Minnows


Sinfoil's Fry

HOOK: Dai Riki 700, size 10-12
THREAD: Black 6/0
UNDERBODY: Silver mylar tinsel
BODY: Clear plastic wrap cut into 1/8 inch strip and wrapped
COLLAR: Flourescent red Body Stretch
WING: Sparse widgeon flank or mallard flank fibers
HEAD: Black thread
EYES: Painted black on yellow

Creator of this trout fly: Ken Sinfoil

Uses

This British fry pattern, when properly tied, is a paragon of durability. Only when the fly breaks off will it be rendered unusable. It is an excellent pattern because of its combination of durability, ease in tying, suggestiveness, and effectiveness throughout the season. Fish this fly near weedbeds, banks, docks, and boat ramps.
Imitates small fry (very young fish). Most inch-long fry are white with a dark back, regardless of what colors they possess when they grow bigger.

How to Fish

While the fly can be retrieved, it is most effective when left motionless on the surface. That's because many small fry die, especially if they were stocked from a hatchery truck, and float on the surface.



Minnow (Generic)




Remove a couple of STIM-U-DENTS from the package and position 1 on top of the hook shank as shown, approximately at the barb of the hook.


Switch hands and continue to hold the tooth pick. Mark the tooth pick for length and for the forward shape of the body as shown.



Transfer the measurement to the other tooth pick and tie the tooth picks onto the hook shank. At this time you can head cement the entire body if desired. Then tie in the marabou tail. Tying Note: you could add flat strips of lead (such as TWISTONS) along the body or a piece of lead wire along the under side of the body for a weighted version.


Tie in a strip of bills body braid (green for the back) and a strip of bills body braid (silver or pearl for the body).


Wrap the silver braid forward and tie off. Pull the back braid forward over the top of the body and tie off.


Add eyes and whatever marking you want with the acrylic paint and let dry. Coat the body of the fly with a UV resin or epoxy. overcoat with sally hansens hard as nail polish if necessary.


Minnow (generic)

Hook: your favorite and size
Thread: 6/0 white or clear mono
Under body: shaped stim-u-dent tooth picks
Tail: marabou
Back: bills body braid or equivalent
Over body: bills body braid or equivalent
Eyes and body markings: acrylic paint
Coating: uv resin, epoxy and sally hansens hard as nails

The shown above recipe is merely a suggestion of what to use. As a creative tyer you have the option to switch items in the recipe to suit your needs or material supply.

Weighting Options





An older fly pattern known as the "JANSSEN MINNOW" can be tied in this manner. Paint up your minnow to look like them or be creative.

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