The Meaty Minnow
The Meaty Minnow is a new slow-sinking baitfish pattern I’ve been working on. It’s made from craft fur and flash material. The head of the fly is dubbed from craft fur and trimmed to shape. This fly can be tied in solid colors (chartreuse is great) or in multi-colored versions (shaded with Prismacolor permanent markers) like the ones shown above. The unique eyes on the Meaty Minnow are made from strung plastic beadchain, either in solid black bead chain or colored bead chain with pupils painted on them. Learn how to make the eyes here.
This Meaty Minnow is good for largemouth bass, striped bass, smallmouth bass, speckled trout, and redfish. It’s tied on a Mustad C68SZ hook or a Gamakatsu Octopus Circle hook in sizes #2 to 1/0.
Hook- #2 to 1/0 Mustad C68SZ tarpon hook, or Gamakatsu Octopus Circle
Thread- clear nylon mono
Eyes- strung plastic beadchain
Tail- craft fur
Tail flash- Polar Flash
Body- dubbed/trimmed craft fur
One trick to simplify inserting materials into dubbing loop is to sandwich them between 2 business cards. The butts of the fibers can then be easily placed between the strands of the loop and the cards will smoothly slide free.