Nicholas’ Anchovy Gurggler
First, I know it is silly to claim this fly as “mine.” So many thousands of fly tyers have tied Gurglers before I even knew about the pattern that surely someone must have tied a fly pretty much like this, but wait! Maybe they did not have the advantage of the Mirage Lateral Scale and the EP Senyo’s Chromatic Brush and the EP Minnow Head Brush to tie their fly so maybe this is actually an original creation.
This fly rocks the Pacific black rockfish when they are on the prowl for big baitfish scattered among crab spawn. I thank John Garrett’s coaching via Facebook because when he was tying Gurglers I noticed the V shape he cut in the fly’s back (I had always just cut the foam straight across but this looks so very much nicer). This is glued to the back with brush on Zap-a-Gap, but sometimes I do not glue it down to create a little higher profile, not that It is noticeable to the fish, but I like both the glued and non glued versions for their different looks.
Hook Gamakatsu SP11-3LH Saltwater size 1 or 1/0
Tail: White bucktail under Fl. blue buck tail + Mirage Lateral Scale
Body: Senyo’s EP Chromatic Brush, Blueberry 1.5”
Gills: EP Minnow Head Brush bloody Red
Foam: Blue thin .002 foam from Hareline Dubbin
Thread: Danvillie’s 210 D white or fl blue
Are the bass super discriminating regarding the profile of a surface fly they will take? Probably not. Still, I love this fly and it catches fish. I hope beyond hope to catch a king salmon on one of these someday. Who knows. Maybe.
This here is an image of the Anchovy Gurgler shot with my new camera, whoo-hoo!
Hope you enjoy this post and tie up some gurglers for whatever fish you are chasing.