Nutria muddler

A favourite night fly for sea trout in the salt

An oldie pattern from GFF

By Martin Joergensen

Once again a muddler. This one is typically tied as a large fly (size 2 or 4) and moves a lot of water (and air...)
Other muddlers are the Small Muddler, Full Metal Jacket Nutria Muddler and the general muddler pattern

The banding does not make it a much different or more effective fly, but it does make it more beautiful and a bit easier to see at night.

It is obtained by using several different colors of deer hair during the stacking process. I normally use bright colors like neon orange, pink, green or yellow mixed with black an natural tan for the sake of contrast It's quite easy to obtain the desired effect.

Hook Any long shank streamer hook 2-10
Thread Tan or black. Heavy for spinning (6/0, Dyna Cord, kevlar or similar)
Body Flat silver tinsel
Rib Oval silver tinsel
Wing Narrow strip of natural Nutria fur tied in Matuka style
Head Stacked deer hair, spun and cut. Natural or colors mixed in bands

See the detalied description for tying a ribbed tinsel body. The methods are applicable here too.

  1. Tie in ribbing along the underside of hook shank
  2. Run thread forwards to form a smooth base for tinsel.
  3. Tie in medium flat silver tinsel a couple of eye widths behind hook eye
  4. Run tinsel to hook bend and forwards again in even turns.
  5. Tie down and cut off
  6. Tie in wing strip with hair pointing towards rear of fly. Strip has to reach beyond hook bend.
  7. Pull up ribbing behind hook
  8. While pulling fur strip tightly backwards, draw ribbing through fur and down on front of hook
  9. Repeat the processing while working towards hook eye
  10. Tie down and cut off ribbbing where tinsel body starts
  11. Tie in 2-3 bundles of deer hair muddler style
  12. Stack the first bundle and let tips reach just beyond middle of hook.
  13. Cut down hair except tips of the first bundle to form a dense, conical head with a collar.


User comments
GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted September 19th 2009


Nope. We don't sell anything. We're an online magazine.
I recommend buying a skin at a furrier and cut your own strips.


From: Jordan Ware · jware52·at·  Link
Submitted September 16th 2009

Do you sell the nutria strips?

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