Down & Dirty Mouse

If you like fishing with mouse flies, here’s a simple pattern—little more than a few tails and some lashed-on hair—that works. No excessive trimming, no ears, no eyes, no whiskers. Nothing wrong with eyes, ears and whiskers mind you, just that when you want to tie up a dozen mice in the evening at a lodge in the middle of nowhere, those things are pretty unimportant. So, without further ado, here’s GB’s Down & Dirty Mouse (the scans are from his old Designing Trout Flies book, illustrations are mine):



  1. Brian says:

    An absolute ‘Go-To’ pattern for White River Arkansas and Taneycomo Missouri bigger brown trout. Whether on a sink-tip in the deep or stripped hurriedly from the bank… this is a producer! I use 2X on a 7wt with this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe and illustrations.

  2. JB says:

    Thanks for the update on your success, Brian. Hope you see much more as the season progresses.

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