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Flies for the Fall in NJ

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Last Fall was notable for the lack of large bait in either the back waters or surf in Ocean County, NJ, so I started think about shorter flies for the coming fall. Plus I'm kind of house bound by the current heat wave, so I needed a fishing project to pass the time....1st picture is something of a bucktail deceiver variant with an epoxied Mylar Braid head to push water,  Next couple of pictures are a Deciever variant that is tied with Flatwing hackles, a glass rattle covered with epoxied Mylar Braid, and a head formed by epoxying 3d eyes. Last couple of pictures are Flatwings with a spun dear head variant of the L&L Special and a Blurple.  Also, my variant of any of Kenny's patterns where he palmered a soft hackle is to instead fold and palmer a large Marabou feather. Last picture is a standard Rhody Flatwing, the pattern that was my 1st (and at the time only) Flatwing and accounted for my 1st surf caught Bass (15lb's) on a fly with a cast of no more than 50ft.  Been hooked on Flatwings ever since. I'll post more pics as the summer project continues. Hopefully others will post pics of their Fall arsenal to pass the "Heat Wave Days".

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my go to last fall was a sparsely tied half and half using ostrich herl (5 strands) for the tail-  

 

In fact it's been my go to for many years. 

 

 

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re=post of American eel with scale to show length, and a 6 feather blurple (3 purple including neck hackle for support, followed by 3 black - tail interspersed with purple and black flashabou).

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for those interested who perhaps do not read the Fly Fishing Forum, I continued this tying effort, but posted under the Coronavirus Tying Thread (in the Fly Fishing Forum)

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I lost the physical ability to travel in 2006, my last trip to Hatteras - took me 13 hours to drive from Buxton Beach to Toms River, what with having to stop and get out of the truck every 90 minutes.  Now a 2 hour round trip (arriving at my destination in one hour) hobbles me to a cane for 2 days if I am doing well, two crutches if not.  Drunk Driver (1988) , the gift that keeps on giving. I have yet to fish the beach this year, even though I fish out of my 4-Runner.

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