02-28-2009, 01:19 PM
Re: What flies to tie
Can’t go wrong with a few basics like Clousers (chartreuse over white plus a few other color combinations) and deceivers (all white, blue over white). You can tie deceivers conventionally with saddle feather tails, or just use bucktail. Some crab patterns like a Del Brown’s Permit Fly (aka Merkin) for drum, reds, and a few poppers (edgefoam slip on 2/0 long shanked hook and bucktail tail) or Crease flies would also be fun to toss if blues or specs are around. If you have access to a boat, something like a heavily weighted half and half (chartreuse, black, white) would be good for getting deep in channels. For the poopers or crease flies you'd want SW long shanked hooks, but you could tie everything else on a SW Mustad 34007 or 3407. Sharpen them up a bit with a Luhr Jensen Hook Hone- It's a file type deal with a yellow plastic handle about 6 bucks.
Brian Horsley and his wife Sarah Gardner are some of the top guides down there, and their site is a source of great info, and you may want to consider a trip with them, your chances will exponentially go way up with a boat, and their mad skillz. You might be able to arrange a split charter with another angler and/or do a ½ day if bucks are an issue:
Outer Banks Flyfishing Information Brian Horsley and Sarah Gardner Flat Out and Fly Girl Charters Oregon Inlet
Here’s a good article for you by Brian that covers DIY wading, flies and where to go as well as other opportunities (inshore and off with a boat).:
Fly Tyer Magazine, Fly Tying, Fly Recipes, Fly Patterns, Fly Fishing - Get In on the Outer Banks
I would also advise you to bring along a spool of knottable wire (like Tyger Wire) for bluefish, and a stripping basket for casting and managing fly line in the water. It’ll greatly improve your distance. You can make one out of a Rubber maid dishpan and some shock cord. Drill or burn a hole with a heated nail into the rim on each short side, and run the hooks of the shock cord through the holes. You can tie knots in the shock cord to get the right tension around you. Flip it up out of the way so you can see where you’re walking, and flip it down to cast, keeping the slack line in the basket. It’ll keep it out of weeds, and current and there will be less water resistance than casting with line on the water with a floater--- and if you’re using a sinking or intermediate line it would be crucial, since you’d have to rip line up out of the water to cast if you didn’t have the basket.
Hope this helps.