Big Bunker pattern for Jacks and Tarpon
I have never shared a photo of this fly before.
It is a Puglisi style baitfish pattern tied on a 3/0 Owner hook to imitate Menhadden or as they are called locally, Pogies.
Our Pogies are large late in the summer. I developed this fly to imitate them. It is almost 6 inches long and is tied with Farrar's Flash blend.
I start with a strand of red Puglisi color at the hook bend. Directly below the red, on the bottom of the hook shank, I start the belly area with white flash blend, I make several attachments of white on the bottom and top of the hook. When I am about 1/4" from the tie off point, I transition to chartreuse flash blend on the top of the hook, then transition to blue flash blend, all the while using white on the bottom of the hook. I tie off the fly and super glue eyes on either side of the fly, squeezing them together to give height to the fly.
Make sure you do not glue the eyes below the hook shank. If you do, you will make the hook gap smaller, and you need all the hook gap you can get.
Throw this fly on an intermediate tip fly line, which takes the fly just below the surface of the water, in front of a school of Jacks, strip fast, and hang on. You will have those fish fighting over it.
Since it is all synthetic, it does not absorb water and throws easily.
Enjoy the tie and enjoy the tug.
Capt. Dave Edens