Mark Gustavson’s Squidsicle

If you fish for stripers and tie striper flies, and you don’t know about Mark Gustavson’s excellent website Fly Fishing For Moriches Bay Striped Bass, you should. It’s a hidden gem. I don’t think Mark actively posts anymore, but his fly patterns, heavily influenced by Ken Abrames, are lovely. They’re also effective. Here’s my take on his excellent Squidsicle, reminiscent of Ken’s Banana Squid. I used an Eagle Claw 253 size 4/0 instead of the Mustard 3407DT size 3/0.

Mark Gustavson’s Squidsicle, ready to swim. Try fishing a fly like this along shorelines, troughs and flats, using a gentle hand-twist retrieve. Beware of the tap! The tap isn’t the take; rather, it’s the striper flaring its gills and sucking the fly into its mouth. Wait for the pull and the weight of the fish, then set the hook. 

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3 comments on “Mark Gustavson’s Squidsicle

  1. Dave Studeman says:

    Thanks Steve! Great reference site on flies, fishing for stripers and some entertaining stories! Also intrigued with his fly book for holding long flatwings. Have you tried that approach?

  2. Steve Culton says:

    If you’re talking about that fly wallet, in my experience all fly wallets eventually crush or flatten flies, so no, it’s not my bag, baby! 🙂

  3. […] The water was a little milky due to surf/sand/wind, but plenty of visibility; certainly enough to see a fly like this. Mmmmmm. Squidcicle. […]

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