For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
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.