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.



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.


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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