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Baitfish

Fall Au Sable pike
There's more than enough prey/forage for them in this river, tons of baitfish/perch/minnow/crayfish and other forage. It's just the type of conditions for the river fish (constant current/moving water
November Flies from the Vise
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Grey Drake Cripple SBS
  Found this Quigley variation on a U.K. site; change color/size to suit your needs.     hook – Dai Riki 280 #10 thread - UTC 140 grey brown rib - small wire gold tail - pheasant
HMH FLY TYING CONTEST sponsored by HMH Vises
HMH FLY TYING CONTEST!   1. Tie a fly using your HMH Vise and take a picture of it. 2. Please include HMH vise in the photo in some way. 3. Post your photo on Instagram or Facebook and use the h
Are shrimp eyes a necessity
I love that question!  Many have pondered it before you and I also.  I make eyes by the hundreds at a sitting, and I use them on most of my patterns whether for myself or my customers. I use
Start thinking Christmas Swap
This sounds pretty good...put me in for some warm water / Deer Hair / Baitfish stuff. Id like the same back....warm water or salt water stuff. Dont do much trout fishing now days. Although most trout
What flies to start with?
As Crackaig, and Bimini stated techniques are what is most important. I would add zonkers to bimini's list of patterns they make good baitfish imitations and are cheap easy ties!   As far as
Strip Rattle and Roll
If you have ever fished for bass, you know that in most instances, a rattle helps attract them.  They are also attracted big baits.  Things that push lots of water.  I created this fly
Intruders for Trout
I've used 'em, but with a trout spey not a single hander. I also used them on the swing with twitches, not stripping them. Sink tip is the way to go, intruders by design have a lot of water resistanc
Sparkle Pops
Philly thanks for explaining how transfer sheet material is applied. Was thinking it would look good on some crease flies. I believe we were both in the "Favorite Saltwater Baitfish Pattern Swap" aro
About the evolution of YOUR fly tying.
Chenille. I know it's useful for specific patterns like worms and for legs on crabs, but aside from that I haven't used it in 20 years. I always wonder why I see so much of it in fly shops because v
Dropper Fly?
I have not done it either, but when I do, I am going to try a small baitfish pattern under a gurgler. I am also concerned about the tangling.
Swap fly caught fish pictures,
Actually, the rabbit never fouled for me. I also thought it was but it never did.. It is a sweet baitfish fly man, might tie a couple myself. What hook did you use for them?
Nymph or Flymph or Soft hackle wet fly
I also think predators can take them to be small baitfish and they can elicit reaction strikes by a fish protecting it's territory. What ever the reason, they work. 
Soft Hackle Wet Flies
Mike,   That is Little Virginia...   vicrider,   The body on the soft hackle pattern is Kingfisher Blue dyed Peacock herl from Spirit River:   https://www.arricks.com/collections/f
Help with title
"Fishermen are nuts if they think I am going to fall for it, for baitfish would never come across my face like this". Seriously, I can't offer any good titles but the painting is great.
Substitution for a new, old fly pattern
Has anyone else used Yak Hair as a variation, I tried it once while tying with some guys at a PHW tying session and found it to be kind of between buck tail and something like congo hair.  It is
Silky Minnow - Underwater Footage
This fly I am calling the Silky Minnow, because it uses water silk fiber from fly tiers dungeon.  This material flows well in the water, and has interesting movement.  It is sort of a high t
Articulated Wooly Bugger
Wooly Buggers are one of the most popular and effective streamer flies ever created.  Very versatile, and relatively easy to tie.  I created this articulated version to be able to fish large
Sculpinstein
Sculpin are a very popular food source for trout, specifically steelhead and large brown trout.  Basically any trout that has become predatory seeking out baitfish for food.  They also work
Congo Hair Baitfish
Nice! Thanks for posting. After your unboxing video I ordered a few hanks of Congo hair and some other things. Been trying some baitfish patterns but they've been coming out a bit dense. You did a rea
YouTube video links
Any specific kind of flies? Clouser, ep baitfish, para Adams, etc..
Easy Sculpin - And Effective!
There are sculpins in Maine, they are not brightly colored but more of motor oil olive/ brown. I had some zonker strips pretty close in color but the fish prefer purple. Go Figure ! It's funny what
Synthetic Baitfish Material
I know everybody has their favorites, but what do you think is the best synthetic bait fish material? I'll need it to tie bass and pike flies. Thanks for your opinion.     I'm going to g
Gamakatsu B10s = Allen ___?
I used allen for 12 years and their hooks are pretty decent. But those GAMAKATSU hooks are in a whole other league. I am not bad mouthing Allen as you will never hear me say one bad thing about t
Tube size for billfish Nd saltwater flies?
Hi all, does anybody have experience tying billfish and baitfish paterns on tubes? Any recomendations on tube size to use? I'm new at tubes, and not sure how the large hooks I intend to use will inter
Sparkle Clouser
There are so many variations of the clouser minnow, its hard to keep track of them all.  One of my favorites though is this sparkle clouser.  Especially when I have fish that are super aggre
July Flies from the Vise
#10 Baitfish
Line question - Florida Gulf Coast snook in Augist
Yes definitely. Don't even bring the FW lines..   Bring flies in the size 4-1/0 range, schminnows, fiber baitfish, gurglers, anything that resembles a small white baitfish really.    Fo
Bass swap
If ya'all still got some room in there I'd like to get some more bass flies. My initial thinking would be an articulated baitfish pattern. Have to look around a little but will definitely stick with t
Brand new to tying and to the forum
Hmmmm....don't know how to add text to my post but I'll do my best. Most of the flies are Chironomid patterns, or midges, if you will. Both larvae and pupae. The ones are the wine cork are called Pe
Your favorite fly tying tip?
heres a few more from the internet   Tips for Beginning Tyers:Take a class! - Best way to get started, you'll learn a ton of tips, techniques, get a chance to see how to use and select diffe
Sanibel Island
Bring flies in the #4, #2, and 1/0 range   White is my favorite to start with, but I always bring a healthy dose of tan and black/purple flies as well. If its not going to be fished on the beach
Moving from beginner's vise to a rotary vise
I like the regal line for ease of use and speed. I had the stainless and tied thousands of flies with it. I jumped up to the revolution this year and absolutely love it. I got into tying big musky fli
Fly Tyer's Dungeon
Woo hoo! I hope FTD watch the video to see how happy I am with what I got. I will be feature tier at my club next week. I really like FTD but I've been hesitant to order the baitfish box. After watch
Warm water tying season musky fly and some bait fish
Beautiful work! What did you use for the baitfish patterns?
Snook Flies Swap
I'll jump in on this one. I had to miss the crab swap so don't want to miss this too. Add147, to be honest, any generic baitfish will do. In fact, pretty much any bass pattern will work well since the
June Flies from the Vise
#6 jointed baitfish,1st for me.
Congo Baitfish Tying Video
Troutbum nice ty. I make a lot of those baitfish flys for the salt, 1/2 of them I keel with lead wire it gets them down a little more plus it makes them run true. Also you sped up the video in all the
Craft Wind Streamer for Bass/Pike
Nice. I haven't quite built up any confidence in tying and fishing baitfish streamers yet but this one looks like something I need to try. Great video and I really like that you include the swim test.
Smallmouth On The Fly
Smallmouth Bass are scrappy fighters that are willing to eat a large variety of baits.  They are fun to catch with conventional gear, and an absolute blast on a fly rod.  Especially when fis
The Baby Bow Streamer
Trout, bass, pike and any other predatory freshwater fish will eat other fish.  Small trout are on the meal list for common foods.  Even trout will eat trout fry.  This rainbow trout st
The Baby Bow Streamer
Trout, bass, pike and any other predatory freshwater fish will eat other fish.  Small trout are on the meal list for common foods.  Even trout will eat trout fry.  This rainbow trout st
A few good...flies
Flats, along with beachside areas look for any places on the water where there's a light off of a dock that attracts fish for some night action. Find one and you'll want to be there every night... Rem
Day at the beach. South Fl.
Thanks Mike. Waves in this area is usually minimal. The passing boats generate more waves than the surf.   I was thinking of some clousers also, along with a few other small baitfish patterns inc
Daytona Beach - mid July
There aren't too many wade access points to the Mosquito. You might find access areas right there in Daytona for trout and reds and of course the beach will have fish like whiting, snook, reds. Also P
Mop fly
I must be fishing over very smart trout, I didn't get out much this year but so far I've cough 38 trout, I fish 2 flys and had the mop fly on in different colors as my lead fly every minute I fished,
Arctic Wind Glass Minnow
Arctic wind is a new material from Fly Tyers Dungeon that is really nice.  Its a dubbing, with longer fibers that allows you to tie larger flies like glass minnows.  There are a number of co
Baitfish patterns
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FINALLY!!!
From Orvis' site:   http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/fish-facts-american-shad-alosa-sapidissima/ "Not to be confused with other baitfish-like shads, the American is the largest member of the
DIY Dubbing: Long Fibers?
You can tie long dubbing in bunches to create baitfish heads, much like EP and other fine fiber synthetics. And, you are right, you can also make loops and brushes. As long as it works for your fly/ho
April Flies from the Vise
#10 Baitfish
Opinions on this fly, please.
Bimini What Mike said. Btw, one of my favorite streamer patterns for bass is the wedding veil fly. It is not articulated but I'm sure you could make it that way. I've fished a lot of articulated fl
Faux Bucktail?
As JSz said I like the way I can make bucktail flair or lay flatter. And while I do tie a lot of baitfish with synthetics it's still hard to beat the action of real animal fur. And if I need a more du
Inconoclastic Irreverence. Oh the Calumny! Purists Cover Your Eyes
And we are back to topic of spin fishing options.  The hooks on all of these can be replaced with some tippet of proper size and used to cast a fly.  Baitfish patterns and Buggers can also b
March Flies From The Vise
#10 Baitfish
Key West fly fishing question
Hey guys, I need a little help here.  I'm going down to Key West, FL the first week of August this year and was wondering how I can kill some time with fly rod in hand.  I'm a midwestern war
Bull Dub Leech
I have caught a few good fish on this fly since I started tying it a few months ago.  Its a leech pattern that moves really nicely in the water.  Zonker strips are always known as flowing ma
Laser dub vs ep fiber
I can see baitfish heads with EP fibers extending forward from the eye and then pulled back with glue or resin to help keep its shape. Try and see.
ATTENTION BIG FLY TIERS, cheap material(musky, pike)
Do a search for "kanekalon" synthetic hair.  Many guys who tie big stuff say good things about it.  A 4 foot chunk for $3-4.  Lots of varieties and colors, some you might find locally
When to glue, When not to glue?
sometimes, like anything else, "glue" is the right tool for the job. If you tie only smallish trout flies where at the head maybe a few fibers or a hackle stem is all that is tied in, a whip finish wi
New Dronlee Streamer
http://dronsworld.BlogSpot.com/   There ya go! Thank you, very nice baitfish inspiration
Florida Keys Recommendations
This is the area Salty mentioned. Ann's Beach is named in the map. [attachment=60936:IMG_0684.PNG] You can see it is pretty shallow almost all the way to the channel. I found myself once on that flat
Tail wrapping
Guys and girls. Intrerested in the techniques you use to stop tail wrapping on your streamer flies. Thanks in advance.   with what materials are you having issues? Hey mate. Ive been tying with
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