Fly Tying: Moto’s Minnow

I was researching Winter Fly Fishing Patterns, when I happened upon a piece by Tom Rosenbauer with his suggestions for Winter patterns. Amongst the patterns was the Moto’s Minnow. I hadn’t heard of the pattern (not that I know all the patterns) so I checked into it and found a slew of recent pieces re the minnow pattern. 

It is a pattern that is easily adaptable to different color combo’s to cover the minnow/sculpin colors. Here is a decent video on tying the Moto’s Minnow.

Moto's MinnowSB

I at least once a year extol the virtues of streamer patterns for sculpins and minnows. But truth be told, I do not fish them, with the regularity they deserve, on rivers and streams. Lakes yes, rivers no. This is a regular presentation for browns and ‘bows for many anglers and I am missing opportunities….if you are not frequently using the streamer patterns as a primary search pattern then maybe you too are missing out. Consider the Moto’s Minnow (originated by Moto Nakamura) as one option in your arsenal of streamers. Even simple Woolly Buggers would be a starting point. 

4 Responses to “Fly Tying: Moto’s Minnow”

  1. January 28, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Moto’s Minnow looks very regal and elegant indeed. I am not surprised to hear how the big trout respond. Another beauty.

  2. January 27, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    A minnow can be cast across the stream/river at varying distances and swung across the current toward your side as in steelhead fishing. It doesn’t have to be a long cast. A little weight is probably in order to get it down. Or cast across and strip it back toward you as it swings across the current. Regardless of how it is fished, envision trout…big trout…below holding in easy lies and looking not just for insects but little darting minnows that are lower down and not fighting the current. Those little minnows tend to forage lower down.

  3. January 26, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    First of all Happy new year to you – this a little piece of art, so beautiful.

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