Baitfish

Common Names: Sculpins, shiners, perch, roach, chub, threadfin shad, etc.

"Baitfish" is used on Westfly as a general term to cover a multitude of small fish species that are preyed upon by larger fish. Depending on where you are, anything that swims--including you and me--is bait for something (seen "Jaws" lately?)

Baitfish are usually small, and often silvery, brown, or yellow-green. Trout and other fish-eaters can be selective about them, so it's useful to know what's available and match the size, color, and habits of the natural prey. Streamers patterns such as Matukas , Zonkers , and Woolly Buggers are good general imitators of baitfish. For specific information and imitations, look up the species with the pull-down menu. Check out the articles listed below, as well.

Click on the fly name to see the pattern. Click on the presentation to learn how to do it.

STAGE PATTERN SIZE/
COLOR
PRESENTATION WHERE
Adult Black Viva 10-12
Black
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve Lakes over weed beds and shallow areas
Sinfoils Fry 10-12
White
slow retrieve, chuck-and-sit Lakes, especially over weed beds and shallow areas
Blue Smolt 2-6
Silver
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers near structure or current seams
Umpqua Smolt 2-6
Silver
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers near structure or current seams
East Lake Fry 2-6
White
slow retrieve, chuck-and-sit Lakes, especially over weed beds and shallow areas
Muddler 2-8
Browns, olives, silver, greens
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks
Syls Midge 2-8
Browns, olives, silver, greens
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks
Whitlock Sculpin 2-8
Browns, olives, silver, greens
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks
Woolhead Sculpin 2-8
Browns, olives, silver, greens
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks
Zonker 2-8
Browns, olives, silver, greens
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks
Clouser Minnow 2-8
Browns, olives, silver, greens
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks
Woolly Bugger 2-8
Browns, olives, silver, greens
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks
Seal Bugger 2-8
Browns, olives, silver, greens
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks
Magic Perch 2-8
Browns, olives, silver, greens
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks
The Peoples Bugger 4-10
White
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve Lakes, especially over weed beds and shallow areas
Big Tail Stickleback 6-8
Olive
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift Lakes where less than five feet deep
Goldie 8
Black and yellow
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks
Appetizer 8
White
count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks
Baby Doll 8-10
White
chuck-and-sit Lakes over weed beds and shallow areas