Common Names: Sculpins, shiners, perch, roach, chub, fry, juvenile 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. Check out the articles for more information and for patterns not listed below.


How to Match a Baitfish

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.

Size 2-8 Muddler, Woolly Bugger, Clouser Minnow, Possie Bugger. Browns, olives, silver, greens
Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing