Good hooks are crucial. Gamakatsu are an excellent go-to SWF brand. They will rust, though, so soak your flies overnight in fresh water and dry thoroughly. Don’t be afraid to incorporate Christmas tinsel, bits of copper wire from the workshop, and other everyday materials. Even teasedout string makes an excellent anchovy imitation. Eyes are a key feature of flies. Use large, good quality eyes and plenty of resin to hold them securely. clouser minnow. A little bit of bucktail goes a long way; just a small pinch of hairs for the “wing” of the fly. In red colour it makes excellent squid flies for kings and snapper. Barred hackle feathers These are long and thin from the nape of a rooster. I tie them down the fly flanks, from the head to beyond the bend of the hook. The bars simulate the stripes down the backs of desirable prey species such as kahawai and blue mackerel. Flashabou and EP fibres One of my favourite kingfish flies is the piper. At its simplest, long strands of white fibres with some flashier tinsel tied on the upper half of the fly; plus a pair of eyes. These create an excellent piper imitation.