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Simple Minnow Fly

By Brenton Roberts

No matter the time of year, Florida anglers will find minnows from the beaches to the backwaters. Many fly anglers have tried to create a fly that resembles these abundant baitfish. Here is a fly that is very simple to tie and only requires two materials, some type of synthetic material, preferably Congo Hair, but Enrico Pluglisi and other synthetics work as well. You will also need some flash, angel hair is appropriate for this particular pattern because it is so fine. It is usually tied on a size 2 or 4 hook and comes out to about 2 inches in length overall, tied using mono thread. This fly has proven itself while casting at staging dock light snook and trout or slow cruising beach snook. It is very versatile and can be thrown around mangroves, anywhere there is small baits such as little pilchards or glass minnows and even finger mullet. When throwing this fly, quick strips that make the fly resemble a fleeing baitfish end in the best results.

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