Black Mink

 

Black Mink

hook Tiemco 2457
hook size(s) 10 and 12
thread dark brown
head brass bead 1/8th inch
rib Gutterman’s W331 metalic gold
abdomen dark brown + black dyed mink, thin near bend, tapered thick toward head

notes: A great fall, winter and spring (coldwater) trout nymph for streams and rivers. Also works well in lakes for trout. Although the pattern calls for dyed dark brown mink fur, the key is to have lots of the black guard hairs in the dubbing. A side note about the ribbing material: Gutermann’s W331 metalic gold sewing thread is a wonderful ribbing. It’s sparkly and strong. Available in sewing shops at about one buck for 50 metres. This is an impressionistic fly best fished at the bottom. Try tying a 10-inch section of tippet at the bend and dropping a small midge pupa at the end. The only downside of this fly is that mountain whitefish also love it. But what are you gonna do, since it’s a trout favorite as well? Be certain to pick out the black guard hairs.

submitted by: Clive Schaupmeyer at clive@telusplanet.net