Here's a pattern for the cold water fisherman. I
was asked to do a few squid patterns for some
friends in Wickford, R.I. I tied these in several
colors, from white to dark tan. This color is in
between those. Just a little tan grizz in the long
saddles. The squid can change colors and patterns
very rapidly so the color is tied, I think, to satisfy
the fisherman more than the fish.
Hook: Mustad 3407 or the longer 34007
1/0 to 3/0.
tan or matching color, Monocord 3/0.
Collar: White Hackle, Palmer wound.
Arms: Ten long saddle hackles, ten strands of
Pearlescent crystal flash; a touch of white marabou.
Eyes: Always glass, larger than your first choice.
Note: The middle and forward portions are done in
5 minute epoxy, then just before it sets up, wet
your fingers, and form the flatness of the two
lateral fins found on these critters. The head can
just be rotated using the vise, to get a nice round
finish over the eyes.
1. Secure the thread at the bend
of the hook and tie in a strand of chenille. Any
color will do, just enough to make a bump to flair
out the long saddles.
2. Select ten saddles about 4" long for a #2/0
hook. Strip the butt ends leaving some of the
marabou on them, it acts as a skirt around the
bend of the hook. Tie them in just forward
of the bump, 2 to 3 at a time to make an even
disbursement around the hook. Make sure to head
cement after every application.
3. Add your crystal flash so it extends as long
as the saddles and is distributed around the hook shank.
I also add in a strand of white marabou, on top.
4. Wrap the thread forward, whip-finish off and cut.
Match up a piece of Mylar tubing and slide it on,
re-tie your thread on and secure the tubing about a
half inch from the forward end. This is where the
palmer collar is to be added. Tie a white saddle in and
palmer wind, then tie off. Wrap forward and build up a
head while securing the forward end of the tubing.
Whip-finish the head
5. Add the eyes to the body and get ready to epoxy.
Apply at least 3 coats of epoxy to the eye's to form
a large round head effect. Using your rotary vise,
keep spinning until the epoxy sets up. Forward of
the palmer wound collar should be done in one blob.
... I wait till the 5 minute epoxy is 4 minutes old
and apply quickly, rotating slowly, until a gel
forms. The epoxy will not stick to your fingers if
you wet them. Carefully form the lateral fins in
the epoxy and let dry.
~ Capt. Dave Sutton
Fishing the Fly
As for fishing these little nasties, make sure you
use a 9 wt. rod or better due to the flies weight
and wind resistance. I don't mean one of
those full flex rods either. I'm talking one
of those new fast rods. There is a lot of mass
to throw, but I'm told it's worth it in hook-ups.
Squid swim in a fast, jerky jet-propelled motion. Do
the retrieve in fast, jerky strips. It's been a
while since I've fished up in cold water, but,
from the reports given the pattern works very well.
If you have any questions on tying or fishing this
fly feel free to send me an email.
~ Capt. Dave