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How To Tie: The Brushy Baitfish

Difficulty: super easy

15% difficulty

Time: 5-10 minutes

21% timely

Cost: average

average cost
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Imitates: glass minnow/fry/small baitfish, pilchard/whitebait/medium baitfish

Target species: tarpon, snook, redfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, peacock bass, seatrout, jack crevalle, bluefish, striped bass

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

Notes: Mix and match EP Minnow Head and EP Craft Fur brush colors to catch the fish's eye, or to vaguely imitate a food source. Scale down the hook size and use your fingers to pull out the longer Craft Fur fibers to achieve a smaller profile

Save 10% on materials with the kit:

EP Brushy Baitfish Kit
Brushy Baitfish Materials Kit
#2 Olive/Orange/Evg
$41.28 1 in stock
Brushy Baitfish Grey/Orange Kit
Brushy Baitfish Materials Kit
#2 Grey/Orange
$41.28 3 in stock

About the fly:

Tying the Brushy Baitfish is quick & easy. It’s a deadly little pattern on pretty much everything that eats baitfish including tarpon, snook, trout, largemouth bass, peacock bass, and redfish.

The beauty of this fly is that you can combine any two colors of EP Craft Fur Brush and EP Minnow Head Brush to adapt your Brushy Baitfish to the water color and species you’ll be targeting.

The Craft Fur Brush takes markers well and the Minnow Head Brush is integrated with enough sparkle to catch the eyes of fish. The Brushy Baitfish can be tied in a variety of sizes depending on hook size and how many wraps you make.

Helpful tools/additional materials:

For palmering the brushes:
For glueing on eyes:
Good sharp scissors to trim the head:
For adding a weedguard:
For brushing out fibers:


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