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    Default The MAGIC HEAD FLOATING MINNOW PATTERN

    Hi Guys ok well at the request from a few on the forum I have provided a step by step for my Floating Minnow Pattern. The great thing about this pattern is as it’s a generic floating fry pattern it can be adapted in any way you see fit to suit whatever your quarry is or your preferences and im sure would work well in both fresh and saltwater. As in my previous post I have fished this pattern for a number of years and found it works very well all year round but obviously at this time of year can be quite literally lethal. Fished on either a floating line and med to long leader twitched, static, figure of eight or stripped all can work it just depends on the conditions on the day. If there is suface activity when the trout are shoaling the fry – cast this pattern out into the middle of this activity and HOLD ON!!! N.B. Smash Takes are the norm with this pattern so take extra care with your knots and again 10-12lb leader minimum. Again also works well on most sinkers from slime to di-8. If any of you tie this pattern plse let me know on this post or pm me as to how you get on with it.

    THE FLOATING MINNOW PATTEN


    HOOK - DAICHI 2546 / MUSTAD M34007 SIZES 4-2/0
    THREAD - 6/0 DANVILLE'S WHITE / GUDEBROD GX2 WHITE (OR COLOUR TO SUIT BRAID USED)
    BODY – Ό”, ½” , 1” PEARL, SILVER, GOLD, BLACK/GOLD E-Z BODY BRAID OR CORSAIR TUBING , OR GATOR BRAID BY TURRALL
    TAIL & INSERT – WHITE OR COLOURED FOAM TO MATCH E.G PLASTAZOTE THE LIST IS ENDLESS, OF A SUFFICIENT THICKNESS AND WIDTH TO FLOAT THE FLY & WHITE BLOOD MARABOU + COTTON BUD
    EYES - HOLOGRAPHIC NATURAL / RED / YELLOW (COLOUR TO SUIT)
    MAGIC HEAD - MARC PETITJEAN (OPTIONAL)
    TYING DIFFICULTY – MEDIUM / ADVANCED

    N.B.
    This Pattern is more difficult to tie than others as it does entail more steps in the tying and can be a little bit more “fiddley” – having said that after a couple under your belt you should have got the knack of it.

    STEP 1

    OK take a cotton bud preferably unused and after removing the cotton cut a piece of the plastic off anywhere from 10-25 mm - then place it either into a tube fly needle or a small hook (either works just ensure the tubing does not spin around and is held securely. Then attach some tying thread to the tube and wind in a small amount of thread.





    STEP 2

    Take a plume of white blood marabou and then pinch a portion and tie in on the top of the tubing. Then take a second clump and tie in underneath - whip finish, trim excess and varnish.









    STEP 3

    Take your block / piece of foam and using a razor blade or a "lollipop blade" (2 lollypop sticks glued together and then 2 small blades glued either side) cut out a piece of foam of sufficient density to float the fly but also narrow enough to fit easily into the tube. Cut a piece 1.5 - 2 times the length of the hook being used.





    STEP 4

    Take the piece of foam and then make an incision down the centre so that the foam forms a "y" shape. Take the "marabou tail tube" and cut off any excess tubing so that 5-7mm remains and then place in-between the foam incision and then tie in. This bit is a little tricky as you cant put it into the vice to do this but tie in and whip finish holding it in your hands.





    STEP 5

    Determine how long you want the front portion of the body to be and then poke the eye of the hook into the mesh of the tubing (between the thread lines) at a point that allows you to achieve your desired length. Then attach the tying thread on to the hook just behind the eye.





    STEP 6

    Take the piece of foam and then insert it through the rear of the tubing - push it until it comes out the front end. Then tie down the foam and trim off any excess.



    STEP 7

    Now go to the tail and tie the tubing down (ensure the thread lines are again parallel), and trim off any excess tubing.



    (PLSE CLICK PART 2 AS ONLY ALLOWED 20 PICS PER POSTING)

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    Cheers for that Luck Lukey

    A link to Part 2 http://www.flyforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=15408
    a fisherman who has completed his mortal time discovers he has actually gone to hell when condemned for eternity to fish for one species in one stretch of river.

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    Indeed, thanks for both patterns. I'll thank you again with the first salmon on the barbie.

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