Another bit of SCOF history . BENCH PRESS #1 from SCOF, Thomas Harvey before he was the SCOF Fly Editor with a very cool saltwater fly… tie it up.

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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. 

: 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.