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Ray's Fly is another saltwater streamer pattern that can be used in a variety of angling scenarios. A perfect imitation of smaller baitfish, this pattern is deadly on a host of saltwater species. Again, this pattern can be tweaked and tied with different colors depending on what species of baitfish you're trying to imitate. Watch Jared deliver step-by-step instructions to tie the Ray's Fly.
Start your Mono Thread to create a small thread base then select several strands of Flashabou, tie them in, and wrap them forward to create the body of the fly. Tie them off just behind the hook eye and trim excess fibers. You can wrap your thread over the body once for extra durability.
Tie in the White Bucktail just in front of the Flashabou. Choose a sparse clump of Bucktail, stack the tips, and take a measurement so the fibers extend 1.5x the hook shank. Tie in the Bucktail just behind the eye of the hook right on top of the hook shank.
Add 1-2 pieces of Flashabou in the wing of the fly for extra dimension in the water. Choose a few pieces, double them over, and tie them in just behind the eye of the hook right on top of the hook shank.
Tie in the Yellow Bucktail next. Again, choose a sparse clump and tie it in right on top of the hook shank. The Yellow Bucktail should be slightly shorter than the White Bucktail.
Next, tie in the Olive Bucktail. These fibers should be roughly the same size as the other fibers in the wing. Create a nice little head to sinch everything down and secure it in place.
Finally, tie in 5-6 Peacock Herls on top of the wing. These Herls should be the longest part of the wing. Again, tie them in right on top of the hook shank with nice, tight turns. Pluck the excess Herls and whip finish. Add some superglue to the head of the fly for increased durability and performance.
And that's the Ray's Fly. This is a really simple pattern to tie and can be crafted in a variety of colors to imitate prevalent baitfish. Try this pattern for Stripers, Redfish, Albies, and much more. This is a great baitfish fly pattern.
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