Belly Scratcher Minnow

Cheech - November, 2014

In the past year and a half the Low Fat Minnow has quickly become one of my favorite flies for any specie of fish that eats other fish... One of the things I really like about the Low Fat Minnow is that it suspends nicely in the water, and is designed to be fished on a sinking line in order to control the depth of the fly. I knew that I wanted to make a weighted version for rivers, so I started researching about a year ago. I really like throwing big articulated streamers, but I wanted to come up with something that I could throw at those lookers and chasers that might not want to eat something on the large side of the spectrum. I also wanted something that I could tie in various weights without effecting the profile of the fly. Most of the time, more weight means bigger barbell eyes or tungsten beads. One of the great things about the low fat minnow is the slim profile, and adding heavy barbell eyes would take away from that.

Enter the Belly Scratcher Minnow. Pretty much a Low Fat Minnow tied with a weighted belly and a zonker strip for a tail instead of marabou. I also made the head a bit different because I have been playing with some different glues to attach eyes with. I really like the fact that I can vary the weight of the fly to match the water I'm fishing by simply adding or subtracting tungsten beads when I tie it. The initial test for this fly included lots of interest from hungry fish, but my tie-in technique for the beads was flawed, and they ended up falling off of the fly. Once I dialed that in, the fly produced just like I thought it would. It worked along the bottom of the stream bed and proved to be irresistible to some big browns.

This weighting technique is nothing new, so I'm definitely not taking credit for using it. What IS brand new is the new short length of bruiser blend that we are introducing. It's perfect for tying flies like this that don't need the extra length of the original bruiser blend.

~ Cheech

Material List
  • Hook: Gamakatsu B10S - 1 - 25 Pack
  • Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - White
  • Beads : Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Gold - 5/32" (3.8mm)
  • Wire: Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire - Black - Regular
  • Body: Holographic Cactus Chenille - Silver Gold
  • Tail: Micro Pulsator Rabbit Strips - Black Barred Grizzly
  • Heads 1: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Alpha Wolf
  • Heads 2: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Cream
  • Eyes 3D: 3D Holographic Eyes - Super Pearl - 3/16"
  • Marker 1: Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Delta Brown (Dark Brown)
  • Marker 2: Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Goldenrod
  • Tools Used: Loon Applicator Bottle, Cap & Needles ,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing
Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing
Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing
Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing

Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing

$2.95
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

$6.50
Gamakatsu B10S
Gamakatsu B10S

Gamakatsu B10S

$23.50
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier

$2.99
Holographic Cactus Chenille
Holographic Cactus Chenille
Holographic Cactus Chenille
Holographic Cactus Chenille

Holographic Cactus Chenille

$4.50
3D Holographic Eyes
3D Holographic Eyes

3D Holographic Eyes

$4.25
Chartpak Fly Tying Markers
Chartpak Fly Tying Markers
Chartpak Fly Tying Markers

Chartpak Fly Tying Markers

$8.50
Micro Pulsator Rabbit Strips
Micro Pulsator Rabbit Strips

Micro Pulsator Rabbit Strips

$5.50
Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire
Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire

Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire

$6.50
Loon Applicator Bottle, Cap & Needles
Loon Applicator Bottle, Cap & Needles

Loon Applicator Bottle, Cap & Needles

$5.50