Sexy Silverside – Thomas Harvey


Back in 2011, one year before FrankenFly came to life, Thomas Harvey tied up this little gem for Southern Culture on the Fly magazine. This is a simple, but very fishy pattern. In the article Thomas says to use your own materials and come up with your own fly. I think that is great advice! You can read the full step-by-step in the Fall 2011 edition of Southern Culture on the Fly. Before that, see what’s said below about how Thomas came up with this neat little fly.

Materials list:

Hook: Gamakatsu SL11-3H (sizes 2-6)
Thread: Fine Monofilament
Tail: SF Blend – Off White
Body: E-Z Body covered in Clear Cure Goo
Flash: Ice Wing Fiber – Silver
Eyes: 3D Stick On

Filling the box for this year’s migration to the North Carolina coast started where most fly tying starts… at the computer reading, researching and reviewing popular salt-water patterns. Being relatively new to the salt, I was struck by a single thread that seemed to run through most of the patterns: simplicity. From Bob Popovic’s “Surf Candy” to Bob Clouser’s “Clouser Minnow”, most patterns used a few staple materials, utilized elementary tying techniques and took little to no time to tye. This pattern, a close relative to Henry Cowen’s “Albie Anchovie”, follows these basic pillars of saltwater fly tying and will prove an effective fly for your box.

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