More About the Muddler
Many days of tough fishing have been saved by variations of the muddler minnow. If the aren’t interested in dry flies or nymphs, perhaps they will give this small streamer pattern a closer look. The muddler is effective in rivers and lakes for trout. You can tie this fly with lead wire wrapped around the body to achieve a little more depth, or in shallow streams the standard weightless model can be effective.
Muddlers are tied to simulate minnows and smaller fish, but they particularly do a great job of representing the sculpin fish. These small fish are found in most trout streams and make a great easy meal for trout.
The Muddler Minnow was originally designed to look messy in order to attract fish. While most contemporary fly tiers would prefer to tie their flies with relative neatness, Gapen was one of the few who advocated untrimmed and wild looking minnow flies. The original Don Gapen minnows were made from spun deer hair, lacked a collar, and did not conform to the usual bullet shape. All in all, they looked like a clump of hair that stuck out in every direction.
The same could be said about the rest of the fly. It made use of a relatively large turkey tail made of what seemed like gold tinsel which was wrapped around the hook shank neglecting all neatness and order. The wing covers a large area of the body, making use of a combination of squirrel and turkey. To finish, the entire design is topped off with a large head made of thread and varnish.
Despite its strange design, the Muddler Minnow is a unique, timeless, and effective fly that will give you one of the best fishing experiences. Don Gapen is widely known in the realm of fishing for his great and innovative contribution to fly tying which has reinvented the way people appreciate fly fishing even to this day.
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