Flatwing Sand eel

Spring is coming, in Denmark we have been waiting for below zero temperatures to go away, and now it looks like this is just about to happen, along with this,  the sand eels will travel from deep water, to more shallow parts, they like to be in big sand areas, where they can dig themselves in the sand, often you will find them in places with a good current and medium size sand grains,  length of a sand eel can vary from a couple of centimeters up to around 25 centimeters for the largest ones, even the mighty king sandeel can reach up to amazing 40 centimeters, but these are rare along the Danish coast. The sandeel has quite a few colors when you look at it, starting from underneath a creme white underside, to a silvery middleside and a top with colors Green, brown and black. Sea trouts LOVE Sand eels, especially big trouts. So naturally we tend to imitate the sandeel wich not always is an easy part.There is quite som considerations behind a good sand eel pattern. In 1999 a guy named Ken Abrames made a fly to be used along New England shores, the fly was made with thin feathers tied in flat on the hook, he called it the RLS Supervisor. you can check it out here if you want. At some point after a dane, Claus Eriksen adapted this pattern to danish conditions, Claus is absolutely great at finding new flies, alter them and introduce them to scandinavian flyfishers, he did the same with the very popular fly called Pattegrisen or The pink pig. but thats another story. along with Flatwing sand eels populariy went up, the fashion industry around the world laid their eyes on these magnificent feathers, so prizes went up, and for some years they were very hard to come by, prizes are still up there and 500 Dkr or 100$ for an ok quality saddle seems to be the prize these days.  Hereby a Step by Step instruction in tying the Flatwing sand eel.


 Put a hook in the vise and make a good foundation with the tying thread.


 Tie in a piece of monofilament 0,35mm and secure it by wind towards the hookeye, bending the mono down towards the bend and wind the thread back, secure it with a drop of superglue, and spread it before it hardens, put a trailing hook in the mono loop.


 Tie in a clump of bucktail, spread it out so the flatwing feathers will be supported by the bucktail when fishing.


 Now tie in the first flatwing feather, at this point it is important that the feather is lying flat on the hook, if you have trouble with this part, wind a tiny part of dubbing, in order to make a cushion, where the feather can rest. On the picture i have turned the hook so you can se how the feather should be tied in.


 Tie in feathers of your desire in color like the same way as mentioned above, put a little flash between each feather and make every new feather a little longer aft than its predecessor.

f7Dub the rest of the hook with pearl dubbing slightly tapered towards the hook eye leaving 2 mm free. brush it out so it gives some transparency and volume.


Tie in a clump of White Bucktail underneath the hook extending behind the hook, do same on top of the hook with green bucktail, and tie in two green flatwings on top of the green bucktail, on the picture you can see it is tied down flat (Important)


 Put on some stick on eyes and secure them with minimum uv glue.


 Form the head in a torpedo shape with uv glue, and the flatwing is finished.


 Your final result could look something like this. The one pictured above is 17cm. long making it ideal for fishing seatrouts.



Here is a couple varying in size and volume. Fish the fly quickly with double retrieve using both hands and be ready because trouts tend to hit it hard. This beeing a fly with a very long tail, WILL 100% foul up from time to time, this is a part of the game, but the benefits of catching on it, equalizes the fouling part. Try to keep your casting lops a bit more open than normal and a nice steady rhythm, that will prevent fouling a bit.

Hooks: Gamakatsu f314 size 4 and Owner Chinu size 1

Tail: Bucktail white

Body: Flatwing and flash Use numbers of feathers at own discretion

Body: Pearl dubbing

Head: Bucktail white and green on top and bottom of hookshank

Head: two green flatwing, stickon eyes and UV Glue.

Thread: Veevus White 8/0

Tight lines and happy easter.




2 svar til Flatwing Sand eel

  1. mik says:

    fantastic fly for spring and summer… so now we just need spring and summer :-)

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