The Marabou Muddler: A Deadly FlyBlack Marabou Muddler MinnowsOne Dozen FliesHook Size8(More colors & sizesavailable in our store) Why is this streamer so popular? Big fish eat little fish. And the Marabou Muddler is an excellent imitation of a small baitfish.Don Gapen of Anoka, Minnesota originated the original muddler minnow in the late 1930s to imitate the sculpin (see picture above), a bottom feeder-dweller that has no swim bladder and is more like a lizard than a fish. They live under stones in well-aerated water. He was looking for a pattern to imitate the flaring, flat head of the freshwater sculpin. The muddler readily imitates a juvenile bullhead, darters, and various other bait fish.The muddler is commonly used as a minnow but can double as a serviceable grasshopper, cricket, emerging green drake, a stonefly, a tadpole, a spent mayfly or even a damselfly nymph. A deadly variation of the original Muddler is the Marabou Muddler which has been used to capture virtually all species of warm water, coldwater and saltwater fish. It incorporates marabou in the wing for a life-like shimmery swimming action. A mainstay streamer pattern, it is design to push a lot of water and create a disturbance as you fish it. The bigger fish will take notice of this fly.Muddlers can be readily adapted to address most fishing opportunities you meet. Known best for catching all species of trout in both lakes and streams and is also a popular steelhead fly. Black is a very productive color for steelhead and trout in rivers and works great at dusk when the big Browns are cruising. Additionally, this fly is great when fishing for both large and smallmouth bass. I have caught large sunfish and even Northern Pike with this fly. They are often used as surface streamers for sea trout fishing at night. Muddlers are also useful for salmon in shallow water. A large Muddler Minnow is ideal for Bluefish and Striped bass fishing. Wooly sculpin (Clinocottus analis) is common in southern and central California tidepools, often among intertidal algae.When retrieving, try to mimic the action of the local small fry. Try to determine the depth the fish are feeding and vary your depth accordingly. Try fishing the muddler on a slow sinking or intermediate line retrieved at a slow pace just under the surface. White Marabou Muddlers stripped fast can be productive in lakes when nothing else seems to be working. Also try and skitter the muddler on the surface around vegetation or wake the fly at the end of your drift.Fished along the bottom, this fly can fool the fish into thinking it is an aggressive dragonfly nymph. Try fishing it with a slow steady pull-pause-pull retrieve right on the bottom. There is no real right or wrong way to fish this fly, so mix it up and have fun! 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