Baitfish Fly Patterns

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We've collected some of the most essential baitfish fly patterns in both fresh and saltwater right here on the Trident Blog. These posts offer detailed how-to-tie information including photos, pictures, step-by-step instructions, videos, and much more. If you're wondering how to tie the most productive baitfish patterns in fly fishing, look here first. This collection is often updated so check back for more tutorials.

  1. How to Tie a Matuka Streamer Fly Pattern

    How to Tie a Matuka Streamer Fly Pattern
    Small stream Trout beware... this streamer gets CRUSHED in shallow water. The Matuka streamer is originally a New Zealand pattern and is made to imitate a Sculpin or small baitfish. This pattern works well across the US and beyond for trout looking for a protein-filled meal. This pattern can be stripped or swung and creates a nice profile in the water. If you're doing any trout fishing it's worth carrying a few of these in your box. Read on to find out how to tie this killer trout pattern including step-by-step instructions, videos, and more.
  2. How to Tie a Rhody Flatwing Streamer Fly

    How to Tie a Rhody Flatwing Streamer Fly
    The Rhody Flatwing is a stellar saltwater pattern that can be tweaked to imitate a variety of saltwater baitfish. This pattern is perfect for Stripers, flats fish, and can even be used in freshwater for Bass. Simple streamer patterns are a staple in saltwater fishing and this fly should be in every avid angler's fly box. Tune in as Jared shows the necessary steps to tie this famous pattern.
  3. How to Tie the Midnight Mullet Streamer Fly

    How to Tie the Midnight Mullet Streamer Fly
    Fish will see this fly from a mile away... I promise. The Midnight Mullet combines bright flash and catchy colors to draw in the big-mouthed predators. Seriously, this fly is made to be fished aggressively and to trigger some hardcore strikes. Snook and Tarpon charge at the Midnight Mullet Streamer because of its visible lateral line, striking profile, and eye-catching aesthetics. If you're a serious warmwater saltwater angler this pattern gets the job done when nothing else can. Learn how to tie it right now as Jared gives step-by-step instructions.
  4. EP Baitfish Fly Tying Tutorial

    EP Baitfish Fly Tying Tutorial
    The EP Baitfish is an insanely versatile minnow pattern. This fly can be used in freshwater and in saltwater, for Bass, Pike, Stripers, Tarpon, and just about any predatory fish that swims. The pattern is easy to tie because it's repetitive and uses only a few materials. The EP Baitfish can also be tied in a variety of color schemes to imitate just about any kind of bait. If you're a streamer angler and you prefer targeting predatory fish, keep a few of these in your box for the next time you're out on the water.
  5. How to Tie Tim Borski's Slider

    How to Tie Tim Borski's Slider
    The Borski Slider was originally invented for Bonefish but has quickly morphed into a fly that's well-known for its ability to fool picky redfish. Thi baitfish imitation works well in shallow water marshes and sandy flats when targeting fish with a large appetite. The fly is relatively easy to tie, especially the back half, but does involve spinning some Deer Hair. The Deer Hair acts as a natural weed guard on the hook and makes it an even better pattern for areas with grassy bottoms. If you're headed to the southeastern US this winter to chase Redfish (like we are), don't go without a few of these flies.
  6. How to Tie the Feather Game Changer Streamer

    How to Tie the Feather Game Changer Streamer
    The Feather Game Changer is one of our favorite freshwater streamer patterns here at Trident. This fly works well when tied with a stinger hook or without for bass, trout, and pretty much any freshwater fish. Here Jared ties the streamer in a Crayfish Orange color to imitate a sculpin or any other small freshwater baitfish. This pattern moves incredibly well in the water and is sure to grab the attention of a brown trout lurking in the shadows. Read on for step-by-step fly tying instructions.
  7. How to Tie an Egg Sucking Leech Streamer, Trout Style

    How to Tie an Egg Sucking Leech Streamer, Trout Style
    The Egg Sucking Leech drives trout wild in the fall (and spring). Eggs offer trout a protein-rich meal. In the spring and fall trout often feed on eggs and larger meals like leeches. This pattern works particularly well in Alaska where Salmon eggs enter the river in the fall or in rivers where Suckers or Whitefish spawn during the spring. This pattern can be stripped or swung for Trout or Steelhead.
  8. How to Tie Andreas Andersson's Ragdolly Streamer Pattern

    How to Tie Andreas Andersson's Ragdolly Streamer Pattern
    If you're a streamer junkie, this fly is for you. The Ragdolly is an articulated streamer that's designed for big fish. Sure, it takes some time to tie, but it's a really effective pattern for meat-eating fish. Follow along as Jared provides step-by-step instructions to tie this complicated fly with a fishy profile.
  9. How to Tie the Clouser Half & Half Fly

    How to Tie the Clouser Half & Half Fly
    The Clouser Half & Half is a pattern that imitates baitfish with added flare. We've tied the Clouser Minnow in the past, but this pattern is tied with a twist. Great for freshwater Bass, Striped Bass, and just about any fish that'll eat a baitfish. The Clouser is most well-known as a saltwater pattern but works well in all situations. Watch Jared tie the Clouser Half & Half with step-by-step instructions and techniques explained.
  10. How to Tie Lefty's Deceiver Fly

    How to Tie Lefty's Deceiver Fly
    The Deceiver may be one of the most popular streamers for both freshwater and saltwater fish. This pattern can be tied in a multitude of colors to imitate a variety of bait. Here, Jared ties the Lefty's Deceiver in Blurple (black and purple) which is the most productive color combination for targeting fish at night. This is a great fly for Bass, Stripers, and more. Follow along for step-by-step instructions.

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