Fly of the Month – Emperor Mouse

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Steve Yewchuck, Beacon, NY, You can find Steve @: www.instagram.com/envisionflyworks/

The Emperor Mouse pattern was designed on my home water in the Catskills but has proven itself globally as well. The blend of natural bunny brush and foam allows it to stay afloat but stick to the waters surface when hit hard by trophy size fish. It has a realistic mouse profile from underneath but had to be light enough to cast for long periods of time. The fly’s head was designed to push large amounts of water for a small profile fly. The fly has great movement to entice even the most finicky fish. The pattern has evolved into a few different versions, from the mini to the articulated to entice a variety of species.

Materials list:
Partridge Trout Predator 1/0 or PR330 Aberdeen Predator Hook
Tail- 1/8 wide strip of leather tipped with a precut piece of foam
Body – 3 precut foam back shields and a MFC bunny brush or Cross-Cut Rabbit Strip
Head-3 precut foam piece , set of ears and 2 face pieces

(1) You start the fly by running the thread back the hook forming a nice thread base. The leather tail strip is tied in at the hooks point and the tread is wrapped back to the rear of the hook. The length of the leather strip is 3/4 of the hooks length and is tipped with a triangular shaped piece of foam which aids in movement and gives a natural profile of tail tip up.

(2) The bunny brush is tied in at the rear of the hook and the tread is advanced up to the hook point.

(3) At this point you tie in the first foam back shield. All 3 shields are tied and glued in for durability. The next 2 shields are tied in at quarter hook increments. Make sure to leave a quarter of the hook for the head section.

(4) The bunny brush is now palmered up the hook and through the foam shields. After the last shield make a couple wraps with the brush to create a collar.

(5) Now its time to make the head. You start by making a small hole in the bottom/center of each foam head piece which the hook will be slid through. A dab of glue is placed on the hook against the collar and the foam ears are slid on. Now you advance the thread under the foam and make a few wraps in front of it holding it in place. The next foam head piece is slid on the hook and glued to the previous piece. The thread is then advanced with a few wraps in front of the foam. The same process is followed for the last foam head piece. Once all 3 head pieces are glued and in place you can finish the fly with a whip finish at the hooks eye.

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