Category Archives: Baitfish

Smallmouth Bass Predator X by The Fly Fiend

The Fly Fiend is back with a great streamer fly. While he is best known for some of the killer nymph patterns he whips up at the vise, he is equally adept at tying larger baitfish streamer patterns. This minnow was designed to go after bass, but any toothy critter is bound to give chase. I haven’t given the Fish Mask product a try yet, but I do like the way it finishes this fly pattern. It gives the fly a nice clean head without needing the UV resin, curing light and positions the eyes evenly, something that can be a little bit challenging.

Smallmouth Bass Predator X fly pattern recipe

Hook: Partridge Universal Predator X #1/0
Thread: Veevus GSP 100D White
Tail: White Neck Hackle
Body: White Bucktail
Lateral Line: Grizzly Neck Hackle
Head Stack: Senyo Laser Dub Silver Minnow Belly
Head/Eyes: Fish Mask #7 Living Eyes 7mm Earth

Sources

Youtube Channel: The Fly Fiend
Youtube Video: Smallmouth Bass Predator X
Instagram: theflyfiend
Website: theflyfiend.com

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X1 Minnow Brookie for Pike and Bass

This is an updated version of my X1 Minnow in the Brookie color. I have several other colors for both fresh and saltwater. The hair I use on the fly is called either Widow’s Web (MFC) or Congo Hair (http://www.flytyersdungeon.com/Materials/Chart_Congo_Hair.htm) but there are many products on the market similar. FTD has a nice selection of colors for quite reasonable prices.

X1 Minnow Brookie Fly Recipe

Hook: Mustad S71SNP-DT #2/0-4
Thread: Olive 6/0
Weight: 0.030 lead
Body: Pearl Flashabou
Belly: Orange Congo Hair
Lateral Line: Light pink Flashabou
Wing: Dark green Congo Hair
Throat: Chartreuse Laser Dubbing
Head: Olive dubbing w/ copper flash
Eyes: Gold 3D eyes

Sources

Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
Web: Piscator Flies
Instagram: piscatorflies
Twitter: piscatorflies
Facebook: piscatorflies

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Keeled Minnow Streamer by McFly Angler

I’ve been following Shawn from McFly Angler for a few months now and in addition to the great fly tying content on the page, he also ties up some great looking flies. This keeled streamer is great for bass, pike, and larger trout. The fly rides hook up in the water and should help avoid any unscheduled snags. Make sure that you view until the end to get a preview of the fly swimming underwater.

Keeled Minnow Streamer fly pattern recipe

Hook: Gamakatsu B10S in size 2
Flash: Gold Krystal Flash
Body: Pearl 3/8″ Crinoline Tubing
Wing: Olive Magnum Rabbit Zonker
Eye: Living Eyes 7.0MM
Adhesive: Fletch Tite
Filler Resin: Solarez “Thin Hard” Formula
Finishing Resin: Solarez “Bone Dry” Formula

Sources

Youtube Channel: McFly Angler
Website: mcflyangler.com

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