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#1 Tom

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 10:55 AM

tying up some of these for the shop today, figured I'd do a tutorial as I tied one.

wrap a gold tinsel body, leaving about 1/4 of the hookshank bare
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add squirrel tail wing
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flank either side of the squirrel tail and hook with a matched lemon woodduck feather
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stack and spin your first clump of deer body hair
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spin another clump of hair on. Whip finish and cut thread
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I like to use comparadun deer hair for smaller muddler style flies. It is a bit shorter, however it has nice fine tips that make a nice collar
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I like to tie a batch up and then trim them all at one time
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One of the completed flies
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Posted 14 November 2009 - 12:28 PM

A nice fly, and well tied. Not to mention they catch fish.

Thanks for the instruction.




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Posted 14 November 2009 - 01:29 PM

Very nice. Thanks.
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Posted 18 November 2009 - 03:13 PM

Definately a fish catcher... I prefer to make my heads with olive deer hair, and I tie the heads VERY sparse, maybe 20 deer hairs, but it is a great pattern. I also use yellow bucktail under the wing rather than squirel.

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 04:56 PM

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 08:58 AM

Amazing how ones perception can evolve a new patern.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 03:33 PM

down eastah for sure, need some

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 09:53 AM

Nice looking tie!biggrin.gif
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Posted 28 November 2009 - 10:06 AM

I've often wondered if the foundation for Galloups Zoo Cougar was this ole Maine staple.....

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:20 PM

Thanks for the tutorial on the muddler.

The muddler is not only a very good Trout pattern, but it is a very good Steelhead fly pattern as well.
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Posted 02 December 2009 - 06:25 AM

Well done Tom.cool.gifcool.gifcool.gif
That is a deadly pattern on the waters that it was named for.wink.gifwink.gif
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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:06 PM

Nice job. I believe you left out a step or 2 but your close. I always tie a few strands of longer deer hair over the top, add a tail same material as wing, and thread to match color of deer hair.

 

Some historical facts: I began tying this pattern as a young angler back in the 1960ies when I was 13 or so as I modified the original muddler minnow pattern by substitution of died mallard for the turkey wing. For many years I referred to this fly as "my muddler" as it was just a fly in my box that happened to be the most productive. It received its current name when I gave some to my friend John Blunt who owns and operates Grants Camps to try. John Liked it so much, he named it the Kennebago Muddler. John also claimed that if you trim the head small, it will fish better. After that it became a very popular pattern made famous on Kennebago Lake for its unmatched productivity.

 

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:25 AM

Nice piece of Maine fly-fish history right there. I'll give it a try. 

 

Thanks Mike!



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 11:42 AM

Thanks Mike,

 

I'm glad you chimed in. I always thought you put your wood duck or mallard in as a flat wing. But given that you didn't take exception to that step, I'll try putting them in Horneburg style.  



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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:56 PM

Thanks Mike,
 
I'm glad you chimed in. I always thought you put your wood duck or mallard in as a flat wing. But given that you didn't take exception to that step, I'll try putting them in Horneburg style.  

I'm glad you brought that up. You are correct. The mallard wing should be tied in over the top of the hook (Horneburg style). Also, the head and collar should be 2/3 the size of what's shown in the picture and taper head back tangent with the deer hair collar then trim the bottom flat and parallel to the hook shank. Proportions are important.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:32 AM

Mike,

This is a great post.  I'm a bit of a pattern historian and with so many individual takes out there I always like seeing the originators true version of a pattern.  Is it at all possible you have the ability to post a picture or the dressing for one of yours?  I'd really appreciate it.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:56 AM

Who the heck is Michael Arsenault??????????? :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:

 


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 01:41 PM

Right now I'm in the CO Rockies fishing the Taylor and Gunnison. When I have time, I will post a pic of the real McCoy. Fishing here has been very good. Hatches include Blue Winged Olives, Yellow sallies, Pale Morning Dun, Green Drakes, and Caddis in the evenings.
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Posted 23 July 2013 - 01:06 PM

Thanks, Mike.  Looking forward to seeing one tied by you.

Fishing sounds sweet, hope you've had a bend in the rod!



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Posted 27 May 2014 - 11:49 PM

Hi what hook did you use and size Thanks Sleepy <((((<
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