AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER FLY SHOP SINCE 1967

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Surrounded by the saltwater of the Mediterranean, Enrico learned about fishing in his native Sicily before he could walk while watching his father and uncles catching dinner. Gaudy chicken feathers that seemed to attract some of the largest fish especially intrigued him.

But his passion for fishing remained latent while he was urged to pursue a career in the culinary arts. He worked as a chef in a hotel in Sicily where he eventually met his American wife, Karen. He continued to work as a chef when he arrived with his bride in the United States in 1980.

Enrico

Even though he was bound to the kitchen, he still found time to explore fishing opportunities here. With Karen's help he learned about fly fishing at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve on Long Island, and other New York State streams. That summer, Enrico hooked his first trout and that instilled in him an insatiable thirst to understand why fish "eat" artificial flies.

"Daddy, that looks like the fish in our fish tank." "Yes, I know," said the father. "That's why it catches fish!" Over the winter, Enrico forces himself to read English by subscribing to fishing magazines and reading books on fly fishing. He also discovered Orvis and fly tying. It was, he says, a watershed experience, and incidentally, quite different from the creation of the crude artificial flies he has constructed from his mother's chicken feathers on snelled hooks.

Enrico

Since that year, Enrico has expanded his knowledge of fish and the reasons they are attracted to artificial. But something kept drawing him back to the sea. So he took the knowledge he had recently accumulated about fresh water fishing and added it to his earliest memories about catching saltwater species. He then took to fishing several local Long Island beaches.

He opened The Practical Fly Shop in Little Neck, NY in 1992, where his customers encouraged him to create many of his innovative flies. That led him to experiment with more durable synthetic and natural materials to create flies that eventually became part of the catalog of offerings that are now marketed through Enrico Puglisi Ltd. as EP™ Flies and EP™ Fibers.

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Today, Enrico no longer maintains The Practical Fly Shop, but through Enrico Puglisi Ltd., his innovative products are making a major impact on the future direction of saltwater fly fishing. His unique hand-tied flies are recognized around the world, and he has been invited to demonstrate his meticulous tying techniques across the United States and Europe. All of his patterns are designed to match specific baitfish and to be eminently fishable.

Recently, while appearing as a featured guest tier at a major fishing show, a youngster standing with his father pointed to one of Enrico's creations and said, "Daddy, that looks like the fish in our fish tank." "Yes, I know," said the father. "That's why it catches fish!" That was a proud moment for Enrico because that's what he wants to create for his customers -- flies that catch fish!

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  • Enrico Puglisi Crab Tan #8
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Crab Tan #8
    Enrico Puglisi Crab Tan #8

    Undeniably one of the most productive crab patterns.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Palometa Crab Olive #1/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Palometa Crab Olive #1/0
    Enrico Puglisi Palometa Crab Olive #1/0

    A fantastic choice for many situations.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Palometa Crab Tan #1/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Palometa Crab Tan #1/0
    Enrico Puglisi Palometa Crab Tan #1/0

    An undeniable treat for a curious creature!

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  • Enrico Puglisi Sand Crab Tan #1/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Sand Crab Tan #1/0
    Enrico Puglisi Sand Crab Tan #1/0

    Undeniably one of the most productive crab patterns.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Floating Minnow Everglades SP #1
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Floating Minnow Everglades SP #1
    Enrico Puglisi Floating Minnow Everglades SP #1

    A beautifully designed fly that is sure to pick up fish.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Floating Minnow Finger Mullet #1
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Floating Minnow Finger Mullet #1
    Enrico Puglisi Floating Minnow Finger Mullet #1

    A beautifully designed fly that is sure to pick up fish.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Top Water Black/Purple #2/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Top Water Black/Purple #2/0
    Enrico Puglisi Top Water Black/Purple #2/0

    This foam filled fly works a treat to imitate fleeing prey.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Top Water Shrimp #2/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Top Water Shrimp #2/0
    Enrico Puglisi Top Water Shrimp #2/0

    A beautifully designed topwater shrimp fly that is sure to pick up fish.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Top Water White/Treuse #2/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Top Water White/Treuse #2/0
    Enrico Puglisi Top Water White/Treuse #2/0

    A beautifully designed topwater fly that is sure to pick up fish.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Top Water White/Yellow #2/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Top Water White/Yellow #2/0
    Enrico Puglisi Top Water White/Yellow #2/0

    This foam filled imitation works a treat when landed near a hungry fish.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Sardina #3/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Sardina #3/0
    Enrico Puglisi Sardina #3/0

    The sardina fly from Enrico Puglisi magically imitates a fleeing baitfish.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Tinker Mackerel #3/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Tinker Mackerel #3/0
    Enrico Puglisi Tinker Mackerel #3/0

    Look no further when stocking up that saltwater box for your next trip.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Dorado Baby Dorado #4/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Dorado Baby Dorado #4/0
    Enrico Puglisi Dorado Baby Dorado #4/0

    A fingerling dorado imitation for their cannibalistic big brother.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Dorado Baby Peacock
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Dorado Baby Peacock
    Enrico Puglisi Dorado Baby Peacock

    A peacock coloured baitfish imitation that will have every fish chasing the fly to your feet.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Dorado Black/Yellow #4/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Dorado Black/Yellow #4/0
    Enrico Puglisi Dorado Black/Yellow #4/0

    This black and yellow coloured baitfish imitation will have every fish chasing the fly to your feet.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Dorado Chatreuse/Yellow #4/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Dorado Chatreuse/Yellow #4/0
    Enrico Puglisi Dorado Chatreuse/Yellow #4/0

    A chartreuse coloured baitfish imitation that will have every fish chasing the fly to your feet.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Flex Calamari Orange #3/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Flex Calamari Orange #3/0
    Enrico Puglisi Flex Calamari Orange #3/0

    Yet another great option from Enrico Puglisi to fill your saltwater box.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Flex Calamari Orange #5/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Flex Calamari Orange #5/0
    Enrico Puglisi Flex Calamari Orange #5/0

    Yet another great option from Enrico Puglisi to fill your saltwater box.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Flex Calamari Pink #3/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Flex Calamari Pink #3/0
    Enrico Puglisi Flex Calamari Pink #3/0

    Yet another great option from Enrico Puglisi to fill your saltwater box.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Flex Calamari Pink #5/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Flex Calamari Pink #5/0
    Enrico Puglisi Flex Calamari Pink #5/0

    Yet another great option from Enrico Puglisi to fill your saltwater box.

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  • Enrico Puglisi Gulf Coast SP Chartreuse/White #3/0
    $14.95
    Enrico Puglisi Gulf Coast SP Chartreuse/White #3/0
    Enrico Puglisi Gulf Coast SP Chartreuse/White #3/0

    This yellow coloured baitfish imitation will have every fish chasing the fly to your feet.

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  •  Enrico Puglisi GT'S Bleeding Black #8/0
    $19.95
    Enrico Puglisi GT'S Bleeding Black #8/0
    Enrico Puglisi GT'S Bleeding Black #8/0

    This black coloured imitation will have every fish chasing the fly to your feet.

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  • Enrico Puglisi GT's Baitfish Grey #5/0
    $19.95
    Enrico Puglisi GT's Baitfish Grey #5/0
    Enrico Puglisi GT's Baitfish Grey #5/0

    A grey coloured baitfish imitation that will have every fish chasing the fly to your feet.

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  • EP™ Fibers Black
    $14.95
    EP™ Fibers Black
    EP™ Fibers Black

    The perfect tying material for baitfish imitations.

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