Silver Label Herring

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  1. Jack Devlin

    Jack Devlin Active Member

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    I have been seeing lots of small herring while fishing for Sea-run Cutthroats so I downsized one of my flatwing herring patterns and called it the "Silver Label". It is a Three-Feather Flatwing.


    There is a bait industry size-grading system used for herring. Many of you may be familiar with this labeling system (through hearsay, of course). "Blue Label" is 7-8 inches, "Green" is 6-7 inches, and "Red" is 5-6 inches. I think there is even a "Purple" for the largest and a "Yellow" or "Orange" for the smallest say 4-5 inches.
    This pattern is just about 3 inches long so I picked a color and called it "Silver Label". I tie it in a few different color combinations.
    Jack

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    Tasty!
     
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    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    That would catch fish down here in So-Cal.

    Tie it in a green instead of blue and you've got a sexy smelt pattern
     
  4. Jack Devlin

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    What about anchovies in your area?
    Joe Cordeiro sent me this pattern some time ago and said he was tying it up for some guys in California.
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    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    That'll work- although I really prefer to have eyes on my flies. These predatory fish in the surf here key in on the head - and I feel like a big eye helps them choose the right end to attack
     
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    Would love to see a step by step on the construction of the on.
    I think it would look outstanding in the water
     
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    There is a baitfish on the East Coast that is commonly known as SPEARING. I'm pretty sure they are smelt.
    Anyway, I used this pattern as my "Spearing" fly for Striped Bass and even Fluke. I think it would serve as a good smelt imitation anywhere.
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    There are fifteen steps in constructing that SILVER LABEL pattern. One of these (rainy) days I will try and do the photography. First, I need to get some good lighting arranged.
    Jack
     
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    Sweet !!!! Great tie Jack !!!
     

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