Angel Hair Baitfish – Roach Pattern

This has to be one of the simplest but most deadly patterns we fish.  The Angel Hair baitfish is a well known pattern but we tye it slightly different.  Rather than tye the materials in at the eye of the hook we tye them towards the end of the hook shank.  We find this is a much more effective way of stopping the materials wrapping around the hook bend.

All the materials used to tye this fly are available in our online shop.  The materials required for this pattern are as follows:

 OK, so now that’s the materials sorted, let’s start tying………………….


Step 1 – Secure your hook in the vice.  Lay a bed of tying thread.


Step 2 – Rotate your hook in the vice.  Then take a generous hank of Polar Pearl Angel Hair and tye in with a couple of loose turns of thread with two thirds of the Angel Hair out of the back and a third out the front.  Roll the Angel between your fingers to distribute around the hook shank.  When distributed around the shank tye in securely with your thread advancing forward.


Step 3 – Rotate your hook so it is in the correct position.  Now with the third of Angel Hair that is facing forward, push it backwards and tye in.


Step 4 – Your fly should now look like below.


Step 5 – Take a White Turkey Marabou Feather and strip off most of the feathery material leaving the top of the plume and tie in.  Once tied in, hit it with a drop of Zap-a-Gap to secure and leave to go tacky.


Step 6 – Make a couple of wraps of the marabou and secure with your thread.  Then wrap the material around the bottom of the hook shank and secure.  Hit it with a drop of Zap-a-Gap and allow to dry.  You should then have the underbelly of the fly complete.


Step 7 – Next take a generous hank of your Lite Brite Angel Hair Baitfish material and tye in on top, again with two thirds out the back and a third out the front.  When tied in spread the material around the top of your hook by pushing down with your thumb.


Step 8 – Now with the forward facing butts, fold back and tye down securely.  Once tied down securely, hit it with a drop of Zap-a-Gap.


Step 9 – Once your materials are secure, advance the thread forwards towards the eye of the hook and build up a nice, slightly conical shaped base of thread and tie off using a half hitch of whip finish.


Step 10 – Now add the eyes.  I add a drop of superglue to the back of the eyes to secure in place.  We have chosen red to imitate the red eye of a Roach as this is a Roach pattern.


Step 12 – Finally with the eyes in place, cover the thread and build up a nice conical shaped head using Loon Hard Head Cement.  You can also use Epoxy or UV resin as they all do the same job.  Try and get an even distribution.  Also make sure you fill between the eyes with your chosen cement.


And there you have it.  An incredibly easy fly to tye but one that is incredibly effective.  The good thing about this pattern is you can use various different colours of Lite Brite Angel Hair to make different patterns.