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Rays Menhaden: After seeing Mike Figliolis post in Reel-Time about "effective flies", I emailed him and got this recipe. This is basically a Ray Bondorew pattern with an added "flash tail" and a little accent flash added.
Rhody Flat Wing: The Rhody Flat Wing is a pattern that was originated by the late Bill Peabody. Bill stated that he combined the flat wing hackle concept, popularized by Ken Abrames and the proven color scheme of the Ray’s Fly developed by Ray Bondorew. The result being a very effective pattern. This fly is tied in a very sparse manner. In addition to being very effective at catching fish, it casts extremely well.
RM Soft Short: The RM Soft Short is an impressionistic imitation of a molting juvenile American Lobster (Homarus Americanus). This crustacean is prolific in rocky coastal waters of the Northeast (particularly north of Cape Cod). They can grow to over thirty pounds. They range in color from Olive Green to Blue to Albino. Immature specimens (carapace less than two inches) in molt are much favored by Striped Bass.
Snake Fly: It is rather easy to tie, as you will see. The only thing that requires any tying skill is the spun deer hair head. Lou Tabory must have put a lot of thought into this guy for the end result has striped bass written all over it!
Back Beach Bomber: This fly uses the EZ body spreader and also has the added EZ body nose cone. After seeing Rich Murphy’s Conomo Special I began to play at the vise. I wanted a fly to use at night that had big shoulders and decent length and was cast able. What you see here is the result of a year’s experimentation.
Boomer !: The Boomer was developed to imitate the juveniles of a variety of species of baitfish within the genus Clupeidae, including Alewife and Blue Back herring which seasonally migrate north in spring and early summer then south in the fall along inshore waters in the Northeast.
Buffy the Striper Slayer: It works great in the outer surf where a larger fly is more readily seen than an epoxy or clouser. I hope you give this fly a try and that it helps you slay a few bass this season.
Bunker Herring: I really love this fly!!! I came up with the pattern last winter while wintering in Colorado and dreaming of stripers. The patterns that I had seen that imitated the larger baitfish were all fairly bulky which I felt takes away the needed action in such a fly.
Capt. Ray's Angel Hair Fly: These flies have attitude, and a bad one at that. These hooked morsels are always sticking their noses into some fish's business, teasing and touting them to strike back. They puff up like a bully and then run away. What gives them this attitude? It's a material developed by Angler's Choice called "Angel Hair."
Crab Apple: About two seasons ago down in Chatham I started fooling around with attempting to tie a realistic crab fly... I had some Ring neck Pheasant feathers and a liking of the use of epoxy. So I cut out a round piece of green foam and covered the carapace with a Pheasant neck feather.. The green color and shape created the name.
Gong Show: A versatile fly for a variety of fishing situations
Gurgler: The Gurgler is a simple fly designed to imitate surface bait. It is neither a popper nor slider but a very effective in-between type of fly. The Gurgler is surprisingly easy to tie and is a great fly to stock your boxes with due to the relative ease in which it is tied and it’s effectiveness.
Maineyak: The Maineyak is designed to be an eel fly that gets down and dirty in weedy boulder fields and along grassy banks. With a double weed guard the fly rarely snags.
Narrow River Floating SilverSide: It will float up on a fast retrieve and on the slow retrieve for the intermediate sink. Wes Wyatt originated this fly in a series of Narrow River flies that have worked over the years in the Rhode Island area.
Black Phantom: It is easy to see why this pattern was very productive. It possesses the qualities that are shared by all great patterns. It is easy to tie. It may be easily modified to create the length and profile desired. It has tremendous action. It pushes water – certainly a favorable quality in any nighttime pattern.
Blueback Herring: Give this fly a try and get ready for the "ooooohs and ahhs" from your fishing buddies....
Blue Chew: When I take non-flyfishers out and we get into the blues I put on a Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow. This swimmer has fantastic side to side action and comes in some really cool metallic colors....In other words....bluefish find them pretty irresistible....So when I sat down to tie up something the Yo-Zuri idea was what I was looking for....I was pretty pleased with the results and the bluefish thought so too!...
Joe Blado's Crease Fly: A technique that can be used to create a number of different patterns.
Conomo Special: This winter while attending a fly show outside Boston I happened upon Rich Murphy and the Conomo Special. The fly immediately caught my eye while wandering among the many booths. Rich was behind the vise and he was very generous in describing on how to tie the Conomo and many other patterns he ties using Easy Body. The fly looks like a real winner and I heartily suggest you give it a try. I made a few plans to fish with Rich this season and am sure we will sling a Conomo or two. Also Umpqua Feather Merchants markets the fly and you can find it wherever Umpqua flies are sold. Happy tying.....Jeff
Defense Crab: The Defense Crab is intended to imitate a juvenile rock crab (carapace less than 1 inch long) agitated into a defensive posture against a foraging predator, claws up, tail down. In the Northeast, crabs this size are a staple for striped bass and other game species during the months of high summer when forage fish population movement is at a minimum.
Exorcist: This thing is a piece of cake to tie and has a really clean look.....Give the Exorcist a try.
Flounder Around: I was determined to place a flounder fly in my box to have it available if I thought necessary or as that extra "go to" fly when nothing else worked.
Pamet Special: My intent then was to develop a large sand eel imitation I could use to capitalize on the striped bass blitzes that are routine during the fall months at the mouth of the Pamet River when, during the ebb of the tide, literally tons of sand eels are flushed into Massachusetts Bay.... by Rich Murphy
Plates: It’s pretty hard to find a flyfisherman on the New England coast or any other coastal waters for that matter than don’t have an arsenal of these two style of flies. They are my *meat and potato* flies and I use them probably more than any other patterns for striped bass.
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