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, rainbow trout, brown trout, false albacore, blackfin tuna, dolphin (mahi), mackerel, seatrout, 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: Modify size and color to imitate any baitfish
Materials from this video:
About the fly:
The Polar Fiber Minnow is one of our favorite all around patterns to imitate small baitfish. When tied correctly, the Polar Fiber naturally tapers into an unmistakably fishy profile that breathes and twitches with pure fluidity. We’d go so far as to call this fly a modern Lefty’s Deceiver due to its effectiveness in nearly every situation where larger fish are eating smaller fish.
Simple yet satisfying, the Polar Fiber Minnow is relatively easy to tie. The most time consuming, and most important, steps to this fly are figuring out the right amount of Polar Fiber for your bundles and creating the epoxy head. Mix and match colors to represent the available prey, or to stand out from the crowd. All white is the go-to color for spillways, dock lights, and for when snook on the beach are being finicky.