2014/2/12 Mikura Candy – Imitation
Bob Popovics invented his “candy” fly patterns while ago, and I think he named it that way for 2 reasons. Epoxy is like candy which you can play with as molten and finishes as solid object. And the pattern works like candy to fish chasing after it.
Based on that, I was developing my own fly pattern that can be tied without complexity, so that I can produce more as I travel. Also, Popovics original pattern didn’t have attracting power when the movement comes to complete stop. In many cases, I saw fish hesitate in last minutes and fly didn’t have any motion left to bring that fish into a bite. So, my pattern ought to have extra motion even at full stop.
After few prototypes, I came up with few ideas. Firstly, body should be created by mylar tube (or something else that has metallic look) with coating on top to make durabale, metallic, and thin shape of that of micro bait fish. Secondly, tail needed to make slinky silhouette when in fast speed, but produce more action when in slow or at stop.
Altogether, my idea resulted in this pattern after one summer learning how small predators chase fly in various retrieval speed. You can strip it fast for darting action then marabou’s soft feather action attract fish when it’s let loose drifting in current.
I took this pattern to my trip to Mikura Island in 2010 and the results was…. trevallies loved it like a candy! Therefore it was named “Mikura Candy”, as simple as that. Later on in the following years up to this point, it has caught bass, carp, sea perches, snappers, and etc. I have caught more fish on this pattern in coastal saltwater than any other in my fly box.
– Hook: #4-6 Gamakatsu Bonefish or B10-S
– Thread: Monofilament
– Tail: White marabou and strand of crystal flash
– Wing: Angel Hair holographic silver
– Body: Mylar tube (any colour): you can substitute that with tinsel wrapped around or tin foil
– Coating: Epoxy glue or UV resins (Clear Cure Goo or similar sort)