Sparkle Minnow

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Origin

This pattern was provided by member Gavin Popin.


Materials

Hook:Size #4 streamer hook 2XL
Thread:Clear monofilament or 6/0 to match body
Body:Lite Brite, chopped in 3/8" - 1/2" lengths and spun in a dubbing loop
Underbody:Dubbed Lite Brite, to cover up the lead
Tail:Marabou, two times the hook shank in length
Flash:Krystal Flash 4 - 8 strands on each side of the tail
Lead:.035 lead wire, 12 - 20 turns on the hook shank
Bead:3/16" tungsten


Tying Instructions

  1. Add the bead, wind the lead and attach the thread
  2. Add the marabou tail and 4 - 8 strands of Krystal Flash on each side of the tail
  3. Pinch dub a thin underbody of Lite Brite, then wind the thread back to the hook bend and form a 10" long dubbing loop. Hook a dubbing whorl to the bottom of the loop.
  4. Grab a pinch of chopped Lite Brite about half the size of a cotton ball. Pinch pull and roll the chopped Lite Brite with your fingers to align the fibers in the same direction
  5. Load the dubbing loop, spin the Lite Brite in the dubbing loop and wrap forward.
  6. Tie off the fly with a whip finisher. Do not cement the head as the cement melts the Lite Brite.


Variations

The pattern can be tied in any number of colors and even blended colors. The most successful colors have been brown/orange, peacock/olive, white, chartreuse, and black.



Fishing techniques

When fished in open water, bass and bluegill usually "submarine" behind the fly before the take. Fished over lilly pads, the fly drops butt first. The larger size hackle towards the rear acts as a weed guard and will actually skitter across the pad if fished slowly.

I was asked by good friend Jerry Clark why one would tie on a dry fly hook only to weight it with lead? Kind of thought too that it sounded silly. After many exhausting days of research, I came to my conclusion. The light wire is much easier to pull out of logs, lilly pads, fish and skin. The Dai-Riki 300 will also bend a little, if it's really stuck. Usually, I can retrieve my fly even with 6X fluorocarbon tippet. (Yes, I LOVE fluorocarbon!)

Fishing techniques varies from person to person. The same goes for fish. A strip/pause variance generally works with the strike sometimes happening on the fall. It seems as summer grows longer, faster stripping works well with the fish cruising right under the surface.