Small Muddler

I first choice for night fishing for sea trout

An oldie pattern from GFF

By Martin Joergensen

December 14th 1995

Muddlers are a type of flies that I love to tie and fish with. And they also catch fish. In my small story from the Danish summer night, you can read what this small modest muddler can do. A fly I had a fair success with.

Hook 10, straight eye streamer
Thread Tan (I use 8/0 for tying and 6/0 or kevlar for spinning the deer hair)
Tail Two straws of flash and an optional small bundle of Arctic fox.
Body Dark gray floss silk or thin gray rubber band
Wing Small tuft of black Arctic fox and tips of natural deer hair, stacked
Head Trimmed deer hair, muddler style

  1. Tie in the thread over the point of the hook
  2. Tie in a couple of straws of clear flash almost same length as hook shaft right at the bend.
  3. Take the thread forwards to about three eye widths behind hook eye
  4. Tie in the body material and cover the hook shank down to the bend and back. Bady should gbe tapered towards the back
  5. Tie down the body material and form a thread base for the deer hair
  6. Cut and stack deer hair to form wing. Spin it on the hook shank.
  7. Add one or two more small bundles of spun hair
  8. Finish off fly with a couple of whip finish knots and varnish
  9. When the varnish is dry you trim the fly. Cut under the hook to clear hook point, the the sides and the the top. Trim with sharp or serrated scissors.

Tying a muddler can seem hard, but it's not difficult to learn. Muddlers have a good profile for night fishing and move a lot of water.

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