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Flashy Profile Squid 7/0
Other Saltwater

Hook : 7/0 Gamakatsu Octopus
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, silver.
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.

Flashy Profile Squid


Tying Instructions
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 balance.


Fly Notes
F.P.F. (Flashy Profile Fly) Squid 7/0

Fishing Notes
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).

Location Notes
This pattern fishes well both in and off shore. It is a great searching pattern in kelp beds.

Prey Notes

This is an impressionistic representation of squid. Meant only to trigger prey recognition in predators that feed on squid.

Tier
Kate Howe
Classic Anglers.

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