02-23-2009, 06:30 PM
Re: Muddlers: Proportion Tips
Even my ugly ones catch from time to time, so I doubt if it matters much. Main thing is to make sure you trim the bottom close to the shank for solid hook sets.... without cutting the thread. I use a single edge razor blade ( a lot easier than scissors).
As far as proportions, I tie 'em on both 3xl and 4xl hooks (mostly 3xl) so I eyeball stuff in relation to the shank length:
Head: spun on first ¼ of shank, trimmed flat on bottom, and trim it however you want. I usually do a “blunt nosed bullet shape” but overall width tapers up to hook gap more or less. If you’re using a bead or cone, taper the width up a bit from there.
Collar: extending to base of tail (to end of shank)
Body: Tied on rear ¾ of shank
Under wing: tied in at ¼ point, tips extending to ½ length of tail
Over wing: Tied in at ¼ point tip extends to end of tail
Tail: ½ length of shank tied in at bend
Hope this helps,