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The incredible Minky Mouse

There are some fly patterns which I have created in my life that catch significantly more fish than others. One of them is the Minky-Mouse (see variants in the picture on the left). I named it after the main material which I used. The pattern is made of mink fur and foam only. So it is very easy to tie!

It showed exceptional performance when I was fishing with some of the best Russian fly fishers and fly tyiers in Polar Ural for trophy grayling. It outdid every other mouse pattern with ease. My Russian friend and fly tier Igor Tyapkin has meanwhile tied a whole box of them. From below a fish can only see the mink fur but no other material. That makes them forget about their natural prudence. The Minky-Mouse swims perfect(see picture on the right) and it never sinks. Even in fast water it stays on the surface although it does not float like a balloon but swims lower in the surface like a real mouse does . If you shiver your rod tip when retrieving it the typical V-form on the surface appears pushing little waves to the sides. This pattern brings even those fish to the surface which are usually difficult to catch. There is one very important trigger point which is common to all mouse patterns - the tail. If it is too short, or if a trout takes it away, you will have no more strikes.


Try the Minky-Mouse also in Kamchatka! The big wild rainbows will love it! However, this incredible mouse pattern does not only work in wild and unspoiled areas. Even at the heavily fished Lake Oostvoorne near Rotterdam/NL the Minky Mouse works great for the big trout of these lakes even when the fish are really lazy.



If you want to fish a mouse pattern, this is the one and only fly you should try!


The Minky-Mouse (originator G. Feuerstein)


long shanked streamer hook


one piece of pre-cut foam(3-4 mm thick) is tied in on top side of the hook from the front back to the barb


Foam wrapped with mink fur(cross cut) from back to the front. While doing that the other half of the foam piece is clapped down, tied in and secured 4-5 times on its way back towards the front.
variant: Stony's Mouse (use other short haired fur instead of mink)


rest of the foam is folded backwards and tyied down as head


slim piece of mink fur

This special mouse pattern can also be tied with other fur. It does not need to be mink. If you use other material it is not a Minky Mouse any more it's just Stony's Mouse.

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