Bend Back Minnow – Capt. Mel Simpson

I’m thinking the pike and musky might like these a bit too. I’m not a massive fan of craft fur for tying, but I do have to admit it looks sexy when it gets wet. I’ll be moding my fly a bit of the toothy jackals, using some Icelandic sheep and some Tuffleye on the head. Perhaps an intermediate color to separate the top and bottom. Only another 7 months before I can chase snot rockets again. Winter sucks, but at least I’ll get some flies tied.

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Capt. Mel Simpson demonstrates tying his variation on the bendback fly. By adding the extra bend to the eye of the hook, the fly takes on new life in the water. A great fly for Snook and other species that feed on minnows.
Filmed at the 2010 FFF Florida Council Flyfishing Expo in Orland, FL.

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3 thoughts on “Bend Back Minnow – Capt. Mel Simpson”

  1. Tied some of these up this season using 4/0 hooks and slightly longer raccoon fur to extend the length of the fly a couple of centimeters,and they’ve worked a treat. White brown then black with a couple of strands of pearl tinsel down either flank.

  2. Oh ya! Now we’re talking. that’s why you’re the pike master! I was thinking coyote too if I could find it in the right length. Raccoon would be nice!

    1. Instead of palmering on a schlappen feather Darren,I wrap a dubbing brush loop of around 15 Ostrich hurl feathers towards the back of the hook shank near the bend. Then add the raccoon fur.I’ve have to use a bendback system a lot this year due to the amount of wading I do which has stemmened the amount of snag ups I used to get.

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