As fly fisherman & women we are often looking for flies that will catch multiple different species as well as be effective under various fishing conditions. This is why such flies as the Clouser Deep Minnow and the Woolly Bugger are so popular. Basic colors of these flies work in many different waters for many different fish plus, they can easily be adapted with color changes to be effective in even more situations. In the category of streamers I have found this weeks fly, The Moto Minnow, to be one of these flies. It was originally tied as a trout streamer but I have used it for Smallmouth Bass to great effect. The profile of this fly is broad but the fly itself it not too long. Where I fish for Smallmouth most of the baitfish are from one to two inches in length. Not that a juice 3″ or 4″ fly can’t pick up some nice Bass but most are targeting the most often found bait. The Moto minnow fits nicely in this range. You can make it longer or shorter by varying the hook size or length but the resulting fly has a nice chunky baitfish appearance as it swims in the water.!
In regards to tying the fly, it is pretty straight forward. If you can tie a Woolly Bugger you can tie this fly. The cone and weight are similar to other Bugger patterns designed to get deeper in the water column. The tail is Marabou, same as a Woolly Bugger. The major difference is the body. For the Moto minnow the body is entirely made of hackles; soft hackle to be precise. The first Moto Minnow I was given was made of Ring-Neck Pheasant neck hackles. However, I have seen the Moto minnow tied using Hungarian Partridge and Grouse Hackles. The soft hackles add a great deal of life to the fly as well as bulk along the hook shank. In the video for the Moto Minnow I use Guinea hackles dyed olive. I like the contrast and the olive color works well in our local waters. Tying in the body is probably the most time consuming as it takes anywhere from 5 to 8 feathers which have to be selected, prepped, tied in and wrapped on the shank. If you are tying anything more than half a dozen I would take the time to select and prep your hackles for each fly so when you are at the vice you can simply keep tying. It might seem like a lot of time to select the hackles, prep them and keep them organized ahead of time but when you are at the vice you will see the benefit. Experiment with the colors of materials as well as sizes to meet the needs of your waters and fish. Hope you like it.
|Mustad R72, #4 – #10
|Wapsi UTC 140 Denier, White & Uni-Thread 8/0, White
|Guinea Fowl, dyed Olive
|Rooster Saddle Hackle, White
|Medium Gold Cone & 15 wraps of .020 Lead Wire
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