The name is complex, but the fly is simple, showing how to build a large baitfish imitation with few and easily accessible materials - and Pete Gray's neat welding technique
is a well known name on GFF and is very active in our forum and has contributed articles before. Ever so often he posts complete instructions on how to tie his characteristic saltwater flies using different techniques, but predominantly few and easily accessible materials.
is no different. The name might be complex, but the fly is simple.
The name might be complex, but the fly is simple
It's made with
Pete's welded fly technique, using no thread, but just LCR (Light Cured Resin) to glue the materials in place. Made on a tube, but apart from that very plain and utilizing only hackle feathers, a little flash and some eyes to form a large but still lightweight and very realistic baitfish imitation.
The only limitation
to the size of this type of fly is the size of the feathers you can get your hands on. Large, coarse so-called saltwater saddles is the ideal material, but while these used to be inexpensive and not nearly as popular as dry fly saddles, they have risen in price, and are now sold at premium prices. Even so, they are often sold out and can be hard to find.
Go through bargain bins
and look at cheap Chinese saddles and necks in flyshops. You can still find useful materials for large, welded flies at reasonable prices. Also dig out your own old saddles and necks. You might have plucked off all the "good" feathers, you will often be left with some hackles, which are perfect for this type of fly.