I came across the "Murmansk Munroe" while thumbing a copy of Trout & Salmon by R. Valentine Atkinson (page 166). Its color, shape and materials make it a nearly perfect candidate for conversion to a Brook Trout streamer. And not much of a conversion - just a simple swap of the Salmon iron for a streamer hook.
Did some 'Googling'. Asked some questions. As far as I can tell, the Murmansk Munroe is a cousin of the Murmansk Killer which is itself a cousin of the Munroe Killer. (?)
Pics below for the Murmansk Killer, copied from the Mann book, and the 'highly convertable' Murmansk Munroe, copied from the Atkinson book.
With another 12 inches of snow to the ground in Maine today, there will be plenty of time to sort this one out...
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I also Googled the fly, but found nothing. But I didn't give Chris' books one thought. I have the latest volume 'Directory of Salmon Flies" on my table right next to the computer since I'm writing up a review of it, and one look in the index and I found it... The Murmansk Killer, a Munroe derivative. Duh!
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I'll post a pic of the "Murmansk Munroe Brook Trout Conversion Fly" when time allows. Copper tinsel, orange dyed squirrel tail, red bucktail and yellow hackle. A Brook Trout magnet, if ever there was one...
I've burned through several versions of this pattern. Copper tinsel, copper braid, more red bucktail, less orange squirrel, yellow hackle fibers, yellow whatever, etc. Frankly, Brook Trout are not too picky. Certainly not in the Fall (when I fish most). The spawn is on and their minds are elsewhere.
It's not the best conversion I've tied. It's certainly not the worst. It gets the job done:
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