The surge of popularity in articulated streamers, has left the humble single hook streamer somewhat forgotten. But a well tied single can hold predator attracting action, profile and are easy to cast all day. CJ’s Mega Minnow is tied to sucker big, smart, brown trout who have seen plenty of articulated big meaty flies. Chad Johnson, an Umpqua fly designer and Dally’s guide, has built in plenty of triggers for predator species, most predominantly the oversize eyes, protected in a helmet of Clear Cure Goo.
The profile is tall and meaty, bucktail and hackles giving the illusion of bulk and living movement without the water absorbing weight. The action comes from the lead wire on bend of hook: On the strip the rear weight ensures the fly swims flat through the water column and on the pause momentum will cause the fly to dart laterally. Fish it on a sinking line, tie it in your favorite color combo’s for any predator fish.
As featured in the Jan-Feb issue of American Angler.
Material list (Shop Our Extensive Fly Tying Selection _ www.theozarkflyfisherstore.com)
Hook – Gamakatsu B10S Size 2
Thread –GSP 100, ginger
Eyes – Clear Cure Goo- Orange 10mm
Clear Cure Goo
American Rooster Saddle- Olive
Olive & Ginger Bucktail
EP—Sparkle Brush- Root Beer
30/0 Lead Wire