Founded 1994 by Armand Courchaine – Celebrating its 10th year
Dick Empie's Mongoose
Sand Eel Imitation
EYES: #3 or #4 Stu Dickens Krystal Eyes (Pearl) or Real Eyes 5132 with silver prism eye inserts
HOOK: #34007 Mustard or # 254 Eagle Claw Size #1 - 1/0
THREAD: Danville "A" White (Body) and Danville "A" Chartreuse (Head)
TAIL/BODY: Nylon Synthetic Material (Supreme Hair, Ultra Hair, or Super Hair) Colors: White, Polar Bear, Pink, Lt. Blue, and Olive
Tail/Wing tying sequence from the bottom up (using white thread). Start trimming ends of nylon in front of Krystal Eyes. 2-3 turns of thread, run over top of the eyes, sparsely wrap body to bend of hook 4-5 wraps. Then wrap forward to and under eyes 5-6 wraps ending between Krystal Eyes and hook eye. Repeat for each layer of the wing/tail. Stacking them neatly one on top of the other. Applying slight up pressure when holding wing material, followed by sparse wraps of thread, keeps all layers neatly on top of each other in layers. Tied from the bottom up, in sparse amounts, 6"- 10" long.
Whip finish head and coat body with a thin coat of 5 mm. epoxy. Allow 10 - 15 minutes to set. I do 4 - 5 flies at a time to save epoxy and time.
Throat: Invert hook in vise. Start chartreuse thread, 4-5 wraps. Tie in sparse amounts of chartreuse calf tail with butt ends trimmed, tips should extend 1/4" - 3/8" past the bend of the hook.
Head: Build head, whip finish, and coat top of eyes from body forward and head with epoxy.
* Durable—will last 100-150 fish per fly, unless lost.
* An excellent fly all year for striped bass, blue fish, false albacore, and bonito!
Fish it high, fish it low, fish it everywhere you go. It takes fish! They don't just nip this fly, they eat it! 95% of the takes are swallowed!!!