How To Tie The 2-Minute Anchovy

One of the most difficult things in fishing to imitate—at least in my opinion—is small rainbait in the salt, or forage like emerald shiners in freshwater. Make a Clouser or Deceiver just a bit too bulky, and you won't be matching these skinny, nearly transparent wigglers. Lately, we've been smashing false albacore here in the Northeast, and they've been on tiny bay anchovies in a big way. This pattern matches them perfectly, though I have to give my friend Craig Cantelmo credit for showing me the tie. What I like most of all is that you can spin one in a jiffy, and to match your local micro baitfish for smallies or redfish or seatrout, all you have to do is tweak the colors.