Published Mar 24. 2022 - 2 years ago
Updated or edited Mar 24. 2022

Brush Minnow

This fly is something Im calling a brush minnow. I am positive something similar or exact has been tied before so I am not saying I came up with the pattern, but it is something I tie quite often. Both for myself, and for many of my customers. A smaller version is one I tie for Ryan Sause down in Florida to fish for some baby tarpon. He finds the tarpon there where he wades target small little baitfish. He wants something durable but also not too expensive. So once a brush is made, I can tie 5 or more of these flies and get them done very quickly for him which reduces the cost of the fly.

Its quite simple to tie. Basically once you make the brush (or you can buy one) you just tie in the tail portion, then wrap the brush up the body and its done! Of course you can fancy it up with some eyes which I usually do. It also works well in much larger sizes as well, however if you tie it much larger than I did here on this video, make sure you add a bit of more stiff material under the tail like bucktail so it wont foul on the hook as craft fur is very soft. But of course this makes for a very life filled fly that moves with the current and flows well when stripped.

Go check out Ryan's Instagram where he posts pictures of a wide range of different fish species he catches. From bass, to tarpon, to even tilapia, and peacock bass. Florida has a lot of different species, and he sure does seem to hook so many awesome different ones. Go to instagram and search for - fishing_with_sause

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Brush Materials
Brush Table: Oasis Benches Dubbing Brush Table -
Brush Wire: Uni Dubbing Brush Wire (.006) -
Base: Craft Store Craft Fur (Black) -
Flash: Starburst Dubbing (Red) -

If you just want to buy the brush, you can use this one -

Fly Materials
Hook: Gamakatsu SL12S (size 2) -
Thread: Veevus 140 Power Thread (black) -
Tail: Extra Select Craft Fur (black) -
Tail Flash: Krystal Flash (silver) -
Eyes: Fish Skull Living Eyes (ice/6mm) -
Glue: Loctite Gel -
Filling Resin: Solarez Thin -
Coating Resin: Solarez Ultra Thin (clear) -

Vise: Renzetti Traveler -
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec -
Scissors: Risen Spring Assist -
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass -
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench -
UV Light: Solarez UV Cure (high output) -

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