The Everglades Special is an EP style saltwater streamer fly that is a specific coloration. This is a popular color pattern for, you guessed it, the everglades. Well, anywhere that fish eat mullet as its an imitation of mullet. Its a great fly for fishing Redfish, tarpon, sea trout, snook, and other saltwater predator fish. However this can be tied in other color variations to make a pattern that could work for other species of fish as well. It would be a great fly to fish for bass, pike and other large predatory freshwater fish. So I guess you could say its not just a saltwater streamer fly, but also could work as a freshwater streamer as well. As for the materials I used, traditionally they are tied with EP fiber, hence an EP style streamer fly. However I used something called Congo hair which is an inexpensive version. It works as well in my opinion, and fishes just the same. Most people will not know the difference between the two, because they are so similar.
This fly works best stripped and paused where it will get a slight side to side action. But constant stripping of the fly works well, and the slow sink makes any pause seem to entice fish. The profile, coloration and action of this fly seem to entice even the most stubborn redfish. Once you get the hang of tying these also, it is quite quick to tie. You should not have much trouble at all filling a streamer box in an afternoon. Trimming these is probably the most difficult part of the entire operation, but once you get the hang of trimming a couple, you will start to speed up and get more consistent. I like to tie up multiple, then trim all of them at once. This helps with consistencies with trimming and tying as you get the hang of just doing the same thing over and over.
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As always here is the list of materials used on this fly.
Hooks: Risen short shank stainless – www.risenfly.com/collections/hooks/products/short-shank-hooks-stainless
Thread: Veevus 140 Power Thread in Brown – amzn.to/2vUzhyp
Gill/flash: Hedron’s flashabou red – amzn.to/2SbKgfP
Fiber: FTD Congo Hair – www.flytyersdungeon.com/Materials/Chart_Congo_Hair.htm
Eyes: Risen 3D eyes (8mm) – www.risenfly.com/collections/feathers/products/3d-eyes
UV Resin: Solarez Ultra thin – amzn.to/2tCTDeP
Eye Glue: Gell Super Glue – amzn.to/2S6YNco
Marker: Brown Sharpie – amzn.to/31AuWw8
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