Matt's Minion Tutorial

Welcome back to Fly Friday! We hope you're reading this getting ready for a weekend of fishing...or at least spending some time at the fly tying bench. The Minion is a "small" streamer I started tying and tinkering with this spring. It has a tall head profile and very light-weight rear end that flutters in the current. I'll be the first to tell you it is not completely original as I've borrowed immensely from other great flies available today. I hope you'll play with the colors, materials, and concepts and create something that can work for you can maybe even catch a fish or two. 

FAIR WARNING: This is a much longer video than we usually put out but it addresses all the materials and techniques used in depth. We may be putting out a shorter version in the future.




  • Hook: Daiichi 2461 #4
  • Thread 6/0 Black
  • Tail: Marabou
  • Flash: Opal Lateral Scale 1/69
  • Body: Palmer Chenille Medium
  • Hackle: Mallard Flank


  • Wire: Senyo Intuder wire (Large)
  • Beads: 6/0 Beads (craft store)
  • Glue: Zap-A-Gap Brush On


  • Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #2
  • Body: Palmer Chenille
  • Hackle: Mallard Flank
  • Veil: Extra Select Craft Fur
  • Head: Senyo Laser Dub
  • Eyes: Living Eyes 8.5mm
  • Epoxy: 5 Minute Z-Poxy