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Monday, November 9, 2015

Cheech's Low Fat Minnow

Them Minners work reaaaaaal good...

Bluegill Low Fat Minnow


The Low Fat Minnow isn't really much of a secret anymore, and it's been fished for everything from Tarpon to Trout.  It has gone through many different versions over the past two years, and I've dialed it in to maximize effectiveness and simplicity in tying.  Here is the original "write-up" about the Low Fat: 
I love fishing for bass.  Always have, always will.  Largemouth bass are my favorite fish to chase by far, and up until about 5 years ago, I did it with a fly rod only.  "Fly or die," was my mantra until I found my self living near, and having access to a private pond with an excellent population of healthy bucketmouth.  This pond was covered by weeds most of the months out of the year, and I tried in vain to create the ultimate weedless fly, but I eventually came to the conclusion that I needed to get serious about gear fishing if I wanted to catch these fish.  Long story short, I have about 14 baitcast rigs that get USED.  I love everything about throwing big stuff for bass, and don't be fooled that it is any less technical than fly fishing.  


One fall, I was fishing a lake that has a huge bluegill population and we were throwing lipless crankbaits that yielded a fish on seemingly every cast.  As I lipped a nice fish, It YACKED all over the deck of the boat.  Up from the gullet came 4 or 5 bluegill minnows that really made me change the way I looked at fishing with bluegill patterns.  I could literally see right through them, and their guts looked like little strands of krystal flash.  Instead of going to try to find a crankbait with those characteristics, I immediately started creating a fly in my mind.  Fishing with gear WILL improve your fly fishing and vise versa...  Gear fishing that day led me to start working on a pattern that has both great profile, and translucency.  Through much consultation with Uncle Ken, we decided that Senyo Laser dub is a very versatile material that really has some excellent properties in this fly, and the marabou acts the "guts" of the minnow that will not stay translucent.  When stripped, this fly will flip around and do a 180, so its best to fish this one on a loop knot.  I also didn't put any weight on this fly because the hook is a bit more beefy and will help the fly get down a bit. Happy fishing, and let us know  how the "Low Fat" treats you.

White on White Low Fat
Since then, the biggest changes are to the head material and the hook.  After we came out with Bruiser Blend I knew that it needed to be incorporated into the Low Fat Minnow.  HERE is a good example of a Perch tied with, but the longer fibers of Bruiser Blend didn't really lend well to a small baitfish profile.  Bruiser Blend Jr. is about half the length of the original formula, so it's much better for tying flies with a smaller profile.  The hook that I use is the Daiichi 3111 for most applications, but I will still tie them on a Gamakatsu B10s from time to time.  I like the 3111 because it has a short shank and a very aggressive point.



~ Cheech

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***The Daiichi 3111 has been out of stock for quite a while, but these hooks work well in a pinch.
Gamakatsu SC15 Size 1
Gamakatsu B10s Size 4
Partridge Nordic Tube Hook Size 2


Chub 

Hook: Daiichi 3111 1/0  (+)
Thread: Danville 140 - White  (+)
Tail: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - White  (+)
Underbody: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Tan  (+)
Chenille: Palmer chenille - Rootbeer  (+)
Outer body (top): Bruiser Blend Jr. - Tan  (+)
Outer body (bottom): Bruiser Blend Jr. - Cream  (+)
Eyes: Fish Skull living eyes - Ice (Silver) 5mm  (+)
Head: Loon UV clear resin - flow and thick  (+)
Markers: Top: Brown and black. Bottom: Orange.

Bluegill 

Hook: Daiichi 3111 1/0  (+)
Thread: Danville 140 - White  (+)
Tail: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - White  (+)
Underbody: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Olive  (+)
Chenille: Palmer chenille - orange  (+)
Outer body (top): Bruiser Blend Jr. - brown olive  (+)
Outer body (bottom): Bruiser Blend Jr. - cream  (+)
Eyes: Fish Skull living eyes - Ice (Silver) 5mm  (+)
Head: Loon UV clear resin - flow and thick  (+)
Markers: Top: Black stripes and dot.  Bottom: Neon blue and orange.

Shad (Click HERE to add all items to your cart)
Hook: Daiichi 3111 1/0 (BUY HERE)
Thread: Danville 140 - White (BUY HERE)
Tail: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - White (BUY HERE)
Underbody: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Muskrat Gray (BUY HERE)
Chenille: Palmer chenille - Pearl (BUY HERE)
Outer body (top): Bruiser Blend Jr. - Gray holo (BUY HERE)
Outer body (bottom): Bruiser Blend Jr. - White (BUY HERE)
Eyes: Fish Skull living eyes - Ice (Silver) 5mm (BUY HERE)
Head: Loon UV clear resin - flow and thick (BUY HERE)
Markers: Top: Gray and black.  Bottom: Red gill stripe.

Sexy Shad (Click HERE to add all items to your cart)
Hook: Daiichi 3111 1/0 (BUY HERE)
Thread: Danville 140 - White (BUY HERE)
Tail: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - White (BUY HERE)
Underbody: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Kingfisher Blue, Fl. Chartreuse, Muskrat Gray (BUY HERE)
Chenille: Palmer chenille - Pearl (BUY HERE)
Outer body (top): Bruiser Blend Jr. - Gray holo (BUY HERE)
Outer body (bottom): Bruiser Blend Jr. - White (BUY HERE)
Eyes: Fish Skull living eyes - Ice (Silver) 5mm (BUY HERE)
Head: Loon UV clear resin - flow and thick (BUY HERE)
Markers: Top: Gray and black.  Bottom: Red gill stripe.

White on White 

Hook: Daiichi 3111 1/0  (+)
Thread: Danville 140 - White (BUY HERE)
Tail: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - White (BUY HERE)
Chenille: Palmer chenille - Pearl (BUY HERE)  
Outer body (top): Bruiser Blend Jr. - White (BUY HERE)
Outer body (bottom): Bruiser Blend Jr. - White (BUY HERE)
Eyes: Fish Skull living eyes - Ice (Silver) 5mm (BUY HERE)
Head: Loon UV clear resin - flow and thick (BUY HERE)
Markers: Top: None.  Bottom: Orange.

Perch (Click HERE to add all items to your cart)
Hook: Daiichi 3111 1/0 (BUY HERE)
Thread: Danville 140 - White (BUY HERE)
Tail: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Pale Yellow (BUY HERE)
Underbody: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Olive (BUY HERE)
Chenille: Palmer chenille - Orange (BUY HERE)
Outer body (top): Bruiser Blend Jr. - Brown Olive(BUY HERE)
Outer body (bottom): Bruiser Blend Jr. - Pale Lemon (BUY HERE)
Eyes: Fish Skull living eyes - Ice (Silver) 5mm (BUY HERE)
Head: Loon UV clear resin - flow and thick (BUY HERE)
Markers: Top: Black stripes.  Bottom: Orange gill plate and fins.


Here is the original Bluegill video.


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23 comments:

  1. Very nice and super useful for me down in the phoenix area.
    Kyle
    www.sleepwhenyouredead.com

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  2. Cool Kyle. Let us know how it does for you.

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  3. Hi Cheech, Greetings from Campeche, Mexico, you can add to the species account a pair of salty marks: a Zapatero (Oligoplites saurus) and a Lizard fish (Synodus foetens), captured on a full white belly sexy shad, tied on a #4 10829bln mustad hook.

    Best regards, Ramón.

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    1. Very cool to hear that El Pescadito Sin Graza is fishing well for you!

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  4. This is just the pattern ive been looking for! i actually had bass eating bluegill off my line today ,they keyed in on the those in distress,it was incredible!
    this pattern should most certainly do the trick.

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    1. Excllent Brandon. Let us know how it fishes for you.

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  5. I tied several versions of this fly and finally caught two nice bass on one today. If I can post a picture here I will. Otherwise, .... I tried. Anyway, I'm looking for a larger version of this fly. Also, where can I get the senyo dubbing?

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    1. Cool that you had success with a variation of the low fat. For pictures, it's probably best to post them on our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FlyFishFood?ref=hl) if you are a facebook user. For Senyo Lazer dub, here is a link (http://www.jsflyfishing.com/cgi-bin/item/SM-012170-0000/search/Hareline-Senyo's-Laser-Dub.html)

      Cheech

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  6. If you want to make this fly almost weedless, tie it on an offset shank wide gap worm hook. You can only tie right at the head, but it looks like this fly would work that way if you just use the marabou and laser dub with no chenille body. The fly will swim with the hook "point up" and the point will be covered on both sides by the laser dub and marabou. Tied that way, the fly will slide right past most things that a fly with an exposed hook will get caught on.

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    1. Yessir.. Currently in production and testing as we speak. I tie it on a 25 degree jig hook with a small tungsten bead to make it ride right.

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  7. For weedless, I would suggest tying in a strand of thicker mono near the eye of the hook, pointed back toward the point, just long enough to use the chenille - then tie everything else normal. In my head, this is more work, but well worth it. I'm going to try it out now...

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  8. Brown Trout approved, also.

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    1. Thanks Greg. It's getting a big brother this summer. Would you like to test it at Willard for me?

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    2. aka The Fat Minnow- articulated huh- Cheech- I'll pay for some of these test patterns to use on the Delaware and the Farmington next month. I have 3 weeks vacation and I'm gonna hammer some big browns. ps- have you tried the comb over minnow on the new allen hooks yet? pps- its daniel podobed from facebook.

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    3. Daniel,

      Just let me know how many you want. I'm kind of swamped right now, but I might be able to help you out...

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  10. I've recently started fishing these here in Texas for local Guadalupe bass and it's been an absolute killer on the bass and larger bluegills, and red-breasted sunfish. I have fished it on several river systems down here, awesome fly pattern. Thanks.

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  11. Have you stopped using the Allen MP Carp hooks for this minnow?

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    1. Yes. The points on other hooks is better.

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    2. Yes. The points on other hooks is better.

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