Stickleback

Other Common Names: Three-spine stickleback
Scientific Name: genus Gasterosteus

Sticklebacks are a forage fish for bigger trout, and are worth imitating. Standard fly patterns are hard to find, so you'll probably need to tie your own (see below) or rely on a Woolly Bugger , yellow-green Zonker , or similar streamer. Be sure to capture the deep-bellied appearance of the natural fish.

Use a count-down-and-retrieve presentation. Sticklebacks are not fast swimmers, and tend to be still much of them, or swim in little jerks. They are most active in the afternoon.

Characteristics

COLOR: Pale olive with darker back and dark vertical bands on the sides; red tints near gills. Breeding males develop bright red bellies.

OTHER CHARACTERISTICS: Dorsal and pelvic spines; large eyes

 

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 Olive Stickleback 2-6
olive
count-down-and-retrieve Stillwater
Big Tail Stickleback 2-6
olive, silver
count-down-and-retrieve Stillwater