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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snook Snack - Baitfish

A simple bait fish solution



When I started tying these I really didn't have snook in mind specifically, but due to the saltwater state of mind that I have been in lately and the color selection I chose for the first few rounds of this fly, it kind of came out snookish.  That being said, I have modified this pattern in other colors for trout and bass too.  Also, like many of our other patterns, this one isn't going to re-invent the wheel by any means, but it will maybe open some doors of creativity in showing some different materials for a tail and how to stick eyes on a baitfish without encasing them in UV resin.  I have been really liking the movement of craft fur in the water so I chose to make the tail out of it on this version.  Perhaps the most useful tip you can pull out of this short video is the marker blending technique that I use on Bruiser Blend.

~ Cheech

Recipe:
Hook: Daiichi 3111 2/0 (BUY HERE)
Thread: Uni 6/0 - White (BUY HERE)
Tail: Craft Fur - Tan and Chartreuse (BUY HERE)
Body1: Schlappen - Chartreuse (BUY HERE)
Body2: Palmer Chenille - Rootbeer (BUY HERE)
Head: Bruiser Blend Jr. - Dirty Chartreuse (BUY HERE) *additional color with marker
Eyes: Fish Skull Living Eyes 8mm (or 5mm) - Fire (Orange) (BUY HERE)

Alternate color:
Hook: Daiichi 3111 2/0 (BUY HERE)
Thread: Uni 6/0 - White (BUY HERE)
Tail: Craft Fur - White and Sand (BUY HERE)
Body1: Schlappen - White (BUY HERE)
Body2: Palmer Chenille - Pearl (BUY HERE)
Head: Bruiser Blend Jr. - Tan (top) Cream (bottom) (BUY HERE) *additional color with marker
Eyes: Fish Skull Living Eyes 8mm (or 5mm) - Ice (Silver) (BUY HERE)

Tools/Adhesives Used:
Wasatch Fur Comb  (BUY HERE)
Rite Bobbin (BUY HERE)
Tear Mender (BUY HERE)
Dr. Slick Razor Scissors (BUY HERE)
Griffin Montana Mongoose Vise (BUY HERE)
Quick Cut Whip Finisher (BUY HERE)  **limited supply

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