Bench Press: SEXY SILVERSIDE

Another bit of SCOF history . BENCH PRESS #1 from SCOF issue.no.1, Thomas Harvey before he was the SCOF Fly Editor with a very cool saltwater fly… tie it up.

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SEXY SILVERSIDE
By Thomas Harvey
Bench Press
Southern Culture On the Fly
Issue No. 1: Fall 2011


Hook: Gamakatsu SL11-3H (sizes 2-6) 
Thread: Fine Monofilament
Tail: SF Blend – Off White
Body: E-Z Body covered in Clear Cure Goo 

Flash: Ice Wing Fiber – Silver 
Eyes: 3D Stick On

The SIMPLIFY Movement. 

sim·plic·i·ty
: the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded

Filling the box for this year’s migration to the North Carolina coast started where most fly tying starts… at the computer reading, researching and reviewing popular salt-water patterns. Being relatively new to the salt, I was struck by a single thread that seemed to run through most of the patterns: simplicity. From Bob Popovic’s “Surf Candy” to Bob Clouser’s “Clouser Minnow”, most patterns used a few staple materials, utilized elementary tying techniques and took little to no time to tye. This pattern, a close relative to Henry Cowen’s “Albie Anchovie”, follows these basic pillars of saltwater fly tying and will prove an effective fly for your box.

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It’s Good To Have Friends

With October banging on the door, we here at Southern Culture on The Fly figure we have way too much to do and not enough time. So in the time honored tradition of mooching off our friends who are way more talented than us, we have put the call out to some like minded individuals to take care of the the tying for our upcoming Albie trip at the end of the month. We figure when you have friends that tie like this, why even mess around? Above is a little sneak peek from Thomas Harvey’s vice that is tentatively being called, “Harvey’s Harker Whore”. Whatever he calls it, you can be sure we’ll have a box full in every color ready to bury in the back of our heads with poor casting. Make sure you check out the Fall Issue for a fly tying video from Thomas, which I can guarantee won’t disappoint.

– Dave