This is the first video in Jay Nicholas’s series on Saltwater Fly Tying.
The Cutthroat Shimmer Fringe Surf Candy is inspired by the Bob Popovics’ Surf Candy fly style. Whereas Bob created his original Surf Candy to enhance the durability factor of flies he was fishing in the salt, my use of the fly style is principally intended to offer a very slim, transparent baitfish profile to West Coast species including Sea Run Cutthroat, Black Rockfish, and Coho salmon.
The Use of Ice Dub Shimmer Fringe makes it relatively simple to create a slim, shimmery baitfish profile with this fly. I tend to prefer Tack Free Cure Goo over the Thick Goo, only because I like a very slim profile fly. If you want a thick body, I definitely suggest using Thick or Thick Fleck Goo.
Pink Shimmer Surf Candy
Overall Length = 2”
Thread: Fine mono
Hook: #4 Mustad 3407
Upper Body: Hot Pink/Shell Pink Shimmer Fringe Minnow Back
Belly: Chartreuse Ice Dub Shimmer Fringe
Eyes: 5/32” Adhesive Holographic Super Pearl
Cure Goo: Hydro and Tack Free