Tied by: Dave Lomasney
Originated by: Don Gapen
Hook: Gaelic Supreme Mike Martinek 8xl #2
Thread: Black 6/0
Body: Gold flat tinsel
Wing: 2 olive hackles flanked by black hackle
Head: Deer hair spun and clipped to shape
Notes: Don Gapen created the Muddler Minnow pattern for chasing Ontario’s legendary coaster brook trout, a potamodromous, slow growing large strain of brookies. The pattern was created to mimic the Cockatush minnow, a type of sculpin which inhabit the stream beds of the Nipigon watershed. The moniker “Muddler”, comes from a local endearment given to the minnows in Wisconsin. The defining feature of the pattern is the head, and it has been passed along into the listings for hundreds of new variations. Dave has kept things simple keeping the streamer slender. The black and olive wing combine to an alluring dark olive bound to entice the coasters on the hunt.
Dave Lomasney – I was born and raised a New Englander, were I love to fly fish, hunt, hike and most of all tie classic streamer and wet flies. I started flyfishing and tying about thirty years ago when I bought a Universal Fly Tying Kit from the Kittery Trading Post here in Maine. Little did I know were it would take me. Simple bucktails at first, Mickey Fin, Blacknose Dace, and Wardens Worry. It was with that first Wardens Worry that I caught my first trout with a fly.
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