Most saltwater flies are tied to imitate baitfish.
My personal favorite is the Deceiver. This fly can be tied in various lengths, fullnesses, and colors to imitate many of the baitfish that striped bass prefer. Examples are shown in the table below.
|Anchovy||Deceiver||2-4||Sparse||Olive and White|
|Silverside||Deceiver||3-4||Sparse||Olive and White|
|Sand Eel||Deceiver||2-7||Sparse||(Yellow or Green) and White|
|Peanut Bunker||Deceiver||5-10||Full||Yellow and White|
|Herring||Deceiver||4-10||Full||Blue and White|
|Mullet||Deceiver||4-5||Medium||Blue and White|
Deceiver Flies of Different Sizes and Colors - link to larger image
Most baitfish are white on the bottom. Most smaller bait fish are olive on top. I like olive and white for smaller flies, and yellow and white for larger ones. If they had to pick one color, most fisherman would pick white, except at night when they would use black. Some, however, swear by chartreuse. There is a saying: " If it ain't chartreuse, it ain't no use." Actually, some fisherman recommend chartreuse for use when the water is murky with the idea that it stands out more.
It also has become popular to add a red chin to Deceiver flies. This is to make the imitation
baitfish look injured and bleeding under the gills.
To see more about the Deceiver Fly follow this link: Deceiver Fly