Fat Head Schminnow Fly: Backwater Vlog Episode Three

schminnow fly

“The schminnow fly has long been a popular fly for snook and tarpon. Now, it just got an upgrade!” – Jesse Males

So most of us that fish saltwater have come across this schminnow fly. This is a great pattern mostly used for tarpon and snook. I have taken the original pattern and modified it with my “fat head” style.

This modification makes the fly float and dart across the surface of the water. Great for redfish, snook , and baby tarpon.

Here is my hd fly tying video featured in Episode Three of the Backwater Vlog series.


Like most saltwater flies this fly has no limits. Changing the hook or color scheme can make this a great fly for just about every predatory fish out there. Next time you need a topwater baitfish fly be sure to give the Fat Head Schminnow fly a go!

I hope you guys enjoyed the video. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on everything coming off my fly tying desk!

Tight lines!

Jesse Males 

Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of backwaterflyfishing.com as well as our online fly shop, backwaterflies.com. The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

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