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EZ-Body Minnow (Rainbow Trout)
tied by JJD
Fly Type: Miscellaneous,
Target Species: Freshwater Bass,
Recommended Region: Southeast US,
Imitation: General Baitfish,
Hook: Mustad 34011 (long shank), 3407 (standard length), or your choice
Tail: Marabou, white
Body (underbody): Closed-cell foam
Body: EZ-body braid, large
Gills: Marabou, green, pink, white
Head: EZ-body braid. 1/2" section of tied at marabou gills and pushed back over itself to create pseudo gill covers anchored at hook eye.
Eyes: Red holographic stick-on eyes. Thread: Danville's flat-waxed (white-tail, pink-head)
Tying Instructions: 1. Tail - Mount a needle in the vice. Tie on marabou, lightly anchoring it with a few wraps. Wet shaft area to tame fibers, and slide a 3" section of 1/2" EZ-body braid over the shaft. Take two loose wraps of thread around the braid and slowly tighten. Tighten down the braid and tie off. Slide assembly off the needle and coat wraps with cement of your choice. I use a drop of Zap-a-gap due to its "wicking" properties. Once you get the hang of it, you can quickly do the whole thing just holding the marabou in your left and and sliding on the braid.
2. Body - Trim a section of foam into an elongated ellipse. Color the body in the pattern of your choice. In this case green top edge, followed by a pink strip down the middle. Small black dots create an illusion of a rainbow trout. Take a razor and make a very shallow cut along the bottom edge of foam to provide a guide for the hook shank. Slide the trimmed and colored foam inside the section of EZ-body braid. Work it all the way down to the tail. Take the hook of your choice and slide insert into the braid. Slide along the bottom of the foam. The foam and braid are flexible enough to allow many different hook gaps and lengths. The hook should exit roughly 2/3rds of the way down the foam. (Assuming a right-handed tier) With your left hand sweep the body assembly to the left exposing the head of the hook. Mount the pink thread. Slide the body assembly to its final position and take a few loose wraps around the open end of the braid. Tighten and trim off any excess. Try for at least 1/4 inch of free space at the eye.
3. Head - tie in the marabou gills/collar. Green on top, pink on the sides, white on bottom. The fly actually fishes better with "marabou overload" so don't be afraid to tie it in heavy. Take the waste section of EZ-body just cut off. Slide it on and tie securely, Tie off the thread and anchor the wraps with cement. Push the braid back over itself to expose the eye and tie the thread in again. Pull the braid back towards the eye, while holding the back edge of the new gil cover assembly. This will tighten the braid slightly, making it easier to anchor it. Take a few loose wraps and slowly tighten down. Trim any loose edges of the braid that crowd the eye. Build up a head, tie off and cement.
4. Finish - Add eyes and coat the head with thinned Loons Hard Head, or the epoxy of your choice (to hold the eyes on better). You can also lightly coat the body to give a little more rigidity to the whole thing if desired.
It sounds much more difficult than it really is. After a few times you can kick these out in about 5 minutes, each.
Presentation Tips: Since there is more bouyancy towards the tail, the fly floats slightly head-down. On a floating line it darts erratically under the surface. However, the best way to fish this floating fly is with a full sinking line and a relatively short leader. It works well for large bass holding on deep water structure. It also works well for saltwater fish like snook and speckled trout.
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