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A versatile Saltwater Fly

Check out this video for a versatile saltwater fly by Capt. Craig Cantelmo












hey guys craig cantelmo they install fishing products fanatic fishing today i'm at the saltwater edge great group of guys up in rhode island fishy dudes and i wanted to share the conefly that i've been using for the last 30 years one of the most effective flies i've found it covers all the bases going to cover all the bait fish especially in this area when you have sand deals bay anchovies spearing peanut bunker great imitation easy to fish because it's light and i'll show you as we go through this it's a hollow fly so when you pick it up it's very easy to cast takes five minutes to tie and it's a great imitation for all the baits but i've used it in sight fishing situations blind casting it's my favorite to catch an albee off the beach and it's been the most deadly for that application because you're casting it farther but you're going to find that this will become one of the most popular flies in your box

all right guys today to tie the fly what we used are the c68 mustad number 1o for the bass size and the alby fly we tied we used a number two c68 must add all right those have been proven to be the strongest hooks and the most reproducible then we use the extra select craft fur which is really important spend the extra money for the extra select it moves better in the water and it's longer and just makes the flies easier to tie and we use crystal flash and then the easy body and you want to make sure you get the easy body medium and large size okay that's the important one if you get the small one it's harder to put on a number two hook but experiment with your sizes that's what i use and then i always like the 210 nylon line you could pull on it doesn't break when you're tying flies nice and tight and some solar res where when you're done uh with the fly you could put a touch of that right at the bend of the hook around the craft fur so it keeps that fly from fouling all right guys what we're going to do is take this is a number two c68 mustads one of my favorite hooks that over the years has worked really well you can use an sc15 as well from gamakatsu um we're going to tie one of the cone flies right now and all you're going to do is go from the eye and the bend of the hook with your thread

and the nice thing about this fly all this is covered up by your easy body you'll see in a moment now what we're going to use is the white extra select craft fur and on the extra select craft fur on the white color you want to use a little larger bunch and as you know or if you've never used craft fur to tie flies once it gets wet it really reduces down but what i do is take all the fluff out of the end

and we're going to lay that just up from the bend of the hook it's good to go around twice and then pull it tight

cut off the excess and again what makes this fly really nice is that all of this is covered and it takes you five minutes to tie this fly so you can tie ten of them before an outing and very versatile you'll see that this fly will become one of your most versatile flies in your box that covers every bait fish pattern and with crystal flash i always say less is more i only put two or three strands in especially for albies

because you already have a lot of flash from the easy body we're going to use for the head of this fly lay that on top now we're going to go to the extra select tan and i find that the tan extra select is by far the most effective i've used green i've used a lot and i welcome you to um experiment with the different colors but this tan and white if there was just one color combination to use tan and white does it for the northeast fishery

lay that on top and again two wraps and then pull it tight and then we'll walk that down a little

but it doesn't have to be real clean again

and you're just going to walk this halfway down to the eye of the hook then what we're going to do we're going to use the medium

easy body and we're gonna go from the middle of the hook to about twice the length of the hook

in length we're going to push that tube past the eye of the hook and attach it halfway between the bend and the eye

and you want to make sure that that's nice and tight and wrap it down the hook and then we're going to whip finish it over the easy body

then what i like to do is just put a touch of

head cement uv cure

whatever you have there just to secure that and remember none of that is seen now what we're going to do is take this tubing what makes this fly so durable is we're going to take this tubing and just push it back on itself okay and that forms the body and you want that to go to the eye of the hook here it's you want to go right past the eye and i'm just going to trim that just a tad

it's easier to trim now obviously than when you finish the head

and i have to say this will catch the pickiest albies and off the beach

all the tough applications where your normal epoxy fly doesn't work this is a much lighter fly

it casts like a champ and more importantly super easy to tie

whip finish it

little head cement

and you're ready to go for the perfect little alby fly it's going to become one of your favorites so let us know if you've ever used easy body to tie flies or craft fur and what you think about it

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