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How To Tie: EP Baitfish

Difficulty: difficult

75% difficulty

Time: 15-20 minutes

69% timely

Cost: average

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Imitates: glass minnow/fry/small baitfish, pilchard/whitebait/medium baitfish, mullet/large baitfish

Target species: tarpon, snook, redfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, peacock bass, false albacore, blackfin tuna, dolphin (mahi), mackerel, barracuda, seatrout, sailfish, giant trevally, jack crevalle, bluefish, striped bass

Where to fish: flats, backcountry, intracoastal/inland bays and waterways, warmwater lakes/ponds/rivers/canals, bluewater/offshore, surf

Notes: Colors and size of this fly can be modified to match the prey of any fish that eats smaller fish

Save 10% on materials with the kit:

EP 3D Baitfish Kit
#2/0 Black/Purple
$36.02 2 in stock

About the fly:

The Ep baitfish pattern is a staple in the fly fishing world and that’s for a good reason. Baitfish are a prominent food source for the majority of the world’s gamefish. This fly’s profile and movement scream “I’m a baitfish!”.

In the video above you’ll learn the basic “fiber fold-over” technique which is the groundwork for creating the profile you’re looking for with the EP Fibers. Remember to be sparse with the fibers! They bulk up quickly but it’s important to keep the bulk to minimum. These flies work best when they’re slightly translucent and sparse enough to shed water and move freely.

Helpful tools/additional materials:

Straightening and cleaning out fibers, blending flash:
For trimming with precision:
To brush out fibers:
For glueing on eyes:

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