Tying a Small Bait Fish Pattern with Davie McPhail

Anglers can't go wrong with a large assortment of baitfish flies in their fly boxes. Baitfish are a common food source for freshwater and saltwater species, making them essential patterns for all fly anglers. Baitfish and Fry patterns come in a variety of colours and sizes, however, a simple pattern is all that's needed in many cases. Baitfish and Fry Flies are designed to mimic baitfish in fresh and saltwater environments. They are particularly effective with Trout, Salmon and Pike in the Autumn.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Small Bait Fish Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.

Materials Used:
Hook: Tiemco TMC811s Saltwater size 6 Thread: 6/0 White Tail: Natural White Indian Cock Hackles and Pearl Krystal Flash Body: Green Pearl Lite-Brite Sides: UTC Opal Mirage Tinsel Large Gills: Glo-Brite Floss No.4 Throat: White Bucktail Wing/Back: Natural or Faux Fur Fabric Hair Eyes: Diamond Fish Eyes 4mm Clear

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!