EP streamer, seabass and tarpon varietyPosted on 6 September 2012 by Vincent
Fishing EP flies need no introduction, it’s lifelike appearance in the water, it’s water shedding ability and near weightlessness in the water makes it an irresistible fly for predators all of sorts. It’s great on exotic predators like tarpon, jacks and cuda’s but here in the Lowlands they are superb on our beloved pike, seabass, asp and many others. The tying however seems to be more of a problem for many anglers and thus it’s value is underestimated by many.
By: Brian Elward
It’s the tying and mainly cutting that is so important and what makes it so effective. Keep the fibres light and short, always leave the hairs around the shank shorter than the hook point in order not to foul up during casting.
Few important tips: never overuse the flash, EP fibers are very translucent in the water and to much flash will light up your streamer like a Christmas tree. The use of EP eyes, over 3d or flat eyes, has the extra bonus a little bit more weight. So it makes a slight jigging motion whilst retrieving and it helps breaks the waterfilm easier.
Practice makes perfect and the use of a long sharp scissor and a short sharp pointy one is a must.
- Thread: Uni mono
- Hook: Gamakatsu F314 or SC15 3/0 (for seabass F314 used here)
- Gills: Red EP Silky fiber
- Flash: EP Sparkle or 3 strands of DNA Holofusion Pearl
- Upper body: Grey EP fiber
- Under body: Polar Bear EP fiber
- Eyes: EP eyes
- 1 minute epoxy, Cautery