Saltwater Flies

SALTWATER FLIES

All these flies are suitable for cold water European fish and venues

THE TIDAL ZONE - tied on smaller light wire salmon hooks, use these in estuaries, tidal lagoons and over sand when bass, mullet, sea trout and smaller inshore species are sought.  Shrimp/Scud patterns are tied on strong carp hooks
 
THE DEEP WATER ZONE - tied on carp hooks suitable for rock fishing down the page
 
mackerel brace
 
 

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Mackerel are feeding on Whitebait shoals in front of our house. More fun than catching bucket loads from a boat, try using a 10ft AFTM#7 outifit, a floating line and some Elvers for some super sport. Remember that a good fish is one you enjoyed catching....
 
 
ZERO ELVER
SIZE ZERO ELVERS  #6
 
Try this slimline tying if the fish get fussy
 
Size Zero Elvers #LW6  -  2 flies for £1.50
 
 
 
 
 
LITTLEHERRING LW8
WHITEBAIT  #LW6
 
Use this fly for sea trout when they are feeding in shallow tidal water, try all speeds of recovery to find what the fish want, from on the drop to stripped.
 
Whitebait #LW6  -  75p per fly
 
 
 
LITTLE HERRING CARP4
 
WHITEBAIT #4
 
 
This is the best bet for Mackerel in open open. The larger hook means small sea fish are less likely to get hooked but a decent mackerel or sea trout has no problem. Again stripping will work but when you are faced with large shoals of whitebait and lots of frenzied mackerel the stripped fly is often ignored. Try this, cast into the area of activity and allow the fly to sink, tighten if you feel a take, the odd tweek or a slow figure of eight retrieve can also be effective.  Mackerel hunt by charging into the shoal of small fish and stunning as many as possible, then they swim round mopping up the injured tiddlers. Do not mistake the habits of Mackerel in huge shoals when you catch them by the bucket load from boat or pier, casting to fast moving shoals of fish from the shore is quite a challenge
 
Whitebait #4  -  75p per fly
 
More Tidal Zone patterns down the page

 

 

 

 

THE DEEP WATER ZONE
 
Tied on carp hooks with more dressing, use these when fishing off rock and kelp beds. These will tempt  bass, pollock and coal fish. Short shank carp hooks are very strong, hook fish well and the shorter shank means fewer wing hang ups.

 

 

 
 
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THE DEEPWATER ZONE


GIANT SHANKS
 
These are tied on carp hooks and are suited to floating or sunk line work when fishing off the rock. The shank is left undressed to facilitate hooking and unhooking. The wing is tied mainly with synthetic materials which do not soak up water and so the fly does not increase in weight, this helps casting in wind and combating wild water. Tied in different colours to represent a range of bait fish. Fish this fly deep during daylight hours on a fast sink line, always worth a try in the evening on a floating or intermediate line, fish just beneath the surface and watch big pollack swim up to take it.

SEA GREEN SHANKS

SEA GREEN SHANKS #2  -  75p each







SUNBURST SHANKS

This fly is really orange/golden yellow, my scanner does not like fluo colours!(much nicer looking in the flesh)

SUNBURST SHANKS  #2  -  75p each






BLUE SHANKS

BLUE & WHITE SHANKS  #2  -  75p each





  


BASS ELVERS  #4
 
Tied with chaineyes,  use this fly for fast retrieves in kelp strewn rock marks for all passing prediters.
  A smaller version is listed in the Tidal Zone. Tied pretty thin to imitate eels and the like, use Giant Shanks if you need a fish imitation.




BASSGREEN

SEA GREEN BIG BASS ELVER #4  -  85p



BASSWHITE
This is a lovely golden yellow/orange/white colour in the flesh


SUNBURST BIG BASS ELVER #4  -  85p each





BASSBLUE
BLUE BIG BASS ELVER #4  -  85p each    







  1 x SILLI SQUID #2
SILLI SQUID #2
 
After casting a sunk line and a big fly for an hour or so your arm may well need a rest. Try this on a fast sink line and short 3ft leader. Cast as long a line as possible and let it sink into the depths. Retrieve the line just enough to keep in touch with the fly, so slow you might be going backwards is worth repeating to yourself, takes show on the rod top as knocks, think weirpool barbel fishing and you are there. Tied in proven colours.
 
1 x Silli Squid #2   -   95p each 

 
 
 
 
 
 
THE TIDAL ZONE

Use the larger flies in a tidal lagoon or estuary and the fish will just laugh! Even mackerel feeding in shallow water can be far more choosy than you might think, sea trout are never mugs. The following patterns will work in sheltered water conditions and can be cast on AFTM6/7 outfits. All are tied on salmon hooks.    


 


ZERO ELVER
THE ELVER FLY
 
Sand eels and elvers form a part of many saltwater fishes diet, use this fly whenever you see surface feeding fish. Quick retrieves are in order as the eels swim like hec when they are chased! If stripping fails try fishing one on the drop.

The Elver Fly  #6     75p each



 
 
 
 WEB PA COX LW
GRANDPA COX'S MINNOW FLY Low water #6/8

This well hackled fly is very handy in weedy conditions, its bulk means it can be fished slowly or dead drifted through the snags and weeds.

Grandpa Cox's Minnow Fly LW6  -  75p each
 
 
Grandpa Cox's Minnow Fly  LW8  -  75p each
 
 
 
 
ZERO MUDDLER LW8
 
SIZE ZERO MUDDLERS
When big fish chase small fish you will often see surface activity as the baitfish try to escape. Use a Zero Muddler to skate just subsurface to get the predators attention. Not sure the colour matters so use orange!

Size Zero Muddler #6



MULLET FLIES
(useful for smaller saltwater species as well)

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Try the Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear #10 or Killer Bug  to imitate the water louse
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEB PEARL CUDDY 
THE CUDDY FLY
 
Simple little fly to inch along, imitates nothing and everything, this fly will catch Herring which are pretty fussy!
Tied in off white with pearl crystal hair horns

The Cuddy Fly  #10    40p each




SB WHITE10
 
 
GOLDBEAD WHITE LARVA
 
Mullet and other fish feed on the larva of the sea weed fly, try this pattern near rotting weed.
Also the Killer Bug may well be worth a shot.

The Goldbead Maggot  #10    45p each








saltkillerbug
 
LEADED KILLER BUG
 
This plain little fly is often the best bet on any water. Tied on a heavy duty carp hook ideal for saltwater work.


Leaded Killer Bug #10          3 flies for £1.20





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LEADED GOLD RIBBED HARE'S EAR
 
Looks like a shrimp,sea water louse and all manner of creepy crawlies. Tied on a heavy duty carp hook.


Leaded Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear  #10      3 flies for £1.20
 
 


WEB MINI MUD
MINI MUD BUG HVY#8
Try this in tidal/saltwater sea trout locations. Fish on a fast sink line with a 3/4ft leader, bounce the fly across sandy bottoms to tempt fish feeding on small flatties, crabs and anything else that lives down there!
 
2 flies for #8  -  £1.50



WEB WEED
SEA WEED FLY (unweighted)
 
Mullet graze on loose sea weed try this fly when you see fish swirling at the surface if they refuse other patterns.

Sea Weed Fly #10   -  45p each
 
Sea Weed Fly #8   -   45p each





ORANGECHAINEYE
 
THE CHAINEYE ELVERS
 
 
Tied on low water salmon hooks with less dressing, use these when larger flies fail.
 

Pearl Chaineye Elver  LW6  -   85p each
 
 
 
Orange Chaineye Elver  LW6  -  85p each





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