Video: How to Tie Moto’s Minnow

The Moto’s Minnow is one of Tom’s favorites.
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We previously posted an article by Tom Rosenbauer about fishing big streamers during the high, cold water of spring. In his discussion on choosing patterns, Tom offered his seven favorites. One of the patterns on Tom’s list was Moto’s Minnow. Blog reader Dan C. sent us this email about it:

I was looking at your streamer suggestions for trout in the spring and winter fishing. You had mentioned that Moto’s Minnow was difficult and time consuming to tie. It looks interesting and I am always up for a challenge, but I cannot find any steps or any videos for tying this fly. Tim Flagler puts out great tying videos that I look at every time you guys post one. The orvis recipe says “partridge hen hackle palmered the full length of the body,” but I do not know what that means. If you had a step-by-step with pictures—or maybe we could get Tim Flagler at Tightlines Productions to do a segment on this fly—it would be appreciated.

I sent an email to Joan and Tim Flagler at Tightline Productions to see if they’d be willing to help Dan out, and they obliged. While we’re on the subject of the Flaglers, let me point something out. When you’re watching any of their videos, make sure it’s set to full-screen and HD.

          Moto’s Minnow
          Hook: 4X-long streamer hook (here a Daiichi 700), sizes 6-10.
          Head: Gold cone, size to match hook.
          Weight: 12 wraps of .02 lead wire.
          Adhesive: Zap-A-Gap.
          Thread: Gray, 8/0 or 70 denier.
          Tail: White marabou.
          Body: Wrapped partridge feathers.
          Hackle: White saddle hackle.
          Adhesive: Head cement.

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