How to Tie a Bass Hook Baitfish

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Today, we are tying up a baitfish imitator of mine, the Bass Hook Baitfish.  It is an easy fly to tie.  Don't get to picky with your material quality or size, just tie it on!  You can tie this fly up in many different sizes and color combinations, just depends on what you want to do.  It is great tied in lighter colors as a shad imitator, or in variations like this one, that mimic sunfish.  I hope you learn something, and I hope you enjoy!  Be sure to check back every Tuesday for another Tuesday Tie with TFFF!

Ingredients

  • Hook: Any size Offset "soft-plastic" style Bass Hook (I prefer size 1 - 2/0)
  • Thread: Heavier thread, I am using Brown for this pattern
  • Tail: (Optional) Hackle Feathers - Off white for this pattern
  • Body: Marabou (Beige for this pattern)
  • Top Body: Darker Marabou (Olive for this pattern)
  • Chest: Marabou (Orange for this pattern)
  • Flash: Krystal Flash (Chartreuse for this pattern)
  • Sides: Bucktail (Light blue and chartreuse)
  • Top/Wing: Peacock Herl 
  • Eyes: (Optional)

Steps

  1. Place the hook in a vice and lay a base of thread from 1/3 of the way down the hook to the bend.  Add a "bump" of thread just past the bend to keep the material from sliding down.
  2. Wrap in the hackle tail.  It should extend about 3/4 hook length past the hook.
  3. Wrap in the Marabou body.  It should extend to just shy of the hackle tail length.
  4. Wrap in the Marabou body top.  Choose a smaller and shorter clump for the body top.
  5. Wrap the marabou chest. Try to tie a small amount on either side of the hook.  I usually make this section very thin and short, but can vary this depending on the color pattern.
  6. Tie in 4 strands of flash on one side of the hook/materials, fold it over and tie them on the other side.  Trim these to about the length of the tail.
  7. Take a small bunch of bucktail (light blue in this pattern), clean out the underfur and short hairs, and tie about 6-7 strands on either side of the hook shank.
  8. Repeat step 7 with another color of bucktail (chartreuse in this pattern.)
  9. Take 3-6 strands of peacock herl and tie them on top of everything.
  10. Clean up the excess material around the "head" of the fly, and make a few wraps with thread to secure everything and "clean it up."  
  11. Whip finish, apply head cement, and let it dry. YOU CAN BE FINISHED HERE.
  12. If you choose to add eyes, once the head cement has dried, super glue on your eyes a the back of your thread-head.  You can superglue onto the fly materials as well, if you are careful.
  13. Let the super glue dry and add more head cement.
  14. Go fish your fly!
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