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:
|Type||Cold saltwater fly|
|Year of origin||1990|
|Tied by||Kasper Muhlbach|
|Target species||Atlantic salmon (sea run)|
Sea trout (sea run)
Steelhead (sea run)
|Thread||Fine, color to match fly ot clear monofilament.|
|Body||Flat silver mylar tinsel.|
|Under wing||Clear/white Ultra Hair or Super Hair.|
|Middle wing||Add 6-8 flash fibres like Flashabou, Crystal Flash or Lure Flash.|
|Top wing||Chartreuse Ultra Hair or Super Hair topped with dark grey, black or olive Ultra Hair or Super Hair.|
|Eyes||3D prism eyes or other self sticking eyes.|
|Head and coating||5 min. epoxy.|
- Attach the thread just behind the hook eye.
- Attach mylar tinsel.
- Turn the tinsel to the hook bend and back.
- Tie off.
- Tie in a bunch o clear Ultra Hair.
- If you want you can spread them around the shank to form a more round body.
- Tie in 3-4 flash fibres. Fold them back and secure them.
- Add a bunch of chartreuse Ultra Hair.
- Add a bunch of dark Ultra Hair.
- Prepare the epoxy. Mix well, and avoid adding bubbles by folding the two parts together.
- Apply the epoxy using your bodkin.
Do not use too much. Add a small amount at a time. You have got plenty of time even though 5 minutes does not seem much.
Make sure to add epoxy in the part of the wing, which goes from the hook bend to the eye.
- Stretch the wing using the index finger and thumb off your other hand.
If you pull the wing as much as you can, you will get a slim profile. if you push the wing a little bit forward as the epoxy sets you will get a thicker profile moving more water. For Surf Candys I prefer a slim profile.
- Let the epoxy set.
- Add prism eyes.
- Add next layer of epoxy. If the epoxy starts dripping or running you have to rotate the or take it off. If you do not have a rotating rotating epoxy fly dryer, consider adding a second and third thin layer of epoxy instead of just a heavy second layer.
- Let the fly dry.
- Tie some more.
- Trim the fibres so that the wing becomes thinner towards the end.
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.