Published Dec 13. 2023 - 4 months ago

Big Eelie

This multi-feather flatwing pattern is an absolute killer pattern bass and other saltwater preadatores feeding on larger sandeels. Although it's more impressionistic than a lot of other flies, it certainly works and mimics the sandeel well. As Ken himself says "scales are really prisms and transform as different kinds of light hits them. The colors of the saddles form many different kinds of colors, especially greens, which is exactly what the scales on a sand eel do. The marabou adds vibrancy and movement, even though you can still see through it. So, the fly looks alive even when it is sitting still.”

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Material list
Hook: Saltwater 1/0-3/0 (Original pattern is on a 253 Eagle Claw)
Thread: White
Support: White bucktail
Pillow: White fulff
Tail: 3 Saddle feathers over 1 neck feather choose colours to suit your fishing (original dressing Olive, blue, yellow, white)
Body: Pearl braid
Hackle: 2-3 turns of white marabou, sparse

Ken Abrames' beautifully illustrated book A Perfect Fish is quite hard to come by but you'll probably be able to find a copy by following my amazon links.
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