This is NOT a high quality video, but I think most tyers will be able to get the gist of how to tie this fly. I shot this on a Go Pro camera that insisted on focusing on my shirt instead of on the fly.
The point of this pattern is to imitate the ballyhoo fish shown below in an image I downloaded from the internet at imagearcade. My thanks for this image.
As you can see, these are large baitfish and may easily be 5 – 6″ long, so your flies should be similarly proportioned.
Hook – Gamakatsu 811-s size 2/0 or 3/0
Thread – clear mono or white
Belly – white material such as SF blend, Yak hair, varieties of sea hair
Lateral line – Hint of grey
Back – light olive, mackerel, or tan
Top of back – (optional) a few strands (perhaps 6?) in black or peacock
I fished flies like this in Baja out of Gary Bulla’s in La Ventana last week and had a great time under difficult fishing conditions of wind and short supply of baitfish. Several people in our party caught nice roosters but I did not. I did however catch dorado, skipjack and small jacks.
My week was most enjoyable owing to a combination of very nice fishing companions, experienced panga captains, comfortable accommodations, wholesome meals, and Gary Bulla himself, a gentleman/host who is enthusiastic, experienced, and held in the highest regard by his guests, staff, and panga captains.
I will follow with posts on the adventure and gear as time permits.
My best to you and thanks for all of your good wishes.
Jay Nicholas May 24 2017