Most hard-core albie fishermen prefer to use small flies. "I think the ideal size is a fly tied on a No. 2 hook, but sometimes, especially early in the season, I'll tie flies as small as No. 8s or even No. 10s," says Earnhardt. "Generally the flies are small, an inch to an inch and a half long, and tied very sparse." He recommends flies tied with tan or rust-colored materials with some flash, especially when the bay anchovies show up off North Carolina. If he were limited to three fly styles, Earnhardt would recommend Surf Candy, Clousers and Coneheads, but he is quick to add the Crease Fly, especially when fishing behind shrimpers. Both Earnhardt and Dixon suggest that the most important thing is to match the hatch in size and color. If fishing in a chum slick or behind a shrimp trawl, pattern and size don't matter as much. "It seems like they'll hit anything under those conditions," says Cardenas.