Tying the Mini Minnow

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Mini Minnow

Today we are tying up a Mini Minnow.  It is a small, but versatile baitfish imitator, that is great for sunfish, bass, or anything that might eat a minnow.  It is also super quick and easy to tie up.  I almost always tie it up in this white and silver pattern, but sometimes all white or white/chartreuse works well also.  I hope you learn something, and I hope you enjoy!  Be sure to check back every Tuesday for another Tuesday Tie with TFFF!


Ingredients

  • Hook: Size 12 nymph hook
  • Thread: Lighter White thread
  • Eyes: Small Bead Chain (Silver)
  • Tail: Crystal Flash
  • Sides: Prizm Hologram Thread
  • Belly: Marabou (White for this pattern)
  • Top: Gray Bucktail

Steps

  1. Place the hook in a vice and lay a base of thread from the eye down the hook to the bend.  Come back up and add a "bump" of thread about 1/3 the way down from the eye of the hook.
  2. At the bump, tie in your bead chain eyes. Neatly wrap back down to the bend of the hook.  Add a drop of super glue if you would like.
  3. Wrap in the Crystal Flash tail.  It should extend about a hook length past the hook.
  4. Wrap up to the eyes and wrap in the "sides" of your mini minnow just behind the bead chain.  I use Prizm Hologram Thread.
  5. Bring your thread in front of the eyes, and wrap in a small clump of Marabou for the body.  Tie it on in front of the eyes, then pull it over and wrap it behind the eyes also.  "Pinch" the Marabou to trim it to about the length of the hook.
  6. Wrap in the next set of Marabou belly.  Only wrap this sparse bunch in front of the eyes.  Again, pinch and trim the marabou.
  7. Rotate the fly in the vice, and tie in a very sparse bunch of short bucktail on top of the fly, just in front of the bead chain eyes
  8. Make a few wraps to clean up the front of the fly, then whip finish and add head cement. 
  9. Go fish your fly!
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    Mini Minnow

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