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Epoxy candy for baitfish lovers.
Until now The Epoxy Miracle has given me quite a few fish and still is my favorite baitfish imitation. It is perfect under most circumstances.
But, sometimes it seems too small for the big sea trout, which come close to the South Swedish shore from January to March.
The spin fishers often use woblers and long, slim lures or spoons to imitate sand eels. Of course they get more distance to their casts, but they also hook quite a lot of their fish only 20-30 meters or less than 100 feet from the shore.
The idea is not new, but for years I have been using grey hackle flies and shrimp patterns for these fish - and that has worked well. But on a trip to Italy I used the Surf Candy for the first time and saw how fish-like it was.
To imitate a sand eel better, I needed a more robust fly than the Epoxy Miracle.
The Surf Candy as described in Bob Popovic's book Pop Fleyes is such a fly. Durable, translucent, long and very fish-like.
I haven't tried it for sea trout, but next week I will certainly give it a chance. Until then I will tie some following this recipe:
Why chartreuse? Well, the white-chartreuse-olive color combination worked well for the Epoxy Miracle, so it is just transformed to the Surf Candy. Anyway, I am sure, that almost any light belly/dark back combination will work.
A summer variation of the Surf Candy, to be used when there are lots of baitfish around, could be an almost translucent fly with just 1-2 straws of flash.