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EZPolafibre Sand Eel
by Don Avondolio

A sand eel simulator is an essential pattern for Nor'east Saltwater gamefish. You should carry several variations. This pattern -- a realistic sand eel clone -- combines the dominant olive and white sand eel colors with an iridescent flash from pearl Mylar tubing.

Polafibre -- a new material this year from Success Flies -- is a longer version of the synthetic craft fur materials that have become popular with Nor'east Saltwater fly rodders to duplicate small baitfish. Polafibre's additional length lends more of a an enticing swimming action to the pattern, and the addition of the trailing Mylar tubing prevents the long, topwing material from fouling the hook on a cast.

The tapered head, small, silver eyes, and overall silhouette also add to the pattern's fish-attracting powers.

  • Hook: #2 Standard Shank
  • Thread: Size "A" -- White
  • Body: Braided Mylar Pearl Tubing -- Small (Opalife preferred)
  • Top Wings: Olive Polafibre over White Polafibre
  • Eyes: Silver Prism Stick-On
  • Epoxy


1: Cut a length of the Mylar tubing that is approximately twice the length of the hook shank. Thread the tubing onto the hook, and tie it in approximately one-quarter of an inch behind the hook eye. Add a drop of head cement to secure the wrap.

2: Tie in a clump of the white Polafibre at the head and over the body tubing. Make the length slightly longer than double the hook shank.

3: Tie in a slightly smaller clump of the olive Polafibre topwing at the head, the same length as the white underwing. Finish the head wrap.

4: Add the stick-on eyes and coat the head with epoxy, extending the epoxy down the hook shank for approximately three-quarters of the length.

5: When the epoxy has cured, use a bodkin or needle to unfurl the trailing Mylar tube fibers at the hook bend. For a neat, tapered appearance, cut the braid strands at an angle toward the rear of the pattern.

Don Avondolio is now spreading the word of saltwater fly fishing in his new Delaware stomping grounds. He can be contacted via e-mail to:









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