I’m a big fan of toad flies and I’ve caught just about everything that swims on them, but this creation by Zino Nakasuji was outstanding. The head was made out of strips of foam, and the tail was simply a cluster of orange and pink feathers. It was a tube fly, of course, and it floated nicely on the surface when at rest. I have no idea what it looked like in the water, but the makos loved it. They would follow it back and forth just like a strip of tuna belly, snapping at it repeatedly. It was hysterical to watch. One mako caught it while we were teasing it, got hooked, ran off 50 yards of line, spit the hook and then followed the fly all the way back to the boat and ate it again. Conway says it took Zino a number of tries to get the pattern, size and balance just right, but the end result is perfect. Another of Lou’s tricks was his teaser plug. He took a clear 228 Sebile Magic Swimmer, removed the hooks and hand-painted it orange. On the few occasions that a mako lost interest before getting hooked, Lou would tease it back to the boat with the plug. These guys have their mako fly-fishing program fine-tuned, and it’s extremely effective. To my knowledge, San Diego is literally the only place in the world that supports this unique fishery.