How To Tie: The Shark Bait Fly
Time: 15-20 minutes
Imitates: ambiguous/something tasty
Target species: sharks
Where to fish: flats, intracoastal/inland bays and waterways, bluewater/offshore, surf
Notes: You can tie this fly smaller (1/0 or 2/0) and use less deer hair to make it more of a slider for the small sharks that roam the flats. Don't use any glue!
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About the fly:
The Shark Bait fly is a half a chicken on a hook, it has the size and and movement needed to entice the ocean’s top predators into rolling back their eyes and taking an easy bite. For whatever reason – looks like blood or it’s just highly visible – red and orange are classic effective shark fly colors.
The buoyant deer hair makes this fly float. It was designed to sit on top of the water, literally sit no stripping, and allow the current to do all the real work: subtly moving the hackle while bringing sharks into your chum slick.
Capt. Scott Hamilton brought this fly into the limelight by effectively using it for Spinner Sharks in Palm Beach.