Floating Candlefish pattern: S.S. Candlefish

Discussion in 'Patterns' started by Roger Stephens, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. Roger Stephens Active Member

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    (Photo of this fly pattern on this site under Gallery/Fly Patterns/Fly Swaps/Beach Silver Swap. It is the last fly pattern on that page.)


    Hook: #6 9394 4XL

    Thread: 2lb. clear nylon leader

    Sequin: 8mm pearl( craft store)

    Body: (1) White closed cell foam cut into 1/8"x3/16"x8" from 1/8"x8"x11" sheet (craft store), (2) pearl Sparkleflash(made by Tiewell) or pearl Krystal Flash or similar synthetic material

    Tail: (1) Pearl Krystal Flash, (2)white bucktail or similar synthetic material, (3) olive bucktail or similar synthetic material, (4) peacock herl

    Eyes: Adhesive 3/16" silver/black

    Gills: Red marking pen

    5 minute epoxy or clear silicone(exterior caulking at hardware store)


    Step 1: thread two 8mm sequins onto the front of hook.

    Step 2: Secure 12 strands of pearl Krystal Flash at rear of hook shank.

    Step 3: Tie on a moderately sparse clump of white bucktail(after removing shorter lengths) at rear of hook shank.

    Step 4: Secure end of 1/8"x3/16"x8" foam strip at rear of hook shank with the 8" length extending towards hook eye. While holding foam strip above the hook, wrap the thread foreward along the hook shank to about 1/16" to 1/8" behind the sequin.

    Step 5: Place the foam strip on the top of the hook and tie off the foam 1/16" to 1/8" behind the sequin. Fold the strip over to the back of the hook and again secure the folded foam behind the sequin.

    Step 6: Loose wrap the thread over the top of the two foam strips and tie off at end of hook shank and clip off excess foam.

    Step 7: Secure a clamp of of pearl Sparkleflash at rear of hook shank and loose wrap thread foreward to behind the sequin. Next, wrap a thin layer of the Sparkleflash foreward over the foam to behind the sequin. Tie off and clip off excess Sparkleflash.

    Step 8: Secure a sparse clump of olive bucktail(after removing shorter lengths) behind the sequin on top of the hook. Secure the bucktail on top of the foam by loose wrapping the thread to the rear of the hook. At rear of hook shank, secure 4 strands of peacock herl that will extend foreward past hook eye and secure by loose wrapping thread to front of hook behind the sequin and tie off and clip off excess.

    Step 9: Place adhesive eyes on each side behind sequin. Use red marking pen to make red gills behind sequin.

    Step 10: Put a light coating of 5 minute epoxy around body covering hook and coat back part of sequin with epoxy. After the epoxy has slightly hardened, position the sequin at a 45 degree angle downward towards the back of hook.

    Step 11: After the epoxy has dried, clip the tail material to give a total length of pattern of approximately 3" to 3 1/2".


    1. If only 1 sequin is used, it will occassionally break. Using 2 sequins will keep them from breaking.

    2. If silicone is used to coat the body, use epoxy to secure the sequin. Also, extending the silicone past the hook shank will keep the the bucktail from occassionally wrapping around the hook shank.

    3. The sequin is probably a major factor in causing aggressive strikes from fish. It helps to keep the S.S. Candlefish skating on the water surface but more importantly it cause the fly to gyrate/wiggle from side-to-side erratically.

    4. The S.S. Candlefish works very well for sea-run cutthoat trout(spring- fall), adult silvers(summer), and resident silvers(winter).

    5. It is a good searching pattern for sea-run cutthroat. If there are any fish present, they will generally hit it within a couple of casts. So move down current or to another location if there are no takers. Thus, you can cover a lot of water to find out where the sea-run cutthroat are hanging out that day.

    6. At some locations, the sea-runs will be tight to the shoreline so casting a floating pattern will not get you hung up on the bottom.

    7. You usually need to be quick on the trigger when hook setting or you will miss them particularly if you have quite a bit of line on the water.

    8. If the S.S. Candlefish is not skating or popping continually on the water surface, the tail material is probably wrapped around the end of the hook. The fish will not hit the fly when that happens. Stiffer tail material keeps that from happening as often while the silicone will eliminate that problem.

    9. A good retrieve is to cast the fly at a 45 degree angle down current and skate the fly with the current when the line bellies. However, the hook set can be a little tough. Try all kinds of retrieves: fast to moderate with some pauses thrown in. In particular, the adult and resident silvers seem to like a fast retrieve if they nose up behind the fly a 1-2 second pause will usually result in a good strike.
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  3. Roger Stephens Active Member

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    That is it.