Fishing Flies That Imitate Sand Eels
Fly fishermen are passionate about their sport. Many have work benches and wellstocked hobby rooms where they toil for hours making flies of every sort. Sand eel flies imitate the movement of the lances and are used along saltwater coastal areas to bring in striped bass and other saltwater sport species. While lances are not eels, they move in similar fashion and are a food choice for coastal inshore fish. Many styles and types of sand eel flies are available, either for purchase or with patterns to make your own.
Cowen’s Silverside are designed for East Coast fishing. The fly is made to imitate lake anchovy runs, found throughout the eastern coast from North Carolina to Maine, as reported by Fly Fishermen magazine’s website. The fly is made using a 1/01 Tiemco 811S hook, Danville monofilament, silver with black pupil prismatic stickon eyes, olive polar fiber over shrimp polar fiber for the wings and, for the fly’s body, a medium natural EZ body coated with Devcon fiveminute epoxy. Use this fly on inshore waters for stripers.
Cowen’s Sand Eel is designed for use along the eastern inshore coast, particularly in the north coast areas. The fly imitates the movement of lances and attracts striped bass. Use Silver Flash GlissNGlow on the lateral line, 1/01 Tiemco 811S wrapped in fine Danville monofilament line for the hook, silver with black pupil prismatic stickon eyes, white polar fiber for the underbelly and, for the main portion of the fly, a small natural EZ body.