Any of you guys have the recipe for this fly…headed on a trevally trip in April and I REALLY don’t feel like paying 6 dollars per head of NYAP foam…for one to be shipped from the only place I can find them its like 45$ for a single piece of foam for a single fly.
Any other poppers you guys like for GT’s?
I know there is a better way, I just can’t seem to find anything online.
You should be able to make the NYAP heads by yourself for cheap – you just need a relatively thick chunk of foam. You could potentially glue two pieces of the 5mm foam from a craft store together. Alternatively, I’ve had good success with crease flies for GTs (a NYAP is very similar to a crease fly anyway). Tie on the strongest possible hook (e.g., Gama SL12s), and I suggest using bucktail (and flash) for the tail of the fly. I have used long synthetic tails but they tend to foul, even with mono loops tied in to mitigate the fouling. I’ve also found that you don’t need a very long fly, so bucktail is sufficiently long.
Here are some crease flies that have worked in the past for me. Both colors got eats. The tails occasionally fouled, so I have since started tying them with bucktail. Shorter, stiffer synthetics work well too.
Excuse the crappy cell phone picture:
Here is one of them moments before it was inhaled by a GT that we estimated at about 30 kgs:
I recommend tying a range of sizes too – I’ve heard quite a few reports where smaller crease flies would immediately get smashed, but the fish would spook off the bigger sizes.
Are you talking about those crease flies I posted a picture of above? I can try to put together a step-by-step and post it here. Pretty busy at the moment with a few other projects, but I’ll try to put it together soon.