The Muddler has been a family story for me. My dad loved it and just like when your dad loves a particular hockey team, I grew up liking it as well!
Today, lots of fly anglers have evolved to use giant meaty streamers and put aside the classic bucktail. The Muddler though, is some how the best of both types of streamer. It’s often light enough to cast without trouble but moves lots of water due to its buoyant deer hair head.
This post is about the different reasons why I love to use the Muddler Minnow so much
Because of its head made of spun deer hair, the muddler moves a lot of water when swung or stripped and it is one of the reasons why it provokes strikes the way it does! The trout, even if it doesn’t see the fly right away, feels the vibration of the wake the muddler makes. The fish will then be looking for it or strike out of reflex if it’s passing close by.
The muddler can be served in many sauces! Although it is a streamer, some anglers also use it as a big dry when hoppers are around and they have no fly to match the hatch. My dad for example, would use the muddler in both ways. First, by always dead drifting it and second, when the drift is about to end, stripping it like a streamer.
If the muddler has been around for a while, it’s because it is a very effective pattern. Have it in your streamer box at all times and in different sizes. Trust me, or every body else for that matter.