The Blitz is On!

Capt. Gene Quigley's Fantastic 5

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Frequent FFSW contributor, Capt. Gene Quigley, gives us his 5 go-to flies for fishing the northeast blitz. All are best bets for stripers, blues, albies and bluefin tuna. As a professional skipper, Quigley depends on these flies when he really needs clients to connect. Find out more about fishing these flies in the September/October issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters.

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Bucktail Deceiver - Mullet

Bait Migration: Southern Rhode Island to Delaware. Early fall.
Best Bet: Island Beach State Park, NJ. September.

Hook:  #2/0 - #3/0 Mustad Signature Series or other 3X long-shank hook
Thread:  clear mono, fine
Body:  White Bucktail (tied 360 degrees around the hook shank in series)
Head/Collar:  Red Bucktail (tied 360 degrees around the hook shank in series)
Flash: Pearl Gold Angel Hair (tied sparsely in between Bucktail stages)
Eyes:  Size 3EY prismatic tab eye (Optional)

_For step by step tying instructions on the bucktail deceiver _click here.

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Sili Skin Fly - Bay Anchovy

Bait Migration: Watch Hill, RI to North Carolina. September thru November.
Best Bet: Montauk Point, NY. Late September.
Hook: Mustad C68S SS size 2 or 4
Thread: Danville's ultra fine mono
Flexi Cord Light 1/4 inch pearl Sili Skin - mother of pearl
Material: Brown unique hair blended with light brown angel hair over polar unique hair blended with polar ice angel hair
Eyes: Mylar stick on in size 2 Plasti-Dip or Softex

_For step by step tying instructions on the Sili Skin fly click here.
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Jiggy Fleye - Sand Eel

Bait Migration: Cape Cod, MA to North Carolina. November to February.
Best Bet: Rockaway Beach, NY. December.

Hook:  #1/0 - #3/0 Mustad Signature Series
Thread:  Clear mono, fine
Belly:  White bucktail or super hair
Collar:  Chartreuse bucktail or super hair
Stripe:  Three to five strands of silver Flashabou Mirage
Head: Medium silver Jiggy head or tungsten cone head
Eyes:  Size 2.5 orange prismatic, epoxied

_**For step by step tying instructions on the Jiggy Fly **click here.
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Mega Mushy - Sea Herring

Bait Migration: Montauk, NY to North Carolina. November to February.
Best Bet: Sandy Hook, NJ. Late November.

Hook:  6/0 Tiemco 600SP or other short-shank hook
Thread:  clear mono, fine
Tail:  White or polar bear Super Hair, tapered surrounded by metallic Flashabou or Flashabou Mirage, saturated w/ Softex or Soft Body (entire hook shank to past the bend)
Belly:  White or natural color blended Slinkyfibre / MEGA MUSHY material (tied reverse-style) - To learn Steve Farrar's flash blending technique go to the Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders' web site.
Back:  Blended Slinkyfibre / MEGA MUSHY material (tied reverse style) - thread wraps and back material should have liberal dose of Softex or Soft Body
Eyes:  Size 8MEY 3-D prismatic eye, epoxied on top and bottom.

_**For step by step tying instructions on the Mega Mushy **click here._

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Hollow Fleye - Adult Menhaden (Bunker)

Bait Migration: Cape Cod, MA to North Carolina. October thru March.
Best Bet: Outer Banks, NC. January

Hook:  #2/0 - #3/0 Mustad Signature Series or other 3X long-shank hook
Thread:  Clear mono, fine
Body:  White Bucktail (tied 360 degrees around the hook shank in a reverse tie series)
Head/Collar:  Yellow Bucktail (tied 360 degrees around the hook shank in a reverse tie series)
Flash: Pearl green Angel Hair (tied sparsely in between Bucktail stages)
Eyes:  Size 3EY prismatic tab eye (Optional)

_**For step by step tying instruction on the Hollow Fleye **click here.
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To read the complete article, please pick up the September/October issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters.