HOOK: 3X long, 2X heavy, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 5263 or equivalent. Sizes 2-12


TAIL: Turkey quill

BODY: Flat gold tinsel or gold Diamond Braid

UNDERWING: Gray squirell tail

WING: Turkey quill

HEAD AND COLLAR: Deer hair, spun and clipped on head



A traditional and effective fly, the Muddler imitates baitfish that trout eat, especially sculpins. It is suitable for both rivers and lakes.



As one might expect for any fly that has been around a long time, there are many variations of the basic muddler. Most are different colors, with black and olive being the most popular. Some tyers use different material for the wing and tail.

The Steelhead Muddler is a beefed-up version suitable for steelhead fishing.


How to Fish

Muddlers can produce fish when presented shallow or deep, on a sink-tip line or a floater, on a wet-fly swing or when retrieved. Just don't treat it like a dry fly (although even then, a trout might take it for a grasshopper). Presentations: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, wet-fly swing, deep swing.



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