Chubby Baitfish

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Posted by Jonny King on 2013-02-15 21:43:27

We have lots of baitfish that are small -1-3 inches -- but have a very tall profile. For example, the peanut bunker that invade Cape Cod Bay in late summer/early fall are short, flat as a pancake, but tall top-to-bottom. That profile is always hard to imitate on a smaller fly, but it's necessary for lots of other baits, like pinfish, little herring, gizzard shad, and baby panfish (bluegills, pumpkinseeds, etc.). The key is to get that body depth while still having a fly that has adequate movement. Here's a very, very simple fly that seems to get the profile right while still keeping the wiggle factor. They're made of only craft fur or fox for the tail, and a body of Senyo's Laser Dub hi-tied, combed into shape, and then coated with Liquid Fusion (a flexible, nontoxic glue). I've used this style of fly for a number of years for thinner baits, but it also works well for these little chubby baitfish. So, for what it's worth ....

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