Creative use of aftershaft feathers makes the Witch Doctor a worm-mimicking favorite in the Northeast
Tying Instructions: Magic Squid
The Magic Squid was developed specifically for working estuaries, bays, harbors and calm surf and jetty conditions -- day or night.
I developed the BORF (Big Obnoxious Reef Fly) for fishing the fast currents that prevail over many Northeast reef systems anytime the tide moves. Currents aren't necessarily swift over all reefs, for example, those situated in either open or extremely deep water. But shallow-water reefs generally produce strong rips and generate consistent movement from spring through fall.
After spring baitfish depart inshore waters for the sea, flats fishing for striped bass can get tough. Resident striper populations that remain in these estuaries, bays and similar protected waters turn to alternative forage for sustenance for the balance of spring and summer.
MaterialsHOOK: Eagle Claw 254F or Mustad 3407, size 4/0THREAD: Coral Danville's flat waxed nylonTAIL: Yellow bucktailWING: Yellow bucktail, 15 strands of rainbow FlashabouUNDERWING: Yellow bucktail, hot orange FluorofibreCOLLAR: Bright yellow schlappenGLUE: Cement
Materials HOOK: Mustad 3407, size No. 2 or similar hook THREAD: Beige Danville's flat waxed nylon TAIL: Two Cree hackles, curved EYES: Medium lead eyes with tan/bronze nail polish coating BODY: Tan, olive or brown rug yarn GLUE: Penetrating head cement like Hard as Hull
Tying InstructionsStep 1: Flatten the barb and secure the eyes to the top of the hook, close to the eye. Continue wrapping thread along the hook shank to a position just over the barb. Coat the eyes with tan or bronze nail polish to dull, and let dry. Two coats are better than one. Step 2: Secure two curved Cree hackle feathers to the bend of the hook, across from the barb.
A few thoughtful changes transform a bonefish fly into a mole crab pattern
The first chapter describes waters where you can stalk stripers by sight, including inshore and offshore flats and the surf, and it details fly-fishing techniques for all three environments.