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Old 04-01-2018, 12:27 PM
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Mini Minnow Fly?

Doing some research in advance of an upcoming trip to Chevy to see what flies might be worth considering this early in the season (in addition to leeches and crawdads). Came across this old post....
http://www.azflyandtie.com/flyforum/...hlight=fathead ..."...If someone who knew what they were doing and tied a 12 to 14 size minnow image (next week) like the one I pumped (pic) they could really kill them".

The photos from that post do not show up any more, but just by the description I have been tinkering around with some white semi-seal material. Couple of different versions (sz 14) in the photo below. The two on the left side do not have crystal-flash tails like the others. All have some lead wraps.

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Old 04-01-2018, 12:45 PM
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Good for crappie and bass when on the beds or spawn. Just trim the tail to just behind the hook for a small minnow.
Don't know if any minnows will be moving this early but worth a try.
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Old 04-01-2018, 01:14 PM
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Good for crappie and bass when on the beds or spawn. Just trim the tail to just behind the hook for a small minnow.
Don't know if any minnows will be moving this early but worth a try.
Thanks. The post I referenced was from late March of 2012...can not remember if that was a warm winter or not.
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Old 04-03-2018, 08:50 PM
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Just food for thought...

Visualize a "Balanced" version of your minnow under an indicator. I fished with Phil Rowley last June up in Manitoba, and we fished a balanced minnow pattern that strongly resembles yours, that suspends horizontal in the water column. With a little chop on the water, it dances...the big Browns loved those things!

My guess is that the Chevy Browns will like it too.
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Old 04-04-2018, 12:28 PM
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Looked them up...brilliant! Are they tough to cast?
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Old 04-04-2018, 09:54 PM
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Balanced minnow

We fished them under an indicator, sometimes in very shallow water (2-3 ft.) casting was more lobbing more than casting but the fish focused on the minnow as they cruised the shoreline looking for chow.

Most of our fish came by spoting feeding fish and putting the minnow 10-15 feet in front of the fish. A surprising number of fish rushed the minnow like it was a free pizza at a frat party!
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