Muddler Minnow |
By Jason Akl
One of the true classic streamer patterns of all time, the Muddler minnow has been deceiving fish for nearly a half century. The Muddler was originally invented by creative fly tier Don Gapen somewhere around the 1950’s, to catch brook trout from the Nippigon River system. Since then this versatile pattern has adapted well to almost all waters both lakes and streams, catching many different species of game fish under a wide range of circumstances. The Muddler minnow is definitely a must have for every serious fly fisherman’s collection.
This unique streamer pattern incorporates a large spun deer hair head into the fly’s construction to add buoyancy and give the fly a very unique look on or in the water. An angler has the choice to fish this fly on the surface or low and slow to imitate baitfish. Which ever way you choose to fish this classic streamer pattern, fish will be sure to cooperate and bite down greedily.
Tie this fly in sizes 6-10.