Fly Patterns

Bruiser Baitfish: Gray & White

Recreate fly patterns at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource.

Fly-Tying Materials

  • Gamakatsu SL12S hook, 1x Short (#1 or #2)
  • Semperfli Nano Silk thread, 12/0, Gray
  • Select Marabou Tail, White
  • Hareline Ice Dub, UV Callibaetis
  • Fly Fish Food Jr Bruiser Blend dubbing, Gray
  • Fly Fish Food Jr Bruiser Blend dubbing, Cream
  • Hareline Oval Pupil 3D Adhesive Eyes, 1/4″, Super Pearl/ Black
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, Hardener, Clear (#2103)
  • Sharpie, Red (for gills)

Design Inspiration & Detail

Mack Bryson of Southeastern Flyworks was kind enough to send us this pattern. He shared with us, “Every river system and body of water holds small white baitfish. If you look at the live bait used for Snook and other backwater fish, the predominant color is white. This fly can be adapted to any situation simply by a slight variation in dubbing color. Greens and pinks have also proven effective and look really good. It’s really a universal pattern.” Mack has also caught several freshwater species on this pattern. He suggests using this pattern for just about any backwater species. For heavier variations/ options, add a tungsten bead or lead wire.

Most variations of Mack’s Bruiser Bait Fish sell for $7.00. For further info on Mack and a look at more of his fly patterns, see our post on Southeastern Flyworks.

Target Species

Target species would include Snook, Redfish, Sea Trout, and really anything that eats baitfish.

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