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Weekly Tying Challenge, Week Of 3/30: Sand Eels

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Thanks to everyone who participated in last week's Deceiver challenge.  Some really talented tiers on this board.

 

For this week, we'll be less prescriptive about the pattern and focus on the bait. 

 

Sand eels.

 

Let's see 'em!

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I had one sand eel pattern on hand tonight. tied on a sz 4 Partridge Patriot barbless stinger hook.

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Just finished these this week. Built on TMC 811S 3/0's. Don't have a good phone for pictures so the reflection takes a lot away from it. Still need to do some bay anchovies and all black.

 

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This is the sandeel I've been tying for the last 5 years and having a lot of success with in the Baie-des-Chaleurs at the end of August. On a #1 standard hook, it is about 3" long. Based (with a few changes) on Capt. B Murphy  E-Z Sand Eel, it is coated with Softex as I didn't have E-Z Body tubing until recently.20190321_150140.jpg.24690587e63e274729800830078ed195.jpg

 

 

And this basically the same pattern but with E-Z Body, tied a few days ago. Also 3".20200324_131320.jpg.18ad22b1217b40cf393c3434eee7f5b3.jpg Finally, Rich Murphy's Pamet Special designed to imitate bigger sandeels, up to 8".This one is on a #2/0 hook and is 5".20200327_140933.jpg.84bd509f827c041dd68e9767e9115add.jpg

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4 hours ago, saltyh2ofly said:

Big winter sandeel, 8" made with saddles and Squimpish Hair and xlg lead eyes....a big Clouser.

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Great looking fly     Nice job

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Full disclosure, I tied this fly back in November. I was hoping to get some vise time yesterday, and it just didn't happen. 

 

Here's a sandeel pattern I have been using successfully during the NJ Fall sandeel bite. It's a few long white saddles tied in at the bend. Wind the thread towards the head, then white bucktail underside, a few strands of flash, then pale purple bucktail, then olive bucktail. Palmer the body backwards then forward with fine wire. Glue on some eyes, then coat with epoxy. This one is on a 2/0 standard hook and is about 7" long. I like them in chartruce over white too.

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A few of my go to's...the smallest one on a size 6 took a feisty 20lber last saeson...don't know how he hooked himself on that small hook gap!

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My contribution is a Big (Very Big) Eelie.  I'm pretty sure that sand eels don't get this big, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.  I had fun tying it!

 

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Miss the Deceiver one guys. 

Here we go with a two tone color EZ  body  SEel variations, don’t ask me why the two tones color, I just try and I like it, no better or worse results than the single colors body patterns.

The body is from Michaels Halloween crafting tubbing. I have few other variations body and head finish that I would like to share in a few days.

 

Killer ties guys and great post idea JCH. Hate that I miss the Deceiver one.

 

Best 

 

Viete

 

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10 hours ago, Vieteiro said:

Killer ties guys and great post idea JCH. Hate that I miss the Deceiver one.

 

Feel free to post in the thread!  We're not sticklers for rules around here.

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Another eelie - this is think is better proportioned for sand eels.  I used a palmered hackle for the head instead of marabou.  Basically a flatwing seaducer.

 

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