Maximum size: 127mm TL (Flittner 1964) roughly 5 inches
Coloration: Live fish are a bright, iridescent silvery green with a silver midlateral band. The back and upper sides are greenish to straw colored, and the venter is silvery white. The dorsal scales are dusted with melanophores and have pigmented margins and clear centers. There is a variable middorsal stripe extending from the back of the head to the caudal base, and the head is diffusely pigmented with melanophores from the occiput anteriorly to the snout. The area between the nostril and eye lacks melanophores and only a few melanophores surround orbit. The lips are pigmented medially and the pigment continues about half way down the midline of the lower jaw. The cheek, suborbital, and opercle are silvery. A lateral band about 1.5 scales wide extends from the opercle to the caudal base, and is diffusely stippled anteriorly, becoming more prominent on the caudal penduncle. Scales along the side are bright and silvery. The dorsal, caudal, and leading rays of the pectoral fins are lined with melanophores, but the remaining rays and membranes are clear. No nuptial colors are exhibited by either sex (Ross 2001)
The rest of this article can be found at http://www.bio.txstate.edu/~tbonner/txfishes/notropis%20atherinoides.htm
Recently I have been experimenting with a more realistic way to tie an Emerald Shiner pattern. The challenge is that I also wanted it to be a relatively easy tie.
Well, the fly below is the finished creation. Designed with swinging in mind, I give to you the "Live Shiner." It isn't much on the eyes when you look at it in it's raw form, but I think you will find that when compared to a true Emerald Shiner, it is a spitting image.
The tying style may look familiar to you if you have ever spent time in the salt, but this is no salt pattern. It is for fresh water and fresh fish. I'm sure this pattern would also work well on saltwater species, but on this day, it's an Emerald Shiner meant for big, fresh, Little Manistee's.