At the beginning of spring whenever herring are running up tidal rivers in preparation to spawn, they become the star of the show for most heavy feeding action. And these baitfish bring predatory fish of all species and sizes in, so having a fly that matches these fish couldn’t be more important, and the EP Blueback Herring Fly is a perfect imitation for mid sized herring. Tied with EP Fibers and equipped with realistic accents like subtle red gills and lifelike eyes, this fly is a great match for these important baitfish, and its smooth taper makes for a natural swimming motion that also sheds water quickly for easy casting.
This is a fly that you’ll want to carry from the start of spring through summer whenever the herring drop back out to sea, and while it can be effectively used as a general searching pattern, it really shines whenever you find a school of the naturals. Simply cast it out, strip it back, and you’ll quickly see why the Blueback Herring Fly is tied to match such an important forage fish.