Published Sep 6. 2006 - 13 years ago
Updated or edited Aug 8. 2015

Keel Hook Sand Lance

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A relatively simple semi-weedless tye that rides the mid column with an intermediate line and a slow retrieve...tyed on a bass worm hook...
Change some colour and you've got a silverside...
WorksForMe...

Pete Gray's picture

Or you can go XXL......

These swim in the rips of Nantucket Sound when mature sand eels are the soup d'jour...

SuperHair can get nasty ugly after being assaulted... :shock:
I use a stiff brush to restore the original unmolested illusion...

petegray

Those flies should be illegal...

Those flies should be illegal. They are brutal.

Pete Gray's picture

BANNED in Boston......

Thanks...

'Just throwin' out some ideas and sharing the fruits of my frigid New England off season...
I'll get a fuzzy notion, run with it, test it in the fly drowning tank (hot tub), then (in the Spring) put it before a striped preditory focus group for final R&D... :wink:
SoFarSoGood...

petegray

Pete Gray's picture

SandLance of note......

This synthetic version convinced more than a few educated Stripes and is one of my Spring go-to flyz...

petegray

Greased Liner's picture

Great ties. . What hook are...

Great ties. . What hook are you using? At the moment, I am waiting to receive some hooks I ordered, 2 being extra strong worm hooks by Owner and Mustad that have very long throats that one can tie large flies onto without using the shank. Have you tried these too or Eagle Claw 413? Tying up those sand eels like you did must keep the hook sharp after dragging the sand bottom and prevents snagging mussel beds.

Pete Gray's picture

A photo is worth 1,000 wordz......

I took the liberty to copy a photo posted by good friend Adrian Sharp on flyfishingforum. :oops:
He nailed the intent and the application of the Owner Oversize Hooks #5110-171...
The 7/0 is plenty BIG for this phlatwing...
The 11/0 are a bit too humongous... :shock:

I was going to tye up a few and scan them for this post but the hot water pressure relief valve decided to fail and my energy was consumed with a big clean-up...
All part of the joys of home ownership! :roll:

petegray

Go Pats...

Go Pats

Pete Gray's picture

Tuffleye......

I like epoxy...
'been using it for a long time...
Tuffleye is an acrylic alternative with an 30 second "blue light" cure...
So far so good with an interesting learning curve...
Tuffleye may not replace epoxy but it has some curiously ingenious applications...

petegray

Like Esox said, 'brutal'...

Like Esox said, 'brutal' flies! Very good work, I hope my tying skills can compete with yours one day...... But first i've to start tying my own flies :lol:

Martin Joergensen's picture

Pete,...

Pete,

That is one wicked fly! A great concept.

Did you fish it? Any problems with the long wing/body/tail tangling around the hook or does the angle between hook and materials take care of that?

Martin

Pete Gray's picture

Thanks for the kind words!...

Thanks for the kind words!
Positive re-enforcement appreciated...

The body is a blend of "DNA"...not much material involved...
The 3-D eyes and head are fused with the new Tuffleye Acrylic material (applied then "cured" with a UV light)...sort'a like epoxy but not...Ms Epoxy and I are still "dating"!
The DNA material looks great in the water...nice movement, flash, and colour.
Fouling/tangles not an issue...

The Brewster Flats here on Cape Cod (and Barnstable Harbour and Chatham/Monomoy) sport clouds of paranoid Sand Lances...this was intended to be a stragler on the fringe of "oblivion"...Striped muggers will pick off targets of opportunity...
SoFarSoGood!

petegray

Pete Gray's picture

keel hook sand lance......

An earlier post dropped these photos...'one more try FYI...
DNA fibre / 3-d eyez / epoxy (or in this case TUFFLEYE)...

petegray

Martin Joergensen's picture

Special hook...

Pete,

Once you get a chance to fish the fly, let's know how this hook works. I like the concept of the hook shape and the way the fly is tied, but I never tried these hooks while fishing.

Also referring to the fly on the keel hook you posted in the other thread, of course. We rarely see keel hooks used here.

Martin

Pete Gray's picture

2fur...

another variation on a theme...
tank tests nicely but the Striped focus group won't be available for feedback until May...

petegray

Pete Gray's picture

mid-winter day dreamin' variation......

inspired by Bob Pop's "Schoolies"...


petegray

Pete Gray's picture

'sand lance... easy... fast... effective......

Steve Farrar's Flash Blend...
White... Shrimp or Mullet Brown... Peacock...
The 3D Eyez from the Right Honourable Rich from the UK...
UV Free Zone Tuffleye Flex to finish the head and some clear coat to defeat the tacky residue...
Bada Bing... Bada Boom!






I use a brush to repair the mess when things get a bit frazzled...
Worksforme...


petegray

David Ball's picture

Re: keel hook sand lance......

An earlier post dropped these photos...'one more try FYI...
DNA fibre / 3-d eyez / epoxy (or in this case TUFFLEYE)...

killed the school bass down there, I lost count of how many I caught over the week I was down....It also fishes inverted as intended.
There's a pic below of said fly lodged in a schoolie :D
Cheers Dave

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