In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Fly Fish Food ties a streamer that every angler should carry in their fly box, the Blacked-Out Baby Fat Minnow.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Baitfish are undoubtedly large meal ticket items for hungry trout. Where ever you are on the water fishing for trout or many other species, these fish will prey upon smaller or juvenile fish consistently. Imitating different species can be difficult, but the Blacked-Out Baby Fat Minnow creates a fantastic profile and movement that will trigger an aggressive strike from any predatory fish. Whether fishing in freshwater systems or in the ocean, this fly will do the job for nearly any species.

In particular, the Blacked-Out Baby Fat Minnow is a trout catching machine on stillwaters. This Low Fat Minnow variant will entice even the pickiest of fish into an eat. The profile that the marabou, ice dub flash, and bruiser blend junior dubbing head create is the key to what makes this streamer so deadly. Convincing big trout to eat can be difficult, but this fly will offer a much higher chance than most. In saltwater, this profile could even imitate a baby eel if tied without the eyes, which could be a great Striped Bass pattern.

Whether in a stillwater lake, freshwater river, or casting from the beach, the Blacked-Out Baby Fat Minnow will become your best friend on the water. Using an intermediate or full-sinking line will allow this fly to get down to deeper fish, and using a floating line to fish flats will also be very effective. For an all-around streamer pattern, you certainly cannot go wrong with this fly. Tie up some Blacked-Out Baby Fat Minnow’s and fish them for your predatory species of choice!


  • Hook: Fulling Mill 32500 Bonio Barbless Carp Hook – 8
  • Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread – 140 Denier – Black
  • Bead: Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads – Sterling Silver – 3.0mm (1/8″)
  • Tail: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou – Black (UV)
  • Flash: Ice Dub – Minnow Pearl Back
  • Head: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing – Black Copper
  • Eyes: Fluorescent Fly Eyes – Fl. Orange – 1/8″ (3.3mm)
  • Resin: Solarez UV Cure Resin – Medium Hard 1/2 oz

Now you know how to tie the Blacked-Out Baby Fat Minnow!

Video and ingredients courtesy of Fly Fish Food.


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