View Full Version : Tied up some Eel Flies

Paul D
03-14-2013, 11:20 AM
I tied up some Eel flies last night. This was one of my most productive lies last year.

03-14-2013, 04:32 PM
Nice work. How long are they?

Paul D
03-15-2013, 07:44 PM
Flies are about 5-6" long.

Hook: TMC 600 SP #1/0 or hook of preference. Hook is wrapped with lead and covered with thread and sealed.
Thread: Olive or Black flymaster.
Head: Pearl Mylar EZ Body.
Tail: Four black saddle hackles tied deceiver style, flanked by one smaller yellow or chartreuse saddle hackle, and flanked by one olive grizzly saddle hackle.
Wing & Throat: Black buck tail. Tied on top and under rear saddle hackles extending 2-3Ē.
Flash: 2 strands of blue, 2 strands of red, 2 strands of silver, and 2 strands of chartreuse flash-a-boo. Tied in on both sides of the rear saddle hackles.
Eyes: Silver stick-on eyes.
*Head is colored with permanent marking pens. Then head and eyes are given a coat of expoxy.

There are many versions of this fly out there. This is the way I tie it. When fishing for big fish at night this is one of my ďgo toĒ patterns. I love flies with a large or long profile in the water. This fly also has a lot of movement. The mylar EZ body head has a great translucent shimmer in the water. I also weight the hook with lead. This gives the fly a more substantial and natural sink rate. After casting this fly Iíll just let it sink before retrieving it. Many times Iíll get a hit shortly after the fly hits the water. This is an extremely durable fly.

One of the great things about fly tying is the ability to experiment. I also tie this fly in olive and white. Donít be afraid to vary colors or even the materials.

03-17-2013, 01:43 PM
Very interesting. What "type" of water do you normally fish this in? Beach, breach, moving...etc.

Paul D
03-19-2013, 02:13 PM
I mostly fish estuaries, back bays, beaches but not much surf. I'm on Long Island Sound. I live on a river that holds stripers all winter long, the Housatonic. I fish the Cape alot. I like to position myself near channels, rips, and/or any fish "highways". If I'm not fishing this eel fly at night, I'm fishing a "Black Angus". I've found both to be deadly at night.

03-21-2013, 09:21 PM
Got it. Thanks for the info. Bob H.

03-26-2013, 06:12 PM
Very nice work and thanks for providing all the detail!

04-01-2013, 07:08 AM
cool, you mostly fish NIGHTS with them ??

Paul D
04-01-2013, 09:19 AM
The flies in black at night......yellow and chartreuse during the day.

04-02-2013, 04:33 PM
Dont put your BLACK flys away, during the day, you couldent ask for a better eel pattern the BLACK in the water, I caught meny stripers on BLACK flys during the day.