February Fly Tying Clave Saturday at 9:00am at First Light Anglers in Rowley, Massachusetts
Fly Tying Clave February 15, 2014
Chris Pinzone will lead our second tying clave of the year with a couple of striper patterns based on the bent shank hook.
Chris will be leading the group, demonstrating two variations of the "bend back" fly which uses a bent shank hook which will ride in the "up" position. Flies that ride up are very useful in striper fishing as we typically catch them on the bottom and a fly with the hook point up will not snag as you drag it along the bottom. The first pattern is Rich Murphy's Steep Hill Special, which he developed specifically to fish the rocks at the end of Steep Hill Beach where it meets Plum Islands Sound for stripers.
The second pattern that we will do also utilizes the bend back hook. This is a pattern Chris saw recently in On the Water magazine, Captain Billy Trimble's Blind Chicken. This pattern is popular down south where it catches multiple species including redfish. Strategies used on these southern game fish are similar to what we use for stripers as reds tend to take bait off the bottom in skinny water. Trimble prefers this fly to a Clouser Minnow as he feels the dumbbell eye pick up weeds where the cone head of this fly does not. Chris says he will have plenty of material and step by step handouts for everyone to use. If you have not tied before, so come on down. We have extra gear and will give you the instruction you need to start tying!