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Tied Down Minnow Fly Recipe

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Tied Down Minnow Fly Recipe

The tied down minnow has been a long time favourite here at Sea-Run Fly & Tackle for pursuing Cutthroat, particularly when salmon fry are present. The profile and colouration of this fly make it tough for these wily predators to resist!  A 9-10' fly rod with a line rating of 4-6 will do the job just fine.

I like to fish a RIO Grand Premier floating fly line with a 5-10' intermediate Airflo PolyLeader for trout with a RIO PowerFlex trout tapered leader ending at either 4 or 5x tippet.  A full floating line with 9’ leader will suffice as would a line with an integrated intermediate tip.

A 4-to-6-inch strip roughly every second will usually trick these fish in to striking. I’ll throw the odd short quick strip in to see if that triggers a strike, especially if there are lots of fry in the water.  Give this a try this spring and see how it works for you!

Tied Down Minnow Fly Recipe

Fly Recipe

Hook: Tiemco TMC9395 Size 10 early in the season and a size 8 as the fry get bigger

Thread: White Uni Thread 6/0

Body: Silver Mylar Cord, Size Small

Back: Light Olive Barred Mallard Flank (tied in at the eye of the hook and folded over the back of the fly with the tips of the feather creating the tail)

Eyes: Wapsi Holo Silver Stick-On Eyes, 3/32” (secured with Zap-a-Gap or Raid Zap UV Resin)

Don't tie your own flies? Don't worry! We've got the Tied Down Minnow in stock and ready for purchase down at the shop.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email searun2013@gmail.com, by phone at 604-931-5044 or stop by the shop at #110 1140 Austin Avenue in Coquitlam BC.

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