This fly was inspired by a local tyer name Joe Cordeiro who is credited with developing the flat wing tying technique. I have substituted arctic fox and dyed platinum fox for bucktail to get even more supple, lifelike motion. Unlike Joe, I tye on tubes and used his flatwing technique on 1/8" OD HMH
rigid tubing with a stub of HMH
junction tubing. The underlying tube is 18 mm long so the hook is tucked up pretty close to the head. So far, it does not seem to foul the tail very frequently. This might look like a heavy fly but in fact it weighs around 18 gr with the cone head. It is more sparse than it appears in the photo so it does not hold much water making it pretty easy to pick up and cast.
I haven't been up to Rockport to fish probably because we have the same types of boulder fields and offshore granite ledges closer to home along the South Shore. In June, the stripers congregate in the nearshore boulder fields to feast on moulting lobsters and crabs.
Pilgrim Plant is still putting out warm water and it is a magnet for early season stripers and bluefish all summer. They refueled it last year but it is scheduled for closure this year when the fuel is exhausted. This plant produces 20% of Massachusetts' electrical power and the plans to replace that power are currently in shambles.
I've been thinking about some trips down to RI. It is a little over an hour from home. It is hard to leave my home water since the fishing is so good here.
Here is a partial catch record
from last year. These are all fish from two places I was exploring in May and June. I was testing if adding a stinger hook made any difference in my catch. As you can see, I used the same fly for most of these fish (Lefty's Deceiver) and about 50% of my hookups where on the stinger. The problem is that even in a relatively short fly, the stinger tends to get wrapped up with the tail from time to time. If synthetic tying materials are used the problem is far worse than flies made of fur and feathers.