Saturday, 20 July 2013

Articulate Baitfish

Articulate Baitfish
This is a articulate baitfish pattern which comes with 4 section of articulate shank, bend with hard wire...  you can also get the ready spine shank from Flymen Fishing Company.

I have it tie with synthetic fiber Palmer Chenille, to minimize the weight when it is wet. 

Material List:

 Palmer Chenille by Wapsi
Slinky fiber
#07C Hard Wire by American Fishing Wire
B10S hook size 1 and 1/0
3D epoxy eye
Gel Glue

Step by step tying instructions:

Cut a 2cm length hard wire and bend it to the shape as shown in the picture

 Prepare the thread base

Tie in some Slinky Fiber

Tie in another different color fiber on top and bottom

Drop some Gel Glue, and press the fibers to create the shape of the tail

Tie in a small size Palmer Chenille

Wind in the chenille 

Now cut another 3cm hard wire, bend to the above shape

Hook thru the eye of the tail

Tie down the shank

Tie in 2 Palmer Chenille, size Med your desire and small in pearl color

Wind in both chenilles

Tie down near the eye, whip finish and drop some cement

Now cut a 4cm length hard wire and bend to the shape, hook in the previous 2 portion of body

Tie down the shank

Again, repeat the same steps, wind in and tie down

Repeat the step with a 5cm length hard wire

Put in the hook, cut a hard wire about 6cm, bend to the shape the connecting shank and insert thru the hook eye

Hook in the body and tie down the connecting shank

Tie in the chenilles, wind in and tie down near the hook eys

This is what you going to get

Now trim the body and the tail to the shape

Color the fiber with marker

Color the baitfish with marker

Drp some gel glue and stick on the 3D epoxy eye

The Articulate baitfish is ready


  1. Awesome Dron.... really inspiring...thanks a lot.

  2. Hi Dron,
    Lovely patterns. I tied up some ragworm (Nereis sp) patterns for sea trout a few years back using marabou and green/red sparkle chenille on waddington shanks. Did,nt really swim that well due to the weight of the double wire I think . Yours is a much more elegant solution.
    Thank you.

  3. Thanks for posting the instructions. You've made some beautiful flies that are likely to come alive in the water. I am eager to try tying your techniques myself.

  4. Another big WOW....Very NICE

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  6. Hola y enhorabuena por tan esplendido trabajo un blog chulisimo