Gurgling Sand Eel

Here’s something I played around with on Block Island this summer. For now I’m calling it a Gurgling Sand Eel. I stole the idea from one of the guys at Block Island Fishworks, either Hank or Eliot — I can’t remember — but thanks for the inspiration! I made a few changes to suit my style, and here it is. If there is interest I can post a recipe.

I tied two prototypes with different trailing hooks.



The bass said yes!




14 comments on “Gurgling Sand Eel

  1. rich rubin says:

    Yes post it

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  2. Joe says:

    I would like to see it.

  3. manny says:

    interesting, please post recipe thanks

  4. Don R says:

    Steve, looks pretty awesome. What did the hook section tell you? Would be very interested in the recipe.

  5. Pierre Sauvé says:

    Very nice. Gartside gives the dressing of a “Sand Eel Gurgler” in his “Striper Strategies” book. Tied on a standard saltwater hook. A long tail of olive or black over olive fine bucktail or sheep hair or narrow saddles, a body of olive ersatz-like material and an olive double foam shell.
    If I may, why do you tie it on an articulated shank and trailer hook? Better hook-up? Different action?

    • Steve Culton says:

      Hi Pierre, the why is simple: curiosity. I saw the prototype the dudes at Fishworks came up with and thought it was intriguing. That version had a shorter front shank and a double foam body. I’m not sure what significant gains come with the articulation, other than the hook is farther away from the head. This seemed to inhibit the smaller bass from being hooked (and I was more than OK with that). When the bass were willing to case, this was a fun fly to fish. Hope that helps!

  6. boblefelar says:

    Interested Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

  7. TFarr says:

    Always interested in tying flies you recommend!
    Please post recipe.

  8. Andrew Jusko says:

    Steve, i’d love to see the recipe too

  9. Steve Culton says:

    OK, Everyone, tying instructions to come! Thanks for your interest.

  10. Paul Hundt says:

    Looks easy enough to do, but what are you tying the gurgle part on? I can’t seem to find anything like that in my local tackle shops. Is it just a bent hook?

    Sent from my iPhone


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