Video: How to Tie Shenk’s Minnow

In this week’s video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler walks you through the process of tying the Shenk’s White Minnow, created by Pennsylvania legend Ed Shenk. It’s a simple streamer pattern that imitates a variety of baitfish, such as creek chubs and minnows. As usual, Tim offers several great tying tricks, such as using baby-blanket yarn and several adhesives, to make the fly easier to tie and more durable. You can tie this pattern is many colors and configurations, adding lead eyes, a jig hook, a cone, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

          Shenk’s Minnow
          Hook: 2X-heavy, 3X-long streamer hook (here, a Lightning Strike SN2), sizes 8-12.
          Adhesive #1: Superglue.
          Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020.
          Thread: White, 6/0 or 140-denier.
          Adhesive #2: Superglue.
          Tail: White marabou feather.
          Body: Baby-blanket yarn.
          Adhesive #3: Head cement.
          Tools: Straight-bladed scissors, curved-blade scissors.

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