The Low Fat Minnow – them minners work real good…
Clark “Cheech” Pierce is a creative contributor of weird and wonderful fly patterns enhancing the new Fulling Mill US catalog. Check out what inspired Cheech to come up with the colorful Bluegill Low Fat Minnow and watch him create one, step by step.
“The Low Fat Minnow isn’t really much of a secret anymore, and it’s been fished for everything from Tarpon to Trout. It has gone through many different versions over the past two years, and I’ve dialed it in to maximize effectiveness and simplicity in tying. Here is the original “write-up” about the Low Fat:
One fall, I was fishing a lake that has a huge bluegill population and we were throwing lipless crankbaits that yielded a fish on seemingly every cast. As I lipped a nice fish, it YACKED all over the deck of the boat. Up from the gullet came 4 or 5 bluegill minnows that really made me change the way I looked at fishing with bluegill patterns. I could literally see right through them, and their guts looked like little strands of krystal flash. Instead of going to try to find a crankbait with those characteristics, I immediately started creating a fly in my mind. Fishing with gear WILL improve your fly fishing and vise versa… Gear fishing that day led me to start working on a pattern that has both great profile, and translucency. Through much consultation with Uncle Ken, we decided that Senyo Laser dub is a very versatile material that really has some excellent properties in this fly, and the marabou acts the “guts” of the minnow that will not stay translucent. When stripped, this fly will flip around and do a 180, so it’s best to fish this one on a loop knot. I also didn’t put any weight on this fly because the hook is a bit more beefy and will help the fly get down a bit. Happy fishing, and let us know how the “Low Fat” treats you.”
Together with Curtis Fry, Clark “Cheech” Pierce is the founder and owner of the popular website Fly Fish Food.