Mr. Bates – Surf Fly Pattern

Mr. Bates Surf Fly

Mr. Bates Surf Fly


I’ve been experimenting lately with a unique fly tying material called Palmer Chenille by Wapsi after learning of the glittery stuff from another fly tyer. I played around a while at the tying vise with this chenille in medium orange, and before long I developed a pattern for surf perch fishing that I believe is a keeper.


Name: Mr. Bates
Hook: Saltwater Gamakatsu SS15 Size 6 or Daiichi Xpoint X452 Size 6
Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 210, Fl Orange
Body: Palmer Chenille by Wapsi in Med Orange
Barbell Eyes: Spirit River Real-Eyes Plus, 3/16” Nickel/Yellow or Nickel/Pearl

Tying Instructions:

1. Tightly wind around the eyes in a figure 8 fashion and behind the eyes as a “backstop”. When the eyes are secure on the hook, wrap in front of the eyes to to form a “rat nose”.

2. To secure the eyes so they won’t pivot on the shank in the surf, coat around the head and eyes with EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy®. Allow the epoxy to cure for about 24 hours.

3. Tie in a strand of chenille of about 4″ in length at the bend of the hook. Pull the strands of the chenille back towards the bend of the hook as you wrap the chenille forward finishing tight behind the eyes.

4. Whip finish behind the eyes and apply CA glue to these wraps.

Fishing Methods:

Cast well into the surf and strip along the bottom keeping a tight line between the tip of your rod and the fly. Set on any grabs or hesitation. Have fun!


The next step was to field test the fly. On my initial test on a beach in Ventura I caught over two dozen surf perch on the same fly, and on the second outing I took just over a dozen perch–again on one fly. I found that the chenille holds up remarkably well in the surf despite the sand and salt churning it up and the perch trying their best to chew it up.

Species Targeted: Surf Perch

Fly Creator:

Submitted By: John Parmenter

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