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This fly reminds me of Rich Murphy’s “Pamet Special “ which is a great fly.  Not sure where the difference is.  Either way it is a proven pattern. Detail instructions are online.

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1 hour ago, JohnDe said:

This fly reminds me of Rich Murphy’s “Pamet Special “ which is a great fly.  Not sure where the difference is.  Either way it is a proven pattern. Detail instructions are online.

It does but when I first tied it I based myself on Capt. Bill Murphy's E-Z Sand Eel (pattern online also) changing slightly the materials and the way to tie it as I was coating the body-head with Softex instead of covering it with tubing. That was five years ago and I discovered the Pamet Special last year. I even tied some but still using Softex instead of tubing.

 

And I finally bought tubing recently to tie the BFD Midnight Special as well as TGS's alewife-herring pattern which is based on ..... Rich Murphy's  Conomo Special.

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4 hours ago, JohnDe said:

This fly reminds me of Rich Murphy’s “Pamet Special “ which is a great fly.  Not sure where the difference is.  Either way it is a proven pattern. Detail instructions are online.

You are correct. This fly is a variation of Rich Murphy's Conomo Special, which is similar to the Pamet.  The Conomo is a larger body profile for herring and the pamet is skinny body flatwing for mature sandeels.  Both have same head construction and are weighted to be a sinking subsurface pattern with lead wire wraps on hook shank.

 

The main difference in my BFD midnight special fly is adding foam inside the head to give the fly neutral buoyancy so its suspends despite the heavy hook.  The formula is very specific I know that version actually suspends correctly in saltwater.  Suspension is difficult to achieve, but Rich was big about creating buoyancy in his invertebrate patterns to improve the fly's action at rest to induce strikes (RM Defense Crab, RM Soft Short, and RM Sting).  So inspired by those flies I wanted to apply that concept to a conomo to make a night fly that would dart and hang perfect near surface like an adult silverside at night.  There are other ways to achieve this with other materials (I hate spinning deer hair, but next winter I vow to finally master it). My pattern is another very simple solution that works well.  Its also different in its 100% synthetic and retains no water which is nice for casting, but add the challenge of the hair material not adding any lift like many natural fibers would hence the foam in head.

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This shows when you get it right vs adding too much weight to head

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I consider Rich's work to be my main inspiration in saltwater fly tying.  On a separate note this is a new small profile rattling surface fly I cam up with.  Its a combination of inspiration from Sato's Silverside fly and Rich's Quarter Moon Special.  

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On 3/22/2020 at 8:38 PM, Drew C. said:

Easily my best day of my young trout career. 8/10, might be the last day out for who knows how long.

 

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Drew your first freshwater season is going way better than mine did :howdy:

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18 hours ago, The Graveyard Shift said:

You are correct. This fly is a variation of Rich Murphy's Conomo Special, which is similar to the Pamet.  The Conomo is a larger body profile for herring and the pamet is skinny body flatwing for mature sandeels.  Both have same head construction and are weighted to be a sinking subsurface pattern with lead wire wraps on hook shank.

 

The main difference in my BFD midnight special fly is adding foam inside the head to give the fly neutral buoyancy so its suspends despite the heavy hook.  The formula is very specific I know that version actually suspends correctly in saltwater.  Suspension is difficult to achieve, but Rich was big about creating buoyancy in his invertebrate patterns to improve the fly's action at rest to induce strikes (RM Defense Crab, RM Soft Short, and RM Sting).  So inspired by those flies I wanted to apply that concept to a conomo to make a night fly that would dart and hang perfect near surface like an adult silverside at night.  There are other ways to achieve this with other materials (I hate spinning deer hair, but next winter I vow to finally master it). My pattern is another very simple solution that works well.  Its also different in its 100% synthetic and retains no water which is nice for casting, but add the challenge of the hair material not adding any lift like many natural fibers would hence the foam in head.

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This shows when you get it right vs adding too much weight to head

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I consider Rich's work to be my main inspiration in saltwater fly tying.  On a separate note this is a new small profile rattling surface fly I cam up with.  Its a combination of inspiration from Sato's Silverside fly and Rich's Quarter Moon Special.  

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Very nice

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19 hours ago, The Graveyard Shift said:

Drew your first freshwater season is going way better than mine did :howdy:

I’ve been fortunate to be able to get out as much as I have lately. I’m hoping to leave work early on Friday and head up there again. I have to work sat so that might be tough. I expect to be there Sunday tho. 

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On 24/03/2020 at 2:16 PM, JohnDe said:

This fly reminds me of Rich Murphy’s “Pamet Special “ which is a great fly.  Not sure where the difference is.  Either way it is a proven pattern. Detail instructions are online.

Tied today following Rich Murphy's dressing (and sbs) published by him on FAOL (*********). I followed the dressing (including polar bear hair as the main part of the tail) except I had to substitute for the side flash (UV sand KF over shrimp pink KF) which I don't have on hand. And although I didn't put as much material as suggested, it is not a sparse fly. And quite flashy  (the dressing calls for more than 30 strands of KF).20200327_140933.jpg.b8b00b12a9ba57f23201f82328d9f036.jpgAnd the Pamet Special I tied last year using Softex for the coating as I didn't have E-Z Body tubing. I prefer the look of the one with the tubing.

 

Murphy ties them up in lenght from 4 to 8 inches. Mine are about 5"  as I'm limited by the lenght of the bucktail on hand.20200327_141125.jpg.0cdc4a67cd0d9191e020405d45bdf1b9.jpg

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19 hours ago, Suave said:

Tied today following Rich Murphy's dressing (and sbs) published by him on FAOL (*********). I followed the dressing (including polar bear hair as the main part of the tail) except I had to substitute for the side flash (UV sand KF over shrimp pink KF) which I don't have on hand. And although I didn't put as much material as suggested, it is not a sparse fly. And quite flashy  (the dressing calls for more than 30 strands of KF).20200327_140933.jpg.b8b00b12a9ba57f23201f82328d9f036.jpgAnd the Pamet Special I tied last year using Softex for the coating as I didn't have E-Z Body tubing. I prefer the look of the one with the tubing.

 

Murphy ties them up in lenght from 4 to 8 inches. Mine are about 5"  as I'm limited by the lenght of the bucktail on hand.20200327_141125.jpg.0cdc4a67cd0d9191e020405d45bdf1b9.jpg

Here are some of my pamet versions these are very small to imitate juvenile sandeels.  2.75" top, 3.25" middle, 4" bottom.  6A879858-8901-44AA-904A-6901478996B5.jpeg.8820e1a8c4a97a360b2fb3f4bef77928.jpeg

Top fly uses chartreuse and white bucktail with four strands pearl krystal flash, pearl ez body, and 3d eyes.

 

Middle uses green olive and white squimpish hair, one stand silver krystal flash per side, natural EZ body, olive marker on back of ez body and black marker for eyes.

 

Bottom used EP Gamechanger fibers and all the same other materials as top fly.

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All use size 4 Tiemco TMC800S hooks. These are flies wet:

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