We’re fast approaching one of our favorite times of year, mouse season! Chucking rodent patterns for voracious rainbow trout is one of our favorite past times, and we’re lucky to do a fair amount of it at our lodges.
In preparation of the upcoming season, today we present you with a great step by step, courtesy of our pal, Stuart Foxall, on how to tie one of our favorite mouse patterns, the Morrish Mouse – An extremely effective, durable, and virtually unsinkable mouse fly.
Morrish Mouse – Tying Instructions
During the early summer at Alaska West, the fun of skating a mouse pattern for beautiful leopard rainbow trout can come pretty thick and fast. Therefore, you want a dependable mouse pattern that floats well, can be easily cast, and doesn’t fall apart after a few aggressive trout. Ken Morrish’s mouse pattern ticks all the boxes for the mousing game!
The material list is simple. You’ll need black zonker strips, black closed-cell foam, natural deer hair, and I suppose most importantly a good strong thread. However, don’t use Kevlar thread, as it has a tendency to cut the foam and the deer hair when tightened.
Jere Crosby says
Size seems to make a difference being trout often are exposed to Voles that are not very large. What’s your thoughts on that aspect?
Wish I could work out a late, low light float, and experience the fun of fishing a mouse pattern, and landing a trout one one. Seems to be necessary to fish a mouse pattern at nite here in Snake River country, and the forks of the Snake.