Published Dec 29. 2022 - 1 year ago
Updated or edited Dec 31. 2022

Brush Minnow

The brush minnow is quite easy once you have the brush. As you could see, just tie in a tail and then wrap the brush, add eyes, and your done. Can't beat that for simplicity. Best of all, it can be fished for a wide range of fish from saltwater species like tarpon or speckled trout, to freshwater species like bass, trout, or even pike (tied larger for pike).

It is much easier to make this fly with a brush, however you can tie it with a dubbing loop instead of a brush if you do not have a dubbing brush table. Without the table there are ways to make brushes still, some videos online show ways. However if you plan on making lots of flies with brushes, then check out the dubbing brush table I use. Its made by Oasis Benches and is the best I've ever used. The price isn't too bad either considering most brush tables are more expensive, and most are not made to its level of quality. To check out the brush table go to

Usually I recommend extra select craft fur, but for this small fly, the regular craft fur works. However if you are going to tie this larger then look into the extra select stuff because it will give you that extra length.

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Hook: Gamakatsu SL12S (size 6) -
Thread: Veevus 6/0 (black) -
Tail: Craft Fur (black) -
Brush: Craft Fur Brush with Flash (black) - Here is a link to a brush I made, but this brush I used is just craft fur and ice dub, cut to about 1 inch long.
Eyes: 3D Fly Tying Eyes (silver, 5mm) -
Glue: Loctite Gell -
Thin Resin: Solarez Thin Hard -
Ultra Thin Resin: Solarez Ultrathin -

Vise: Renzetti Traveler -
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec -
Scissors: Risen 4" All Purpose -
Risen 4" Razor -
Risen mitton Scissors -
Fishers Spring Action -
Hackle Gauge: Griffin Hook and Hackle Gauge -
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass -
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench -
UV Light: Solarez UV Cure (high output) -

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