Email a Friend Puglisi Perfect Minnow
By Jason Akl

If you are looking for that killer minnow pattern then look no further. The Puglisi Perfect Minnow is everything the name spells out and more. These flies are as good as it gets when you are trying to imitate live baitfish. Their shape, color and action make them irresistible.

The Perfect Minnow series of flies are created with an amazingly translucent fiber that was originated by Enrico Puglisi specifically for use in tying large saltwater streamer patterns. This unique fiber in the water behaves like a cross between marabou and bucktail: breathing and pulsating with every strip of the line. Additionally this fiber sheds water rather than absorbing it, keeping large flies lightweight and easy to cast especially in windy conditions.

Tie this fly in sizes 4 - 1/0.
Puglisi Perfect Minnow
Step 1 Start this fly by placing the hook into the vice and securing it tightly. Attach the thread behind the hook eye and wrap down the hook shank with thread until you reach the point on the shank. Clip a small bunch of white EP silky fiber and tie them onto the bottom of the hook shank (if using a rotary vice then invert the hook and tie in the fibers). Clip a second smaller bunch of white EP fiber and tie it on to the top side of the hook shank. With your bodkin or stiff bristle dubbing brush comb out the fibers towards the rear of the fly.
Puglisi Perfect Minnow
Step 2 Select a small bunch of chartreuse EP fibers and tie them on to the top of the white EP fibers. Use your bodkin or comb again and brush out the fibers. This combing action should be removing some of the tied in hair, gently melding the white and chartreuse colors. Create a small neat head for the fly then whip finish and cement the head. Onto each of the sides of the fly epoxy one of the molded eyes. With a red permanent market color a small strip onto the bottom of the fly simulating a gill strip.

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Puglisi Perfect Minnow
Products for this fly:
Tiemco TMC 811S Hooks
Uni 3/0 Tying Thread
Puglisi EP Silky Fibers
Wapsi Prisma Marker Pen
Spirit River 3-D Molded Stick-On Eyes
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