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/ angel hair / Epoxy / Flash / Krystal Flash / Red / Saddle / white / zonker /

Mr. Whitebait

tied by flymandan
Fly Type: Attractor Pattern, Bucktails/Deceivers, Streamers, General Saltwater, Miscellaneous,
Target Species: Barracuda, Freshwater Bass, Bluefish, Bonito, Cobia, Drum, False Albacore, Mackerel (Spanish, King etc.), Mahi Mahi, Peacock Bass, Pike, Redfish, Roosterfish, Snook, Striped Bass, Tarpon, Trout, Sea Trout, General Tuna, Weakfish,
Recommended Region: Northeast US, Northwest US, Southeast US, Southwest US, Central US, Alaska, Western Canada, Eastern Canada, Central Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, South America, New Zealand, Russia, General Europe, Other,
Imitation: Anchovies, Bunker, Butterfish, General Baitfish, Herring, Mullet, Sardines/Pilchards, Silversides,
Material List:
Hook – Size 1 to 3/0 Gamakatsu SC15, Diahii 2456, Mustad 34007, 3407 or similar
Thread – Flat Waxed Nylon
Tail – 4 to 6 White neck or saddle hackles and pearl Krystal Flash.
Body – Sparkle Braid pearl or silver
Collar – Neer Hair (polar)
Topping – Angel Hair peacock green.
Throat – Rabbit fur red (Zonker) or Polar Fibre.
Eyes- 3-d Prism eyes
Coating – Devcon 5 minute epoxy.
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Tying Instructions: Step 1 – Tie on 4 to 6 white saddle or neck hackles to the length of fly you want. I like to use wide neck hackles I get off a Whiting American Rooster Cape. I splay them like a tarpon fly.

Step 2 – Put 12 to 20 pieces of pearl Krystal Flash outside
the hackles. Other flash like Flashabou, Comes Alive work fine.

Step 3 – Tie on the pearl sparkle braid at the rear of the hook and wrap to the eye of the fly and tie off.

Step 4 – Tie on a few groups of Neer Hair extending just past the hook for a collar. Do not make it too long or it will foul the hook.

Step 5 – Tie on a small bunch or peacock green Angel Hair on top of the fly, and a small pinch of red rabbit fur on the throat.

Step 6 - Place the stick on eyes and cover with epoxy.
Presentation Tips: This is a deceiver style fly, with the original bucktail collar replaced by synthetic materials. It is no secret that many game fish love to eat Whitebait. The name “Whitebait” is a loose term use to describe small silver-pearl minnows found all over in saltwater. This fly imitates Pilchards, Sardines, Herring, Bunkers, Shad and other baitfish. This fly has landed Snook, Seatrout, Redfish, Mackerel, Kingfish, Striped Bass, Albacore, Tuna and many other gamefish.

Owner and operator of Dan’s Custom Flys, Danny Sauvageau has won many awards for his custom flies including Grand Prize for the 1999 Eagle Claw Saltwater Challenge fly tying contest for the best saltwater fly in the state of Florida. Danny has been tying flies for 28 years, starting in CT with freshwater and saltwater since 1987.
Danny has tied his flies for many fly shops in the Tampa Bay area. Danny also ties for many top charter captains in Florida and around the country. Danny now offers all his saltwater and bass flies through his web site along with fly tying materials and fly fishing tackle.
Contact info-
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