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peregrines 12-05-2011 02:22 PM

Polar Fiber Minnow SBS
Polar Fiber Minnow
Polar Fiber Minnow
Type of fly Saltwater and freshwater baitfish streamer
Originator of pattern if known
Tied and Submitted by peregrines
Level of tying experience needed to tie this pattern This is another pattern for our upcoming series of beginner saltwater tying lessons. A very simple pattern to tie.
Techniques learned "Hi Tie" method for tying in synthetics..... covering front of wing with Softex to reduce fouling, retain baitfish shape in water and provide a soft, flexible body ... securing dome eyes with Softex
Materials listed in order of tie in:
Hook Standard or short shank hook preferred to reduce the chance of the wing fouling around the hook bend. Use a saltwater hook if there's a chance you'll be using this in salt. Commonly tied on size 6 to 3/0 to match size of baitfish. An inexpensive saltwater hook, a Mustad 3407DT size 2 is used here. For larger patterns, the length of Polar Fiber or Craft Fur can be a limiting factor. This pattern tied on a a size 2 hook is 3 1/2" long, which is about the length limit for Polar Fiber and Craft Fur. For longer patterns to imitate larger baitfish you'll want to use other materials like Slinky Fiber etc.
Thread Any type of thread can be used, but for these flies I prefer a monofilament thread like Danville's Fine Monofilament because it will seem to disappear after coated with Softex, head cement or epoxy.
Tail None
Body None
Wing Polar Fiber, Craft Fur or similar. The wing is composed of a series of "hi-ties" of bunches of Polar Fiber tied directly on top of the shank, working from the midpoint of the shank forward. Usually a lighter color is used for the first few bunches and a darker color is used for the last one or two bunches to imitate the dark over light coloration typical of many baitfish. After the wing is completed the top both sides and belly of the wing are coated in a layer of Softex or other flexible cement or flexible light cured resin. In this example 3 bunches of White Polar Fiber are followed by 2 bunches of Sea Blue Polar Fiber, but you can use whatever colors you want. After completing the tying steps, the wing is coated with two layers of Softex (or other flexible cement or flexible light cured resin) allowing time to dry between coats. The Softex is applied to the wing from immediately behind the eye of the hook rearward on the wing directly above the point of the hook. This will reduce the chance of the wing fouling around the underside of the hook on the cast or retrieve.
Flash Optional, none is used here but you can mix stuff like Krystal Flash or Flashabou in between bunches of Polar Fiber when building the wing.
Topping Optional, none here. You can also color the wing with permanent marker after completion
Head Very small, invisible if using mono thread.
Eyes 3D Prismatic eyes (3/8" are used here) attached after the first coat of Softex has dried and secured with another layer of Softex.
Special tying notes All material is tied on top of the forward half of the shank in a series of bunches.
Tie on and work your way 1/2 back down the shank. All materials will be tied on top of shank in a series of Hi Ties, all on the forward half of the shank. (Tying the bunches of Polar Fiber on top and on the forward half of the shank will reduce fouling around the hook point.)
Tie in the first bunch of Polar Fiber directly on top of the hook shank. A lighter color Polar Fiber is a good choice because this will become the underside of the baitfish. Take a wrap or two around the hook shank immediately behind the bunch of Polar Fiber. This will help kick the wing up a bit.
Another bunch of lighter color Polar Fiber is tied in immediately in front of the first bunch, also directly on top of the hook shank.
A third bunch of is tied in immediately in front of the second, again on top of the shank.
The first of two bunches of darker color Polar Fiber is tied in, again working towards the front. This will ineffect become the top side of the baitfish.
The last of the bunches is tied in directly behind the eye. This will become the back of the baitfish
Whip finish and tie off, you're done with the tying. The rest of the steps will be playing with goopy stuff so reach for your Softex or other flexible cement or light cured resin.
Using your bodkin apply a thin coat of Softex to both sides, the top, and the bottom of the Polar Fiber Wing, extending from the eye rearward to directly above the hook point. This will do two things-- provide additional stiffening to reduce fouling and provide a firm place to attach the 3-D prismatic eyes in the next step.
3-D prismatic eyes attached on each side of the fly and eyes and wing covered with another coat of Softex.
After the Softex dries you may want to trim some of the fuzzy ends of Softex covered Polar Fiber on the underside of the fly to neaten things up a bit. At this point you can dress up the fly with permanent pen to add barring, darken the back, beauty marks, freckles, eyelashes, etc.
Target species A wide variety of freshwater and saltwater fish-- anything that feeds on 1-6" baitfish. Tie them up in sizes and colors to match local bait.
Fishing notes Baitfish

HuronRiverDan 12-08-2011 08:31 AM

Re: Polar Fiber Minnow SBS
Excellent SBS! Looks like a killer pattern...


spug 01-11-2012 12:02 PM

Re: Polar Fiber Minnow SBS
Love me some Polar Minnows. Try it with Farrar Flash Blend. They are indestructible.

jpbfly 01-11-2012 01:28 PM

Re: Polar Fiber Minnow SBS
Looks like an excellent pattern furthermore easy to tie.Thanks for sharing.

Pocono 01-11-2012 03:29 PM

Re: Polar Fiber Minnow SBS
Nice SBS and pattern, Mark. I can feel the saltwater luring me back for another season! Stripers, Blues and this year, Shad.


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