Published Jul 6. 2021 - 1 year ago

Articulated Marabou Muddler Minnow

A good friend of mine, who’s a guide, called me and said we have an experiment to run! He explained that many of his clients tell him "you should be fishing streamers underneath the hatch... that’s where the big fish are!" So he suggested we fish side-by-side, in dry fly pools, to either prove or disprove this theory. Well I went, I fished and got my ass kicked! See the streamers I fished would crash on the water, drop quickly, requiring lots of line management to keep the flies moving and from getting caught on the bottom. In addition I was creating all sorts of disturbance across the pools. Yeah I caught a few but considering all the fish rising, I know I scared more than I hooked. I came home frustrated and started thinking about designing a fly that would excel in these conditions. The fly needed to land quietly, have amazing action and suspend in the water. So I looked to one of my favorite flies for inspiration (the muddler minnow) and created a larger articulated version. The good news is what I've designed will catch fish in any conditions! Hope this helps you out!

0:00 Introduction
2:01 Rear Hook
4:14 Dubbing Loop (Rear Hook)
10:00 Creating Contrast with Marabou ++
15:26 Front Hook
16:00 Attaching the Rear Hook
17:29 Dubbing Loop (Front Hook)
26:18 Deer Hair (Front Hook)
34:42 Trimming the Deer Hair with Razor
36:30 Using a Lighter to put final touches on deer hair

Materials List
Front Hook - Gamakatsu B10S #8
Rear Hook- Daiichi 2460 #6
Deer Hair (Top) - Olive / Natural
Deer Hair (Belly) - Yellow / Tan
Marabou Montana Fly Company - Tan / Black
Marabou - Cream / Olive
Flash Fly Tyer Dungeon - Star Burst - Gold / Pearl
Flash - Shimmer Fringe - Black Pearl

Stonfo Roto Dubbing Tool
Loon D Loop Tweezers

Martin Joergensen

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