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  1. Default Sand lance/candlefish pattern

    Had a few requests for this pattern. This is my first attempt at writing one of these. This is not my pattern, it was shown to me by Gary at the Gig Harbor Fly Shop.

    The supplies you'll need...
    Size 6 Dai-Riki 930, Mustad 34007 or similar
    White 6/0 thread
    30lb mono
    Silver tinsel
    White buck tail
    White and olive slinky fiber
    Olive crystal flash
    Hanked light bright, peacock
    4 peacock hearls
    A couple markers/sticky eyes
    Some kind of epoxy/UV glue

    First up I make a small mono loop with 30lb mono. This help keep the fly from fouling. I'll make a couple thread wraps behind the loop to keep it riding high.
    I then lay down a coat of Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails and wrap the tinsel over that. The glue keeps the tinsel from shredding up when you've had a few fish on it.

    Then a few strands of white bucktail. This stiffer fiber on the bottom also helps keep the fly from fouling.

    Then tie in some of the white, followed by olive slinky fiber.

    Some olive crystal flash.

    Some of the Hanked Peacock Lightbright. Remember to keep it sparse!

    Over that is the 4 strands of peacock.

    Now the fun part. Whip finish and cut your thread free. I use a few markers for making the head. Color some green, a black stripe along the top and a red gill. This is what makes the fly look good in my opinion, the fish could probably care less.

    Attach some eyes.

    Now for the epoxy. I use Loon UV Knot Sense because I like how it works. Use whatever method you prefer. I start by just coating the head and eyes. When thats dry I'll coat back about 2/3 of the shank and while holding it in place I'll hit it with the UV light. This Gives me the nice profile I want and also helps keep things from fouling up.

    Finished fly

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    Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
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    Default Re: Sand lance/candlefish pattern

    This looks good, we have Candlefish aka. Hooligan, that school up at the Inlets and run up our rivers by the millions each spring. The problem is that they lead the way; coming before the salmon and trout traveling with the salmon. If you can find the right place at the right time you find salmon in the salt water tearing these little Herrings up.

    Nice job on this tie,


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    Default Re: Sand lance/candlefish pattern

    Great job I am pretty sure that these flies would also work perfect for perch
    Best regards from Germany,


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    On a trout stream/Suburban Pittsburgh
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    Default Re: Sand lance/candlefish pattern

    Very nice job with the SBS. That fly looks like it could also work as an Emerald Shiner for Great Lakes Steelhead. I gave you some rep for this post. Thanks for sharing.
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    Pocono Lake , Pennsylvania

    Default Re: Sand lance/candlefish pattern

    Thank you. Great job this Sand Lance will work great on Stripers,Blues,Weaks and Fluke! Looks just like a sand eel! Great pattern!
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