This second scenario creates a problem for many wide-body baitfish patterns that ride hook down. Flies that swim this way have a tendency to snag on the obstructions on the bottom. To remedy this problem, I began experimenting with baitfish imitations that swim hook point up. What I came up with is a technique that’s made possible by acrylic adhesive. Regarding feathers, fur and flash, one might argue that there are only so many ways to dress up a hook. Personally, I enjoy the challenge and freedom of tying without an agenda. Fuzzy notions bouncing around in my head that eventually find their way to my vise are where it all starts. Over time, these early ideas continue to evolve with subtle tweaks that will better emulate the motions of life and become more eye-catching to the eyes of hungry predators. My flies are always a work in progress.