November Fly Salon

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by porterHause, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. porterHause

    porterHause Just call me Jon

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    The theme for this month is.......

    The Muddler Minnow, informally known by anglers, was popularized by Montana, USA fisherman and fly tier Dan Bailey. It is now a popular pattern worldwide and is likely found in nearly every angler's fly box, in one form or another. Due to its universal appeal to game fish, the muddler minnow will remain as an integral tool in sport fishing.The versatility of the Muddler Minnow stems from this pattern's ability to mimic a variety of aquatic and terrestrial forage, ranging from sculpins, to leeches, to grasshoppers, crickets, spent mayflies, emerging green drakes, stonefly nymphs, mice, tadpoles, dace, shiners, chubs, and other "minnows," along with a host of other creatures. There are limitless material and colour variations, however the essence of the Muddler Minnow is a spun deer hair head.

    My phone took a drink last night, so I have no pic as of yet...Will post one ASAP.
     
  2. porterHause

    porterHause Just call me Jon

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    My October Caddis Muddler:

    Hook: Tiemco 4XL Streamer
    Tag: 3 strands Orange Krinkle Mirror Flash
    Body: Orange Antron Yarn
    Wing: 2 Orange Krinkle Mirror Flash strands over 2 Golden Pheasant Feathers
    Spun Deer Head
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    Let's see those muddler's!
     
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  3. Gary Knowels

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    That is a beauty! Do you ever do it with black died deer hair to more closely imitate the black head of the october caddis?
     
  4. porterHause

    porterHause Just call me Jon

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    Thanks! At the time I tied this run of muddler's, I had no black dyed deer hair. I have since acquired black, purple, and orange.
     
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    Ok - you managed to select a fly that I've never been able to get the hang of. Quite frankly, I suck at spinning & trimming deer hair. Never have been able to get things symmetrical or get a nice shape. I was going to bow out this month but decided to take the opportunity to practice. In the past week I've accumulated quite the pile of mangy attempts. This morning I finally got one that turned out better than any I've ever done. So, I'm calling it good. I decided to go with what I know to be the traditional Muddler Minnow.

    Hook: Mustad #8 2XL
    Tail: Matched Turkey Wing
    Body: Gold tinsel w/ gold rib reverse wrap
    Underwing: Brown Calf Tail
    Wing: Matched Turkey Wing
    Head: Spun Natural Deer Hair

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    I may try to retake the photo. This one has a funky line in it for some reason.

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    nice one
     
  7. porterHause

    porterHause Just call me Jon

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    Nice fly TD. Deer hair is definitely not my friend either. Nice work on the wing/tail as well.
     
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    Thanks. Matching the wing and tail was a chore in itself.
     
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    porterHause Just call me Jon

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    Time is getting short! Bump for more muddlers.
     
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    TD Active Member

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    Come on folks! I don't want to be the only entry here.
     
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    Orange Flash Rolled Muddler
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    #$&@#^ spinning deer hair
     

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    TD Active Member

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    I like both of these a lot. Those slim sparse flies look deadly.
     
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    that's a good looking fly - fishy too I expect!!