Steve Burke's Salmon and Steelhead Fly-Tying Guide
Sea Arrow Squid (Blanton & Edgley)

Sea Arrow Squid (Blanton & Edgley)
Name Sea Arrow Squid (Blanton & Edgley)
Category Pacific Salmon
Hook 3/0 Ring Eye
Thread White
Tail Ten White Hackles, 2 1/2 Inches, Flared Out; 2 White Hackles 4 1/2 Inches, Tied One on Each Side as Tentacles; Sparse Purple Bucktail Tied Over as Blood Veins
Cheeks White Marabou
Eyes Glass Eyes, Flat Amber or Black (I Used Barbell Eyes, White with Black Pupils
Body Large White Chenille
Fin Four, 1 Inch Strands of Acrylic Yarn, Tied in Over Hook Eye Pointing Backward, Bring Forward Over Hook Eye, Comb Out and Spread the Strands So They Radiate Around the hook Eye; Soak With Lacquer and trim to an Arrowhead Shape. See Fin Detail (I Used the Acrylic Pearl Core material From Pearl Mylar Tubing).

This pattern was developed by Dan Blanton and Bob Edgley to imitate the squid commonly found in the warmer currents of off the coast of Southern California. All species of the Pacific Salmon include squid in their diet, so they are of importance to the fly fisherman for fishing offshore in the salt. The long hackles of this fly imitate the undulating motion of the tentacles. Next week, we'll display a pattern that imitates a species more common the the Puget Sound area.