Go mini on Muddlers

by Brian Zinger on February 19, 2018

So far I’ve been twisting up nothing but, gotta have nymphs. They’ll be important to have until the fish start looking up for there food in the spring.

Another food source that is important is baitfish. They too are lethargic during the winter, making them little chase for big chomp. Most Vermont rivers are loaded with sculpin, a small bait fish that trout see and eat year round. These little morsels have large pectoral fins and live on the river bottom. Having a pattern that imitates them is important for those reasons.

My favorite pattern is a Muddler Minnow. I’ll be spinning up some deer hair at this weeks fly tying club to get a ton of these ready for client and guide boxes. It’s another fly that I like in different sizes and need to fish on the bottom so I need bunch of them. Spinning deer hair is the skill required to get a nice shape to the head, while leaving long tips out the side to look like pectoral fins. I like this pattern in different sizes, however a bead head #12 is my favorite.

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