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    Muddler Minnow - Recipe for Fly Tying Success


    Fly Tying Patterns jerrykunnath writes "Recipe For Fly Tying Success
    [previously published in the Michigan Outdoor News]
    By Jerry Kunnath

    Back in 1996, two avid fly fishers, Ann Miller and Dorothy Schramm, talked about the scarcity of women in the sport of fly-fishing. They both wanted to meet more women who shared their passion for wetting lines and drowning flies, nymphs, and streamers. As long as they had been fishing, they had never heard of a club or organization in Michigan that catered to women in this sport. Well these two women decided to do something about it. They were the driving force behind the formation of Flygirls of Michigan; Inc. Flygirls is a 100% Federation of Fly Fishers organization. As it states in the Flygirls web site, ?We feel it is important to make a commitment to the resource by supporting and becoming a member of the FFF.? Therefore, they made it a requirement that all members of the Flygirls also belong to the FFF, a national fly-fishing conservation organization.





    The stated purpose of the Flygirls is to ?provide fly fishing activities for women.? Their organization is set up to provide opportunities for women to meet other women who are interested in fly-fishing. Many of their organized activities throughout the year involve education in the different facets of the sport. The Flygirls offer their members fly casting workshops, planned fly tying bees, classes in entomology and insect identification, knot tying and line rigging classes and seminars, rod building classes and varied fly fishing outings set in natural and scenic locations throughout Michigan, with an occasional out of State trip. Their membership is growing quickly. Their current roster includes almost 400 members in the Great Lakes Region, and it is growing daily.

    Meet the Flygirls new President

    Jennifer Nelson has been fly-fishing for approximately seven years. That is about the same number of years that she has been involved with the Flygirls, and that is no coincidence. Jennifer?s introduction to fly-fishing, a sport that she says, ?has allowed me to re-connect with nature and myself?, came with a class by Dorothy Schramm, one of the founders of the Flygirls. Jennifer knew right from that first fly class with Dorothy that she was going to like fly-fishing. In addition, her association with the Flygirls has proved to be an enjoyable experience. Jennifer says that, ?the Flygirls are a fun group to be with. There is a great sharing of knowledge within the group with a minimum of competition between the women. It is a far cry from fishing with the guys.? Jennifer, who this October won election as the new president of the group for a three-year term, says that another benefit of membership in the club is the mentoring of new members by some of the more experienced participants of the group. This past October, at the clubs annual salmon fishing trip, fifteen new members were welcomed to the group. These women had never fished before, let alone fished for salmon. Much to the club member?s credit is the fact that all the new members actually caught a salmon. That is quite amazing.

    According to Jennifer, the club has taken on another mentoring project this past year. She relates how this past spring a group of early teen girls from Eagle Village, a group home for at risk and troubled girls, were on a canoe trip where they saw some fly fishers along the riverbanks. They told their counselors that they were interested in learning how to fly-fish. A few of the counselors, being avid fishers themselves, came across the Flygirls website [www.flygirls.ws ] and contacted them. The Flygirls first introduced the young teens to fly tying in March. Then they took them for casting instruction to a small stocked pond in the summer. A few of the girls even made it to the annual salmon fishing trip this past October, where they had a wonderful time. With the assistance of their mentors from the Flygirls, these teens have found another outlet for their energies and are learning the ropes of a lifelong way to find relaxation and enjoyment. The Flygirls deserve a good pat on the back for their valued help with these young people.

    Funding for this non-profit, 501C-3 group is supplied by member donations, internal fund raising projects, raffles that they hold at some of the fly tying and fly-fishing expos that they attend yearly, and donations from the fly-fishing industry. They also garner some dollars from the sale of merchandize, such as hats, shirts and one of their best known products, their ?Bug Boards?. These Bug Boards are white foam-board murals with typeset in black images illustrating the life cycle of varied aquatic insects that our trout feed on in the rivers. They are used as valued teaching tools in schools and fly-fishing clubs and include the life cycles of the caddis fly, the mayfly and the stonefly. All the products that they offer to help raise funds are available with contact information on their website.

    All fly fishers should be involved in the introduction of our sport to more people, especially women and children. The Flygirls of Michigan, Inc. are doing their best to help more women get involved in, and to enjoy the sport. All of us should make the passing on of the outdoor legacy our number one job. If the outdoor sports do not grow, they will die. When my grand daughters are old enough to cast a fly rod, I will try to make sure that they are able to join the Flygirls of Michigan, Inc. I think that they will enjoy being members.

    You may contact the Flygirls at their website www.flygirls.ws . In addition, they thankfully accept all tax deductible donations to help them with their cause.



    Muddler Minnow
    This issues featured fly is a very well known streamer on Michigan waters. The muddler minnow is a streamer that is easy to tie and it features the use of deer hair spun and packed onto the fly body as the collar. This minnow-imitating streamer is deadly on most predatory fish, including the larger trout, bass, and sometimes-even pike. Most of the time it is fished on the end of a short [24 inch] leader of 10lb. mono tied directly to a full sink tip line. When casting it to big brown trout on our northern rivers cast it right onto the slanted bank of the river and let it bounce into the water, and then strip it actively back to your boat or wading position. Keep a close eye out for following giant brown trout.

    Hook ? 4x long #4 streamer hook
    Thread ? 6/0 uni-thread
    Tail ? red goose or duck quill
    Body ? gold mylar
    Wing ? white turkey quill
    Collar ? deer hair, spun and packed
    "

    Posted on Sunday, February 13 @ 13:01:52 UTC by admin


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