Anybody got a killer Stickleback pattern they want to share?


I think I'll steal Jack's approach to tie some bait fish patterns for warmwater species. With a few changes in material color, I think the fly could look like a baby LMB.

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
Finally...the "voice from the back of the room" speaks up! I'll have to take your recommendation to heart, your moniker being what it is.;)

I have some olive-dyed Mallard Flank and olive deer hair, and I really need to practice spinning deer that I can tie up some Muddlers. Those will be good tying practice, when I get around to 'em. Suddenly, my "to do" list looks like its getting way ahead of me again!

Trust me.... I know ;)

Those of us who fasten feather and fur to hook don't want to admit it but there is only a handful of flies that we really need. The muddler is certainly in that handful. ;)
The barring in the olive mallard will do well to replicate the barring in the stickleback.... One cutthroat lake that I fish has a lot of stickleback in it and I find that an olive woolly bugger with a barred marabou tail works magic. Easier to tie than muddlers too!

Not to prolong this thread too much but Bob Newman hit it early on when he suggested the Rolled Muddler. But is is always fun to try something different at the vise.
The Rolled Muddler is a pattern that I have used for trout (mostly browns) since the early 70's when it first became popular. I only just found out that it was developed by Tom Murray specifically for cutthroat trout and meant to imitate salt water beach sticklebacks.
Again referring to Art Lingren's book, there are some very interesting anecdotes about the rolled muddler. Well worth the read if you get the chance.
I just dug out an old fly wallet of mine and found my rolled muddler stash. Most of them are a bit chewed up and the hooks a bit rusty. Time to make up a new supply.
Photo: Muddler with some well rolled Rolled Muddlers. IMG_0948.jpeg

Here is the pattern for the Rolled Muddler:
Hook: #12 Mustad 9671 (2x long) Note: I think a 9672 (3x long) works too.
Tail: Light Mallard
Body: Silver Mylar
Rib: Oval tinsel, reverse wrapped
Wing: Rolled or slender strips of light Mallard flank feather
Head: Deer hair, spun and clipped with a few strands of deer hair extending down along the body. Use red tying thread and tie deer hair in so that there is some red thread showing behind and n front of the head.
Originator: Tom Murray
I don't think Art Lingren will mind me passing on this pattern from his book.
IMG_0965.jpg stickl2 2.jpg In my bunch of fly tying stuff I came across these feathers which I think will make perfect wings for a stickleback pattern. Looks good. Can anyone name these feathers? I'll be darned if I can remember what they are.

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