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My Muddlers

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The Muddlers

With the advent of learning to Spey Cast, traditional, came the need to work on and perfect swinging streamers, wets and the like. One day this summer, I came across a pool, with limestone edging, that I had dismissed years ago; but this year, the pool was teaming with fish and became my special place this summer.

On one of these days, the water and light was perfect, so I can see the fish rise and chase my fly, from 50+’.  To make it perfect, the fish were eager too!   Given this gift, I use this opportunity to improve my presentation and run through my fly box -> 5 casts each fly … then change … see what flies they were most susceptible too.

In order, the best to darn good …. (all took 2 or more fish in 5 casts):

  • Dave’s Soft Gorilla
  • Marabou Muddler
  • Deceiver
  • Black Nose Dace

After this date, I reduce my flies to those above.  The Muddler and Gorilla were consistent performers through-out the summer, and often pulled out aggressive strikes on slow days.

Is there anything special about my marabou muddler tie. Doubt it, but here are some notes.

The recipe is typically:

  1. Hook – Straight – see below for suggestions
  2. Thread – Uni-Thread 6/0 for Body and 3/0 for Head.
  3. Tail – Krystal Flash or Flashbou
  4. Back Body, Lower – Red Marabou
  5. Back Body – Complimentary Marabou
  6. Wing – Peacock Herl
  7. Collar – Complimentary Deer Hair
  8. Head – Deer Hair – Trimmed to wide flat head
  9. Finish – Use thin (penetrating) glue to the base of head.

Medium Muddler without Complimentary Collar


Hooks, suggestions:

  1. Large – TMC 9394-4 (a little longer would be nice) – Head Size – 9/16″
  2. Medium – Daiichi 1750-8 – Head Size 5/16″
  3. Small – Mustad CS51S-BLN-14 – Head Size 3/16″

Changes for the Smallest Flies:

  1. Replace Marabou with  Unique Hair
  2. Replace Deer Hair with Caribou (In Canada, Super-Fly (distributor) provides Caribou in dyed colours, which also allows you to use a size 6/0 thread).
  3. Use 6/0 Thread for the head.

Small Muddler Green

There it is, my streamer d’été.

Colours used?

  • Green, complimentary Yellow or Chartreuse
  • Black, complimentary Purple
  • White, complimentary Tan or Light Blue
  • Yellow, complimentary Tan or Chartreuse

Presentation?  Greased Line – Swing, either on a intermediate or floating line.

Aside …. an excellent summary on streamer hooks at globalfisher.  Though, for Deceivers and Muddlers, I prefer straight eye hooks. Too each there own.


Written by raspberryfisher

2009/09/13 at 17:38

Posted in Fly-Tying, Streamer

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