|-- 3rd Annual FFNE Fly Swap --|
The highlight of the swap this year came from our host, Matt, who recently has ventured in to the world of tying classic salmon flies. Matt consistently produces killer, big meaty, pike and bass flies, but wanted to explore the deep and beautiful realm of the salmon fly. As one of the most creative tiers I know, Matt knocked out 11 unique patterns for each swap participant and himself based on stories shared on the FlyFishingNewEngland.net board.
In addition to Matt's incredible flies, each swap participant delivered some excellent ties again this year. We had a record turnout this year despite the deep snow.
|Deep Snow and 20 MPH Winds kept us from casting practice this year|
Below are the swap flies from each participant along with Matt's personalized fly and the story for each. First up is Matt's (Matt B) fly tied for himself.
|Matt B's 11th Fly to Complete the Swap Set|
|Shakeyfly's "Tiny Miracle" by Matt B|
|Nutcracker by Shakeyfly|
|Chris M's "Fat Albert" by Matt B|
|Olive Rubber Legged Clouser by Chris M|
|Ginclear's "Twins" by Matt B|
|Pink Betsy by Ginclear|
|Yellow Betsy by Ginclear|
|Klinkhammer by Ginclear|
|JeffSkilz's "Flats Ghost" by Matt B|
|SF Blend Crab/Founder Fly by JeffSkilz|
Last year I contributed a crab/flounder. It was similar in profile but tied with natural materials... Rabbit and fox tail. I used to fish them almost exclusively on the flats.
So, this past spring I wake up on the cape find myself basically with no flies. So I sit down to whip out a couple real quick and I don't have the right materials. I peer in my bag and do my best to replicate it with what I had with me... Synthetics. I used SF Blend in alternating colors... V tying it on the top of the shank. I tied exactly 3 and went out with two other guys.
I started with sandeel clousers and other go to favorites for flats before trying one of these. Success came almost instantly and before I knew it I had give the other two, one each to my fishing companions. We had a stellar day in a crowd of boats and no one else was really doing much.
It does fish a little different drifting between pure crab vs baitfish imitation. You can crawl it... Strip it fast etc. the key is simple... Get it on the bottom and keep it there... I fish it on fast sink line and drag it through the sand... Attempting to kick a little up with each strip.
Hook: Use whatever you like. I tie them on TMC 800S size 4. I love these hooks.
Thread: I use 210 to tie down the lead eyes and mono for everything else.
Wing: It's all SF Blend alternating colors. I like light olive, mackerel, tan, etc...
Tyler (Trico22) – “Roccus Saxatilis”, this was a tribute to all the great striper reports Tyler posts up. Matt tried to get it nearly monochrome, but made sure it had a couple green iridescent elements that a striper has when you look at it up close.
|Trico22's "Roccus Saxatilis" by Matt B|
|CCG Shrimp by Trico22|
|Robwillfish's "Sunshine State" by Matt B|
|Flats Shrimp by Robwillfish|
|Fishtaco's "Quick Trip" by Matt B|
|Purple Backed Surf Candy by Fishtaco|
|Chadroc's "The Local" by Matt B|
|Olive Bunny Gold Headed EP Zuddler by Chradroc|
|Alcorb's "King of the Jungle" by Matt B|
|Cricket by Alcorb|
|Belly Scratcher Baitfish with a 3 Bead and Estaz Body, Bared Zonker Tail, Artic Fox and Ice Dub Head by Alcorb|
|Jeffsod's "Old School" by Matt B|
|Saltwater Flashdancer from Jeffsod|
|Updated Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Recipe|
|Cut the Jalapenos in half, scrape out the pith and seeds and fill with stuffing.|
|Cut the bacon strips into thirds, wrap the stuffed jalapenos, and place on baking rack on cookie sheet.|
|Fill up racks/cookies sheets and bake at 425 for about 30-40 minutes.|
|Remove from oven when bacon is done.|
|Shakeyfly divvys up the goods|
|Admiring one of Matt B's beautiful ties|
|Piles of goodness sorted|
|Matt B, Trico22 and Jeffsod|
|Chris M, Fishtaco and Trico22|
|Couple of Matt B's meatly pike flies need a bib to eat|