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Pattern Muddler Minnow
Muddler Minnow
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Category Streamers
Entered Mon, 20 Sep 2004
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Hook: TMC 9395 #2-10 Thread: 6/0 for body and wing, 3/0 for hair head Tail: Matched Slips of Mottled Turkey Quill Body: Gold Mini Flat Braid Underwing: Tan Calf Tail Overwing: Matched Slips of Mottled Turkey Quill Collar: Natural Deer Hair Tips Head: Spun and trimmed natural deer body
Pattern Description
The Muddler Minnow is another one of those flies that hardly anyone knows how to tie well. It is rather complicated and entails a few tricks in the tying process to really get it to come out right. I hope to show you how to master the quill wings and the spun deer hair head as well as the proper proportions. The Muddler is a very versatile fly that can be fished dry, wet or as a streamer. Most commonly it is used as a baitfish or sculpin imitation. I like to use the Muddler as a lightweight dropper in a two-streamer set up. The dense deer hair head pushes water and creates vibrations that attract fish even in off color water. Generally I tie it unweighted but have been known to add lead wire to the body or even a cone head. The Muddler is an old fly that seems to have fallen out of favor with most modern fly fishers but it is a great baitfish imitation and is worthy of a spot in your fly box.