COWEN’S MULLET

One of the great favorites of southern fish (and fishermen by the way) is the mullet. Huge schools provide plenty of forage for barracuda, kings, amberjack and any species that haunt southern and temperate waters. Usually hanging close to shore, the mullet
is a prime bait for southern anglers and this mullet fly is an excellent imitation for flyrodders. Color, Natural.

Cowen’s Mullet (size #2 approx 2 ½” and size #1/0 approx 3 ¼” in length)

Hook: Tiemco 811S (size #2-1/0)

Thread: Danville mono (size .006 fine)

Underbelly: White Polar Fibre

Wing: Grey Polarfibre over white polar Fibre

Over Wing: Peacock herl

Flash: Pearl Krystal Flash blended with smolt blue Krystal Flash

Body: E Z Body Braid (size large) natural color

Eyes: Prismatic stick on (silver w/black pupil size #3)

Glue: Devcon 5 minute epoxy

COWEN’S BONEFISH SCAMPI

Cowen’s Bonefish Scampi (approx 1 ½” to 2 ½” in length depending on hook size)

Hook Type: Mustad 3407 or 34007 (or equiv.)
Thread: 6/0 Pale Pink (for pink/tan version) or Orange (for tan fly)
Tail: Pearl Mylar Braid
Body: Pearl Mylar Braid palmered around hook
Underwing: Tan zonker strip
Overwing: Shrimp or Pale Pink Polar Fibre (or Lt. Gold Craft Fur)
Veil: Pearl Krystal Flash
Eyes: Medium bead chain or extra small lead dumb bell

COWEN’S MAGNUM BAITFISH

This fly using Icelandic sheep held the 20 lb class tippet world record for striped bass (36+ lbs) for many years.
The newer version of flash-n-slinky (synthetic) recently took the women’s 20 lb class tippet world record for striped bass (27+ lbs).

Cowen’s Magnum Baitfish (approx 8” in length) 

Hook: Tiemco 600SP (size 4/0)

Thread: Danville mono (size .006 fine)

Eyes: Epoxy 3-D (size #8 silver w/black pupil)

Weight: Lead wire (size .035 wrapped around hook shank)

Braid: Flat body braid (pearl)

Underbelly: White Flash-N-Slinky

Wing: Olive Flash-N-Slinky over lavender (bunker) or royal blue Flash-N-Slinky over pink (herring)

Throat: Fluoro Fibre (hot pink)

Glue: Soft Tex used off of bend

COWEN’S COYOTE

The coyote was designed as a fly fishermen’s “roadrunner lure”. The roadrunner is nothing more then a bucktail jig with a spinner blade used to attract fish by way of sound vibrations. It was by far and away the most effective lure I had ever used (pre-fly fishing days). The coyote has been my #1 searching pattern when I am fishing for any game fish that is not visible. It has caught stripers, albies, bonito, weakfish, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, redfish, tarpon, speckled trout, snook as well as all fresh water bass species.

Cowen’s Coyote (approx 3 1/2” in length)

Hook: Tiemco 811S (size #1)

Thread:Danville mono (size .006 fine)

Eyes: Real Eyes (size medium) w/ prismatic stick on (silver w/black pupil)

Braid: Flat body braid (pearl)

Mono Spike: 40lb test

Body: White zonker

Wing: Bucktail (either chartreuse, olive over hot pink, grey over lavender or blue over chartreuse)

Flash: Krystal flash (pearl)

Barrel Swivel: Size #12 (black)

Split Ring: Size #0 (nickel)

Spinner Blade: Size #00 (Hammered Colorado style in either gold or nickel)

COWEN’S BAITFISH

The keys to this fly are the polar fiber tail that moves naturally unlike any other synthetic, a weighted hook that gets this bushy pattern down quick and in the feeding lane, and the hot pink flourofiber throat that changes color in the light and drives fish nuts. All in all a spectacular and productive big baitfish fly. Colors, Chartreuse/White, Olive/White.
Size: 2, 2/0, 4/0.

Cowen’s Baitfish (approx 4” in length)

Hook: Tiemco 600SP (size 1/0) 

Thread: Danville mono (size .006 fine)

Eyes: Epoxy 3-D (size #6 silver w/black pupil)

Weight: Lead wire (size .035 wrapped around hook shank)

Braid: Flat body braid (pearl)

Tail: White Polar Fibre

Underbelly: White Flash-N-Slinky

Wing: Olive Flash-N-Slinky over lavender, grey Flash-N-Slinky over lavender or all chartreuse

Throat: Fluoro Fibre (hot pink)

Glue: Soft Tex used just beyond hook bend on Polar Fibre to prevent

COWEN’S ANCHOVIE

A small baitfish imitation designed for false albacore, but great for bonito and other small tunny. Generally speaking because of their smaller mouths, little tunny go after smaller baitfish schools and rip through them with abandon. Often the best way to fish them is to cast into the fray
and let the fly dead drift as if stunned. Albies and bonito will often clean up the stunned baitfish after a blitz. Color, Shrimp/Tan.

Cowen’s Albie Anchovy (size #6 approx 1 ¾” length and size #4 approx 2 ½” length)Hook: Tiemco 811S (size #2-1/0)

Hook: Tiemco 811S (size #4-6)

Thread: Danville mono (size .006 fine)

Underbelly: Shrimp Polar Fibre

Wing: Olive Polar Fibre over shrimp Polar Fibre

Belly Sac: Silver Gliss-N-Glow (or similar)

Body: E Z Body Braid (size medium) natural color

Eyes: Prismatic stick on (silver w/black pupil size #2)

Glue: Devcon 5 minute epoxy

COWEN’S SILVERSIDE

Cowen’s Silverside perfectly imitates one of the most important baitfish of the Atlantic season. It’s 3” length also equals a wide range of other baitfish, including sand eels and spearing, making it an ideal general pattern. The Epoxy body mimics perfectly the quick, darting motion
of the natural and is as essential as the Clouser and Deceiver when pursuing Bonito and False Albacore as well as Stripers.
Slight weight keeps it under the surface in a current. Color, Olive/Silver

Cowen’s Silverside (approx 2 ¾” in length)

Hook: Tiemco 811S (size #2)

Thread: Danville mono (size .006 fine)

Underbelly: White Polar Fibre

Wing: Olive Polar Fibre

Lateral Line: Silver tinsel (small)

Body: E Z Body Braid (size medium) natural color

Eyes: Prismatic stick on (silver w/black pupil size #2)

Glue: Devcon 5 minute epoxy

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COWEN’S SANDEEL

The sand eel is a small staple baitfish that schools in the millions and provides a great portion of the predator’s diet, particularly in the northeast. Stripers push these schools toward the shore at night and often can be seen feeding on them all night on the beaches of New England. This little pattern offers a great representation with plenty of movement and a terrific profile. Color, Silver.

Cowen’s Sand Eel (approx 2 ¾” in length)

Hook: Tiemco 811S (size #2 or #1)

Thread: Danville mono (size .006 fine)

Underbelly: White Polar Fibre

Wing: Olive Polar Fibre

Lateral Line: Silver tinsel (extra small)

Body: E Z Body Braid (size small) natural color

Eyes: Prismatic stick on (silver w/black pupil size #1 ½ )

Glue: Devcon 5 minute epoxy

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