In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Marcelo Morales with Fly Dreamers ties a fantastic baitfish pattern for the Amazon and other predatory fishing situations alike, the Amazon Sardine.

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Difficulty: Intermediate

When it comes to fly fishing, there is no doubt that come of the best takes come from aggressive predatory fish. In the Amazon, species such as the Golden Dorado and Peacock Bass have gained the reputation as some of the most ferocious to target on fly. Whether fishing in gin clear water or muddy rivers, these predators will devour flies with aggression that break trout anglers hearts. The Amazon Sardine is a pattern that can be adapted to imitate a variety of baitfish, and one that every angler should carry with them when targeting aggressive fish.

This is a fly that will come easy for intermediate skilled tyers, but not impossible for novices. The E-Z body tubing head is the most difficult part of the tying process and should be done carefully regardless of skill. Changing colors of the body and back on the Amazon Sardine will allow you to imitate the specific baitfish species in the waters you plan to fish.

With Striped bass heading north, this is a pattern I will be tying to imitate several baitfish they feed on. Adapting patterns to fit your fishing needs is both effective and a great way to better your skills on the vise. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try new ways to trick your own favorite predatory species. The Amazon Sardine can be modified to target species in South America and nearly every area on our planet, and should certainly be in every anglers streamer box.


Now you know how to tie the Amazon Sardine!

Video and ingredients courtesy of Fly Dreamers.


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