Two weeks ago, we posted an article by Tom Rosenbauer about fishing big streamers during the high, cold water of early spring. In his discussion on choosing patterns, Tom offered his 7 favorites. One of the patterns on Tom’s list was Moto’s Minnow. Blog reader Dan C. sent us this email about it:
I was looking at your streamer suggestions for trout in the spring and winter fishing. You had mentioned that Moto’s Minnow was difficult and time consuming to tie. It looks interesting and I am always up for a challenge, but I cannot find any steps or any videos for tying this fly. Tim Flagler puts out great tying videos that I look at every time you guys post one. The orvis recipe says “partridge hen hackle palmered the full length of the body,” but I do not know what that means. If you had a step-by-step with pictures—or maybe we could get Tim Flagler at Tightlines Productions to do a segment on this fly—it would be appreciated.
I sent an email to Joan and Tim Flagler at Tightline Productions to see if they’d be willing to help Dan out, and they obliged. While we’re on the subject of the Flaglers, let me point something out. When you’re watching the video below, make sure it’s set to full-screen and HD. Then try to do that with any other tying video you find on the Web. When I met with the Flaglers at the Somerset Fly-Fishing Show last month, they let me know that they’ve got a few secrets about how they create these videos. They wouldn’t, of course, tell me what these secrets are, but the resulting videos are certainly the best instructional tying tools available and we’re happy they’re part of the OrvisNews.com team.
Hook: 4X-long streamer hook (here a Daiichi 700), sizes 6-10.
Head: Gold cone, size to match hook.
Weight: 12 wraps of .02 lead wire.
Thread: Gray, 8/0 or 70 denier.
Tail: White marabou.
Body: Wrapped partridge feathers.
Hackle: White saddle hackle.
Adhesive: Head cement.
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