It took me over a year to figure out how to
tie this fly the first time. It is a Cyperts
Minnow. I finally got a picture of it online
and then it was simple.
Chenille looped over eye and tied a bend on each side
in choice of color; mylar tubing over the hook eye
and then flat on top and bottom of the fly with the
tubing frayed for a tail.
Materials Cyperts Minnow
Hook - size 6 to 10.
Eyes - Bead chain eyes.
I have these tied in six different colors and they
all work. Let the fish tell you how fast to retrieve
I know there are some purists that will not
like the Flasher, but I sure do. I received
this fly in a swap, liked the way it looked,
tied a few and caught fish with them in a few
This fly is fished at the speed that just keeps
the blade moving a little. I will pause it at
times. The fish really dictate how they want
this fly to move.
Hook - size 6
Flasher - size 00 blade on a loop of
monofilament that is covered with thread wraps
on the hook shank.
Body - is flat silver mylar wrapped over
the thread with super glue on it.
Wing - craft fur. I also use luminescent
white yarn for the wing.
The Streamer Nymph is one of my very
favorite flies. I am not sure why it works but
when all else is not working this is the fly I
Materials Streamer Nymph
I also tie some of these with bead heads to get
a little deeper. This fly is fished very slowly.
I think the orange thread shows through the antron
and looks like a blood line in an insect.
Hook - size 6 to 10.
Thread - Orange.
Tail - Tan marabou.
Body - Tan antron wrapped thin.
Wing - silver or pearly krystal flash.
The Stickle Back is a fly that works very
well at times. I am not sure why it does not always
work but that is why it is fishing and not catching.
Attach the feather at the bend before the body
material goes on. This fly is fished slowly.
Tail - Green feather with barbs off part
of one side.
Body is white chenille wrapped with the feather
over the chenille and thin black chenille on each
side of the feather.
The last of the twelve is a Baby Doll Variant.
Materials Baby Doll Variant
I fish this fly very slowly after letting in drop to
the depth that I want. This is on a size 6 or 8 hook.
Use yellow thread.
Tail - red yarn.
Body - yellow chartreuse chenille.
Back - flat silver mylar.
This is my list of my crappie favorites. I do have a couple
of flies that I saw at Sow Bug that I think just
might get onto the list but I have not fished with
them yet. If you have another fly please let me know.
I did not put on a white wooly bugger as these
other flies out fish it for me. That may be a
matter of confidence. I end up going to the flies
that I trust more to catch fish as I think we all do.
I hope that you can get out on the water.
~ Rick firstname.lastname@example.org
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