North Coast Angler
"Cape Ann Baitfish"
Cape Ann Baitfish


The Cape Ann Baitfish was designed to imitate a variety of local baitfish; small pollock, herring, bunker, menhaden and mackerel. The color combinations of bucktail can be varied if a specific species is present, but generally the pattern described below works quite well for stripers, bluefish and school size bluefin tuna.
Materials and Recipe
Cape Ann Baitfish
Hook: Mustad Saltwater 34007 SS, 4/0
Thread: 6/0 Danville monofilament
Body: White fishhair, bucktail, 3 colors; white , chartreuse, dk. olive green
Flash: Flashabou, pearl olive
Head/Back: Olive Peacock herl, white imitation polar bear
Throat: Red marabou
Eyes: Stick on silver/black prismatic
Glue: Crazy glue and 5 minute epoxy
Step 1
The pattern is tied as standard streamer, starting a in back of the hook eye. Take several wraps of 6/0 monofilament and fix to the hook shank with glue. This is an important step to insure that the fly head, when completed, is securely attached to the hook shank (a small amount of glue is added after each material is tied in). Start the fly by tying in ~3/16 round clump of white bucktail, 4-5 inches long and secure with several wraps of mono, add a small drop of glue.
Step 2
Next, turn the hook shank upward a bit in the vise and tie a 1 long 1/8 round clump of imitation white polar bear hair on either side of the throat below the mid line. This material will give the appearance of pectoral fins and, more importantly, provide tracking stability when the fly is retrieved. The fly will track upright rather than twist to one side or the other. Again take several wraps and secure with glue. Next, tie in a 1/8 round clump of white fish hair a, ~ 5 long, on top of the white bucktail. Take a few loose wraps and flare out the fish hair a bit by pushing downward with your finger and finish with several more tight wraps. Add a drop of glue.
Step 3
In this next step, tie in 15-20(6 long) strands of Flashabou. Next, tie in a (~ 1/8 inch round) of chartreuse bucktail, 4-5 inches long. Remember to flare each course of material before taking the final tighter wraps. Add a drop of glue.
Step 4
Complete the body of the fly by tying in a 3/16 round clump of dk. olive bucktail, 5 inches long, flare out and secure. Next tie in 10-12 strands of 5-6 long olive Peacock herl over the head of the fly, flare out and secure with several tight wraps and a drop of glue.
Step 5
Finish the Cape Ann Bait fish by tying in a 1/2 long quill of red marabou throat underneath the head and secure. Attach prismatic eyes, and finish with epoxy. There is no need to add color to the head since the clear monofilament allows the actual material colors to show through. The Cape Ann Baitfish can be tied to various lengths, as small as 3" to as large as 7" and with variations in choice of bucktail colors. I always experiment with size and color combinations based on baitfish behavior and water conditions, so give it try!
Questions or Comments, email: northcoastangler@yahoo.com
Captain Skip Montello

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