will fill in the
sides by laying the nylon on the side of the hook.
Take a couple of wraps and crossover top of hook and down other
side, secure with a
couple of wraps. Repeat this on top of hook and under, which
will fill in belly portion very well.
4.) Flashy profile is next, using whatever flash you prefer.
We use Pearl Flashabou or
Heavy Saltwater Flash, in large clumps with uneven ends and folded
after initial tie-in. Really big flies require three sections
of flash, lots of holographic mylar should be added over last
section and allowed to veil or halo flashy profile.
5.) You can tie in some belly material if needed. Start completing
the top of the fly, which is nothing more than sections of nylon
tied and folded then tied again. Superhair works nicely when
combined with regular crinkle nylon on large flies. Smaller flies
tie well with just Superhair: Pearl Flashabou is available in
many colors. Holographic mylar will give all the flash needed.
The iridescent flash that fish/bait give off from their scales
can be duplicated with pearl Flashabou and holographic mylar,
no other material is required. Holographic Flashabou is also
very handy for top line or lateral lines. Mylar eyes will work
well.. There is a nice balance when material amounts are correct.
Remember that when you're using high and low tying and folding
material, you can achieve tremendous proportions while maintaining
F.P.F. (Flashy Profile Fly) Squid
Target any predator that feeds on
squid. Best presentation is to allow the fly to sink into target
range, then retrieve slowly to imitate movement of natural squid.
Also fishes well with bait and switch method for small billfish
(sails and juvenile marlin).
This pattern fishes well both in and
off shore. It is a great searching pattern in kelp beds.
This is an impressionistic representation of squid. Meant only
to trigger prey recognition in predators that feed on squid.