Friday, July 4, 2014

Fly Fishing with the "Deadly" Mickey Finn.

Mickey Finn
The Mickey Finn is an old attractor pattern that has withstood the test of time and is still very effective for Brook Trout, Bass, Panfish, Steelhead, Salmon and Shad. The creator is unknown, but John Alden Knight, angler and author, popularized it in 1932. Its history is curious. It was originally called the Red and Yellow Bucktail but was later dubbed the Assassin by Joe Bates Jr. Eventually, the name was changed to the Mickey Finn after a famous actor died from drinking a lethal drug, the Mickey Finn.

Hook: 79580 Mustad sizes 10-1/0
Thread: 3/0 black Monocord
Body: Medium flat silver tinsel with a ribbing of medium oval silver tinsel
Wing: Small bunch of red bucktail or calftail between top and bottom bunches of yellow bucktail or calftail.

Step 1. Tie in flat silver tinsel and oval tinsel and wrap the thread up to the eye.

Step 2. Wrap the flat tinsel forward and tie off. Then spiral the oval tinsel forward 6-7 times leaving spaces between wrap.

Step 3. Arrange the hair in the proper color sequence.

Step 4. Pinch the tri-color wing and secure it tightly with 8-10 wraps and complete the head.   

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