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 Zonker Streamer Fly

    How to Tie a Zonker Streamer Fly
    The Zonker is a popular trout pattern that can be either stripped or dead drifted in high water conditions. The Zonker imitates a variety of mobile prey including sculpins, crayfish, and small baitfish. This pattern works particularly well in high water but can be fished year round for aggressive trout and Bass looking for a large meal. Read on to see step-by-step tying instructions.
  2. Fly Tying Essentials: The Basics for First-Time Tyers

    Fly Tying Essentials: The Basics for First-Time Tyers
    So you're new to fly tying. How do you wade through the thousands of available fly tying devices/tools/materials to find the basic necessities? How do you learn to tie flies? Fly tying for beginners can be overwhelming. We’re here to help. Here’s a list of the most relevant tools of the trade for first-time tyers and some pertinent learn-to-tie info.

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