How To Tie: EP Baitfish
Time: 15-20 minutes
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
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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.