Mic’s Teardrop Minnow

IMG_8497What most of us do, when we create new streamer style fly types for trout and other fish eating predators, is chasing the teardrop shaped outline of a small fish. The choice makes good sense, since it’s the ultimate aerodynamic or, in this case, hydrodynamic shape. Look at the wings of an airplane, the shape of a submarine, a torpedo – and most common baitfish. Teardrop… all the way.

That was my consideration when designing the Teardrop Minnow. I wanted something that was fast and easy to tie – and with instant teardrop silhouette.

With Natural Sculpin Wool and Woolly Sparkle Dub tied in an adapted hollow tie style, I was able to make a little fat teardrop shaped baitfish imitation. Using basically just these two materials, a pair of 3D eyes, a wide gap sickle style hook and some thread. You can tie 20 of these in an hour, if you want to. And the materials are dirt cheap.

IMG_8483The Teardrop Minnow push a lot of water… making a nice disturbance and vibrations for the predators to detect through their lateral line. It darts and shivers… and the soft wool undulates in a very convincing way.

The fly pictured in this article is a red/white version. Naturally you can tie this fly in any color combination: Provocative hot colors… or natural hues to match the baitfish in your home water.

 

Find more info, fly patterns and tying- and fishing tips on Woolly Sparkle Dub here…

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