EP Style Baitfish Fly – Underwater Footage – Saltwater and warmwater streamer fly

EP Style Baitfish Fly – Underwater Footage – Saltwater and warmwater streamer fly


EP style baitfish have become staples in many
saltwater fishermans boxes. This tutorial will offer some tricks on how
to tie them more easily. For a hook, I really like this Gamakatsu SC15
and this size 1/0 works well. Start your thread near the eye of the hook. You will want a strong thread, like this danville
210 flat waxed. Bring your thread to the bend of the hook
with smooth wraps, then rotate your fly upside down. Cut a few strands of red krystal flash and
tie them on in the center of the clump, right under the bend of the hook. Fold the strands angling toward the eye backward,
and tie them in as well with tight wraps. Then cut them off right about at the end of
the hook shank length. Rotate your fly to the upright position and
clip some strands of fine pearl flashabou and tie them in the same manner as the krystal
flash. Now clip a very small amount of the top color
fiber, cut it in half and save one of the pieces. EP fiber or the more affordable Congo hair
both work very well for this fly. Tie in your fiber on top of the hook shank
in the same way you tied in the flashabou. rotate your fly upside down, cut a small amount
the under color fiber and tie it in under the fly. This time though you will want one part on
one side of the hook, then tie the other side of fiber to the other
side of the hook. And make sure you bring your thread up the
hook shank a bit. Rotate your fly to the upright position again,
then take the other piece of top color fiber you cut and wrap it around the under part
of the fly angled up and back. And tie that in. Rotate the fly upside down and do the same
thing with the under color fiber. Pull back the fibers so they are angled back
and out of your way. Bring your thread up the hook shank slightly
once again and rotate your fly once again. As you can see, tying it this way allows the
fiber to cover the hook shank a bit. You wont see the tie in spots. Ok so we are going to do this again multiple
times. Try to end very close to the eye of the hook. I generally do this about 4 more times on
each color. You really want to use very little fiber in
each tie in, because it builds up quick. Keeping this sparse and see through is desirable. You can smooth out and build a small head
on this fly before whip finishing it. Now we are going to trim the fiber to a baitfish
shape like this one here. To get the fibers spread out, shake out your
fly before starting. You want them to fan out like so. Now make a cut straight back right below the
hook Turn your fly over and make another cut straight
back about the same depth. Round off the front corners and trim the back
to length carefully. Shape your fly by stroking the fibers back
to know where you need to make trims, then fan it out again and trim. Do this multiple times throughout the trimming
process making sure to make even cuts on both sides. You will end up with the fibers squared off
at the cut when you are done, so I like to trim the fibers slightly on an
angle to make the fly more natural and round looking. But this is not necessary, and can be tricky. So be careful if you do this. Once you trim your fly to the correct size
and shape, you can start adding the eyes. I like adding a drop of zap-a-gap “goo”
to my bodkin, then using the bodkin to place the eye on the fly. This drys a bit slower than super glue and
allows you to move the fly around for a few seconds to get them into the correct place. Try to make your eyes as even as possible
as that will help in the fly’s tracking when being stripped. This is not necessary, but I like to add a
UV curing resin to the head and eyes to really lock everything in place. I am using a product by Solarez called “bone-dry”. It can be applied with the built in the cap
brush and cures very quickly. The first coat, you want to paint on the head
of the fly, and barely get the eyes. Then zap it with your curing light. Then I add a second coat, this time covering
the eyes completely, and up over the top of the eyes. I leave the bottom alone on this coat to insure
that the fibers on the underside of the fly don’t harden and get in the way of the hook
set. And there we have it, and EP style baitfish
fly. While it does still take a while to tie, I
believe this technique to be slightly easier. These move wonderfully in the water, and really
do look like a small baitfish. Hey, thanks for watching! If you like this sorta thing, please subscribe! Check out my website for more video’s at
www.McFlyAngler.com now go catch some fish!

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