Beginner ties for SRC in the salt

Hi guys,

Anyone willing to share some productive patterns for salty sea runs that a novice tier can manage?

Larry gave me a recipe of the popsicles stick that I will work on this week. Any others? Going to the fly shop for supplies tonight.

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Clousers are super easy to tie. Try Chartreuse/white, olive/white, blue/white--just about anything. Only four materials necessary.

Chum babies are even simpler, though they might not do you any good until the spring.

In any case, those are a couple of simple but effective patterns that I have found are easy to tie.



Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
Dark olive or brown clousers with white or yellow bellies make a pretty simple sculpin imitation. Throw in a red thread gill behind the eyes and you're good to go.

Jeremy Floyd

fly fishing my way through life
To marginally add to Stonefishes wisdom.. white with a black beadhead, and one wrap of short (3/8") red soft hackle behind the beadhead.
I thought I'd throw the cutthroat squimp in....just cause it's so simple..... and it still works!
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Hook: Any short shank saltwater, size 6 or 8
thread: Pink 6/0 uni thread.
tail: Salmon pink marabou with sparse pink lite brite ( little longer then a bugger tail)
eye's: GP tippets on pink, lady amherst on flesh pink.
body: New Age chenille "shell shock pink" or similar or light pink or white.
collar: Shrimp pink saddle hackle (use the softer base feathers) or schlappen tips.

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
The Cone Head Squid and the JIm Dandy (aka "Snot Dart") are pretty easy. I would also try a conehead wooly bugger in sculpin colors. All of these are coneheads, so you should tie them up in mass quantitities.;)
The Chum Baby, Thorne River Emerger, and Keta Rose (all are Chum fry patterns) will come to the fore soon enuff in April and May.
I often use white Knudsen Spiders with a twist of red saddle under the natural Mallard flank hackle, and a bit of red in the tail, too.
I was recently out casting for SRC with no hits...nothing and a chap came along and immediately started connecting in the same water...I had to know his secret and it was a simple but ingenious fly...the reverse spider. I love the action.
A simple tie with Lady Amherst for the tail and reverse hackle and some chenille for the body. Wrap the Chenille up to an slightly over the hackles to get it forward. I tied a bunch with orange, some with eyes, some with rubber hackles. Play around!

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great and good ideas for me as well.
any of you guys know of the Opossum shrimp ?
just wonder if it would work in the smaller sizes ? and other colors ?
Well I whipped up a couple of black/mallard flank and yellow/mallard flank reversed spiders last night as well as attempted Larry's popsicle stick. The first one turned out ok, but I wasn't entirely happy with it. I'll fish it and I think it will do just fine, but I can do better. That said, I woke up early this morning to tie a couple before leaving the house, including this beadchain eye version that I'm pretty happy with. These are the first hair-wing streamers I've attempted and I definitely need some practice.

I also found a couple clousers, a Miyawaki Popper, and some of Kelvin's double reverse spiders hidden away in a drawer thet were given to me 2 years ago. Looks like I'm going to have a pretty good arsenal!
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