Mullet is one in a series of flies invented by a local New Jersey fly innovator
named Bob Popovics. I like the look and action of his flies, and they are
designed to imitate the baitfish we have in this area, but I can't see
why they wouldn't work just about anywhere.
Stuff you'll need...
Tie it up...
Hook: Mustad 34007
Tail Guard: 20#
or 30# monofilament
and 4 to 6 Saddle hackles in the color of your choice
Head: The Pattern
calls for spun wool to match the saddles, but I didn't have any the first
time I tried this pattern so I used 2 saddles wrapped dry fly style ( and
still do ).
Eyes: 3mm Prismatic
You also need
clear silcone and silver glitter.
Place the hook
in the vise and attach the tying thread.
Tie in a tail guard as explained in the Tips section of the Fly Tying Page.
At the front of
the tail guard, tie in a small clump of unstacked Bucktail.
Throw in a few
half-hitches to lock it down.
Tie in the Saddles,
Tie in the two
saddles for the hackle and wrap them
Here's the tricky
part: Using a popsicle stick, smear a thin coat of silcone from the eye
backwards so that in forms a large bullet head, but leave enough space
so the tips of the rear hackle form a fringed collar. Work all around the
While the silicone
is still wet, lightly sprinkle the head with glitter and apply the eyes
Set this one aside
and tie another to this point.
By this time,
the coat of silicone on the first one should be dry enough to apply a second
coat, which will seal the glitter and eyes in place.
If you follow this pattern exactly, you'll continue making flies forever and never have
time to use them, so don't lose your head. Know your limit, stop when you
think you have enough, and remember, if you choose to tie... please tie
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