Mikkleson, from Tom Bauman
Thread: White size A
Tail: White bucktail
Flash: Green and pearl krystal flash
Body: Silver braid
Wing: Fluorescent green (or red or blue)
Rib: One strand of compatible flashabou
Eyes: Small silver and black stick-on
Tie in the tail, krystal flash and one strand of the compatible flashabou.
Bind down along the entire shank to the bend.
Tie in the braid at the bend. Wrap the entire shank with the braid using it to build
an appropriately tapered body.
Tie in the wing at the head extending the same length as the tail. Hold the wing
down at the bend and spiral the single strand of flashabou forward binding the
wing on top.
Tie off and add the eyes.
Glenn, the consummate professional, finishes the fly with three coats of two-ton
epoxy. After the first coat add red gills underneath.
Most of us have a favorite or "Go to" fly. Sometimes our favorite fly changes from
month to month or much more frequently.
For the first three months of this year, two local fishing friends and I have had great
success with Glenn Mikkleson's Epoxy Baitfish fly. It has caught fish for us around Long
Island and for me at Martha's Vineyard where I also happened to overhear a local guide
talk about "hammering em" on a Yellow Mikkleson.
On many days, it's been the only fly we've used. This fly catches all our local game fish,
can be tied in various color combinations and profiles to match local bait, and is
castable and very durable. In Bob Veverka's book, Innovative Saltwater Flies, Glenn
modestly traces the origin of this fly to the legendary Joe Brooks and his Blonde series.
In any case, I can assure you this is a proven fish catcher. The pattern above is
fluorescent green over white and tied sparse to imitate a sand eel.