Peacock Baitfish Fry
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.
- Owner, Gorilla Light, Hook (#2)
- Danville Flat Waxed Thread, 210, Fluorescent Chartreuse
- Jurassic Eyes, 6mm, Red/ Gold
- Krystal Flash, Pearl
- EP Fiber, Chartreuse (highlighted w Black Sharpie)
- EP Fiber, Light Olive (highlights/ barring w Blue, Red, & Black Sharpie)
- EP Fiber, Yellow
- Rabbit, Cross Cut, Red
Design Inspiration & Detail
This fly was designed and tied by Jesus Mora of Salty River Fly Company in Naples, FL. When considering a hook for this fly, check out the Owner series of Gorilla Light hooks – he swears by them. For eyes, Jesus indicated yellow is another great option – 5mm or 6mm seems to works best. If more swimming action is needed in the fly, use Craft Fur. Congo Hair is another alternative for EP Fiber. Two strands of Krystal Flash on each side works best – yellow or Fluorescent Fire Orange are great alternatives to Pearl. To toughen up the fly and make it last longer, super-glue each stack of EP at the hook shank.
Over the last several years, Jesus spent most of his time fly-fishing the Gulf side of Florida, including a good portion of the Everglades and 10,000 Islands. A majority of his fly-fishing is done on foot, wading with alligators and the occasional python. These are testing grounds for some of his original and creative fly designs. To learn more about Jesus and his line of fly patterns, see our post on Salty River Fly Company.
This particular fly was designed to attract all varieties of freshwater Bass – many other species (in fresh and saltwater) will also take the fly.