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Manny’s Minnow

This fly is designed to mimic a newly hatched Alevin and often, it will outfish any other minnow imitation ten to one&I suspect it is the movement of the marabou. I use a streamer type hook for this fly, the length matched to whatever mallard flank I have available (friends who are hunters give me duck carcasses and as such, I am uncomfortable requesting a specific feather size.).

No tail.

Body: Silver tinsel (I throw in a silver rib out of habit, but it is superfluous I think), tied to the hook bend.

Beard: Red wool (I use steelhead yarn in several different colors that will never exist in nature)

Underwing: White mallard flank, tied to extend to the end of the hook bend.

Overwing: Eight or ten strands of olive marabou, tied to extend to the same length as the mallard.

That’s it! All parts of the fly are listed in order of when they are tied in. This fly works great all winter long, but especially in early spring — when all the fry are hatching en masse and trout are feeding with abandon. I have fished pools in mid March when it looked like it was raining from rising fry — all being chased by marauding cutthroat below.

Have fun, Archie.
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