Looking for an attractor fly to tie one day, I settled on the Mickey Finn.
Once tied, I realised that there was not much movement in bucktail, so it was substituted with marabou. It looked pretty good, but I was still not satisfied. More movement was required and it needed a bead head to get some depth. Sequins were added to create some turbulence in front of the fly. Turbulence alone can be a fish attractor, so turbulence and movement must make a killer fly.
|This was the result, and the next weekend when things were really slow at Lakenvlei, I hauled out the MMMF (modified marabou mickey finn) and proceeded to catch a good number of fish, when others were not doing well at all. The fly moves best on a steady retrieve, so the best method was a fast figure-of-eight retrieve.
What also worked (watch out, because here comes heresy) was just letting the fly follow the boat as the wind drifted it. Trawling! There, I said it. I trawled a fly because it works.
On the way home I ws thinking about making the same pattern in baitfish colours, as it is the time of year that there are fingerlings in the water. Hence the colour combination of white & yellow.
And the name? Its quite weird, but I have to give credit to the Frank Zappa song that was playing while I was thinking about the fly, White Porn & Lemon Juice
|Fly Tying Instructions for the WPLJ|
|Use a #8 x2 or x3 long shank hook. Put on two sequins (in sequence) with the cupped part facing forward. Put a tungsten bead on backwards. Two sequins are used as one alone breaks quite easily. Using black head varnish, glue the two sequins together & move the bead up and colour it black too. You could use black sequins & black beads.|
|Lay a base layer of thread, return thread to eye & tie in some red copper wire along the underside of the hook shank as shown. Then tie in some flat tinsel at the back & advance your thread to just behind the bead.|
|Wind on the tinsel in overlapping turns, trap with the thread & trim it.|
|Wind the wire forward as shown, trap with thread, and break off the tag end.|
|Tie a generous clump of white marabou onto the TOP of the hook shank,
as close behind the bead as possible. Trim excess.
|Follow that with a layer of yellow marabou, followed by a light topping of brown or olive.
On top of that goes a short piece of black marabou. Dub a small clump of black marabou onto the thread.
| Finish off by winding on dubbing & then two whip finishes. Pull out any excess dubbing.
Your WLPJ is done!