Tying Season Begins

 

Tying season has begun with this Mega Minnow, a single hook, light streamer with a flashy epoxy head and oversize eyes.
Tying season has begun with this Mega Minnow, a single hook, light streamer with a flashy epoxy head and oversize eyes.

When frost on the windshield of the truck becomes a daily occurrence, it means tying season has begun. Long Montana winters make the vise attractive again after a long guide season. During the busy guide season, tying flies is usually a utilitarian activity. Cranking out enough flies for the next day’s trip, trying to keep up with a fast moving hatch, and tying guidey flies that are usually missing something or other but will still catch fish. Once the cold weather hits and we’re stuck inside more often, the creativity at the vise can really start to pop. I’ve been really wanting to get some more epoxy head flies in my personal streamer box, and the Mega Minnow seems like a great place to start. Epoxy heads add a lot of durability to a fly, and can be shaped to give it some funky action as well if you’re particularly skilled with the stuff. This pattern also uses oversize eyes, 3/8″ on a size 2 Gamakatsu B10S hook, which in my opinion are a hot trigger for aggressive streamer eaters. The bucktail adds bulk without weight, and  a saddle hackle two-tone tail adds weightless length.

Mega Minnow Materials List

  • Hook: Gamakatsu B10S, Size 2
  • Tail: Brown and Yellow American Rooster Saddle Hackle
  • Body: EP Streamer Brush: Speckled Orange
  • Holo Gold and Holo Orange Flashabou
  • Yellow Bucktail
  • Brown Bucktail
  • Yellow dyed Grizzly Hackle
  • Hareline Oval Pupil 3D eyes, Orange/Black Pupil
  • Clear Cure Goo Tack Free
  • Copper Glitter
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