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THE HAMMERHEAD JERKBAIT (HJB)
A fly that Big Snook cannot resist!
By Capt. Roan Zumfelde       Black/Purple     Chartreuse/White     Gray/White     Tan/White

Hammerhead Jerkbait - floating head- wide eyed profile.

Roan with a 45" Snook caught with a Hammerhead Jerkbait.

Let me start on giving you a little about the back ground of this fly.  The HJB started evolving about two years ago.  I wanted a fly that would act similar to a soft plastic jerkbait, which is a very successful lure used by spin fishermen.  Any fly used for Snook has to be designed so an accurate caster can skip under the mangroves, without getting hung in the branches or on the oysters.  For years I fished my favorite deer hair pattern, the RZ Mangrove Slider, which has accounted for many beautiful Snook. It worked very well in our environment, but I wanted a little

more. The next step was working with sheet foam to develop a fly that would resist becoming waterlogged and wiggle just a little more when stripped.  Foam heads proved to be an improvement over spun deer hair heads. The new head gave several advantages to the new fly.

If stripped at moderate speed, it would make a wake across the surface, or if stripped hard it would dive down and suspend and then slowly rise to the top.  The only down side to the first generation was that the foam could become damaged and waterlogged after the first couple of fish or errant casts into the roots.  This prompted me to add a thin coat of epoxy and to expand the head a little. The more durable surface allowed the addition of eyes and the current version of the HJB was born.  This fly is now available in 6 colors for all types of

Snook like mangrove edges where they can ambush prey...

water. Honestly if I had to pick one color, it would be difficult. My clients and I have caught nice fish on all the colors.  I took it to the lakes in Highlands County last spring and in one day fishing it through heavy cover caught and released over 70 Largemouth bass ranging in size from a pound to a 9-pounder that ate it under some Lilly pads in a cypress stand on Lake Istokpoga. 

Hammerhead Jerkbait stuck in the jaw...

Once or twice a month I take a busman’s holiday and fish with a great friend out of Chokoloskee in the Glades, George Varnadoe. George and I trade off handling the boat and fishing. He knows the water and the fish as well or better than anyone I know. We fish an area that we keep to ourselves. It is an area I have fished with my family my whole life. It is a hidden place where I go to unwind. I had told George that Troy at FLYH20 requested a couple of pics of fish with the HJB fly for his marketing plan.  George in is grumbling way half heartedly agreed

to help me.Taking pictures can be kind of distracting and time consuming especially when you are into a hot bite.  Another problem was that at the time, the fish had been feeding on small stuff.  Snook were being caught on flies about an inch long and he really didn’t think the fly was going to

 turn them on. I had never actually fished HJB with him before, so he hadn’t seen it in action. We started out looking for some redfish on the outside but the conditions weren’t right for them.  He said he knew of a pocket in a bay that had a lot of Snook in the 5 to 10 pound range feeding on Gambusia.  When I tied on HJB, he started the grumbling that was too big.  Of course after the first cast and a nice 7-pounder almost jumped completely out of the water to get to it, I think he started to change his mind.  At least he said he wanted to

A Snook like this would make anyone's day...

fly up-close. I was reluctant, as he has been known to snip them off and lose them in a pocket for later observation. I said, "Okay your turn!" He said, "No way! Let's see what that thing will do. Was that just a fluke?"  I proceeded to skip it into the bank and pulled one Snook after another out, all the time asking about taking a picture or two which again met with more grumbling.  I said, "The next fish is it. We are taking a picture and you are going to fish!"  He agreed and said, "This next little cove usually has a Tarpon or two laid up in it. Lets see if that fly works on them like it works on Snook?"  I agreed and stopped casting the shore line turned my attention to the open water and scanned for the silver of a tarpon in the mud.  About 60 feet away I saw a fish that looked like a nice 40 or 50 pound Tarpon with its side to us and I took the shot.  I twitched the fly once and wiggled it past her.  She rose up and sucked it in. We both saw the fish and let out an, "Oh My God, it’s a Snook."  The hook did not sink home and came out on the strike.  Now of course we are both about to crap our pants and even though the fish didn’t go anywhere, I new I probably blew the one and only real shot I had.  A fish of this size rarely makes the same mistake twice.  Finally after what seemed like an eternity I spotted her again this time about 20 foot off the bow.  I flipped a cast to her head. To our surprise the mouth opened and we heard the concussion and the fly was gone and we were off to the races.  George did a masterful job turning the boat and getting us into a larger part of the bay where the fish would have a tougher time getting to cover.  I put as much pressure as I could on a new rod.  I was fishing a new TFO Axiom 8-weight for the first time.  It performed beautifully I might add.  After a couple of tense minutes I had her boat-side, slipped a BogaGrip into her mouth and landed her.  Well of course, neither George nor I could breathe real well but he seemed a lot more agreeable about taking pictures of this fish.  Snap, snap a couple of measurements and back into the water for a good long reviving and off she went.  We took a break for a few minutes, drank a couple of bottles of cold water, and I said well that will be enough fishing for me today, you have the front from now on.  He agreed.  We finished up the day a short time later after he caught his fill of Snook, but nothing like the nearly 45-incher I was fortunate enough to fool with my new favorite fly the Hammerhead fly.  Oh, I had to leave a couple with George. I think he was going to tie up a few for his next adventure. 
Roan's Web Site  see the


Hammerhead Jerkbait, Black/Purple

Hammerhead Jerkbait, 1 Black/Purple
A good color combination for black water creeks or low light conditions.
Item Description Size Price To Top
07628-3/0 Hammerhead Jerkbait, Black/Purple 3/0 3 for $11.50


Hammerhead Jerkbait, Chartreuse/White

Hammerhead Jerkbait, 2 Chartreuse/White
A good color combination for clear water & bright light.
Item Description Size Price To Top
07629-2/0 Hammerhead Jerkbait, Chartreuse/White 2/0 3 for $11.50


Hammerhead Jerkbait, 3 Gray/White
A great wounded minnow imitation.
Item Description Size Price To Top
07630-3/0 Hammerhead Jerkbait, Gray/White 3/0 3 for $11.50


Hammerhead Jerkbait, Tan/White

Hammerhead Jerkbait, 4 Tan/White
Great for fish that are feeding on shrimp.
Item Description Size Price To Top
07631-2/0 Hammerhead Jerkbait, Tan/White 2/0 3 for $11.50


Spey Clave, One Week After
After a week to recuperate, reflect and converse with both fellow workers and attendees,
here are some thoughts and observations on Sandy River Spey Clave 2008.
A young fellow comes into the shop the day before the Sandy River Spey Clave, goes to the counter for a bit of advice, but his eyes keep sliding to the end of the counter where Simon Gawesworth and Ian Gordon are standing, talking to a couple of people. He is on his way to the Deschutes, getting ready for the salmon fly hatch, but he keeps looking to the other end of the counter. Pretty soon he quietly asks Mike (the shipping guy), “Didn’t I just see those guys on one of my videos this morning?”  Mike just says “yeah, it’s like that here all the time.”
Well, not really, but it seems like it in the few days preceding the Clave. 
This one light hearted moment really says a great deal about the Sandy River Spey Clave, and even more about the people that give the presentations. They give two days of their time to the fishing community. They get nothing tangible in return, but tell us they appreciate a chance to participate. Then they ask us to invite them next year so they can spend another two day giving lessons and fishing information to all of us that want it.
The Sandy River Spey Clave is a unique event, but certainly no more so that the folks who present seminars, or, more importantly, all of you who attend. All of you that came to the Clave ARE the reason there is a Sandy River Spey Clave. 
By our count, the event drew about the same number of people as last year. We arrived at this conclusion by the number of lunches served and the number of cars in the parking lot. The camping area was completely filled by Friday night. Because an unusually late season snow melt raised river levels and inundated our favorite gravel bar, we had to move our presentations about a quarter mile upstream to the boat launch area, which spread people out and often made the crowd look thinner. No doubt this was a disruption for venders who wanted to get their products into as many hands as possible. There just wasn't enough room to cast and try out different rods as in most years. However, we were fortunate in one respect. The temperature reached 96-degrees Saturday and our normal presentation area would have been a real cooker. I'm afraid the steep trail back up to Group Area "A" would have been too much for some people. The area by the boat launch remained in the shade most of the day and the walk getting to and from it was also shaded and fairly level. Maybe we got lucky.
This year we added a 30' x 60' tent which completely covered the dining area and let people get out of the sun. The big tent will be a tradition at future Sandy River Spey Claves.
We heard some commentary before this Clave that everything in Spey casting has already been done and therefore, there is nothing new to see. This may seem true for some...,but doubtful, as rods and lines are still developing, and our understanding of casting dynamics is still widening. The composition of the crowd was different this year, with a lot of new faces. Most notable was the attendance of a fairly large number of young women, many of them highly skilled in the art of spey casting and fishing. Some of these "Spey Babes" are locals, but there were also women from Canada, California and the mid-West. We say, "Welcome ladies. It's about time!"
Steve Rajeff & Mariusz Wroblewski explaing spey casting techniques. Marty Sheppard & Tegan
The crowd sitting in the shade enjoyng demonstrations along the Sandy River. Hawkeye Hawkins
Adrienne Comeau from Canada. George Cook explaing the finer points of casting.
Food At The Clave
By: Tilda Runner

            Part of the success of any great event is food.  We thought that you might be interested to find out how much food was consumed at the 2008 Spey Clave.

            For breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, the North Santiam Spey Casters fed 275 people 36 lbs of pancake mix and 17 packages of little smokies.  On Saturday night, G. Loomis served 65 whole broasted chickens, 288 turkey wraps and 75 lbs of potato salad.

            For lunch on Saturday and Sunday, 600 people consumed 110 lbs of hotdogs, 192 lbs of potato salad, 28 #10 cans of chili, 420 bags of chips, 1171 bottles of water, 624 cans of soda, 5 lbs of coffee, and 100 dozen cookies.

            At Friday night’s potluck, there were 15 lbs of pork, 2 lbs of rice, 3 cauliflower heads, 4 cups of topping, 3 cans of apples, a giant loaf of cheesy beer bread, 36 mushroom buttons with snails, 3 cheese cakes, 4 salads, 3 bottles of wine, and 1 bottle of single malt scotch.

            The people who attended the Spey Clave ate a lot of food.  All of this food could not have been served without the help of the North Santiam Spey Casters, G. Loomis, the Stonefly Maidens, Karl Moody, Marcy Stone, Tilda Runner, and above all, Patty Barnes.  Thanks everyone for all your help in serving and eating.

            Costs for the event, including the food, trailer and tent rental was paid for by the assortment of venders that attended this year's Clave.  The revenues taken in almost exactly covered the costs.

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The long back taper is excellent for mending and for roll and single handed spey casting and the color change between the head and the running line makes it easy to find the perfect load point for each cast.
Line Specifications

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WF3F – WF5F; Length: 90 ft (27.4 m)
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Color: Moss head with Gold running line

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Item Description Size Price To Top
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21228 Rio Gold Fly Fishing Line WF4F $64.95

21229 Rio Gold Fly Fishing Line WF5F $64.95

21230 Rio Gold Fly Fishing Line WF6F $64.95

21231 Rio Gold Fly Fishing Line WF7F $64.95

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Line
Size
Running
Line Length
Running Line
Diameter
Rear Taper
Length
Body
Length
Body
Diameter
Front Taper
Length
Tip
Length
Tip
Diameter
Total Head
Length
Head
Weight
30 Ft
Weight
Total
Length
Tensile
Strength
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