I've had a couple requests for tuna patterns. There are plenty of good ones, but this is my favorite. Not sure what to call it but is probably just a variation of an existing pattern or maybe a combination. Whatever it is, the pattern has worked for NW tuna, and in Baja for dorado and ladyfish. Haven't tested it on salmon or rockfish yet but hope to scratch them off the list later this summer. Made some tweaks with this version. I originally tied the wing using FisHair but it didn't give the fly much movement. EP fibers worked great for movement, but didn't work well for shaping the profile - at least the way I tie it. So in this version I alternate layers of both which seems to solve both issues. Also added the lateral scale "handles" for the eyes. Hook - Umpqua U401 SS (2/0 shown) Thread - White 210 Ultra Thread Wing: FisHair - "Polar Bear" white EP Fiber - White Angel Hair - Peacock Body: Dubbing - Brite Blend White Hanked Lite Brite - Holographic Silver Head: 3D molded eyes (3/16") Lateral Scale 5 minute epoxy (2-part) Silver Creek UV resin Wrap shank from eye to just short of point… Starting at the rear, tie in a small bundle of FisHair fibers on underside of shank, extending back about 2/3 hook length as a tail - splitting the bundle on either side of hook bend. Then wrap forward about 1/4", split the bundle again, fold backwards and tie down on top side of shank. Wrap about halfway back, loosening tension to gather top and bottom fibers into alignment with shank, and wrap forward again to fold point. Then trim off topside bundle about 1/2" longer than bottom. When repeated, this under/over layering builds the baitfish profile and integrates the hook into the "belly" (sorry for the crappy pic!). Repeat with a bundle of EP fiber aligned slightly short of ends of previous bundle on underside, and trimming off about 1/2" longer on top. Then lightly dub the wrapped section with white Brite Blend (or white dubbing of choice) before folding back and tying down top bundles. Dubbing will cause each successive bundle to "flare" at a slightly greater angle away from the shank (up or down - not outward). Wrap forward about 1/4", dub wrapped section, and repeat sequence with another bundle of FisHair - continuing with the shorter-under/longer-over pattern. Repeat above sequence again with EP. At this point the baitfish shape should be starting to show. Trim as needed by holding ends of fibers and snipping towards tail to refine baitfish shape, including belly section in overall profile. Allow fibers to stick out freely when trimming belly section to get shape accurate. Edit: I do virtually all the profile trimming from the underside. Some exceptions would be when tying patterns with a deeper vertical profile when shaping intermediate bundles of shorter lengths to build the wing profile upwards. Repeat alternating the fiber bundles, and dubbing, tying forward until wing base is just short of hook eye (leaving enough room to tie in flash and top wing without creating a bulky head). Next tie in sparse bundles of silver Lite Brite on either side of body to length of shank and aligned with wing fibers. Fold bundles backward and tie down trimming to half-length of shank (concentrating flash on body and head portion of fly). For the wing top, tie down a sparse bundle of Peacock Angel Hair slightly longer than bend of hook, leaving the longer remaining part hanging forward. Top wing should neatly intersect at base of eye. Chop up some silver Lite Brite and sparsely dub before tying back top of wing (this helps define the head when epoxied). Add more Angel Hair if needed for correct light/dark proportions (if possible without making head bulky). Then make final trims to finished baitfish profile, and pick-out/trim the dubbed Lite Brite as desired at the head. Fly is now ready for eyes. A view of the alternating EP and FisHair wing structure and trimmed belly profile. Stick 3D eyes to hook-length sections of Lateral Scale with strips offset to top half of eye. Trim strips at a shallow angle at rear to blend with wing curvature. The Lateral Scale strips make nice "handles" for positioning the eyes. Tie down tips in front with the strips aligned on light/dark transition in the wing. Half hitch and and trim thread. Secure eyes in place with a drop of UV resin on backside. Fly is now ready for 2-part head epoxy. Finished fly should be relatively sparse and thin in cross-section. On this one I used fine-point markers in olive and aqua to visually blend the top of the eye and front of lateral scale strip with the top wing before applying epoxy.