Minnows have a few key features. Most species have very prominent eyes. Small baitfish are often very active, darting and flashing here and there in search of food. Action and flash are features that can awaken the predatory instincts that make many species of game fish bite. On these fly patterns, the painted lead eyes are very realistic. The weight provided by these eyes give this type of fly a distinct darting minnow action when retrieved. The long, sparse buck tail and flashabou wing gives each fly a moving, flashing silhouette. These flies are "killers" for many species of salt water fish such as jacks, roosterfish, permit and bonefish. They are also deadly for trout and bass in both lakes and streams that have good minnow populations.