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How To Tie: The Eat Me Fly

Difficulty: intermediate

60% difficulty

Time: 15-20 minutes

70% 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, rainbow trout, brown trout, 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, coldwater lakes/ponds/rivers, bluewater/offshore, surf

Notes: Size and colors can be modified to imitate any baitfish. Using epoxy for head adds to difficulty, takes some getting used to.

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About the fly:

The Eat Me fly is one of the most productive patterns for just about any fish that eats smaller fish. Originally tied by Capt. Scott Hamilton for his offshore quarries, the Ole Florida style differs in that all the material is tied on top of the hook. This helps prevent fouling and provides a slightly slimmer profile. Much of the Eat Me’s success can be attributed to the heavy head from the epoxy, its realistic profile, its durability and its slight twitch when stripped.

Tie the Eat Me in the colors and size to match the baitfish that your target species is feeding on. The Olive/Polar Bear fly in the video is our standard pilchard imitation that consistently fools snook, tarpon, dolphin, albies and a multitude of other inshore and offshore saltwater species. When a larger fly is needed we will scale up to a 1/0 Owner Aki hook and 1/4″ Silver 3D Eyes.

Helpful tools/additional materials:

Clean up Super Hair, blend in Polarflash:
UV resin can be used instead of epoxy (pro: easier, con: less dense):

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