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I’m always on the lookout for new patterns and this year in Florida I found one that I really like. It was developed by Doug Green who works out of Norm Ziegler’s Fly Shop on Sanibel Island. While it was designed for Snook, I’ve caught a number of other saltwater species and I’m 100% positive it will prove very effective on warmwater fish like Bass , Wipers, etc.
It was a number of appealing features:
1. It’s super easy to tie and uses three principal materials
2. Looks good in the water with a minimal amount of snarling of the tailing material.
3. Over-sized bead chain eyes (extra-large) give it enough weight to drop down quickly without an excessive splash.
4. It’s far easier to cast that a lead-headed Clouser
Hook: Size 4 saltwater hook – can go down to a 6 or up to a 1
Thread: White 210 denier. Mono thread was tied in to secure the wing behind and in front of the eyes – optional
Eyes: Extra large black bead chain (large in smaller hook sizes. Use super glue to get a good bond then cover with a UV product like Clear Cure Goo
Wing: Super or Supreme hair for the belly and EP chartruse for the back. Both are trimmed to a baitfish shape:
Flash: This is totally optional…a few strands of Polar Ice Wing Fiber were sandwiched between the belly and back of the fly pictured above.
The belly material is tied in directly behind the eyes and the back is a single strand of EP fiber looped over the hook in front of the eyes – one side is 3/4 the length of the other and trimmed on an angle.