Learn how to tie the Midnight Mullet Streamer Fly including step-by-step instructions, a video tutorial, pictures, and much more. Improve your fly tying skills here.
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Fish will see this fly from a mile away... I promise. The Midnight Mullet combines bright flash and catchy colors to draw in the big-mouthed predators. Seriously, this fly is made to be fished aggressively and to trigger some hardcore strikes. Snook and Tarpon charge at the Midnight Mullet Streamer because of its visible lateral line, striking profile, and eye-catching aesthetics. If you're a serious warmwater saltwater angler this pattern gets the job done when nothing else can. Learn how to tie it right now as Jared gives step-by-step instructions.
Cut and measure a good-sized chunk of Deer Hair so it's about 1.5x the length of the shank and tie it in on top of the hook bend. Allow the Deer Hair to flare slightly to give the streamer a larger profile.
Tie in roughly 10 strands of Flashabou. Start by folding the strands in half, tying them in on top of the Deer Hair, then folding them over to the other side of the hook shank and tying the other half in.
Grab some Silver Flashabou and make the same tie. Tie the Silver Flashabou down in the middle of the hook shank and fold it straight back to double it over.
Tie in the Grizzly Hackle to create a lateral line on the fly pattern. Tie one Hackle in on the close side of the hook shank then rotate the hook and tie the other Hackle in on the other side. Again, these feathers should be tied in close to the bend of the hook on the side of the Deer Hair and Flashabou.
Tie in the Polar Chenille and wrap it forward to create the body of the fly. Take close, touching wraps to keep the Chenille thick throughout the body of the fly. As you're wrapping the Chenille, make sure it all lays back. Once you wrap to the eye of the hook, tie off the Chenille and create a hot spot with the orange thread. Whip finish and cut off the thread.
Add Fish-Skull Living Eyes to both sides of the fly. Make sure the eyes are tightly glued to the hook shank so they don't fall off.
Take the Grey Chartpak Ad Marker and color the top of the fly to create a dark back. This dark back will help give the mullet dimension in the water.
Use the red marker to create a gill plate on the fly. Gills can be a great trigger for fish so make sure the red marker is visible on both sides of the fly.
Take the thick Fly Finish and fill in the eyes of the fly. Cover the gap between the eyes both underneath the fly and on the top of the fly then use the UV light to cure the first coat. After you cure the first coat for roughly 3-5 seconds, apply a second coat to create a durable mask at the head of the fly. This mask will add durability and a little extra weight to the Midnight Mullet.
And that's the finished product. You can see this thing really does look like a mullet and this pattern can be deadly for Tarpon and Snook. The red and grey accents add dimension to the fly and the Flashabou is sure to entice even the wariest fish. Don't go on that Tarpon trip this spring without one of these patterns in your back pocket.
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