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Sea Herring

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Hi Solers,

 

I could use a little help from the New England crowd.  I'll be fishing the Cape anytime now and I'm reading about juvi sea herring in the area and I can find very few patterns online.  I tied this up tonight on a Patridge Patriot Short shank nbr 2 . It isn't as ugly in person and it has a bit more flash than the picture reveals and I was looking for opinions both good and bad on this effort. Thanks.

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I think one of the best imitators is a slender surf candy. Right now in my area they are about 2 inches long.  I’ve been experimenting with a dubbed pattern which seemed to fish pretty well today. 

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This is is a photo of one from last July, and a fly I tied to imitate it. 

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Blend some green/blue/grey that's what the live shot shows to me. A Lefty's would be a fly that would take fish as well. I like fishing the classics....but that little tanish fly looks killer.

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As juveniles they’re very similar in color to silversides. Tan or olive with pearl belly. As they mature they develop the olive/blue back and silvery sides. 

 

BTW, the pattern you’ve got there will absolutely work. 

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Here is a picture of a couple of Atlantic Sea Herring. They are fusiform (round cross section) in shape. The ones I have seen washed up on outer Cape beaches were large (8 to 15"). The goldish color around the head was pretty prominent. As I recall George Roberts book on baitfish had a good description of this species.

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There can be a massive amount of juvi herring around Race Point. My go to flies then are 4" deceivers with a gray/blueish back, white belly and silver flash.  I also use 4" flex flies in the same color. 

 

 

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