Mustad 9671 (Fran's favorite hook;#14)
Grey UTC 70 thread
tail - matched turkey tail feathers
gold tinsel body
matched yellow duck quill wings
spun deer hair head
Couple of tips for tying the mini muddler... Tie in the matched turkey tail feathers and gold tinsel at the rear of the hook. Trim the tinsel tag and the turkey up at the front of the hook were you want the body to end. Tie everything down tight with a nice even thread body for the tinsel. It makes wrapping the tinsel much easier and even. When I tie the head, I put a smaller bunch of deer hair under the hook and tie it in and flair it much like an elk hair caddis wing, then add a larger bunch on top, tie it in, flair it, and then take a wrap or two to spin the deer hair. Don't use too much deer hair for the head. I like to trim the head with a double edged razor that I bend by applying pressure to the end with my thumb and middle finger. Tie some up and have some fun with them!
Kirk and I met on Friday to fish a stream I haven't fished since last winter. The brook was bank full and slighty off color, and when I met Kirk he had fished a bit with no interest. He remarked that we should try something bright and colorful. After I drifted the Ausable Bomber through a riffle that always holds fish, I knew he was right. I traded the Bomber for another one of Fran Better's patterns, a yellow winged mini muddler. Drifting through the same riffle brought several responses.
|The first brown of the afternoon that crushed the muddler drifted on top along and undercut bank|
|This little brown launched himself over a low tree branch! Eventually, I was able crawl under the tree to get the line free and get him released and on his way|
|Kirk standing by an old maple, you don't often see trees this large in the Northeast where most of the forests are filled with younger growth on abandoned farmland or forests harvested in the early 1900's|
|The last wild brown of the day that took the muddler dead drifted on top|