THE ARTICULATED BULLETHEAD DARTER-The best finesse fly I ever tied  or fished.
Having owned a fly shop for fifteen years (The Fisherman's Edge in Baltimore, Maryland) and fly fishing for a half of century it is hard to get me excited about a new fly pattern, but this variation on a old tying style has convinced me that this is the best shallow water fly for non-aggressive fish as well as the aggressive ones. You will fall in love with it's subtle enticing movement in the water. It is equivalent to the Bass Assassin or the Fin S baits used in the spin or casting world. As the saying goes...Never leave home without them.

Although they can be fished in the shallowest of water, a sinking line can get them down also.

Freshwater Bulletheads
FLY TYING IS ALWAYS A WORK IN PROGRESS, I HAVE WENT TO THE ARTICULATED VERSION OF THIS FLY. THE STANDARD IS THE SAME SIZE AS THIS ORIGINAL. EVEN MORE ACTION.

The freshwater version of the Bullethead Darter are all tied with Mustad #3366 1/0 bronzed hooks.
THE BULLETHEAD DARTER- SALTWATER
FLY TYING IS ALWAYS A WORK IN PROGRESS, I HAVE WENT TO THE ARTICULATED VERSION OF THIS FLY. THE STANDARD IS THE SAME SIZE AS THIS ORIGINAL. EVEN MORE ACTION.

This is the saltwater series of the Bullethead Darters. They have taken tarpon, redfish, stripers, bluefish, sea trout and snooks just to mention a few.

As conserving nature wherever you can, this series of flies eliminates the use of lead wire or eyes. Although these flies are weightless, they work very well with all types of sinking lines and tips, just put more pause between strips and let the Bullethead do its thing.
NEW ARTICULATED BULLETHEAD DARTER
FLY TYING IS ALWAYS A WORK IN PROGRESS, I HAVE WENT TO THE ARTICULATED VERSION OF THIS FLY. THE STANDARD IS THE SAME SIZE AS THIS ORIGINAL. EVEN MORE ACTION.

If you think my original Bullethead had a lot of animation, you should see these in the water. Here is another fly pattern that has gone in and out of favor over the years, well, now it is hot again! This is an easy way to develop a large and long fly profile for the larger predators out there. It can be used for many species besides pike and bull reds (redfish over 28 inches), bass, chain pickerel and large denizens of the salt certainly would like to make it their next meal.