Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Mini Muddler

Here in the northeast there's a following of sorts of Fran Betters and the patterns he created. In Connecticut we have a group of die hard small stream fly fishers who push this almost to the max. This is a tribute to one of the flies he modified from an existing one and I like to think did so for the small stream.

The fly is the mini muddler. It's a small version of Don Gapens muddler minnow. Fran took the original and scaled it back. This fly is deadly on small streams especially with wild brook trout. Below are a couple of mini muddlers I tied. I tied these using a yellow wing and a tail from a grouse feather.


Mini muddlers. These are size 12's. They are tied on a 9671 Mustad hook. So armed with these I fished a stream a few days ago.


There's so much to see along the stream these days. As I stopped to change flies, the fly I had on was not the fly I was to fish. Opening the fly box I noticed the mini muddlers were in the car. I was not feeling like walking back so I looked in the box for something else to fish with. It was then that a fly was spotted, a fly that Mark had tied for me some time ago. It was a mini muddler, tied with a yellow wing. I tied this fly on and proceeded to have a fine outing.


Mini muddler as tied by Mark. I think he to is a fancier of Fran Betters.


It did not take long for the fly to be successful.


The beauty of the mini muddler is the versatility. It can be fished as a streamer, wet fly, or fished dry.


This guy came from under that wood pile in the stream.


Where this tributary joins the small stream I was fishing this day I caught this wonderful little guy on the mini muddler.


If you can tie some of these up, if you don't tie you can purchase a few, and give them a try.





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24 comments:

  1. Alan - nice to see you out there again. I came across the mini muddled in Frans pattern book a couple of winters ago. He described a variation with a yellow duck quill wing as being very effective for small stream brook trout. I tried a few last year and found his advice to be spot on. He was an amazing innovator in fly design!

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    1. Mark,
      Thanks.
      I've got the same book. And he was a tyer that knew what fish liked.

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  2. Have you tried tying a few with a bit of weight on them? Such as a small black or gold beadbead? Sometimes I like it because it gets it below the surface faster (being a bulky fly) which can be important on a small stream.

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    1. Peter F.
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      I've never tried them weighted in a small stream, although I have fished a conehead version in larger rivers.
      Might have to give it a try.

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  3. Nice shots of the wildflowers too! I think the purple one is fringed polygala and the white starflower

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    1. Mark,
      Seems as if every time your out now there's a new flower about. Wonderful times.

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  4. love that you share your area and its beauty as well as the fish and ties. :)

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.
      Theresa it's my pleasure.

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    1. Howard,
      Thanks.
      Now there's a comment I've never gotten. It's appreciated Howard.

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  6. Outstanding pattern, Alan. I am in no way a Muddler aficionado, but, I can see small stream trout tearing this up. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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    1. Mel Moore,
      Thanks.
      I've been told that there is no middle ground on the muddler, love it or don't.
      Small stream trout, especially brookies do indeed tear it up.

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  7. Nice muddlers Alan, various mini muddlers are popular over here too, not so much on rivers but ginked up for surface disturbance on lochs.

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    1. brian,
      Thanks.
      That's interesting. I may try that over here on a pond or two.

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  8. Very nice ties, you did an excellent job on the ties and as always beautiful trout. P.S. I am headed trout fishing next week and am going to be sure to give those flies you sent me a spin or two. Thanks again.

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    1. Atlas,
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      That's great buddy. I'll be waiting for your report.

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  9. Alan
    The Muddler is one of my favorites, but the ones I fish doesn't compare with the ones you tie. I have not tried this fly on the tailrace but come July I will give it a try. I will spend the rest of May and all of June on the lake with an occasional trip to the tailrace when the hatch is tremendous. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      It's a good fly Bill. The rainbows will take them. They will tempt a bass or two from time to time.

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  10. Like those little muddlers.

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    1. ssj,
      Thanks.
      Great small stream flies.

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  11. Alan...

    i'm going to Maine for a week...Grand Lake Stream area...i'll try to take some pics of the native brookies that reside there...

    wish me luck!!!

    tight lines on those thin-blue 1's... :)

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  12. flyfisher1000,
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    Dave you are lucky. Hope the weather is in your favor, and the trout and salmon hit everything that's presented.

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  13. Mini-Muddler and the Muddler Minnow itself-- great patterns! Also enjoyed the flower pics-- fringed polygala and starflower.

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    1. rivertoprambles,
      Thanks.
      Walt that they are.
      Those polygala are truly beautiful.

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