Fly Of The Day

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Fly Of The Day fly pattern

Tied by Designed by Dave Kollmann St. Cloud Fly Anglers

Hook: #4 4XL streamer design – mustad #3665
Thread: light brown – 3/0
Tail. red marabou – 12 strands silver flashabou
Body tourmaline mink (cross cut) palmered to 1/8″ behind eye
Hackle: ruffed grouse shoulder feather, 2 wraps
Weight: .030 lead. 8-10 wraps on front 1/3 of shank
Note: you need a piece of cross cut mink hide 1/8″-3/lfi” x 4 3/4″ long for a 4xl hook. special
Notes: coat the hook shank with cement to bond the mink hide to the hook. don’t overlap the Hide when palmering hide on the nook.

I use this pattern for smallies during the summer: using a dead drift and/or a quartering cast down stream with short strips  retrieve on the return.

I had the pleasure of fishing with Dave while living in MN. The Upper Miss River is considered by many to be a world-class smallmouth fishery with many 20″+ fish taken each year. With a power plant in the area it is even possible to fly fish smallies in January (I’ve done it). My largest on the fly was 17.5″, what a rush.

Regards Tinman

 

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