According to John van Vliet, author of the book The Art Of Fly Tying: The Hunting & Fishing Library, in 1994, Of all the ways to catch a fish, few are as exciting and rewarding as catching one on a fly you've tied yourself. When I was younger my dad influenced me to take up a passion of fly fishing and in order to fly fish you need to acquire some flies. Now there's two ways of going about this, going to the store and buying some very expensive flies, or buying some relatively cheep materials from your local Gander Mountain store or Cabelas and tying some flies yourself. Today I will provide you with instruction on what materials you will need, and I will also post pictures so you guys can see step by step how to tie this fly which when presented correctly to a hungry fish in the water is supposed to look like a minnow and a fish will usually respond with a quick fierce attack.
Things You Will Need
Tools Needed: Vice, Scissors, Bobbin, Bobbin Threader, Hair Stacker, Materials Needed: Hook: Size 6-10 Mustad 9672, Thread: Black 3/0 Thread, Wing: Red Bucktail and Yellow Bucktail, Ribbing: Oval Gold Tinsel, Body: Flat Silver Tinsel, Head cement
Step 1Start by wrapping the thread from directly behind the eye of the hook all the way back to the bend in the shank of the hook taking care not to leave any bare medal between wraps on the shank.
Step 2Tie in a 6 inch piece of oval gold tinsel. Note: Gold wire may be substituted if you want more sinking weight on your fly.
Step 3Wind the thread all the way forward again to tie in a 6 inch length of flat silver tinsel body material directly behind the eye of the hook.
Step 4Wrap the flat silver tinsel back to the bend of the hook and back to the tip again and secure with several turns of thread.
Step 5Wrap the oval shaped ribbing from the bend of the hook to the tip and secure with several wraps of thread.
Step 6Cut a small bundle of yellow buck tail and another of the red buck tail and divide the yellow into two separate bundles equal in size to the one bundle of red buck tail.
Step 7Use a hair stacker to get the tips of each hair bundle lined up and ready to tie into the fly.
Step 8Measure the first bundle so that it is approximately 1 1/2 times the length of the shaft of the hook and tie in the first bundle just behind the eye of the hook.
Step 9Trim but ends and wrap thread forward to cover the ends.
Step 10Measure your red bundle of buck tail to the same length of the yellow already tied in and secure the fibers directly above the yellow.
Step 11Measure the second bundle of yellow to equal length of the first two, and secure this directly over the red bundle.
Step 12Finally, wrap black thread several times to cover ends of bucktail behind the eye of the hook and to make a nice cone shaped head on the fly and apply head cement to wrapped thread at head of fly.
After you have mastered tying one of these great patterns known as the Mickey Fin, make sure to get out to some open water and give them a try, I guarantee a bass or northern will be happy to take a snap at it but none the less if nothing else the panfish love these flies as well.