During my career with the Telephone Company, I was transferred many times throughout the province of British Columbia. I must say that the two years I spent in Kamloops were an absolute delight from a fly fisherman's point of view! I learned much about the finer points of the sport from several expert fly fishermen who I had the good fortune to meet during my time in Kamloops. My neighbour, John Wright, was such a person. He seemed to enjoy my endless questions about tying flies that worked in the area lakes and also how best to present them at different times of the year. A fly that John showed to me was the skinny minny, very effective if fished properly with a very slow retrieve. We shall take a close look at John's fly in this month's fly tying article.
As the name implies, this fly is tied extremely thin! Start by placing the hook barb side up in your vice. Lay a small amount of brown pheasant rump feather along the underside of the shank with the tips projecting 1/4 inch past the hook eye. Snug the pheasant tightly along the shank with your black tying thread and then fold the feather tips back to make a thin throat hackle. Flip the hook right side up in your vice and now lay another thin clump of pheasant rump feather along the top of the shank, this time allowing the tips to project 1/4 inch past the hook bend to form the tail. Rib this with your black tying thread to make the back appear segmented. As you tie off at the hook eye, take care to keep the throat hackle in place. Cement and you have finished John Wirght's very productive skinny minny fly. He advises to fish this fly with a very slow retrieve, chironomid style!
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