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Friday, July 31, 2015

Sparkle Minnow Variation

Fill up a box in no time


As much as I love fishing Complex Twist Buggers, this fly has found a permanent spot in my streamer box because of how simple it is to tie and how effective it is.  I recently went on an excursion with a friend who hadn't really caught fish on streamers, so I tied on a white and gold version of this fly.  Long story short, He's probably tying some up right now...  Anyway, this fly is similar to the MFC Sparkle Minnow after it's all tied, but the method for this one is even more simple, in fact, this fly is easier to tie than a wooly bugger.  

Some variations that work well for this pattern are: 1- Tie the tail out of a single piece of marabou. 2- Use gold, silver, or copper ice dub in a loop instead of the EP brushes. 3- Leave out the Bruiser Blend head.

A word about the EP brushes...  I can typically get 2 flies out of each individual brush, and there are 6 brushes per package.  This stuff is an awesome blend of flashy material that really moves great in the water.  I really hadn't messed much with these until this year, but now I think I have one of each color at my desk.  It's an awesome product.

~ Cheech

Cutthroat on a Golden Ticket


Recipes:

Olive/Brown
Hook: Daiichi 2461 #1-4 (BUY HERE)
Bead: Slotted tungsten cone - Copper 6mm x 5mm (BUY HERE)
Lead Free Wire: .035 (BUY HERE)
Thread: UTC 140 or Danville 210 - black or brown 
Tail: Nature's Spirit prime marabou - olive and brown (BUY HERE)
Body1: Holographic cactus chenille- Brown (BUY HERE)
Body2: EP sparkle brush - Rootbeer (BUY HERE)
Head: Bruiser Blend Jr. - Barf brown or olive brown (BUY HERE)

White/Tan
Hook: Daiichi 2461 #1-4 (BUY HERE)
Bead: Slotted tungsten cone - Black Nickel 6mm x 5mm (BUY HERE)
Lead Free Wire: .035 (BUY HERE)
Thread: UTC 140 or Danville 210 - White
Tail: Nature's Spirit prime marabou - Tan and white (BUY HERE)
Body1: Holographic cactus chenille- Silver gold (BUY HERE)
Body2: EP sparkle brush - Pearl or pearl magic (BUY HERE)
Head: Bruiser Blend Jr. - Cream (BUY HERE)

Copper/Brown
Hook: Daiichi 2461 #1-4 (BUY HERE)
Bead: Slotted tungsten cone - Copper 6mm x 5mm (BUY HERE)
Lead Free Wire: .035 (BUY HERE)
Thread: UTC 140 or Danville 210 - black or brown 
Tail: Nature's Spirit prime marabou - Brown and rusty spinner (BUY HERE)
Body1: Holographic cactus chenille- Brown (BUY HERE)
Body2: EP sparkle brush - Copper (BUY HERE)
Head: Bruiser Blend Jr. - Hidden treasure of sasquatch brown (BUY HERE)

Smaller Variations

Golden Ticket
Hook: Daiichi 1750 #6(BUY HERE)
Bead: Slotted tungsten cone - Gold 5mm x 4mm (BUY HERE)
Lead Free Wire: .035 (BUY HERE)
Thread: UTC 140 or Danville 210 - White
Tail: Nature's Spirit prime marabou - White (BUY HERE)
Body1: Tinsel chenille- Gold (BUY HERE)
Body2: Ice dub - Gold (BUY HERE)
Head: No head on this fly

Silver Ticket
Hook: Daiichi 1750 #6(BUY HERE)
Bead: Slotted tungsten cone - Black nickel 5mm x 4mm (BUY HERE)
Lead Free Wire: .035 (BUY HERE)
Thread: UTC 140 or Danville 210 - White
Tail: Nature's Spirit prime marabou - White (BUY HERE)
Body1: Tinsel chenille- Silver (BUY HERE)
Body2: Ice dub - Silver (BUY HERE)
Head: No head on this fly

Copper Ticket
Hook: Daiichi 1750 #6(BUY HERE)
Bead: Slotted tungsten cone - Copper 5mm x 4mm (BUY HERE)
Lead Free Wire: .035 (BUY HERE)
Thread: UTC 140 or Danville 210 - Brown
Tail: Nature's Spirit prime marabou - Rusty spinner (BUY HERE)
Body1: Tinsel chenille- Copper (BUY HERE)
Body2: Ice dub - Copper (BUY HERE)
Head: No head on this fly




1 comment:

  1. Nice pattern. This thing has Great Lakes Steelhead written all over it.

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