Fly of the Month, Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish

Fly Tyer: Martin Bawden, CEO, Fly Fishing Company, creators of Fish-Skull™, Nymph-Head™ and Surface Seducer® products

For August, we feature Flymen Fishing’s new Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish tied using the new Howitzer foam baitfish popper head that imitates the head of a small minnow (or baitfish) splashing and sipping at the surface of the water. The Howitzer head is designed with a deep recess at the back so that an articulated body and tail of a minnow can be embedded seamlessly into the back of the head. As a result, the body of the minnow hangs down in the water (roughly at a 45-degree angle) and moves enticingly in a position that can be seen by predatory fish from a long distance and offers them an irresistible profile and an easy opportunity for a meal! To tie the Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish, you combine the Howitzer popper head with Surface Seducer® Dragon Eyes™, Surface Seducer® Popper Hooks, and the Fish-Skull® Articulated Shank.


Head: Surface Seducer Howitzer Baitfish Popper Head – white, medium size
Eyes: Surface Seducer Dragon Eyes – 6mm size, any of the 4 colors available will work
Front Hook: Mustad 34007 (or similar) streamer hook, size 1/0
Back Hook: Gamakatsu SC15, size #2
Shank: Fish-Skull Fish-Spine, 15mm shank
Main Body: Gamechanger Chenille, Clear
Middle Body and hook: Marabou, White with several wraps of Palmer Chenille.

Want to learn more about how to tie this fly? Read the Flymen blog, Inside Look: Designing the Surface Seducer Howitzer by Martin Bawden for a behind-the-scenes look at developing this new material, as well as videos demonstrating how to tie the Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish.

One thought on “Fly of the Month, Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish

  1. Austin

    Looking for somebody to ties me up some of these exact files. Would like some of these and a mini game changer. Got any techs on somebody willing to tie these patterns for me?


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