The Grey Fred (Killer Baitfish Pattern for Coastal Environs)

Grey Fred, tied by Gerhardt Lund Anderson, photo by Hans Weilermann @ Danica

Grey Fred, tied by Gerhardt Lund Anderson, photo by Hans Weilermann @ Danica

The fly is very universal imitation of any small, bright fish, and can even stand in as a shrimp. It is of course tied in the very well known Wooly Worm tradition, but still differs from this mainly with it’s eyes and large dubbed head. You can vary the fly in color and get almost any nuance you want. Brown and black are a staple colors in many boxes, but orange can also work well. But the far majority of Grey Fred’s are brightly grey like the fly shown here.


This is a pattern quite similar to a Dragon, Damsel, Baitfish pattern tied by Henry Hoffman of Oregon. Henry uses the chickabou/afterplume feathers from developed capes to tie many of the traditional  subsurface patterns. I am partial to Grey Grizzly combo and have had nice success with the color in B.C. and Oregon. The GFF how to segment is great on explaining how to tie the pattern and the variations of the fly. This pattern is also similar to one I have tied in the past, but not Palmer ribbed like a Wooly Worm or Wooly Bugger, the smaller Scarecrow.





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