The gambusia minnow or mosquito fish as it is commonly known is a small forage species that inhabits many bodies of fresh water from drainage ditches to open lakes . It gets it’s common name from being a voracious predator of mosquito larvae . These minnows prefer to feed near weeds and shore lines where vegetation may also offer some protection from predators. As for predators, this species has a long list that includes almost every species of fish that swims with them. This pattern is tied on a size #8 hook and because of it’s size should exclude all but the largest bluegills but should be of ample size to get the attention of any bass or crappie it should pass near .
• Hook : Gamakatsu SL11-3H size 8
• Thread : UNI- Mono size 4M clear
• Eyes : 1/8 holographic / silver
• Body : 40 lb monofilament
• Tail : your choice of synthetic or natural materials
Once you have tied on to the hook add a length of .025 lead wire to the top and bottom of the hook shank . The lead should be tied to the hook leaving a small space before the eye and before the bend of the hook. It is a good idea to tie a few flies weighted and unweighted in each color combination
Tie in a light colored tail material. This fly is designed to ride hook point down and we will use a light color to simulate the belly of the minnow. You can use your choice of synthetic or natural material. Marabou works well
but on this fly I have chosen Slinky Fibre (Clear Ice) .
To add some bulk to this fly tie in some pieces of #40 mono (clear). This will add some depth of translucency and give the fly a more lifelike appearance.
The next material is to be tied in atop the mono and should be longer in length than the first tail material. A darker material is called for here . On this fly I have chosen DNA Frosty Fish Fibers (smoke).
Next , loop a piece of #40 mono over the hook shank between the eye and material previously tied on. Bend the mono down and tie it underneath the hook as shown in the next photo. A second loop will be tied in front of the first to form the mouth of our minnow.
One of the most noticeable features of Gambusian minnows is the large round white belly. To emulate this on our fly we will use another synthetic fiber in white. Tie in the white material underneath , starting at the jaws and tie it back to the bend of the hook.
The addition of eyes and a small black/blue dot at the back of the belly complete the illusion . The fly must now be sealed to protect the threads. Head cement, finger nail polish , epoxy or any of the new light cured products will work for this. On this fly I have used Diamond Hard UV resin.