Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Discovering The Muddler Minnow

On Thursday of last week I discovered a fly. In fact I discovered this fly around dusty dark on one of our local lakes. This thing really lit up my spirits on two different takes right before I left the lake, when I was able to land the two largest bream I have ever caught on the fly rod. This 'thing" I am referring to is the Muddler Minnow. I know many of you have heard of this fly numbers of times, but with me this is my first experience fishing with it. You know in fly fishing there are flies that really have a great looking appearance to the individual who is fishing it. Then, there are also files in my opinion that are just plain ugly and their appearance looks grungy; well this is the Muddler. But regardless of appearance this thing will catch fish. I did a little research on the Muddler and found out it has been around since 1937. Don Gapen from Minnesota first tied the fly to imitate the slimy sculpin. To me it looks more like a moth. I like the fact that I can fish it as a dry or as a nymph. I landed both big gills with the dry presentation, but I will be trying it as a nymph on my next trip. The Muddler could be the fly to help me land some of those elusive 14" to 16" bows on our tailrace  below Smith Lake.  I would need to add a weight to get the fly down where the big boys hang out. I found the version I was using last week in a fly shop in Birmingham Alabama which is about 30 minutes south of Jasper. I only bought just the one thinking negatives thoughts about the two bucks I paid for it, but now after it proved it worth here I am keyboarding its praises. In fact I was so impressed that I paid that fly shop another visit this past weekend and bought two other colors. I will post a report on their progress on the water in the coming weeks. 

I found out that these minnows come in a variety of color combos. The ones I have been using is size 8. If you have a story concerning these minnows please feel free to complete.

4 comments:

Pat Cohen (smalliestalker) said...

hey Bill...Muddlers are great all around species flies...I've caught trout, pickerel, LMB, SMB, gills and crappie on them...Good luck...oh, those were some terrific looking flies that you directed me to....

Bill Trussell said...

I am trying the Muddler on our tailrace next Saturday. I hope to land some of the larger trout in the deep pools. The website link I sent you shows some of the best tied poppers I have ever seen. What impresses me about their poppers is the great detail they put into the files. I have been using their poppers for years.

Jason Gill said...

I can honestly say that i have only muddler minnow in my box and the only time that i even put it on as an attractor pattern for a San Juan Worm, or some other fly that i really want to use. How did you use them for blue gill? I would like to learn some lesson's from you about that. Also look at the link for a streamer on my page i think you will like it and when you come up i will give you some that i have tied and you can let me know how they work in your box.

Bill Trussell said...

Hi Jason
You can use the Muddler as an attractor with a small nymph as the dropper. I will be using that set-up on my next trip. I am really impressed with this little fly.