3.25” total length
Size 6 Heavy Jig Hook.
New for 2023, I have changed all of the materials that construct the seamless minnow with two primary goals- increasing movement, and increasing durability. The general color scheme and profile remain the same.
The new seamless minnow uses coyote body hair, rather than craft fur, which offers dramatically more movement and flutter when wet. The dubbing in the body is more durable and has a perfect, drab, baitfish color. I changed the bead to a more natural color and found a stronger, thinner glue for coating the eyes. The flash material I am now using is softer and gives more subtle shimmer than the stiff material on the old style. This fly penetrates the water column extremely well because of its large tungsten head when you fish it with 2x or lighter tippet. The body profile on this fly is somewhat flat on the sides because of the glue placed on the head/eyes, and so the fly does an attractive wobble as it sinks.
Use the seamless minnow when you need to get your fly deep with a floating line. It shines in situations where working the entire water column is needed. Another one of this pattern’s greatest strengths is how realistic and imitative it is. The coloration of the seamless minnow is spot on for a wide variety of small fish that predatory fish like to eat. Trout that are selectively keyed in, feeding on perch, chubs, dace, shiners, whitefish, or a host of other forage often find the seamless minnow too good to pass up.
the soft, fuzzy dubbing body on the seamless minnow has the almost magical property of sticking in a trouts teeth. I use the seamless minnow under an indicator frequently. It’s hard for fish to spit it out, resulting in a much higher success rate when a bobber is involved.