We love fly fishing for barracuda, and we’re lucky to see a lot of them cruising our flats at Andros South. That’s why we recommend our guests keep a spare 9 or 10 weight rod locked and loaded in the boat for those times when a hefty ‘cuda shows up in between shots at bonefish.
Many fly patterns have been known to work for barracuda, from poppers to various baitfish imitations, but from our experience long, flashy, needlefish imitations seem to be the most effective in our neck of the woods.
So, today we present you with step by step tying instructions on how to tie one of our favorite barracuda patters – A variation of The Needlefish Fly popularized by the good folks at Orvis.
Needlefish Fly for Barracuda – Tying Instructions
Rear Hook: Daiichi 2546, Sz. 1
Front Hook: Daiichi 2546, Sz. 2/0
Wire: RIO Powerflex Wire Bite, 30 lb.
Thread: UTC 140 Denier, Chartreuse.
Body: Pearl E-Z Body Braid, Small – Medium.
Eyes: 6.0 mm Fish Skull Living Eyes, ‘Earth’ Color.
Head: Chartreuse Thread or Floss, Coated in Adhesive.