Published Feb 26. 2021 - 4 months ago
Updated or edited Feb 26. 2021

Mini Surf Candy

Bob Popovic was the originator of the surf candy. He tied these to mimic sand eels and small baitfish. They still work today many years later and are a staple in many saltwater Fishermans boxes. They are fairly easy to tie, however the epoxy work tends to take some time if you want it done right. But you can tie up a few of these quickly. I find they work great for freshwater fish as well as saltwater. It is a great pattern to mimic small fry in freshwater. The colors also are endless, and I have seen people tie these with craft fur, ep fiber, bucktail, flashy dubbing and more. They are very versatile. The best part is, because of all the epoxy, they are quite durable. You will rarely have one fall apart on you. Even some of the most toothy fish will not be able to damage the thread and unravel this fly.

As always I list the materials below for your reference. Feel free to change up the materials and/or colors.

Hook: Gamakatsu SC15 size 1 -
Thread: Danville ultra fine monofilament thread -
Fiber: FTD Crystal Web (white and chartreuse) -
Flash: lateral scale flashabou (opal mirage) -
Resin (Thick): Solarez Thick Formula -
Resin (Thin): Solarez Thin Formula -
Resin (Ultra Thin): Solarez Ultra Thin Formula -

Vise: Renzetti Traveler -
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec -
Scissors: Risen all purpose 4" -
Bodkin - Pin Vise -
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass -
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench -

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