I have always been a fan of east coast striper flies. There are so many possibilities for not only specific patterns but of techniques (such as Bob Popovics') for west coast salmon. I recently was spending a bit of time watching tying videos online and came across the Mushmouth by Dave Skok. It looks to be perfect for imitating herring and I liked the use of Softex within the pattern to minimize fouling.
I decided to make an attempt and while the first try was a little rough I was pleased with the second attempt.
Right now I have confidence that this fly will work well dredging for blackmouth in the upcoming months. Of course I find that I always have confidence in the flies when they are fresh from the vise. We'll see if that confidence lasts on the water.