It was while I was fishing for Bass on the north west coast of Wales last year that I had an idea for a Sand eel pattern with a material which I had played with a little but could see the potential. Many months ago the Fly Tyers Dungeon offered congo hair with flash blended in. I liked this material so much that I ordered some (I only buy new stuff now that I can imagine in a pattern, either old or new). I re-ordered some more after playing with some baitfish patterns last year. This material isn’t listed but if you ask for it (say I sent you!) you may beable to get some done up in the colours you want BUT you will definitely want white with pearl.
All that it required was some time to play and seeing as though I currently have no orders, I thought it was time. Oh yes, I also happen to have a trip coming up for Stripers. The first version was with Chartruse over white but a more natural colour soon appeared and then another. I stopped at the 3 colours has I thought I’d better try this thing before I go to mad.
I’m not that good at naming flies but thought Congoeel sounded not that bad. The hook can be any standard saltwater hook and the thread that I have used is mono (I use invisible thread from the sewing shop.
The colour of the congo hair can be any colour you want but any future colour changes will be of a more natural colouration than bright colours to match the naturals, I’m thinking a silver-side version may also work. The body is pearl mylar tubing which pulled tight and then covered in 5 minute epoxy to hold the shape. Once the body as dried off I add the eyes, in this case I have used 3D eyes in red. The head is finished using another coat off epoxy (the 30 minute one. Don’t forgot the red gills before the final epoxy coat if you want them.
To be tested next month……
On another front, I am currently researching a trip to the Bahamas for Bonefish. I will be devoting a whole page for the project as it looks to be become a small clave and will act as central place of collected information for the group.