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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mongrel Meat

A fly made for carnivores

Mongrel Meat : mongrellus truttaconsuma

To be honest, I have a list of names that I keep near my desk in the event that something comes off the vise that is worthy.  This fly flew off the vise one night, and it definitely fit the name.  Off to the streamer river for testing.  I was fishing a stretch of river that isn't totally loaded with fish, but the fish that are there are a bit bigger than average - a perfect testing ground for this morsel of bait.  I won't go into details, but the fish came from far and wide to eat this fly.
This mongrel ate the meat


OK, so I will go into details.
Uneducated Mongrels eat!

I knew that I wanted to have something in my arsenal that was a little bit less flashy than the Cheech Leech, but a little bit more bulky.  The Mongrel Meat has gone on some great trips so far, and I have found two types of water where it excels - flat froggy water, and gin clear water.  My theory is that the fish can already see stuff moving through the water in these water types, so something as flashy as the Cheech Leech might not be needed attract attention.  For super clear water the mongrel shows up loud and clear, and for froggy slow water, it pushes more water than a more slim presentation.  At any rate, the Mongrel has done some SERIOUS work for me in the last couple of months, so take some time to check out the video so you can tie some of your own.  You can now find some of the materials for this fly at our new store.  I have made hyperlinks below to the exact materials that I used.

~ Cheech

Brown Trout on Mongrel

Another mongrel bites the meat

New updated recipe!

Material List

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Hook: Gamakatsu B10S - 1 - 25 Pack     
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - Olive Brown     
Tails/Collar: Nature's Spirit Strung Marabou - Olive     
Body: Holographic Cactus Chenille - Olive     
Hackle: Schlappen - Olive     
Front Collar: Arctic Fox Tail Hair - Olive     
Connection Beads: 3D Articulation Beads - Olive     
Articulation Wire: Articulation Wire     
Barbell: Lead Barbell Eyes - Plain (Dull) - Medium (5/32" / 4 mm)     
Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .035     
Flash: Holographic Flashabou - Chartreuse - 6989     
Head: Senyo Laser Yarn Dubbing - Sculpin Olive     
Eyes: 3D Holographic Eyes - Super Pearl - 1/4"     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow     


  1. I went fishing with Cheech. We were told there were 12 to 18 inch fussy Cuts to be had on hoppers. As we hit the creek the rain began under a heavy overcast sky. The surface of the water is a mess. Looks like hoppers are not going to work but I tied one on anyway. Not two or three minutes later I hear a holler from Cheech. "Oh my gosh, this is a big fish." I helped him net it and noticed the glob in its mouth. "What on earth is that?" I asked. "Mongrel Meat," came the straight-faced reply. "Well named," says I. "That's got to be the ugliest fly I have ever seen." Ugly or not, it caught a bunch of large cuts. We never did see anything under 15 inches. Guess I need to add "Mongrel Meat" to my fly book.

    1. What a trip... Many mongrels came to hand with this meaty offering. Thanks again.

  2. HI Cheech, just looking back on this. I have a bunch of B10s hooks (size 1,2,4) and Allen 402's (size 4) and some Mustads (size 6 similar to the Allen 402. How would you swap in these hooks to use for this pattern effectively?

    1. I now use the Gammy B10 S size 1 for the front hook, and the Daiichi 2461 size 2 for the back hook. The 2461 runs a bit small, so you could do an S402 in a size 4 for the back hook if you needed to.

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