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Bay anchovy patterns

2011/2/15 17:20
From Philly
Posts: 5
After a batch of swap flies, I've been on a kick tying these little guys. I hear they're already being spotted up the coast; and if last year's salt JAM taught me anything, it pays to have some small flies ready to toss.

Sticking with the tan/white colors, here are a few variations:

Mushmouth (swap fly)

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Surf candy

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Two things I'll note here: A layer of angel hair adds flash, but also shows the dark contrast of the lateral line, and I also used some white craft fur to mimic the opaque belly sac of the natural. This was my first attempt with this idea, but I definitely want to keep experimenting with it.

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Finally, this is just a simple one I put together (yes, I'm sure its been done before). It's just white saddles, palmer chenille, tan ultra wing (shredded mylar of choice), white craft fur as a collar, and 3D eyes with epoxy to hold it all together...kind of a synthetic deceiver.

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What are you folks using this fall?

Posted on: 2012/9/26 22:23

Re: Bay anchovy patterns

2006/9/13 22:36
From Tioga co. formerly of bucks co.
Posts: 56
copper and brown is a good color for them, if you ever see them in a tight school they turn a reddish brown color. also popivics schoolie fly is good one to use when the fish are on them.

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Posted on: 2012/9/27 8:01

So many Fish, So little time !!!
from the outer edge of nowhere
fly tying and fishing ghillie..

Re: Bay anchovy patterns

2006/9/9 22:43
From Delaware Co.
Posts: 42
Nice ties guys when the fish are keying in on anchovies the fly rod is the king .

Posted on: 2012/9/27 17:01
There is no disadvantage in being able to cast far"
- Lefty Kreh -

Re: Bay anchovy patterns

2011/2/15 17:20
From Philly
Posts: 5
Thanks guys.

After spending all this time on matching the hatch here, I realize that I will probably fool more fish on a chart/white clouser. I have come to terms with this...

Posted on: 2012/9/27 17:17

Re: Bay anchovy patterns

2010/7/24 12:59
From Morrisville
Posts: 0
Don't forget to have a few that are a very different color than the real deal. I did a bit of testing a few years ago and found perfect imitations can get lost in a good size bait ball, they will get eaten but not as much as one that stands out a bit. That one would get crushed very fast by both bass and blues. Just something to keep in mind.

Posted on: 2012/9/27 20:18

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