After Friday's outing on the Mackinaw River, I was inspired to tie some better minnow patterns. On the web I've read about a few possibilities that don't look too tough to tie. One of my partners on that day was Jonn, who as a fellow central Illinoisan feels my pain, but had some pattern tips. After chatting with him about our lack of fly shops and some good web sources, I settled on buying the goods to tie Bart-o Minnows and Murdich Minnows. Two flies originating at the Tight Lines Fly Shop in Wisconsin; also the source of Jonn's recent guided Menominee River trip.
I rounded up a list of the required materials and started shopping. Seeing as these flies originated on Tight Lines' vices, I figured that would be a good starting point. Strangely they don't sell materials on-line, but their sister shop does. Just as strangely, they didn't have everything to make these flies. I had to find Icelandic sheep hair at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters. Orders were placed and I waited anxiously until today.
I expected delivery today and found no packages in the mail, nor behind the front screen door where big packages are usually ignored for a day or two. Double checking the tracking numbers told me I better look harder. Finally found them...we've got a new mailman, and now I know where he puts the over sized packages.
Packaging was removed, and inventory taken. Delivered was everything needed. I was also able to confirm Jonn's warning about the size of Tiemco 8089 hooks, but that bit of useful information is deserving of it's own post...check back later.
Here are the videos for how to tie a Bart-O Minnow (Barteaux Minneaux) and how to tie a Murdich Minnow. Wish me luck!