Saturday, February 13, 2010

Crafty Deceiver

Hook: Mustad 3366 (Size 4)
Thread: 6/0 Black Uni
Tail: White Maribou
Flash: Silver Krystal Flash
Body: White Craft Fur
Gill: Red Rabbit Zonker
Eye: 5/32" Holographic Dome Eye/Epoxy
Weight: None

Initially tied with buck tail, I switched to calf tail and now craft fur. The craft fur tends to look a bit bulky and sloppy, but once wet the profile slims down. The result is a well blended, tapered body that looks exactly like a small minnow---right down to the red gills.

The epoxy is optional, but this year I'm trying some large holographic eyes. The epoxy really keeps the eyes on the streamer and makes it more durable.

This is a really fun pattern to tie and works on all fish from smallies to trout. Try this one in a size 6 for spring crappies!

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