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This is one of the first flies that I tied stream side, back in 1975, at Valley Gardens, in the channels section of the Madison River, Montana.

Me and my “crew” (Michael and Ally) at Valley Gardens, MT…30 yrs. later…

I had seen it in Fly Fisherman Magazine and it was suggested that this pattern worked best in early Spring when rivers were “running high and cold”. I tied it in August…it worked real good. Today I have a much better idea of why this simple pattern is so effective. I attribute that to a much improved understanding of entomology, experience, the “halo effect” and air bubble retention of the Mink and Sable dubbing in the fly. Since those early experiments, I have taken just about every species of fish that swims in Western inland waters with this fly – Trout, Whitefish, Carp, Suckers, Pan Fish and Bass. I would offer this pattern, for tying, to any youngster or adult who wants to pursue the art of the vise…It is EASY and WILL put one into fish – immediately…

The “MINK THING” in an old Thompson vise attached to a campfire grate…1975, MT…

Ancient dubbing blender…add 75% Mink and 25% Sable…tap a couple of times…MINK come in a variety of colors. I have been collecting various shades of Mink and Sable for a very long time…it is the first thing I look for when I visit the fur section of any new Fly Shop. I tie this pattern in Tan, Brown, Rust, Grey (Dun), Olive and Black…Sable is a bit harder to find…the long spiky fibers in Sable fur add to the attraction of this pattern – to fish…

HOOK: TMC 3761 #12-#18, Daiichi 1560 # 12-#18

THREAD: Uni 6/0, 8/0, Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer Black…dependent on hook size

WEIGHT: Lead or Lead substitute ..010, .015, .020…dependent on hook size 8-10 wraps at thorax

Make dubbing loop at bend of hook, over barb…

Load dubbing into loop a, small section at a time ( I use saliva to wet the thread…mmmm -tasty) and twist…

Use a dubbing twister to lock the fibers to the thread…I run my thumb and forefinger up and down the loop to remove excess…grasp with hackle pliers and wrap over hook (away from tier)…place the wraps tightly together and over wrap if there is a gap

Add two half hitches, whip finish…use a stiff tooth brush, .22 cal rifle bore brush, or this little gadget (dubbing teaser) made from a popsicle stick and the hook section of VELCRO (hook and loop)…rotate the fly and brush back towards the bend around the entire fly…

Add head cement and put a needle in the hook eye until it dries…

DONE…now go catch some fishy things !!!…

Some “Mink Thing” water on the Madison, below Varney Bridge…

NEXT: More attractors, Spring Baetis/BWO’s and March Browns…

PT/TB

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